A stunning goalkeeping display from Tobias Walter made the difference as THC Harvestehuder, in their debut season in the Euro Hockey League held their nerve to overcome the home side MHC Oranje Zwart in a tense shootout.
The two sides had played out a keenly contested 2-2 draw during the 70 minutes, with Walter excelling to keep his side in the game before pulling off a wonderful save from Sander Baart in the shootout to allow Michael Korper to seal the win with a calmly taken finish.
Two goals from KHC Dragons star Florent van Aubel continued the Belgian side’s remarkable record in this competition, clinching their third podium finish in four years as they saw off a stern challenge from Racing Club de Bruxelles in a tense encounter. Continue reading
Oranje Zwart were crowned Dutch Champions for only the second time in their history just last weekend. They won their two playoff games against HC Rotterdam to reach the final stage where again, over two games, they saw off the challenge of HC Bloemendaal. A constant feature in the playoffs, and indeed the whole season was the importance of the goals scored by Mink van der Weerden. Continue reading
The Euro Hockey League KO16 competition may not have gone according to plan for the three English sides as Reading, Beeston and Surbiton all crashed out on the same day in their first game of the week. Despite this, there is still some English interest in the competition as we approach tomorrow’s final: Former England U21 star Richie Dawson-Smith will line up for THC Harvestehuder against MHC Oranje Zwart. Continue reading
MHC Oranje Zwart made their way into the final of the Euro Hockey League with an excellent display to overcome KHC Dragons in a cauldron of noise here in Eindhoven. With Dragons, the runners up in last year’s EHL standing in their way OZ must have expected a stern test but the newly-crowned Dutch champions were excellent, picking up a 3-0 win to set up a clash with Harvestehuder in the final. Continue reading
Harvestehuder THC came from behind to snatch a dramatic late win, reaching the Euro Hockey League final in their debut season. Racing Club de Bruxelles had raced into a two-goal lead courtesy of a brace from Jonathan Beckers but goals from Tobias Hauke, Xaver Hasun and Michael Korper brought the Germans back from the dead to pull off a famous comeback. Continue reading
Mark Jenniskens emerged as MHC Oranje Zwart’s man of the moment as his three saves in the shootout got the hosts into the Final Four after a tense encounter with RC Polo de Barcelona. The sides played out a 0-0 draw over the 70 minutes and despite Polo’s Oriol Fabregas saving twice himself in the shootout the Dutch goalkeeper’s intervention turned out to be the decisive one. Continue reading
Felix Denayer’s strike six minutes before half time continued KHC Dragons’ extraordinary love affair with the EHL as they squeaked past HC Rotterdam in a tense game in front of the typically noisy Dragons crowd. Although Denayer’s goal proved the difference, the win was in no small part down to goalkeeper Manu Leroy who had an inspired day between the posts for the Belgian outfit. Continue reading
Racing Club de Bruxelles came out on top in this all-Belgian affair as they overcame rivals Waterloo Ducks 4-2 in a high quality encounter between two excellent sides. Goals from Aldo Dalla Palma, Anthony Versluys, Scott Tupper and Cedric Charlier gave them the edge to come from behind and grab a famous win to make it to the final four for the first time in their history. Continue reading
Club Harvestehuder took their place in the final four with a 4-1 over Club de Campo in an entertaining KO8 tie here in Eindhoven. A brace from Johan Bjorkman, a stunning strike from Tobias Brockmann and a controversial penalty corner on full time from Michael Korper saw the German side through to the semi-finals in their first season in the competition. Continue reading