With every game being a knockout and every game needing a result, it was a highly entertaining day here in Bilthoven. With 2 shootouts required and 2 games being decided during the 70 minutes of play.
Surbiton v Club de Campo
The opening game of EHCCC2015 was contested by Surbiton, English Champions and Club de Campo. The opening half was one of cat and mouse as neither team seemed to want to take the game to the other team, content to play defensively and not concede. Surbiton had the better of the first half with a shot on goal after the 7th minute, but the score was 0-0 at half time. Surbiton opened the scoring via Hannah Coulson in the 41st minute. Club de Campo equalised via a corner from Captain Rocio GUTIERREZ SIERRA but in spite of 3 penalty corners Club de Campo failed to go ahead and as the clock ticked down, under the new regulations, a penalty shoot-out was looking likely. On the hooter and with no further score for either side we had the first shoot out of the day. Which Club de Campo comfortably won 2-0.
Final Score 1-1 0-2 APS
’41 SURBITON 3 COULSON Hannah FG
’54 CLUB DE CAMPO 2 GUTIERREZ SIERRA Rocio (C) PC
Rot Weiss Koln v UCD Ladies
Match 2 started with UCD having the better start. With 2 pcs in the first 5 minutes but the Koln defence held firm. In the 11th minute, UCD had an excellent chance as Anna O Flannagan broke free but put the ball just wide. The score was 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Again it was UCD making all the play but the tide turned in the 31st minute as Hannah Gablac scored from open play. They held firm in spite of renewed attacking play from UCD. It was 1-0 at half time. Rot Weiss went ahead again in the 37th minute from a well-executed Penalty corner deflected in by Lea Stockel. UCD continued to threaten and worked hard for their first goal, scored by Anna O Flannagan in the 48th minute. A hard fought 4th quarter saw UCD score the equaliser, but it was disallowed, the umpire deemed that the keeper had been fouled. In spite of a power play in the last 2 by the Irish girls, the German defence held firm 2-1 being the final score.
Final Score 2-1
’31 ROT WEISS KOLN 30 GABLAĆ Hannah FG
’37 ROT WEISS KOLN 7 STÖCKEL Lea PC
’48 UCD 15 O’FLANAGAN Anna FG
HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch – CSP Izmailovo
The 3rd game of the day was a mismatch between the mighty Den Bosch and the Russian team CSP Izmailovo from Moscow.
Den Bosch came out of the traps determined to secure a semi-final slot and strike fear in the other contenders it seemed as they scored in the second minute. However the CSP defense worked hard to keep them out and were forced to conceed a penalty stroke on the 16th minute which Maartje Paumen made sure to put away. A third goal in the 25th minute and Den Bosch were 3 ahead at the half. In the second half they scored at will it seemed and with a final score of 9-0 they have laid down their intention to reclaim the crown they lost to AHBC last year.
‘2 ‘s Hertogenbosch 22 KREKELAAR Maartje FG
’16 ‘s Hertogenbosch 9 PAUMEN Maartje (C) PC
’25 ‘s Hertogenbosch 9 PAUMEN Maartje (C) PS
’38 ‘s Hertogenbosch 11 VORSTENBOSCH Vera FG
’38 ‘s Hertogenbosch 11 VORSTENBOSCH Vera FG
’40 ‘s Hertogenbosch 9 PAUMEN Maartje (C) PC
’53 ‘s Hertogenbosch 19 HULSEN Lieke FG
’69 ‘s Hertogenbosch 9 PAUMEN Maartje (C) PC
’69 ‘s Hertogenbosch 17 KEETELS Marloes FG
Canterbury v SCHC
The final game of the day was in front of a full house here in SCHC, with good support for the visitors Canterbury. Van Massakker had her first attempt at goal in the first quarter but her shot went wide. With a marked defensive play from Canterbury the first quarter ended 0-0. Roos Drost was making her presence felt in the Canterbury circle putting immense pressure on the defense. Canterbury almost equalised via a PC from Balson but no one could get the required deflection.
Half time in a very tight game saw SCHC just ahead at the half 0-1.
Just after the start of the second half Canterbury equalised via Wilson and it was game on.
SCHC upped a gear and in the 3rd quarter were awarded 4 PC’s, all of which were taken by van Maasakker but in spite of her dragging high and low, the Canterbury defence held. mainly due to some heroics from Kepper Fagg. On the hooter of the quarter SCHC’s van Maasakker finally found the net this time a variation. The hosts led 1-2 going into the final quarter.
Canterbury kept the faith and were rewarded in the 65th minute as Balson’s direct drag flick found the net. A very exciting 5 minutes as both teams tried to find the winner, but in the end the game needed a Shoot Out. The more experienced team SCHC at the 8 second 1v1, scored 3 to Canterbury’s nil and won a place in the semi-final tomorrow.
Final Score 2-2 0-3 APS
’27 SCHC 9 DIRKSE van den HEUVEL Carlien (C) FG
’36 CANTERBURY 17 WILSON Jen FG
’52+ SCHC 13 van MAASAKKER Caia PC
’65 CANTERBURY 4 BALSDON Grace (C) PC
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