EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Challenge I
Chloe Brown strengthened her reputation as the biggest exponent of the indoor game in Ireland with a truly stunning performance for Ards at the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Challenge I in Budapest last weekend, landing the top scorer crown and player of the tournament title to boot.
She added a further pair in a 5-4 win over Sweden’s Partille in game three on Saturday, the Irish international netting a final second corner to claim the win from the tightest of their outings at the event.
A comfortable 12-0 win over Serbia’s HK Bask put them within a result of promotion going into Sunday’s final set of games. That initial target was achieved with a 5-2 win over Welsh side Howardian, Brown netting three times.
It left a straight battle for gold with Hockey Club Zrinjevac from Croatia who were dismissed 7-3, Brown scoring five once more with Katy Bennett bringing her tournament total to six goals with a brace.
EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Challenge I:
Friday: Ards 5 (C Brown 2, K Bennett, B Weir, A Benson) Lisbon Casuals 2; Ards 8 (C Brown 5, B Weir, A Benson, K Bennett) Agyse (Hungary) 0
Saturday: Ards 5 (C Brown 2, N Elliott 2, A Benson) Partille (Sweden) 4; Ards 12 (C Brown 5, A Benson 3, L Mills 2, N Elliott, K Bennett) HK Bask (Serbia) 0
Sunday: Ards 5 (C Brown 3, J Vaughan, K Bennett) Howardian (Wales) 2; Ards 7 (C Brown 5, K Bennett 2) Hockey Club Zrinjevac (Croatia) 3