The Irish invasion of Brasschaat takes over this weekend as Banbridge and Cookstown, along with a glut of green internationals, go in search of an EuroHockey League KO16 place.
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Banbridge and Cookstown are set to face some of the giants of the European game following the draw for the EHL this afternoon. Bann play double champions UHC Hamburg while Cookstown meet Amsterdam and Reading
Following three convincing group stage wins, Loreto finished in some style as they ran up a 7-1 final mauling to take EuroHockey Club Champion’s Challenge gold in emphatic style in Lille as they put Switzerland’s HC Olten to the sword.
Loreto reached one of the two Monday ‘finals’ as they completed Group B of the EuroHockey Club Champion’s Challenge II with a 100pc record, holding off the challenge of Swansea’s Spartans.
Loreto moved within a point of one of Monday’s two ‘finals’ as they notched a second successive win in Lille, adding the host’s scalp to that of HTC Wien who were conquered 24 hours earlier, thanks to Ali Meeke’s double
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Loreto producing a storming second half performance to bounce back from a nervy start in Lille, coming from a goal behind to sweep past the challenge of HTC Wien.
Ireland is guaranteed a representative in the final of the Euro Hockey League as well as the women’s Club Champion’s Cup on Sunday, the first time since John Jermyn and Iain Lewers stepped out with HGC back in 2008 that Irish-born players have played at such a level
Loreto coach Gareth Evans is hopeful the lengthy lay-off from competitive action will not prove a stumbling block for his charges as they take on the EuroHockey Club Champion’s Challenge II in Lille this weekend
Having helped Club de Campo secure a place in the semi-finals of the EuroHockey League, Irish captain Ronan Gormley intended taking a few days out in Ireland for R&R and to launch the new ‘crowdfunding’ initiative
Armagh scored a major coup last weekend when head coach Niall McCool brought over former Dutch captain and Olympic gold medalist Janneke Schopman for several development workshops and first team training sessions.
Railway Union ended their first European outdoor campaign with bronze as they finished the tournament strong, getting the better of Scotland’s Grove 4-1 in Park Avenue on Easter Monday
Railway Union picked up their first outdoor European win to take second place in Pool A of the women’s EuroHockey and a place in the third place playoff on Monday afternoon (1pm).
Despite a rousing performance and a game to remember, Railway Union were knocked out of the running for the EuroHockey Club Champion’s Trophy overall title at Park Avenue by Royal Wellington on Saturday afternoon.
Railway Union snatched a last-gasp draw in their maiden European outdoor appearance at a packed Park Avenue on Friday afternoon, Sinead Walsh roofing a penalty corner with ten minutes to go against Ukraine’s MSC Sumchanka.
Glenanne can have few regrets as they left every ounce of energy on the Bloemendaal turf but HGC’s details in either circle earned the quarter-final place of an evenly matched tie.
Pembroke’s much changed and under strength panel from the group stages were well and truly cut apart by a ruthless Club de Campo who made it a sorry day for the Ballsbridge club in Europe.
Railway Union coach Mick McKinnon says he has never seen Park Avenue “more buzzing” as the club welcomes EuroHockey Club Champion’s Trophy this weekend for their maiden run at a continental outdoor competition.
Glenanne and Pembroke Wanderers will hope to break new ground this afternoon, both bidding to become the first Irish club to reach the quarter-finals of the EuroHockey League.