The second day of the KO16 in Rotterdam saw H.C. Rotterdam, Reading HC, East Grinstead and KHC Dragons qualifying for the Quarter Finals. All three Dutch and all three English teams marched into the next round. They are joined by KHC Dragons from Belgium and the EHL double-winners Uhlenhorster HC from Germany. Monday’s Quarter Finals see East Grinstead facing Rotterdam with KHC Dragons taking on Reading.
KO16 host H.C. Rotterdam had given away a convincing 4-0 lead against German runners-up Uhlenhorst Mülheim. After being 0-4 down Mülheim started a stunning fight-back scoring three goals in the third quarter. The 4-4 equaliser was a penalty corner goal from Thilo Stralkowski with three minutes remaining.
The phenomenal crowd in Rotterdam’s hockey stadium saw both teams going into a penalty shoot-out. The score was still tied 7-7 after five attempts each. As Jeroen Hertzberger and Thilo Stralkowski scored at sudden-death stage, the decision came after the 14th penalty. Nick Wilson scored for Rotterdam while Benedikt Fürk failed to equalise for Mülheim. “It was a fantastic and exciting game with a lot of goals. It is always good to come up on top of a Penalty Shoot-Out”, Wilson said.
Ashley Jackson and Mark Gleghorne contributed three goals each to East Grinstead’s 8-0 win over French champions CA Montrouge in Saturday’s first KO16 match. “They were difficult to break down. We kept the ball a lot and they got very tired. We stuck to our game plan and were lucky enough to score enough goals in the second half”, said Gleghorne. It’s the second time that East Grinstead qualify for KO8. In 2008/09 they lost their Quarter Final 2-3 to HC Bloemendaal.
The Belgian champions KHC Dragons won their KO16 match 2-0 against the Russian runners-up Dinamo Elektrostal. “It was a difficult game. We had a difficult start as we created many chances but failed to convert them. At the end 2-0 is a good result”, said van Aubel after the match.
Reading HC knocked out German champions Club an der Alster in Saturday’s last KO16 match. Reading are the third English team to qualify for KO8 after East Grinstead and Beeston HC have also won their KO16 matches. Reading are going to face KHC Dragons in Monday’s Quarter Final.
English champions Beeston HC, EHL double winners Uhlenhorster HC from Hamburg as well as the two Dutch clubs Amsterdam H&BC and HC Bloemendaal qualified in Friday’s KO16 matches.
Sunday’s first Quarter Final will see Beeston facing UHC Hamburg. This match is followed by the Dutch Quarter Final with the Hoofdklasse champions AH&BC taking on the runners-up from Bloemendaal. This giant meeting will also be a battle between the Dutch legends Floris Evers (Amsterdam) and Teun de Nooijer (Bloemendaal).
Detailed match summaries, video highlights, images and much more information on the KO16 is available on www.ehlhockey.tv , the official website of the Euro Hockey League.
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