17th February 2017: 8 games and plenty of great hockey  on display here in Wettingen as the teams battled it out for who would be playing the semi-finals and in contention for the title, in addition to who would be in the relegation pool by tomorrow afternoon. 

Game 1: SV Arminen  3 – 2 (0 – 2) Royal Pingouin HC

In a Belgian’s teams first ever appearance at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup, Royal Pingouin proved that they were not here just to make up the numbers! They went ahead in the first half v Jill Boon twice. SV Armenin were patient and took their time to find the opportunity to score which they did via captain LENZINGER in the 24th minute, a converted stroke. VUKOVICH put Armenin back in contention as she levelled the game via a PC direct strike in the 30th minute.  Pingouin’s keeper saved a stroke in the 38th minute and it’s looked they could make a historical draw. But with come ill discipline and a fractious end to the game, Armenin took the opportunity to go ahead in the last seconds and claim all 5 points from the game, GRASER with the winner.

Speaking to Armenin’s captain after the game she said she was very proud of her team she said “We were on fire and we gave everything we had and we played as a team.” About the opposition Pingouin she said “We were surprised, we didn’t know how they would play, but some of them were really good and fast with the ball, but maybe we were a bit better technically.” Speaking about the winning goal in the last seconds she said “It was really great, we take the 5 points and a good start to the Tournament.”

Game 2: Mannheimer HC 6 – 3 (4 – 1) HC Minsk

A PC  in the 4th minute for Mannheimer, looked like we would see the opening goal, but it was saved by an immensely strong Minsk defence. The opener did come from Mannheimer in the 6th minute as HASSE  flicked the ball over the committed keeper. A PC awarded to Minsk 10th minute and they had a great chance to equalised as Mannheimer were two defenders down, the direct strike at the keeper wasn’t going to be enough! A flurry of goals for the German Champions put them 4-1 ahead at the break.

Early in the second half Mannheimer were on the attack again, but it was well defended by Minsk. Minsk scored twice to bring the scoreline back to 4-3, but a breakaway from the German’s restored their 2 goal lead.  Mannheimer building from the back with some lovely passing play, pressed hard to extend their lead, but a very solid Minsk defence made that difficult. A PC for Minsk in the 35th minute was mis-trapped. The German’s were back in control. Minsk, aware that a ‘less than 2 goal loss’ would earn them a losing bonus point went for a power-play in the last 2 minutes, but conceded a corner which they saved off the line. Minsk thought they had scored in the dying seconds, but the goal was disallowed  and the scoreline of 6-3 means the come away with zero points after their first game, Mannheimer taking the 5 on offer.

Game 3: SK Slavia Prague 0 – 4 (0 – 2) HC Rotweiss Wettingen

In front of a boisterous crowd the hosts took to the field. The opening goal came from a nice passage of play, as TRÖSCH  broke free from her marker to strike into the bottom right corner. From then on the hosts has an straightforward win over Slavia, who seemed to lack their usual spark.

Game 4: Club Campo de Madrid 1 – 0 (0 – 0) SV Kampong

We were treated to an incredibly tight last game in the first session here in Wettingen. A no goal first half was not without some excellent play from both sides, but it was well into the second half when, after some lovely passing LOPEZ-ALONSO worked free from her marker to strike from close quarters and put Club de Campo on the scoresheet.

Player of the match certainly has to go to the Spanish keeper ROSA who kept a clean sheet in spite on an onslaught of pressure from Kampong. With style she saved not one, two but three attempts by Kampong of striking from a PC in the 34th minute. Club de Campo came away with the 5 points from this game.

Game 5: HC Minsk  3 – 1 (2 – 1) Royal Pingouin HC

As with their first game Pingouin started the game with a real spring in their step and went on the attack. Once again it was striker BOON who was on target in the 3rd minute. Minsk replied with 2 goals from SAZHINA in the 14th and 18th minutes, taking them to a 2-1 lead at the break.

Royal Pingouin earned a PC in the 23rd minute, BOOM on strike, but a mis-trap was a missed opportunity to level the game. A PC in the 26th minute was out fast to the stopper and back to the injector, but as the ball hopped up off her stick and PC ended in an award of a free out. A 3rd PC in the 28th minute to Pingouin, the shot saved by the Belarus keeper. Minsk changed tactic and went on the attack in the 34th minute, resulting in a PC which they converted, a powerful flick from SAZHINA (her 3rd of the game) put Minsk 3 ahead.

