June 3rd – This is our EuroHockey Challenges round-up! Catch up on all of today’s action here:
EuroHockey Club Challenge I, Men, Vinnitsa
Penarth HC (WAL) – Hockey Klub Zelina (CRO) 1-3
Welsh side Penarth HC met Zelina in the opening match of day 2 here in Vinnitsa. Both teams were looking for a win, as they both lost their opening games yesterday, Penarth in a 10 -0 defeat to Stroitel Brest. Zelina got the lead a minute before the end of the first quarter with a goal by Mario Ilinovic (#17) , and widened the lead with a second goal in the second quarter by Michal Nowakowski (#2). Penarth managed to get on the score sheet in the 44th minute with a goal by Dave Joyce (#7) but the writing was on the wall. Zelina finished off with a late goal by Mihael Posavec (#21) and secured the win.
TJ Plzen Litice (CZE) – SC Stroitel Brest (BLR) 0-4
After a dominating performance yesterday against Penarth HC, Stroitel Brest was once again ready to claim victory. Mikhail Paulovich (#2) scored all for goals for the Belorussian side, twice in the first quarter and once in the third and fourth quarter. Stroitel Brest are in the running now for that promotion spot to the Trophy in 2018!
FHC Akademik Plus Sofia (BUL) – Slagelse HC (DEN) 2-3
Both Akademik and Slagelse suffered heavy defeats yesterday, so they needed a win and a big goal difference. They were well matched and worked hard, first 30 minutes were goalless but with a lot of excitement. Slagelse opened the score at the start of the third quarter, Sofia equalised before the end of the period. The fourth quarter brought a lot of action, with Slagelse scoring twice in quick succession at the start. Akademik worked to regain even footing and managed another goal, bu were unable to gain the advantage before the end of the match.
HC OKS-SHVSM Vinnitsa (UKR) – AD Lousada (POR) 5-3
The host racks up another victory, to the great delight of the home crowd! Vinnitsa took control of the game early, with 3 goals in the first 15 minutes, all by Ivan Yakovenko (#22). Lousada regained its footing in the second quarter, scoring twice and getting close to equalising. But Yakovnko was back after the break, and not content with a hat trick, scored once more to widen the lead. Lousada kept pushing and once again got within one goal, but Vinnitsa closed the deal with one more goal at 54 minutes.
EuroHockey Club Challenge II, Men, Gibraltar
Clube de Futebol Uniao de Lamas (POR) – KPH Raca (SVK) 3-2
Lamas and Raca met up for the first of today’s games, third day of competition in Gibraltar. With this match, pool A’s positions are final, with Servette HC finishing at the top. Lamas and Raca brought the audience a lively match today. Lamas took the early lead, but Raca quickly turned the tables around with two quick goals that brought them the advantage, all within the first fifteen minutes! Lamas was unable to break through until the second half, where an early goal in the third quarter levelled the playing field. Flavio Pinto (#16), in the 51st minute gave Lamas the win.
Grammarians HC (GIB) – Gaziantep Polisgücü SK (TUR) 3-2
The hosts, Grammarians HC took on Turkey’s Gaziantep Polisgucu SK for the last match of the day. The Turks started off strong, gaining two goals in the first quarter. The Gibraltarian supporters in the crowd seemed to think the Turks had it until Grammarians were awarded a penalty corner in the second quarter, which was impressively executed by Carl Rammage. The crowd went wild and this seemed to the fuel the players further, leading to two more goals!
EuroHockey Club Challenge III, Men, Lipovci
Nacka LHK (SWE) – Asteras Agion Anargiron HC (GRE) 1-2
The Greek side racks up its second win in as many days, propelling them to the top of the table and in competition for the promotion spot. A scoreless first half, the game came alive for Asteras in the third quarter, with a penalty stroke giving them the lead, by Konstantinos Tsiamis (#11). Three minutes later, a penalty corner widened the lead, with Stavros Siderdis (#16) at the right place at the right time. Nacka’s Elias Lennevi (#7) manged to discount one in the last minute of regular time, but the Greek team took the win.
Qormi HC (MLT) – Kringsja Sports Klubb (NOR) 0-1
A tight game between Qormi and Kringsja, neither was able to make a successful shot. Kringsja’s Baptiste Rogeau (#20) scored the only goal of the match, but that’s all the Norwegian side needed to claim the 5 points.
