Hilversum, 13 October, 2014, – The EHL KO16/FINAL 4 will return to Bloemendaal in 2015 for the third time next Easter when the 16 best clubs on the continent will battle it out for the title of Europe’s premier club.
It will coincide with Bloemendaal’s 120th anniversary and is set to be yet another spectacular of hockey with 16 knock-out matches of the very highest quality. Most recently, the club played host to the farewell game of Teun de Nooijer in 2013, the club icon winning the trophy on home turf in front of a passionate and adoring public. Similar memories will be made this year and the Chairman of the EHL board, Jons Hensel, says it will be another event that further secures the EHL’s place as the world’s best club competition.
“We are delighted to return to Bloemendaal, one of the most historic clubs in the Netherlands and the EHL,” Hensel said. “They have been superb hosts in the past and will, no doubt, generate that same atmosphere again while the hospitality to visitors from around the continent will be second to none.”
Marijke Fleuren, the President of the EHF, added: “We are looking forward to bringing the KO16/Final 4 to Bloemendaal, a club that has a special relationship with the EHL. The quality on display in Barcelona in Round 1 tells us that the hockey in the knock-out stages will be something special.”
Bloemendaal President Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, meanwhile, says it will be a serious celebration once again: “We will have a big party just like the previous times we hosted the EHL.
“There are sixteen teams coming from all over Europe to Bloemendaal. The EHL is a great advertisement for the province of North Holland and HC Bloemendaal and we guarantee plenty of atmosphere and beautiful hockey.”
Full details of dates and fixture times will be confirmed in due course.
Photograph: EHF/Frank Uijlenbroek