SV Arminen and Royal Daring will be the new faces in the KO16 as they confirmed their ticket to Bloemendaal on day three of Round One of the Euro Hockey League. For Austria’s Arminen, they were not in action today but they were grateful to Kelburne’s stout defensive work to deny Atletic Terrassa the goals they needed to overhaul them.
Tanguy Cosyns’ hat trick for Daring defeated Racing Club de France 3-1. They will be joined their by Kampong and Rot Weiss Köln who also made it through from today’s games with comfortable wins, beating Dinamo Stroitel (7-1) and HC Bra (9-0) respectively. That quartet are now bound for Bloemendaal, the host club of the KO16/FINAL4 which will take place around Easter 2015.
Here’s a breakdown of all the day three action:
Pool A: Kampong 7 (C Jonker 2, J van de Vijkeijken 2, L Luypaert 2, P Meulenbroek) Dinamo Stroitel 0
Kampong cruised into the KO16 with a big win over Dinamo Stroitel, avoiding the drama required 24 hours earlier to beat East Grinstead.
Three goals in the first quarter killed off any notions that Dinamo Stroitel might challenge the Dutch side. Loick Luypaert fired home a very early penalty corner before Constantijn Jonker and Joost van de Vijfeijken built an imposing scoreline.
Both Jonker and van de Vijfeijken added their second goals in the second quarter before a low-key final quarter saw only Philip Meulenbroek and Luypaert’s late flick add to the tally. Nonetheless, Kampong make it through to the KO16 for the second successive year and will look forward to good support in Bloemendaal.
Pool B: Royal Daring 3 (T Cosyns 3) Racing Club de France 1 (J-D Koch)
Tanguy Cosyns’ hat trick saw Daring through to the KO16 from Pool B as they secured their second strong win of the weekend in the face of a battling Racing Club de France.
The Belgian star got the slightest of touches to a left wing cross which slipped past Corentin Saunier in the 24th minute. His second half drag-flick made it 2-0 and he also scored his side’s third goal before Jean-David Koch got one back for Racing in the closing minutes.
It continues Daring’s incredible journey, rising from the Belgian second tier five seasons ago.
Pool C: Rot Weiss Köln 9 (M Miltkau 2, M Grambusch 2, B Wess 2, T Grambusch, C Zeller, M Chorus)
Rot Weiss Köln produced a devastating performance to sweep past the challenge of Italian side HC Bra who could not summon a similar performance to Friday. There, they pushed Grunwald Poznan all the way but the German side were a completely different proposition.
Indeed, any chance of a major shock were dispelled in the opening five minutes as Marco Miltkau and two efforts from Mats Grambusch made it 3-0 with a breathtaking show of speed and precision.
Benjamin Wess tore forward to score the fourth while Christopher Zeller’s thunderous backhand shot extended the lead to 5-0 at the quarter-time hooter. Wess got his second goal before half-time and further efforts from Miltkau, Tom Grambusch and Martin Chorus extended the lead out to nine.
Pool D: Atletic Terrassa 4 (I Freixa 2, I Guerrero, F Di Mercurio) Bromac Kelburne 1 (L Morton)
Atletic Terrassa ran up a highly charged 4-1 win over Bromac Kelburne but it was SV Arminen who were ultimately celebrating as the Spanish side could not get enough goals to overhaul the Austrian side.
Needing to win by four goals, they had one in the bank at half-time via Inyaki Freixa and Ignasi Guerrero popped home his side’s second in the 40th minute. But Lee Morton dribbled home a penalty corner to get Kelburne on the board and leave Atletic needing another three goals.
They registered only two more – from Freixa and Frank Di Mercurio – before dramatically seeing a Marc Bolto goal disallowed on video referral, much to the delight of the SV Arminen players in the grounds
Photographs: EHL/Frank Uijlenbroek