18th May 2018: It was a very important day to earn ranking points for next years EHCC here in Surbiton as UCD, Mannheimer, HC Victorya Smolevichi and hosts Surbiton HC challenged each other for the precious points. 

UCD 1 Mannheimer 2

Mannheimer had to come from behind to beat University College Dublin in the first round of classification matches. After a goalless first quarter, Sorcha Clarke opened the scoring for UCD with a deflection in the 21st minute. UCD’s lead lasted just two minutes before Emma Förter equalised for Mannheimer, also with a deflection. Early in the second half, Maria Tost shot firmly past the left post and there were some anxious moments for the UCD defence, the ball unexpectedly rebounding off the post before being cleared and Mannheim failing to score from four penalty corners. The winning goal came with six minutes to play, Maxi Pohl getting the final touch.

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Mannheimer’s Maxi Pohl celebrates scoring the winning goal against UCD in the Pure Storage EuroHockey Club Cup at Surbiton HC, west London, UK, 18th May 2018 (Ady Kerry (c))

Victorya Smolevichi 2 Surbiton 2 (Victorya win 3-2 on shootout)

Victorya Smolevichi stunned hosts Surbiton winning 3-2 in a shootout after a 2-2 draw in normal time. Surbiton took a fourth minute lead after Georgie Twigg bundled the ball over the line from a penalty corner. In the 19th minute, Victorya equalised through Nadzeya Litasava, from open play. In the 43rd minute, Holly Payne restored Surbiton’s lead, smashing the ball against the backboard, only for Dziana Khmylova to force a shootout with a stunning shot into the top left corner. In the shootout, Sarah Haycroft gave Surbiton the lead, only for Ryta Batura and Dziyana Batsiukova to give Victorya a 2-1 lead. Georgie Twigg needed to score with Surbiton’s last attempt to keep the hosts alive, but Khmylova slammed the ball into the roof of the net beyond Abi Walker to earn Smolevichi a place in the fifth place playoff against Mannheimer.

19TH MAY – EHCC SEMI-FINALS:

12:00 AMSTERDAM – UHC HAMBURG

14:15 ‘s HERTOGENBOSCH v CLUB DE CAMPO DE MADRID

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