Rotweiss storm to gold in Plzeň as Vinnitsa earn promotion from Club Trophy

Rotweiss Wettingen took gold at the men’s EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy in style in Plzeň as Yves Morard six goals sent them to promotion along with OKS SHVSM Vinnitsa to the top level in 2025.

The Swiss club went into the final day in pole position and by the time they took the court for their final match with the hosts TJ Plzeň-Litice, whoever won would be crowned winners.

Player of the tournament Adam Uhlíř did give the Czechia hosts the initial lead but a pair of Morard efforts turned things around and they never trailed again.

Michel Morard’s corner nudged them in front 3-2 and Yves made it 4-3 at half-time. The first daylight between the teams arrived in Q3 when the Swiss side extended their lead out to 6-4 and a final Yves Morard corner – from their 12th set piece of the game – sealed the deal.

For OKS-SHVSM Vinnitsa, they put themselves into the promotion frame in the penultimate game of the competition with an 8-4 success over fourth placed AD Lousada.

They led throughout with Oleksii Popov’s first quarter goal setting them on the way as they built a 4-0 lead and then a 5-2 half-time advantage which never looked in danger of being reeled in.

In Pool C, Western Wildcats were pushed all the way by Roslagens but edged a 6-5 battle thanks to Andrew McConnell’s last minute goal. It meant the Scots secured fifth spot from the event with Roslagens in eighth.

Copenhagen took sixth place when they defeated Three Rock Rovers 4-3 with Tobias Grand scoring a hat trick to earn their second victory of the weekend.

With events returning across the board to an eight-team format for 2025, it means all four nations represented in Pool C this weekend will play in the EuroHockey Challenge I in 2025.

Men’s EuroHockey Club Trophy (Plzeň, Czechia) – final standings

  1. Rotweiss Wettingen (Switzerland)
  2. OKS SHVSM Vinnitsa (Ukraine)
  3. TJ Plzeň-Litice (Czechia)
  4. AD Lousada (Portugal)
  5. Western Wildcats (Scotland)
  6. Copenhagen HC (Denmark)
  7. Three Rock Rovers (Ireland)
  8. Roslagens IF (Sweden)

Player of the tournament: Adam Uhlíř (TJ Plzeň-Litice)

Goalkeeper of the tournament: Vojtěch Pažitka (TJ Plzeň-Litice)

Leading goalscorer: Yves Morard (Rotweiss Wettingen)

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