Both Railway Union and Cork Harlequins have seen their expectations of top tier European club hockey go up in smoke this week, having now to settle for life in the second tier.
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Audrey O’Flynn’s double corner strike handed Hermes European gold in Wettingen as they claimed a fourth win in succession to impressively make it an Irish double in club competition.
Hermes gained one of the final places on offer with a strong 3-1 victory over Slavia Praha in Wettingen to continue their perfect record in the competition after three days.
Hermes moved into pole position in Pool B of the EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge I in Wettingen as they grabbed a second win in two days.
Hemes avoided potential disaster with three quick-fire corners to overcome hosts Rotweiss Wettingen and get their European campaign off to a strong start.
Stephen Butler and Eugene Magee hope that Chinese astrology comes to bear this weekend and that this year is the EHL Year of the Dragon.
For a club who have played in European club competition seven times in the past 14 years and the consistency that brings, it is surprising that just three of Hermes’ 2009 vintage are still around for this weekend
Last weekend’s EuroHockey Club Champion’s Trophy victory has shown just how threatening Pegasus can be and now offers a place in top tier of European club hockey for this season’s IHL champion
Suzanne Beaney’s 69th minute winner put Pegasus in dreamland as they claimed their fourth European club title in incredible fashion against Ukraine’s MSC Sumchanka.
Pegasus earned their place in the final of the EuroHockey Club Champion’s Trophy as they weathered early storms in each half of their tie before ultimately overcoming the robust Lithuanian champions at Queen’s.
Pegasus got their EuroHockey Club Champion’s Trophy campaign off to a flying start on Friday as they beat La Gantoise 4-1 on day one of the competition, hosted at Queen’s University Playing Fields the first time.
Banbridge bowed out of the EHL with their heads held high as they gave UHC Hamburg a good rattle in Antwerp on Sunday morning but ultimately the German’s calibre guided them through along with CA Montrouge.
Cookstown bowed out from their European adventure with a chastening victory at the hands of an all-star Amsterdam side in Antwerp on Saturday afternoon, seeing the Dutch side and Reading go through to the KO16
A rough draw for Ireland’s two EuroHockey League sides, Banbridge came close to grabbing a draw after two goals behind to CA Montrouge while Cookstown were undone by an on-form Reading in Antwerp
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.