Soerbymagle HC (DEN) – Baltic Champs (LTU) 3-1
Soerbymagle delivers another convincing performance today against Baltic Champs, hoping for a spot in the promotion pool. Jonas Jensen (#9) and Casper Dahl (#13) were responsible for goals, as was Markus Hansen (#26). Kristin Bubnelis (#9) in the 32nd minute for Champs, with the Danes taking the victory.
HC Lipovci (SLO) – SZLG DSE – Olcote HC (HUN) 5-0
Host Lipovci with its second win of the tournament and securing a spot at the top of the pool A table. Taking the lead early, Lipovci dominated, and the Hungarian side Olcote could do little to respond. With the same number of points as the Danish Soerbymagle, the games for tomorrow will have a lot of stakes for the host, who is hoping for promotion.
EuroHockey Club Challenge IV, Men, Predanovci
Mortensrud-Aker SK (NOR) – Seinäjoki United (FIN) 1-11
After their defeat to Bulgarians General Toshevo, Seinäjoki delivered a steady stream of goals throughout the four quarters, leaving Mortensrud-Aker little room for reaction. Petri Jalonen (#9) and Tommi Rantala (#17) scored a hat trick each for the Finnish side.
Floriana Young Stars HC (MLT) – Napeos Apollon HC (GRE) 2-1
Malta’s Floriana Young Stars delivers another win, after a lively match against Greeee’s Napeos Apollon HC. The Greek team fought hard and had an early lead, but Floriana rallied in the last quarter to deliver the win.
Start Berdyscev Region (UKR) – HK Triglav Predanovci (SLO) 6-2
Cracking last game in Predanovci, with Start Berdyscev getting their second win of the tournament against the host. Start opened the score early on but Triglav held strong and did not allow in any more goals for the first 30 minutes. Coming back from the break, Start Berdyscev rallied and scored three goals in quick succession. The fourth quarter brought a lot of excitement, with four goals and two yellow cards to bring the final score 6-2 to the Ukrainian side.
EuroHockey Club Challenge I, Women, Siauliai
SK Slavia Prague (CZE) – Dinamo-Giproniiaviaprom (RUS) 2 – 1
Debut game for the Czech side Slavia Prague, who got an early lead thank to captain Adela Bizova’s goal in the 10th minute. Dinamo managed to equalise in the next period, but Slavia kept trying and their won the upper hand once again to claim the points.
Swansea City HC (WAL) – Gintra Strekte Uni HC (LTU) 1-1
Last game of the day ended in a draw for Swansea City and the host, Gintra Strekte Uni. This is enough for the Lithuanian side to ensure its place in the semis on Monday.
Navax EuroHockey Club Challenge II, Women, Vienna
Black Boys HC Geneve (SUI) – HC 1946 Praga (CZE) 3-2
Black Boys Geneve racks up its second win, but it was hard fought by the Czech side. 1946 Praga opened the score witha goal by Veronika Decsyova (#21). Geneve quickly evened the score with a shot from Macarena Rojas (#6). In the second quarter, Geneve picked up the lead again, only for Praga to even the score at the start of the third. The back and forth continued, and a penalty corner converted by Mercedes Pastor (#7) gave Geneve the lead, which they held onto until the final whistle.
HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI) – SV Arminen (AUT) 0-1
Arminen suffered a narrow defeat yesterday and needed a win, they got the lead early at the top of the second quarter and defended successfully to claim the five points.
Whitchurch Saints (WAL) – Navax AHTC Wien (AUT) 0-1
Host Navax AHTC secured their first win of the tournament today against Welsh Whitchurch Saints. Another low scoring game, due to the more even nature of the competitors, Saints pushed but could not break through to goal.
University of Edinburgh HC (SCO) – Iris Hockey Lambersart (FRA) 4-1
Edinburgh shoots to the top of pool B with another great performance in Vienna. Lambersart had a win yesterday from a tight game with Wales’ Whitchurch Saints but they could not match the Scottish power. Edinburgh established itself early and won comfortably.
EuroHockey Club Challenge III, Women, Port
AZS Politechnika Poznanska (POL) – Nacka LHK (SWE) 7-0
Day 3 in Porto and AZA Politechnika Poznanska once again sweeps the competition, shooting to the top of the table and guaranteeing them a chance at promotion. Magdalena Szczurek (#7) and Bianca Strubbe (#11) both scored hat tricks.
Grupo Desportivo do Viso (POR) – Copenhagen Hockeyclub (DEN) 1-2
After winning an early lead and holding strong for the first two quarters, the host GD Viso fell to Copenhagen HC. A late goal in the third quarter to equalise, and another goal in the 53rd minute sealed the deal for Copenhagen, in this tight game!
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