SV Kampong, UHC Hamburg, Banbridge HC and Atletic Terrassa qualify for the KO16.
Pool D: Atletic Terrassa 3 (J Carrera, J Malgosa, O Bach) Bromac Kelburne 2 (J Nommensen, J Cairns)
Atletic Terrassa claimed a nervous 3-2 win over Bromac Kelburne to advance to the KO16 with the Scottish side missing out on the draw they needed to eliminate last year’s FINAL4 side.
It continued Atletic’s series of dramatic results in the EHL. A day ago, they struck twice in the closing minutes to pick off an important 4-4 draw and this was similarly all or nothing according to Albert Beltran.
“It was amazing,” the captain said. “At half time, we were in trouble because we needed that win. We had to fight to the end to get the result. Atletic always has that spirit to fight and we know we have it in us. It’s always difficult in the EHL but our spirit to give it all is why we get these results.”
Jordi Carrera gave Atletic a tenth minute lead from the penalty spot when a corner shot hit a defender’s body on the line. Kelburne equalised within 60 seconds, however, when Jonas Nommensen’s drag-flick found the goal for 1-1.
The Spanish side pushed forward for much of the second quarter but to no avail as the Scottish champions defended their 23m area well, limiting clear-cut chances.
The third quarter was a different matter with Atletic netting twice in quick succession after the break. Jan Malgosa got them back in front when Albert Beltran burst down the left flank and while the first phase was blocked, the Atletic man picked up the pieces and swept in.
Oriol Bach extended the lead from the second rebounds of a corner for 3-1. But any notions that they would cruise to victory were put to bed when Josh Cairns converted a penalty stroke. It led to a mad-cap, end-to-end game with Kelburne winning a number of corners and creating a number of chances.
Atletic also had their chances to make the closing stages calmer but Rory Kerr held them out, too.
Pool D: 1. Atletic Terrassa 7pts (+1) 2. Bromac Kelburne 6pts (+1) 3. Dinamo Kazan (2) 3pts (-2)
Pool B: UHC Hamburg 3 (L Harms, O Korn, J-P Rabente) Cardiff & Met 1 (B Carless)
UHC Hamburg did what they needed to beat Cardiff & Met 3-1 to reach the KO16 once again with a goal in each of the first three quarters.
For UHC, it was a successful weekend for their new look team. Lukas Katterbach was one of five players to line out for the club for the first time in the EHL.
He had played before at Banbridge in his youth with the German underage teams and described being back as “a huge honour to play here with UHC.”
“We have a new team and it’s a process and evolving so its fun to be involved. I played with Julius Schmid in the youth teams and there are a lot of other faces I recognise so it was more like coming home than coming into a new team.”
For the game itself, after a lively start from Cardiff, with Luke Hawker testing Nicolas Jacobi, UHC went in front early on.
Leopold Harms hit back with a smart goal, twisting out of a tackle onto his backhand before unleashing a cracking shot on his backhand into the corner.
Oliver Korn got the second, showing some close skills at the right post to nudge in at close quarters. Cardiff continued to show endeavour with Owain Dolan-Gray and Rhys Gowman to the fore.
But they were pegged back once again in the third quarter when a drag-flick hit a body on the line. Jan-Philipp Rabente scored the ensuing penalty stroke for his second of the weekend.
Ben Carless dived on a penalty corner move to get one back for the Welsh club, picking up a losing bonus point for their troubles to close out a reasonably productive weekend for them. They end the group with 6 points while UHC go through with 10 to their name.
A Martijn Havenga hat trick along with goals from Constantijn Jonker, Robbert Kemperman and Jasper Luijkx saw SV Kampong ease into the KO16 thanks to a 7-1 win over KS AZS AWF Poznan.The writing was on the wall from the first minute as Jonker nicked in the first goal with just 45 seconds gone. Havenga got his first of his goals from a corner in the ninth minute before he grabbed another in the 11th minute for a comfortable 3-0 advantage.Robbert Kemperman added a trademark backhand before Jonker nudged in his second from the baseline for a 5-0 half-time lead.The scoring was slower in the second half but Havenga did complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot before Oskar Bator got one back, his persistence forcing the ball over the line.But Kampong were always able to go up a gear and Jasper Luijkx completed the victory in the closing quarter to make it 7-1. It means Kampong top their group with 10 points with Holcombe second on five points with KS AZS AWF Poznan in third.
Banbridge sent their home crowd into raptures with a dramatic 3-3 draw against Royal Leopold to earn their place in the EHL KO16 for the first time.
For coach Mark Tumilty he was initially speechless when reacting to the result: “There’s a bit of shock in there! We were always going to have to ride our luck at this level.
“We took our chances but we did give them things and Turner was excellent up front. But we did manage the game well and the right times. Eugene Magee was unbelievable as was Matthew Bell once again – he has been world class.
Bann got off to a dream start, Jonny McKee picking out Eugene Magee in the centre and the Olympian unleashed an absolute beauty – an upright backhand shot that portrayed the hurling skills of his younger days.
That came inside 90 seconds. Leo, however, regrouped quickly and set about winning penalty corners. From one, Max Plennevaux shot low to the right post with a deflection guiding the ball away from Gareth Lennox for 1-1.
Moments later, Julien Plennevaux hit the post with a diving effort before Alexis Lemaire dragged in the second goal from a set piece. Bann were rocking and could have been in further danger but for Lennox’s brilliance to deny Arthur Verdussen and Glenn Turner.
Bruce McCandless hit the outside of the post to show the Havelock hosts still have teeth to their attack and they were well in the tie at half-time, 2-1 down.
And Kyle Marshall had them back on terms two minutes into the second half, sliding on to a Matthew Bell push from a corner to set the cat back among the pigeons.
Dorian Thiery stole in to lob Gareth Lennox to restore the advantage but Marshall once again got on the end of a Bell pass to make it 3-3 with 21 minutes to go.
From there, they rode their luck to some extent as Leo pushed forward but got little change from Bell and Lennox as the home hosts went into party mode.
Tumilty added: “They are a top side and so this is a great day for Irish hockey, to have two teams in the KO16 who thoroughly deserve to be there.
“This is the highlight of my coaching career, probably my whole hockey career. For all the guys, to come back to your home club, there is a special feeling. To produce on our home ground, we have to enjoy it. Life is too short not to!”