Day 2 of the EHL Round 1.1 event at RC de Polo de Barcelona produced four excellent matches, with Atlétic Terrassa, Grunwald Pozan, H.C. Rotterdam and Waterloo Ducks all recording wins.
Atlétic Terrassa overcame strong resistance to eliminate CA Montrouge of France thanks to a 4-2 victory. Spanish international defender Xavi Ribas scored from a penalty corner shortly after Montrouge had taken the lead, before strikes from Pere Castello and Ignasi Freixa gave Atletic a 3-1 lead. Montrouge came back into the game when livewire midfielder Matthieu Durchon found the net before Sergi Enrique sealed victory for the Spanish champions.
Ireland’s Glenanne were forced out of the competition at the hands of Grunwald Poznan, going down 6-1. Patrick Petrykowski opened the scoring for Grunwald, before Szymon Hutek extended the lead before the end of the first period. Goals from captain Tomasz Dutkiewicz, Hutek, Artur Mikula and Pawel Bratkowski gave Grunwald a 6-0 lead before Glenanne grabbed a consolation goal from Jonathan Cane.
Phil Burrows and Marc Schwarz scored two goals apiece in Rotterdam’s 6-1 triumph over Kelburne, giving the two time EHL semi finalists the perfect start to this year’s competition. For Kelburne, the result meant elimination from the first round of the competition for the second successive year.
That match was followed by a closely fought encounter between Russia’s Dinamo Kazan and Waterloo Ducks of Belgium, with Waterloo emerging 3-1 winners thanks to late goals from Xavier Brooke and Maxime Tys. The result meant that Dinamo Kazan were forced out of the competition at the first hurdle.
The action continues on Sunday with four matches that will decide the all important issue of which teams will take the first qualifying position in each Pool, ensuring that they will avoid a group winner in Round 2 of the competition. Spanish giants Atlétic Terrassa take on Reading HC of England in Pool B, which is followed by a tasty looking encounter between Poland’s WKS Grunwald Poznan and UHC Hamburg of Germany. Pembroke Wanderers and H.C. Rotterdam then go into battle in Pool G before the in-form tournament hosts RC Polo face Waterloo Ducks of Belgium.
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