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.
Kate Dillon’s terrific trio led Railway Union to Eurohockey Indoor Women’s Club Champions Challenge glory in Bratislava this afternoon when they got the better of Turkish champions Nizip Halk Egitim SC 6-4.
Railway Union made it through to the playoff stages of the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champion’s Challenge, enjoying their first ever taste of European hockey with wins over Serbia’s HC Bask and Portugal’s CF Os Blenenses in Bratislava.
Pembroke will combat a familiar face in the KO16 round of the EuroHockey League after they were pitted against former captain Ronan Gormley’s Club de Campo in the knock-out phase of the competition to be played in Bloemendaal
Having completed the first half of the outdoor season with Crefelder HTC in Germany, Tim Lewis has encountered a very different hockey culture to the one in Dublin.
Chris Cargo, Ronan Gormley and Phelie Maguire tell The Hook about life with their respective clubs in England, Spain and Belgium after the first couple of months of the season
Glenanne got the favour they desired from Mannheimer to join Pembroke in the KO16 of the EuroHockey League, the Germans beating WKS Grunwald Poznan 5-1 this morning in Terrassa.
Glenanne face an anxious waiting game after they were twice pegged back by Tomasz Dutkiewicz, meaning they rely on a result from Mannheimer early tomorrow morning against WKS Grunwald Poznan.
As predicted, Glenanne’s EHL KO16 dreams will come down to their result on Saturday morning against WKS Grunwald Poznan but the manner in which they arrived at this point was probably not predicted in Terrassa.
Glenanne skipper Joe Brennan believes Saturday morning’s tie against Grunwald Poznan will be the key factor if the Tallaght club are to follow Pembroke into the KO16 round of the EuroHockey League in Terrassa.
Craig Wilson’s late goal garnered a losing bonus point from Pembroke’s second Pool F tie in the EuroHockey League in Eindhoven, a result which will help Ireland’s longer term aspirations of holding onto two places in the competition.
Pembroke’s place in the KO16 round was confirmed as HGC’s emphatic 9-2 win over Olimpia Kolos Sekvoia guaranteed them at least second place in Pool F with a shot-to-nothing against the Dutch side on Sunday.
Brandon Panther added to his growing reputation in Pembroke colours with a stunning salvo in the closing five minutes as they dug deep in their opening EuroHockey League tie against Ukraine’s Olimpia Kolos Sekvoia, snatching a late 4-3 win.
An early start greets Pembroke in Eindhoven tomorrow as their third EHL campaign gets underway with a battle against the tournament’s lowest ranked side, Olimpia Kolos Sekvoia (8.30am, Irish time), before facing the might of HGC on Sunday.
Railway Union were handed the honour of hosting the EuroHockey Club Champion’s Trophy next April, bringing the competition to Park Avenue for their maiden European outdoor campaign.
Pembroke and Glenanne were both given a taster of the challenges ahead in the Euro Hockey League last weekend when they faced Beeston in high quality friendly fixtures last weekend.
Brian Doherty has swelled the numbers of Irishmen in Belgium for the coming season, confirming last night that he will link up with Antwerp-based Braxgata.
Pembroke Wanderers and Glenanne found out their EHL fate tonight with the former visiting Oranje Zwart’s Eindhoven base while the Glens travel to Barcelona for the second year of information.
Tim Lewis confirmed his move to Crefelder HTC in Germany this morning to The Hook, meaning Pembroke’s opening Leinster senior league tie with Glenanne will have an ever more new-look. Meanwhile, the Leinster Branch released the early season fixtures with all the details here