Banbridge and Lisnagarvey received perhaps the most favourable Euro Hockey League KO16 draw possible – other than facing each other – as they look to earn a maiden quarter-final berth in the elite competition for Ireland.
Eindhoven is gearing up for an Ulster-invasion next April as Lisnagarvey and Banbridge will travel to the south-Netherlands’ club Oranje-Rood for the KO16 phase of the Euro Hockey League.
Banbridge’s Olympian Eugene Magee said his side put their best foot forward to match the efforts of his club mates who put on a great show at Havelock Park for EHL ROUND1.
As a grand finale, Banbridge got the moment they deserved to cap an incredible weekend. The biggest crowd seen at the club since the move from the Castlewellan Road witnessed the first Irish club ever to top the group stages.
Man of the match Matthew Bell hailed the incredible Havelock Park support as over 2,500 fans took in Banbridge’s 2-0 win over Saint Germain.
Banbridge got a flavour of the challenge ahead of them this weekend as coach Mark Tumilty watched EHL ROUND1 opponents Royal Leopold, from Belgium, beat France’s Saint Germain 4-3 at Havelock Park.
Banbridge’s Matthew Bell says his first experience of the EHL “was unlike anything I had ever experienced before” when, as a teenager, he made his debut in the competition.
Banbridge’s most famous son Eugene Magee is hopeful his club can put on a show that the “whole town can be proud of” as they become the first Irish venue to host a Euro Hockey League event on October 7th to 9th.
Stevie Arbuthnot said he was “a bit gutted” with how his Irish Under-18 side began their tie with England as two early goals laid the base for a 3-0 result in their opening Girls EuroHockey Youth Championships Pool B tie.
Banbridge coach Mark Tumilty says the Co Down club is buzzing following the announcement of the EHL draw and the schedule as they look forward to welcoming Round 1 from October 7-9.
Havelock Park is set to be graced by over 20 Rio Olympians in October when the Euro Hockey League’s Round 1 reaches Banbridge on October 7 to 9.
Havelock Park looks set to play host to an all-star cast with Banbridge looking forward to a memorable occasion. It will be their second campaign in the EHL having played in the 2011/12 season and their eighth European campaign in total.
Banbridge will host Round 1 of the Euro Hockey League from October 7 to 9, 2016 as the competition moves to Ireland for the very first time for its 10th edition.
Lisnagarvey, Banbridge and Hermes-Monkstown will all play in the top tier of European club competition in the 2016/17 season following confirmation of the EHF national club rankings earlier this week.
Both Banbridge and Ulster Elks look set to have earned promotion for Ireland from their respective European club competitions over the weekend following runs to the finals in their respective competitions.
Banbridge and Ulster Elks will both have promotion on their mind on Monday afternoon following their respective performances in Europe while Pegasus are set to battle for seventh in the Euro Club Cup.
Banbridge leaped right back into contention in the men’s EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy thanks to a stunning second half comeback to beat HC Minsk 4-1 in Glasgow; Ulster Elks also top their group after day two at the Challenge I
Ireland’s club sides opened their European accounts with a win, a draw and a loss with Ulster Elks the stars of the day at their event in Prague.
Pegasus and Ulster Elks represent Ireland this weekend in European action as they take on the first and third tier of continental club competition at Bilthoven and Prague, respectively.
Banbridge have their own potential Euro Hockey League qualification in their own hands as they travel to Glasgow this weekend for the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy.