A feast of EuroHockey Indoor awaits us this weekend (15th – 17th February) as we start our final Indoor journey of 2019. We will deliver 88 Indoor games from all around Europe, 40 of which will be live streamed on EHTV. Not only that but we have a Challenge II for Women for the first time in the 50 years of European Hockey.
This is traditionally the ‘women’s’ weekend but in order to celebrate SV Arminen’s 100th anniversary, it was decided that they could host both the Club Cup Men and Club Trophy women in the wonderful Wierner Stadehalle in Vienna! A fitting celebration for a club with a long and illustrious hockey history.
We have an incredibly strong field of teams in Vienna, many of which have medalled over the last few years. The target for the teams will
Pool A is comprised of UHC Hamburg, Partille SC, HC Rotweiss Wettingen and AH&BC. The German champions (UHC) are back in Europe after a 4-year absence, but given the usual German dominance in Indoor, there is no doubt they will be in the running for the final. Partille SC is back in the Championship division following a 2nd place in the 2017 Trophy, having medalled (3rd) in 2016, so could be the surprise of the Pool. Last years hosts HC Rotweiss Wettingen will be looking to go one better than last year and make it to the semi-final. Finally AH&BC, with the massive upsurge of indoor hockey in The Netherlands, mainly due to clubs investing in temporary tented indoor ‘halls’ the standard of indoor hockey continues to grow in the largest hockey nation in Europe. With world gold medalist Robert Tigges at the helm with his talisman Teun Rohof also on the team sheet, no doubt they will be pressing for a semi-final place.
A cracking Pool B is made up of hosts SV Arminen who will want to sparkle in front of the home crowd, Racing Club de Bruxelles (the surprise package of 2018 as they took a silver medal) along with HC Minsk, who have just started their 1,200km bus journey to Vienna and finally the Russian Dinamo Stroitel Ekaterinburg, who finished 3rd in 2018 and are looking to improve on that this year and make it all the way to the final.
Most of the games will be live streamed on www.eurohockeytv.org with the exception of the 2 Pool C games on Sunday when the women’s Pool D games will be showcased.
The match schedule and live streaming links are below:
Another strong field will take to the court in Hamburg.
Pool A is made up of hosts Der Club an der Alster, who last lifted the Cup in 2010 in Sumy, Ukraine. MSC Sumchanka (semi-finalists in 2018), GHC Ritm Grodno who have been growing in strength in the past few years, being brought on by the Dutch Director of High-Performance Herman Kruis, who has been working in Belarus with the clubs and nation for the past number of years. And finally Dinamo Elektrostal are newly promoted having finished 2nd in the Trophy in 2018.
Pool A is equal in strength and depth with current Belgian Champions Waterloo Ducks, current Dutch Champions LMHC Laren, newly promoted HC Rotweiss Wettingen and Club Campo de Madrid, who will be playing not only to stay in the division but for a place for Junior FC who won the Spanish Championship earlier this month.
All games will be live-streamed on www.eurohockeytv.org, see the match schedule and links below:
8 clubs will take part in the EuroHockey Club Trophy in a temporarily laid stunning parquet floor in the StadeHalle alongside the Men’s Cup. The 1st and 2nd in Pool D will be promoted to the Club Cup in 2020.
The two Pool D games from the Club Trophy will be live streamed on www.eurohockeytv.org, see below:
|Match #||Date and time (CET)||Details||Live Link|
|17||17/02/2019 10:15||1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A (Pool D)||Click here|
|19||17/02/2019 13:00||1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B (Pool D)||Click here|
Another 8 clubs will be playing in Douai in France, a chance for 2 of them to reach the Club Trophy and one will be relegated to the Challenge II for 2020.
Indicative of the growth of indoor hockey in Europe we are delighted to have for the first time a Challenge II. We are very proud of the women from Porvoo HC (FIN), Kutaisi (GEO), HK Bask (SRB) and Copenhagen HC (DEN) who are breaking new ground for women’s indoor hockey in Europe! One of the teams from Belgrade will be promoted to the Challenge I, but as it is a first Challenge II we are happy to say that all of these women, their coaches and clubs are winners!
Photograph: 2018 UHC Hamburg (World Sport Pics (C))