Pingouin had 5 further penalty corners in the second half, but failed to convert, a mixture of mis-traps and a very solid, patient Minsk defence kept the score to 3-1.

We spoke to Jill BOON at the end of the game, firstly congratulating Royal Pingouin on their and Belgian’s first ever appearance at the Championships Division, however they are here to play hockey and we asked her how she was feeling at the end of what must have been a tough day, she said “Yes a tough day, even more in the first game I think losing in the dying seconds of the game which with a couple of actions we could have won the game.” She was glad that they are ” Far away from being ridiculous, so that’s already positive for us! We are able to keep with the rhythm of the games. We are playing really offensive, running a lot and having a lot of fun”

Coming into the Championship division she admitted that the team had no idea what to expect, but now 2 games in they have “got that frustration of not winning instead of  being afraid of not losing a lot.” We asked her what they had learned on Day 1? She was clear that they need to improve on the small details, a good pass, not letting a player go. Some patience and keep on playing until the end!

Speaking about the rest of the weekend she said “We have to keep that (winning) mentality for tomorrow and the day after and make sure that Belgium stays in the top Division!”

Game 6: SV Arminen 0 – 4 (0 – 3) Mannheimer HC

The 6th game here in Wettingen was a classic between two very good indoor sides. An fantastic start to the game as Mannheimer earned a PC in the second minute, only to be denied by a treble save by Armenin’s keeper. However as Mannheim showed their class Armenin conceded 2 in the first half SCHANZENBECHER and PIEPER  getting on the scoresheet in the first half and LYER and HAASE doubling the score to 4-0 without reply. The result sees Mannheimer sitting on top of Pool A overnight on 10 points. Minsk and Armenin are both on 5, they face each other tomorrow, a critical game to see who will make the semi-final and who will be playing in the Relegation pool tomorrow evening. Pingouin face their toughest challenge to date here in Wettingen as they face the Germans in their final pool game.

Game 7: SK Slavia Prague 1 – 5 (1 – 1)  Club Campo de Madrid

In a dominant performance by last year’s finalists Club de Campo was too much for SK Slavia, especially in the second half.

Club de Campo opened the scoring in the 14th minute via MAGAZ MEDRANO. Slavia equalised in the 18th from NOVÁKOVÁ. And the score was 1-1 at the break.

The second half was all about Club de Campo as they worked incredibly well as team, patient on the ball, their attacks worked well with good supports ensuring options in the D. Club de Campo scored 4 in the second half BARRIOS having a particularity fruitful spell getting 2, both in the 21st minute. The scoreline of 1-3 was the platform for their excellent performance in the last 10 minutes, scoring 2 more, MAGAZ MEDRANO, got her second and the final goal coming from ZORITA MARQUEZ in the 39th to ensure that Club de Campo took away the full 10 points on offer today.

 

Game 8: SV Kampong  3 – 3 (2 – 2) HC Rotweiss Wettingen

The final game of the day was in fact the match of the day as two extremely well matched, attacking teams took to the court.

The game started with a bang as RWW won a PC in the 2nd minute of the game but they failed to convert. Minutes later it was Kampong that opened the scoring via Van CREVEL, BOSCH added one and Kampong led 2-0. However the hosts RWW did claw one back in the 16th minute, a strike from WÄLTI and a minute equaliser coming from turnover ball which AEBI twisted and turned in the D, and finally with a elegant swivel struck on her reverse to even the game.

The second half was a display of really skilled indoor hockey, both teams pressing hard for the winner. Kampong thought they had the winner in the final minute a sublime deflection from BOSCH, but in an almost copycat move in the last seconds, RWW’s  TRÖSCH roofed the ball, again from a deflection into the top right corner and earned RWW a draw.

Ranking Pool A: 

R Team GP W D L GD P
1 Mannheimer HC 2 2 0 0 7 10
2 HC Minsk 2 1 0 1 -1 5
3 SV Arminen 2 1 0 1 -3 5
4 Royal Pingouin HC 2 0 0 2 -3 2

Ranking Pool B: 

R Team GP W D L GD P
1 Club Campo de Madrid 2 2 0 0 5 10
2 HC Rotweiss Wettingen 2 1 1 0 4 7
3 SV Kampong 2 0 1 1 -1 3
4 SK Slavia Prague 2 0 0 2 -8 0
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