|Both EHL 3/4th playoff MATCHES proved to be six-goal thrillers with AH&BC Amsterdam and Royal Léopold seeing off German opposition 4-2 to take home medals from their weekend at the Wagener Stadium.|
We now look forward to Monday’s two big GRAND FINALS with HC Bloemendaal bidding to win their fourth EHL Men’s crown against an Atlètic Terrassa side who are already assured of their first-ever EHL medal. Can they make it gold? Find out from 1.30pm (CET).
Then, the groundbreaking first EHL Women’s GRAND FINAL takes centre stage at 4pm (CET) with another Dutch-Spanish affair with Den Bosch taking on Club de Campo de Madrid. Who will be the first club to etch their name on the new trophy?
EHL Women’s 3rd / 4th playoff MATCH
AH&BC Amsterdam 4 (F Moes 2, F Albers, F van der Elst) Der Club an der Alster 2 (H Valentin, H Gablac)
In the EHL Women’s competition, AH&BC Amsterdam’s strong final quarter show saw them become the first side to win an EHL Women’s 3rd place as they saw off Der Club an der Alster. Freeke Moes put Amsterdam in front with a thunderous shot from the top of the circle in the first ten minutes, an outstanding solo drive into the circle before launching her shot past Amy Gibson.
The equaliser only took a couple of minutes to arrive, though, with a clever corner deflection move finished off by Hanna Granitzki from Hanna Valentin’s delivery around the penalty spot, guiding the ball into the roof of the net. Amsterdam was dealt a further blow when captain Eva de Goede went off with a nasty-looking injury sustained when she was in the process of shooting. But they regathered and went in front with yet another beautiful strike. This time it was Felice Albers who intercepted a loose ball across the face of goal, picking it up 30 metres out before working the ball onto her backhand she unleashed into the top corner. Alster was the side in control for much of the second half and they got a just reward via Hannah Gablać in the 42nd minute. It came from a corner, her mid-air touch flipping the ball out of reach of Anne Veenendaal from Kira Horn’s speculative shot.
But while they looked in good shape to push on, it was Amsterdam who kept their composure to see the game out. They went ahead for the third time when Albers tore down the right channel, got to the baseline and was able to gift Fay van der Elst a perfect delivery which she touched in at the near post. Moes then completed the victory with five minutes to go with another blast at goal that had too much pace for Gibson, Noor de Baat creating the goal with her steal on halfway.
EHL Men’s 3rd/4th playoff MATCH
Uhlenhorst Mülheim 2 (F Nyström 2) Royal Léopold 4 (M Muschs 3, D Cuvelier)
A Max Muschs hat-trick saw Royal Léopold soar to their first-ever EHL Men’s 3rd place, coming back from 2-0 down to beat Uhlenhorst Mülheim in the 3rd / 4th play-off at the Wagener Stadium.
Playing without star men Tom Boon and Max Plennevaux, they found themselves 2-0 down after 23 minutes to a pair of Frederik Nyström but Muschs struck twice before half-time to level the game. And then Dimitri Cuvelier and Muschs added another pair in the closing ten minutes to win the medal.
Early on, it was Mülheim who got out of the blocks the fastest with 19-year-old Nyström cleaning up the pieces after Malte Hellwig’s drag-flick was well saved by Romain Henet in the eighth minute.
And he snatched another from close range – despite his side being down to 10 players – from a lovely move, Benedikt Fürk clipping a cross from the right baseline, giving the youngster time to control and flick in.
Léo, though, found a response within a minute with Muschs taking over the shooting duties from corners in Boon’s absence and he dragged in their first.
Three minutes after, it was 2-2, Muschs this time taking on an old-fashioned hit from the top of the D and it deflected in off the first runner, the goal awarded after video review.
With Tom Degroote in red-hot form, they continued to pile forward in the third quarter but the winning goals did not arrive until much later. Like in the FINAL4, Mülheim suffered cards in the closing minutes and while Niklas Bosserhoff was on a yellow card suspension.
It came from another corner, this time a move which saw a weak shot saved by Lennart Küppers but only as far as Cuvelier who shot into the net on his backhand.
And the game was won when Muschs fired in another drag-flick in the 53rd minute.
EHL 2020-2021 Match schedule EHL Men and Women FINAL4
April 3-5, 2021 (Wagener Stadium, AH&BC Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Saturday 3 April 2021
WOMEN’S FINAL4: Club de Campo de Madrid 1 (C Cano) Der Club an der Alster 1 (L Altenburg), Campo win shoot-out 4-3; AH&BC Amsterdam 1 (M Veen) HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch 1 (F Matla), Den Bosch win shoot-out 4-3
MEN’S FINAL4: HC Bloemendaal 1 (W Jolie) Royal Leopold Club 1 (G Baumgarten), Bloemendaal win shoot-out 5-4; HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim 2 (T Herzbruch 2) Atlètic Terrassa 3 (P Cunill 2, J Bonastre)
Sunday 4 April 2021
WOMEN’S BRONZE MATCH: AH&BC Amsterdam 4 (F Moes 2, F Albers, F van der Elst) Der Club an der Alster 2 (H Granitzki, H Gablac)
M6 16.00h MEN’S BRONZE MATCH: Uhlenhorst Mülheim 2 (F Nyström 2) Royal Léopold 4 (M Muschs 3, D Cuvelier)
Monday 5 April 2021
M7 13.30h MEN’S GRAND FINAL: Atlètic Terrassa v HC Bloemendaal
*prizegiving ceremony directly following the Men’s Final
M8 16.00h WOMEN’S GRAND FINAL: HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch v Club de Campo de Madrid
*prizegiving ceremony directly following the Women’s Final
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