06:04:2015, Bilthoven: Today in Bilthoven, all games count towards the final ranking points on offer for all teams, so each result will count when the EHF calculates the points and rankings for the 2016 EuroHockey Club Tournaments. The Final Rankings and make up of the divisions for next year will be announced after the EuroHockey Trophy and Challenges at Whitsun. But today was about performances and getting the best possible position in the ranking. We started the day with the 5th – 8th place playoffs.

7th/8th Place – IZMAYLOVO v CANTERBURY

In the opening half Canterbury, still reeling from their shock defeat to UCD yesterday, came out determined to overturn yesterday’s result and at least finish off the bottom ranked place.

They opened the scoring via number 19 Nikki Lloyd in the opening minutes. With much of the possession Canterbury were unlucky not to be further ahead in the first quarter, but made up for that with 3 goals on the second quarter  all from play, Dirke Chamberlain, and two from Anna Baker.

With a strong first half, Canterbury sat back at the start of the second half, allowing Imaylovo into the game sufficiently to earn a PC and goal vis Daria Vasileva, but they took control again and added a penalty stroke in the 47th minute, converted by Mel Clewlow.

The final quarter, both teams battled it out, but the result was clear as Canterbury never allowed the Russians game to flow. The Final score of 1-5 in favour of Canterbury and a 7th place finish, Izmaylovo finish 8th.

Final Score 1-5

‘3 Canterbury     19 LLOYD Nikki FG 0-1
’19 Canterbury   12 CHAMBERLAIN Dirkie FG 0-2
’20 Canterbury   15 BAKER Anna FG 0-3
’32 Canterbury   15 BAKER Anna FG 0-4
’44 Izmaylovo    2 VASILEVA Daria PC 1-4
’47 Canterbury   6 CLEWLOW Mel PS 1-5

 

5th/ 6th place – Surbiton HC v UCD Ladies HC

The second game of the day was between Surbiton, England and UCD, Ireland, with a smattering of International players it was billed to be a good game. Surbiton tested the UCD defence early in the game with a Jo Hunter went on a darting run down the right flank, but ultimately to no avail. The Irish team lost their International star Anna O Flanagan in the 13th minute to injury, this was a huge loss and perhaps a game clanger. Rebecca Herbert was first on the score sheet for Surbiton with a strike that zipped past the UCD’s keepers head.

A high tempo start to the second half saw a wave of attacks from Surbiton. A foul by UCD deemed deliberate in the circle in 41st minute allowed Georgie Twigg to step up to the penalty spot and double Surbiton’s lead. UCD did claw one back via a deflected corner from Katie Mullen. With all to play for it as Surbiton who, possibly with the more experienced players in their squad pilled on the pressure in the final quarter, a sublime shot in the 55th minute from  a  Julia King direct strike at a PC put the game beyond the grasp of UCD, and a final goal from Jo Hunter who had threatened all day in the 59th minute finished the scoring and the game at 4-1.

Final Score 4-1

’22 Surbiton 17 HERBERT Rebecca FG 1-0
’41 Surbiton 8 TWIGG Georgina PS 2-0
’52+ UCD 12 MULLAN Katie (C) PC 2-1
’55 Surbiton 6 KING Julia PC 3-1
’59 Surbiton 9 HUNTER Jo FG 4-1

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