Reigning Euro Hockey League champions HC Bloemendaal, Germany’s Rot-Weiss Köln and Amsterdam H&BC all sealed their places as Pool winners at Round 1.2, being played on the outskirts of Paris. However, it was a sad day for host club St Germain HC who found themselves eliminated from the EHL following a defeat against Beeston HC of England. The event had been magnificently organised and promoted by the club, with large crowds packing into the venue on each of the three tournament days.
You can find a brief summary of the action below, with extensive reports available on www.ehlhockey.tv – the official website of the Euro Hockey League.
ZELLER HAT-TRICK GIVES ROT-WEISS KÖLN NARROW VICTORY OVER EGARA
Christopher Zeller scored his eighth, ninth and tenth goals of this season's Euro Hockey League season to give Germany’s Rot-Weiss Köln a narrow victory over Club Egara of Spain. Egara made their illustrious opponents give everything that they had in order to claim the win, but Zeller – the outstanding performer of the weekend – proved to be the difference between the two sides. The result was good enough to ensure that Rot-Weiss Köln go into the draw for Round 2 as Pool winners, with Egara being forced into second place.
EIKELBOOM SCORES TWICE AS AMSTERDAM TOP POOL C
It was a day to remember for veteran Olympian Gold medallist Martin Eikelboom, who netted twice in Amsterdam H&BC’s 6-0 victory over KS AWF Poznan of Poland. The 36-year-old, who returned to the Amsterdam first team line-up this week after a lengthy absence, was in great form throughout the early afternoon match as his injury-hit team produced a solid performance to win Pool C. The result was bad news for KS AWF Poznan, who have been eliminated from the 2009-10 season of the Euro Hockey League.
MEIJER GIVES BLOEMENDAAL CRUCIAL WIN OVER ALSTER
Nick Meijer scored twice as HC Bloemendaal recorded a hard fought 2-1 victory over Germany's Der Club an der Alster. Meijer opened the scoring in the first period following brilliant work from Australian Olympic Gold medallist Jamie Dwyer, but Pepe Borrell levelled the scores in second period with a well taken reverse stick effort. However, Meijer claimed his second of the match moments after Borrell's equaliser which proved to be the winning goal. The result confirmed HC Bloemendaal as the winners of Pool A, forcing Alster into second place.
ST GERMAIN SUFFER LATE HEARTBREAK AT THE HANDS OF BEESTON
Beeston's Wayne Rowland broke St Germain hearts with a late winner to give his team two wins out of two in Pool F. The midfielder forced the ball over the line from close range, giving the English team all five points whilst securing top spot in the pool for good measure. It was the most dramatic of finishes to the final match of a brilliant Euro Hockey League Round 1.2 event. The result meant that host club St Germain have been eliminated from the 2009-10 season of the EHL.
A full list of qualifiers from Round 1 can be found below.
COMING SOON – KO16 DRAW & VENUE ANNOUNCEMENT!
Following the completion of the Round 1 matches, the Euro Hockey League is delighted to announce two important dates for your diary regarding next Easter’s exciting K016 event of the competition.
We can confirm that the event will take place in the Netherlands, with a venue announcement taking place on the Wednesday 12 November. On Wednesday 19th November the draw for KO16 - the jewel in the crown of the Euro Hockey League - will be published on EHLHOCKEY.TV, the official website of the tournament.
For more information, pool tables and live match streaming, please visit www.ehlhockey.tv.
EHL Round 1.2 – St Germain HC, Paris (FRA), 23 - 25 October 2009
Schedule (all times are local – GMT +1)
Friday 23 October 2009
14.30 hrs Pool D Club Egara v HC Bra 3-2
16.30 hrs Pool C East Grinstead HC v KS AWF Poznań 4-1
18.30 hrs Pool A Der Club an der Alster v HC Rotweiss Wettingen 5-1
20.30 hrs Pool F St Germain HC v KHC Leuven 1-7
Saturday 24 October 2009
10.30 hrs Pool D Rot-Weiss Köln HC v HC Bra 11-1
12.30 hrs Pool A HC Bloemendaal v HC Rotweiss Wettingen 7-0
14.30 hrs Pool C East Grinstead HC v Amsterdam H&BC 1-2
16.30 hrs Pool F Beeston HC v KHC Leuven 3-0
Sunday 25 October 2009
10.30 hrs Pool D Rot-Weiss Köln HC v Club Egara 3-2
12.30 hrs Pool C Amsterdam H&BC v KS AWF Poznań 6-0
14.30 hrs Pool A HC Bloemendaal v Der Club an der Alster 2-1
16.30 hrs Pool F St Germain HC v Beeston HC 0-1
Qualifying teams for Round 2
Pool A: 1 – HC Bloemendaal. 2 – Der Club an der Alster
Pool B: 1 – Atletic Terrassa. 2 – Reading HC
Pool C: 1 – Amsterdam H&BC. 2 – East Grinstead
Pool D: 1 – Rot-Weiss Köln HC. 2 – Club Egara
Pool E: 1 – RC de Polo de Barcelona. 2 – Waterloo Ducks
Pool F: 1 – Beeston HC. 2 – KHC Leuven
Pool G: 1 – H.C. Rotterdam. 2 – Pembroke Wanderers
Pool H: 1 – UHC Hamburg. 2 – WKS Grunwald Poznan
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