05.04.2015, Bilthoven: At the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup here in Bilthoven, again we have knock out games as teams today will play for 5th/6th and 7th/8th rankings tomorrow. So today’s games are vital for the teams to win and ensure they maximize their ranking points to try and retain their position in this top tier EuroHockey Club event. The Irish representatives University College Dublin had an historic win against England’s Canterbury, and will finish in their highest ever Club position in Europe, with or without a win in their final game.
Surbiton v Izmaylovo
The first game of the day was Surbiton, ENG and Izaylovo, Russia. Surbiton got off to a flying start via a well worked PC from England international Hollie Webb. However Izaylovo countered with a goal in the 8th minute from Ksenia Shamina, a lively opening quarter.
The second quarter was less lively as both teams settled into their own pattern of play, Surbiton using their experienced internationals to initiate waves of attacks, which were shut down by the Russian defense. The half-time score was 2-1.
Early into the second half, Izmaylovo forced a corner and with a bit of a scramble in the goal mouth equalised via captain Galina Timshina, 2-2. The second half was marked by some physical play and with the Russian’s on a yellow card, Surbiton took advantage of the extra player in the 55th minute as Rebecca Herbert converted from a deflected corner, putting Surbiton ahead again 3-2.
Surbiton were forced to defend deeply as the Russian’s looked to find another equaliser, but ultimately Surbiton’s defence held, as did the scoreline.
Final Score 3-2
‘3 Surbiton 11 WEBB Hollie PC 1-0
‘8 Izmaylovo 10 SHAMINA Ksenia FG 1-1
‘23 Surbiton 17 HERBERT Rebecca PC 2-1
‘42 Izmaylovo 4 TIMSHINA Galina (C) PC 2-2
‘55 Surbiton 17 HERBERT Rebecca PC 3-2
UCD Ladies HC v Canterbury LHC
In the second game of the day, a very experienced team of Canterbury were pitched against the young bucks from University College Dublin. UCD were first into the opposition circle winning a PC in the 4th minute, but the switch was unsuccessful and earned Canterbury a free hit.
Canterbury drew first blood as the College keeper was beaten and 2 v1 with Sarah Kerly offloading to Nikki Triggs in the 8th minute. UCD pilled the pressure on and were rewarded with a goal from close range from Chloe Watkins, the score remained 1-1 into the second quarter. UCD took advantage of a quick free inside the 23 in the 18th minute to convert a cracking shot from Emily Beatty. The College team playing at a very high tempo scored again via Irish International Deidre Duke to bring the scoreline to 3-1; Canterbury earned an overtime PC and the switch at top of the D landed beautifully for Jen Wilson to slot it home.
No more goals in the second half but plenty of action as Canterbury appeared to sit back and allow UCD time on the ball, patiently waiting to counter, but the College girls were happy to play at the same high tempo and some stalwart defending from Sarah Robinson towards the end of the game ensured no equalizer for Canterbury and a momentous win for the Irish club, their best ever in European competition.
Coach Jonathan Harte said “We had to guts it out in terms of defending in numbers, being under pressure as the opposition pressed us to get back to 3-3 in the last ten minutes. It is great for UCD and great for Irish hockey and hopefully all of Irish hockey can keep pushing on.”
Final score 3-2
‘8 Canterbury 11 TRIGGS Nikki FG 1-0
’11 UCD 9 WATKINS Chloe FG 1-1
’18 UCD 17 BEATTY Emily FG 2-1
29 UCD 28 DUKE Deirdre FG 3-1
36 Canterbury 17 WILSON Jen PC 3-2
Final Day – line-up:
Monday 6th April 2015
09:00 7/8 CSP Izmailovo – Canterbury Ladies HC
11:15 5/6 Surbiton HC – UCD LHC
13:30 3/4 Club de Campo – KTHC Rot-Weiss Köln
15:45 Final HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch – S.C.H.C.
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Main photograph: UCD Ladies HC celebrate (EHF/Ady Kerry (c))
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