The Euro Hockey League and the European Hockey Federation have released the match schedule for KO16 Bloemendaal, the event which sees 16 of Europe’s finest club teams reduced down to the four Semi Finalists over four days of intense knock-out action.
Last week’s dramatic draw resulted in some absolutely cracking fixtures, including the fourth consecutive meeting between double EHL champions UHC Hamburg (GER - 2008/2010) and 2009 winners HC Bloemendaal (NED), who will be hosting the KO16 event over the Easter weekend from Friday 22nd to Monday 25th April 2011.
On Friday 22nd April, England’s Beeston HC will take on HC Dinamo Kazan of Russia at 09.30 hours, before Spanish giants Club de Campo do battle with Ireland’s Pembroke Wanderers at 12.00. It will be a match enjoyed by Ireland international Ronan Gormley, the former Pembroke defender who is proving to be an outstanding acquisition for the Madrid-based team.
At 14.30, former EHL finalists HGC (NED) will take on the second of the Irish qualifiers from Round 1, with Glenanne hoping to shock their illustrious opponents and reach the Quarter Finals. The final game of the day sees high flying Germans Mannheimer facing off against Atletic Terrassa, which will surely be a game to savour as Germany based Matthias Witthaus does battle against his former club.
Saturday’s (23rd April 2010) opening match will be a head to head between two of England’s finest, with Ashley Jackson’s East Grinstead taking on Richard Mantell’s Reading HC at 09.30. The draw ensures that England is guaranteed to have at least one representative in the Quarter Finals. The 12.00 match is likely to be an absolute thriller between two attack minded teams, as Oranje Zwart of the Netherlands take to the field against 2010 EHL Semi Finalists RC de Polo de Barcelona (ESP).
Day two will be rounded off by two spectacular fixtures, with the much discussed meeting between HC Bloemendaal (NED) and UHC Hamburg (GER) taking place at 14.30 before Belgian champions KHC Dragons take on Rot-Weiss Köln, the Champions of Germany.
Sunday and Monday (24-25th April 2010) will feature the Quarter Finals, with two huge matches taking place on each day with the winners securing their place at EHL Final Four, which takes place in June 2011 at an as yet unconfirmed venue. The full Quarter Final Draw can be found below.
Tickets for the event will go on sale in the New Year. Full details will be released by the Euro Hockey League as soon as they are available.
KO16 Bloemendaal – Match Schedule
Friday 22 April 2011
09.30: Beeston HC (ENG) v Dinamo Kazan (RUS)
12.00: Club de Campo (ESP) v Pembroke Wanderers (IRL)
14.30: HGC (NED) v Glenanne (IRL)
17.00: Mannheimer HC (GER) v Atlètic Terrassa (ESP)
Saturday 23 April 2011
09.30: East Grinstead HC (ENG) v Reading HC (ENG)
12.00: Oranje Zwart (NED) v RC Polo de Barcelona (ESP)
14.30: HC Bloemendaal (NED) v UHC Hamburg (GER)
17.00: KHC Dragons (BEL) v Rot-Weiss Köln (GER)
Sunday 24 April 2011
12.00: Mannheimer HC/Atlètic Terrassa HC v Club de Campo/Pembroke Wanderers
14.30: Beeston HC/Dinamo Kazan v HGC/Glenanne
Monday 25 April 2011
12.00: KHC Dragons/Rot-Weiss Köln v East Grinstead HC/Reading HC
14.30: HC Bloemendaal/UHC Hamburg v Oranje Zwart/RC Polo de Barcelona
Note: Match times and schedule subject to change due to the requirements of television or other factors as determined by EHL. All times are Central European Time (GMT +1).
Source: Euro Hockey League Media Release
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