Hermes-Monkstown will look to bounce back today in the women’s EuroHockey Club Champions Cup after a chastening 9-0 loss against a star-studded Den Bosch on Friday evening.
The Dutch side proved too strong for the Dubliners as they took five minutes to go ahead with Maartje Paumen firing in a drag-flick from a corner.
She scored again in the first half in addition to two goals from Frederique Matla as they built a 4-0 half-time lead.
Anna O’Flanagan did earn a corner which Chloe Watkins – utilised in centre back for much of the tie – dragged just wide from one of the side’s strongest attacks.
But further goals in the second half from Imme van der Hoek, Pien Sanders, Noor Ormani, Ireen van der Assem and Marlies Verbruggen closed out the result. For good measure, Den Bosch then smashed Surbiton 7-1 in their Saturday semi-final to set up a final date with UHC Hamburg.
For Hermes-Monkstown, they now play Spain’s Complutense at 12pm Irish time where a win would guarantee them a playoff for fifth or sixth.
In Munich, Pegasus had a tough opening day fixture against Club de Campo, falling 5-0, but they bounced back with a 3-2 win over Grove Menzieshill with Alex Speers scoring twice in the 12th minute to power the win.
Hannah Grieve made it 3-1 and they held on for the victory that gave them a chance of a strong finish. They followed up with a cracking tie against Belarus’s Ritm Grodno but ultimately missed out on the win they required to land a top two spot.
Speers got her third of the tournament to make it 1-1 in first quarter before Rachel McMillan put Pegs in front. Grodno swapped the lead by half-time, 3-2.
Hannah McMillan equalised once again early in the second half only for Volha Shyntar to restore the Grodno lead in the 43rd minute.
Speers struck once more, however, to make it 4-4 going into the final quarter. Steph Quinn’s yellow card slowed their momentum.
On her return, they did win two late corners but the Belarussian defence held firm to keep them at bay. It means they will finish third in their pool with Campo top and Grodno in second place.
Women’s EuroHockey Club Chanpions Cup (fixtures in Irish time)
Quarter-final: Hermes-Monkstown 0 Den Bosch 9 (M Paumen 2, F Matla 2, I van der Hoek, P Sanders, N Ormani, I van der Assem, M Verbruggen)
5th to 8th playoffs (Sunday): Hermes-Monkstown vs SPV Complutense, 12pm
EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy
Friday: Pegasus 0 Club de Campo 5 (M Lopez 3, C Cano Ruiz, L Barrios); Ritm Grodno 3 Menzieshill 0
Saturday: Pegasus 3 (A Speers 2, H Grieve) Menzieshill 2 (J McMullan, L Carroll); Club de Campo 4 Ritm Grodno 2
Sunday: Pegasus 4 (A Speers 2, H McMillan, R McMillan) Ritm Grodno 4 (V Shyntar 3, Y Kurhanskaya)