24th February 2018: After 2 intense semi-finals it is UHC Hamburg and Club de Campo that have made it through to the Final of the EuroHockey Club Cup tomorrow.
First up though were the very important Pool C games that will determine who will stay and who will be relegated for 2019.
Dundee Wanderers v GHC Ritm Grodno
It’s game 1 in Pool C to find out who stays in the European Indoor Club Cup for next year. And it was Grodno who took the initiative from the start. Shyntar opened the scoring in the 3rd minute from a penalty corner , followed by Mazyrka in the 5th.However Snelle got one back in the 7th but Kurhanskya restored the two goal lead just a minute later. Grodno were playing a high press and the intensity paid off with 3 more goals in the last 4 minutes of the half from Kurhanskaya – penalty corner, and field goals from Bahusevich and Sauko. It seemed a different Wanderers from the first to the last minute of the second half .relentless pressure led to a series of penalty corners but only one goal. Dark converting a penalty flick resulting from a penalty corner. Dow in the Wanderers again excelled with numerous saves throughout the game.
Final Score: Dundee Wanderers 2 GHC Ritm Grodno 6
SV Arminen v HC Rotweiss Wettingen
It was a tight first 10 minutes in this game but Rotweiss slowly took control and Alexandra Walti scored from a penalty corner in the 12th minute. Rotweiis continued to dominate and in the 19th minute it was Stephanie Walti who scored from a penalty corner. Half Time SV Arminen 0 HC Rotweiss Wettingen 2. There was a green card right on the hooter for Vukovich and Rotweiss in their pursuit of goal difference brought on a kicking back against the 5 of Arminen. Rotweiss had taken control but Arminen were not out of it but one again it was a penalty corner which stretched the Rotweiss lead to 3 as Stephanie Walti claimed her second of the match in the 37th minute.it was an unbelievable last minute as first Bugmann struck with a field goal, then a Stephanie Walti penalty stroke to give her a hat trick and finally Bugmann’s second field goal.
Final Score: SV Arminem 0 HC Rotweiss Wettingen 6
Semi Final 1: UHC Hamburg v MSC Sumchanka
It’s knock out time to get into the final as UHC ,winners of Pool A , take on Sumchanka , second in Pool B.
It was an incredible start to this game with Honcharenko scoring within the first few seconds to shock UHC. UHC played a possession and pressing game but just couldn’t get past a well organised Sumchanka defence. Sumchanka played superbly on the break and Yulia Shevchenko scored twice within 4 minutes( 14 and 18). The second from a penalty corner. Half time UHC Hamburg 0 MSC Sumchanka 3. UHC came storming out for the second half and made that pay when Otte scored from a penalty corner after only 3 minutes. UHC went hunting for that second goal and were immediately back in the Sumchanka D and won a penalty corner. Otte got her and Hamburg’s second with a great flick. Hamburg had most of the posession but MSC still defended stoutly but it was Otte, yet again , in the 33rd minute who got her hat trick from yet another penalty corner. It was all Hamburg now but the game looked destined for a penalty shoot out when Hamburg got a penalty corner with only seconds on the clock. The hooter for full time went. The ball was injected .A Micheel low flick.UHC complete a brilliant second half comeback to win.
Final Score: UHC Hamburg 4 MSC Sumchanka 3
Semi final 2: AH&BC Amsterdam v Club Campo de Madrid
Madrid got off to a flying start with a penalty corner goal from Rebecca Grote in 3 minutes. Both sides played a high , pressing game which led to exciting breaks up court and goalmouth action. But it was Amsterdam who scored from these forays upfield. Felice Albers equalising in the 13th minute. It was all action from both sides but Albers hit the go ahead goal for Amsterdam on the stroke of half time. The second half was a feast of attacking hockey from both sides and with both keepers making excellent saves at vital moments. But it was Grote from a penalty corner in the 28th minute who brought the teams level again. For the last 12 minutes it was end to end breathtaking indoor hockey but there was no more scoring and the teams went into the penalty shoot out:
Albers was first for Amsterdam and scored 1-0 Amsterdam
Abajo was up for Madrid and Lijding saved 1-0 Amsterdam
Debaat Amsterdam Ruiz Castillo saved 1-0 Amsterdam
Grote Madrid goal 1-1
Ven Amsterdam. Another Ruiz Castillo save 1-1
Gil , the Madrid captain stepped up and scored 2-1 Madrid
Club de Campo Villa de Madrid go into tomorrow’s final v UHC Hamburg
Final Score: AH&BC Amsterdam 2 – 2 (2 – 1) (1 – 2 SO) Club Campo de Madrid
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Ranking in Pool C:
|1||GHC Ritm Grodno (BLR)||2||2||0||0||5||10|
|2||HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI)||2||1||0||1||5||6|
|3||SV Arminen (AUT)||2||1||0||1||-5||5|
|4||Dundee Wanderers (SCO)||2||0||0||2||-5||1|