16th May 2016: In a re-run of last year’s Final of the EHCCC, once again SCHC faced their arch rival Den Bosch. In an incredibly tight game, with only a goal apiece, it took a Shoot Out to decide who would be Champions of Europe.
Den Bosch opened the scoring via a Pauman penalty corner in the 24th minute. SCHC pressed hard and Den Bosch looked happy to defend their lead of 1-0, which they held at half time.
The second half started slowly with most of the play in the middle of the park. In the 40th minute SCHC were awarded a stroke and van Massakker stood up to take it, roofing it past the Den Bosch keeper.
A very animated crowd cheered both sides on, but in spite of some decent attacks and a superb save by SCHC’s keeper Cox in the dying moments the game remained 1-1 at full time.
Den Bosch took the honours after a shoot out and retained their Title as Champions of Europe.
Jana Teschke (UHC, Hamburg)
Anna Shichkina (CSP Krylatskoye)
Maartje Paumen (Den Bosch)
Photograph: Den Bosch celebrating (EHF/Ady Kerry)