Another cracking day of Euro Hockey League action took place at Lille MHC in France on Saturday, with wins for East Grinstead, H.C. Rotterdam and Polo de Barcelona.
England`s East Grinstead came from behind to secure a 3-2 victory over Pool F rivals Waterloo Ducks of Belgium in the first game of the day in Lille. Goals from Danny Hall and David Cresswell in the final quarter were enough to claim all five points, but the solitary point picked up by Ducks due to the narrow defeat puts them through to Round 2.
Three Rock Rovers of Ireland produced another excellent performance to put themselves within touching distance of the second round thanks to a 1-1 draw with Belgium's KHC Leuven. The team fell behind just after half time thanks to a penalty corner effort from Pau Quemada, but Peter Blakeney grabbed an all important equaliser with just ten minutes left to play. A win for either team in tomorrow`s clash between Leuven and Atletic Terrassa would put the Irishmen through to KO16. Regardless of the result, Three Rock Rovers finish the round unbeaten.
H.C. Rotterdam scored four goals in the opening quarter and one in the final period to secure a convincing 5-0 win against Western Wildcats. Simon Child scored a hat trick inside the first 16 minutes in a result that eliminated the Wildcats from the competition and guarenteed second round places for both Rotterdam and Reading.
In the final match of the day, RC Polo de Barcelona stunned current champions UHC Hamburg with a resounding 4-1 triumph. Goals from Jonathan Froschle, Jose Borrell, Christian Wein and Alex Fabregas were the difference as Polo club proved that they are genuine title contenders this season.
The final day of action is likely to be highly exciting, mainly due to the fact that qualification is a possibilty for all of the teams in Pools F, G and H. The first match sees Kelburne taking on East Grinstead, with Kelburne needing a good win to reach Round 2. Then, KHC Leuven face Atletic Terrassa, and a win for either of these teams will put Three Rock Rovers through to the next stage. Reading and H.C. Rotterdam have already qualified, but both will be aiming for victory to ensure they avoid a Pool winner in the next round. Finally, the big match of the day sees UHC Hamburg play Lille MHC, in what is a winner take all contest. The host club will be cheered on all the way, but a second defeat for Uhlenhorster would go down as one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition.
Round 1a took place at Amsterdam H&BC in The Netherlands last weekend. You can find results from that event at the bottom of this news release. For extended match reports, match videos and tournament information please visit the Euro Hockey League website: www.ehlhockey.tv.
Schedule & Results – EHL Round 1b – Lille MHC, France
Friday 31 October 2008
– Waterloo Ducks HC v Kelburne HC: 4-1 (0-1)
– Atletic Terrassa HC v Three Rock Rovers HC: 0-0 (0-0)
– Western Wildcats HC v Reading HC: 0-2 (0-2)
– RC Polo de Barcelona v Lille MHC 4-1 (1-1)
Saturday 1 November 2008
– East Grinstead HC v Waterloo Ducks HC 3-2
– Three Rock Rovers HC v KHC Leuven: 1-1 (0-0)
– H.C. Rotterdam v Western Wildcats HC: 5-0 (4-0)
– UHC Hamburg v RC Polo de Barcelona: 1-4 (0-1)
Sunday 2 November 2008
– Kelburne HC v East Grinstead HC
– KHC Leuven v Atletic Terrassa HC
– Reading HC v H.C. Rotterdam
– Lille MHC v UHC Hamburg