The Euro Hockey League and the European Hockey Federation are delighted to announce the draw and venues for Rounds 1.1 and 1.2 of the forthcoming 2011-2012 season. German newcomers HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim and Belgian champions KHC Dragons will host their first ever Euro Hockey League tournaments when the hugely successful and pioneering club competition enters its fifth season later this year.
The Round 1 tournaments will take place over two weekends in October. Round 1.1 Mülheim will begin on Friday 7th October and finish on Sunday 9th October 2011. Round 1.2 Brasschaat will take place two weeks later, beginning on Friday 21st October and finishing on Sunday 23rd October 2011. Each event will feature 12 of Europe’s finest club teams fighting it out in a bid to reach Easter’s stunning KO16 tournament, which will take place in The Netherlands.
"We are absolutely thrilled that HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim and KHC Dragons will host the first rounds of the Euro Hockey League", said EHL Chairman of the Board Jons Hensel. "It is fantastic that HTC Uhlenhorst will make their first Euro Hockey League appearances in front of their home fans, and we are confident that the club will make a superb job of hosting the tournament. KHC Dragons will also be magnificent hosts, and their passionate supporters will no doubt ensure that there is a wonderful atmosphere at the event."
HTC Uhlenhorst – situated in the city of Mülheim an der Ruhr in the North Rhine-Westphalia area of Germany – will be the location of the matches that take place in Pools B, C, G and H. The host club, who finished second in Germany’s Bundesliga last season, will compete in Pool B where they will face Spanish giants Atlétic Terrassa and AHTC Wien of Austria. Pool C sees English champions Beeston pitted against Spain’s RC de Polo de Barcelona and Poland’s KS Pomorzanin Toruń. Torun’s compatriots WKS Grunwald Poznan (POL) will do battle with Ashley Jackson’s East Grinstead (ENG) and Dinamo Elektrostal (RUS) in Pool G, while Dinamo Kazan (RUS) and Olimpia Kolos Sekvoia (UKR) will aim to overcome Teun de Nooijer’s HC Bloemendaal – the 2009 EHL champions – in Pool H.
Pools A, D, E and F will be played at the home ground of KHC Dragons, located in north-east Antwerp in the historic municipality of Brasschaat. Dutch champions Amsterdam H&BC make a return to the competition after a one-season absence in Pool A, where they will be in competition with 2011 EHL Bronze medallists Reading HC (ENG) and debutants Cookstown (IRL). Pool D features three very strong sides, with newly crowned champions of Germany Der Club an der Alster facing 2011 EHL finalists Club de Campo de Madrid (ESP) and Racing Club Bruxelles (BEL). Host club and Belgian champions KHC Dragons compete in Pool E, where their many fans will aim to cheer them on to success against H.C. Rotterdam (NED) and HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI), while double EHL champions UHC Hamburg (GER) take on Banbridge HC and CA Montrouge, the champions of Ireland and France respectively.
More information about the Round 1 events such as ticketing details will be revealed on www.ehlhockey.tv .
Euro Hockey League 2011/12 - Round 1 Draw
Date: 7-9 October 2011
Venue: HTC Uhlenhorst, Mülheim (GER)
Pool B: Atlètic Terrassa HC (ESP), HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim (GER), AHTC Wien (AUT)
Pool C: Beeston HC (ENG), RC de Polo de Barcelona (ESP), KS Pomorzanin Toruń (POL)
Pool G: WKS Grunwald Poznań (POL), East Grinstead HC (ENG), Dinamo Elektrostal (RUS)
Pool H: Dinamo Kazan (RUS), HC Bloemendaal (NED), Olympia Kolos Sekvoia (UKR)
Date:21-23 October 2011
Venue:KHC Dragons, Antwerp (BEL)
Pool A: Amsterdam H&BC (NED), Reading HC (ENG), Cookstown HC (IRL)
Pool D: Der Club an der Alster (GER), Club de Campo de Madrid (ESP), RC Bruxelles (BEL)
Pool E: KHC Dragons (BEL), HC Rotterdam (NED), HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI)
Pool F: Banbridge HC (IRL), UHC Hamburg (GER), CA Montrouge (FRA)
Round 1The 24 clubs will play in 8 pools of 3, at 2 venues (4 separate pools in each venue). Over 3 days each club will play the other two, once. The clubs finishing first and second in each pool will progress to Round 2 (KO16). The club finishing third in each pool will be eliminated from the competition.
Source: Euro Hockey League Media Release
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