In a fantastic final of indoor hockey, it was a small club from Gothenburg that beat all around them to lift the EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup!

Partille SC 3 – 1 (1 – 0) SV Arminen

In a packed out StadeHalle in Vienna, the hosts SV Arminen faced Partille SC in the 2019 EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup Final.

A defensive start for teams with Arminen sitting in their half, allowing Partille to hold possession but ensuring that there was no possible chance for Partille to break through. STEYRER went on a solo run in the 6th minute with a real chance but hit the sideboard with his shot. Partille earned a penalty corner in the 7th minute, HEMVIK on strike. A fantastic save from Arminen’s SZYMCZYK  as he kicked the ball into the stand! Partille won another corner in the 8th, HEMVIK again on strike and another save from SZYMCZYK . Again STEYRER was on the break, lobbed the keeper only to watch the ball sail over the bar. At half time Partille SC led by 1-0).

A minute into the second half Arminen won their first corner of the game. SCHMIDT struck low and hard and hit the backboard. The sides were level with 19 minutes to play. Partille’s Joakim BJÖRKMAN pressed high from his defensive position down the right but forced to make a pass that ended over the baseline. EITENBERGER had a chance in the 28th minute but saw his shot whip past the face of the goal. Arminen was awarded another penalty corner in the 30th minute but the pushout wasn’t accurate. Moments later EITENBERGER had another chance but his strike hit the side-netting. Partille won a pc in the 34th minute and BJÖRKMAN somehow found a gap with 2 defenders and the goalkeeper protecting the goal. 2-1, Partille. A tripe pc for Partille in the 37th minute and HEMVIK converted. 3-1. Arminen went for a powerplay and pressed the Partille defence, forcing Partille’s GK MOBERG into action twice, the second save a reflex one to his left hand. The clock ticked down and history was made with Partille SC, a small club from Sweden, being crowned Champions of Europe.

Earlier today we had the 3/4 playoff and Pool C (relegation pool) games:

3/4 playoff:

Dinamo Stroitel Ekaterinburg 6 – 8 (2 – 3) UHC Hamburg

In a high scoring 3rd placed game, two giants countries of indoor hockey, Russia and Germany faced off in the 3/4 game. It was a battle of wits and the stalwarts of both teams AZAROV and BORISOV (Stroitel Ekaterinburg) and FÜRSTE (UHC) shone with their effort, energy and determination to take away a medal from this game.

AZAROV put Stroitel ahead in the first minute, which was cancelled out by FÜRSTE in the second minute. FÜRSTE put UHC ahead again in the 4th and got his first hattrick in the 13th minute. AZAROV was on the scoresheet again in the 16th 2-3 for UHC and so the score remained until the break.

In the 22nd minute FÜRSTE scored again, but in the 30th AZAROV was perfectly placed to slide in and bring the score back to within one goal. 3-4 to UHC. ZAMALUTDINOV brought them level. They exchanged 2 more goals each with the Russians once again equalising in the 36th. FÜRSTE put UHC ahead again in the 37th and 2 more late goals from UHC put them into a lead in the final minute. Stroitel ran out of time to find the net again and a thrilling game ended with UHC Hamburg taking the bronze medal.

Pool C:

AH&BC Amsterdam 6 – 7 (2 – 2) HC Minsk

Amsterdam was relegated to the Trophy division as Minsk put 2 past them in the last 30 seconds of the game to claim victory and the full 5 points.

Amsterdam started well as TIGGES was on the scoreboard in the 1st and 3rd minute of the game. LUTSEVICH pulled one back for Minsk, with MIKHEICHYK adding another just before the break and the game was level at half time 2-2.

A busy second half with 11 goals as Amsterdam went ahead 4-2, countered by Minsk 4-3. Amsterdam pushed ahead 5-3, again countered and then Minsk equalised in the 34th minute to bring the game to 5-5. Going into the final minute Amsterdam went ahead again 6-5, possibly thinking they had done enough to secure their place was taken by surprise by 2 goals from Minsk in the last 30 seconds to end the game 6-7 in favour of Minsk.

Racing Club de Bruxelles 2 – 2 (1 – 2) HC Rotweiss Wettingen

Another tight Pool C game saw HC Rotweiss Wettignen go ahead via their captain KELLER in the 14th, which was matched a minute later from the mighty BOON. Wettingen went ahead again almost on the whistle, a pc from WINKLER. The score was 1-2 at the break.

A defensive second half from both teams didn’t produce the same magic end to the game as was seen in the earlier game. A goal from GARCIA was enough to give Racing the draw and keep them in the Cup Division, one point ahead of Amsterdam. Wettingen is relegated and will play in the Trophy in 2020.

Final Ranking Pool C:

The Netherlands and Switzerland are relegated to the Trophy Division in 2020.

R Team GP W D L GD P
1  HC Minsk (BLR) 3 2 0 1 1 10
2  Racing Club de Bruxelles (BEL) 3 1 2 0 3 9
3  AH&BC Amsterdam (NED) 3 1 1 1 1 8
4  HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI) 3 0 1 2 -5 3

Final Ranking:

Team Standing
 Partille SC (SWE) 1
 SV Arminen (AUT) 2
 UHC Hamburg (GER) 3
 Dinamo Stroitel Ekaterinburg (RUS) 4
 HC Minsk (BLR) 5
 Racing Club de Bruxelles (BEL) 6
 AH&BC Amsterdam (NED) 7
 HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI) 8

All photographs: World Sport Pics, Frank Uijlenbroek (C)

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