Mission Accomplished in Europe

It was mission accomplished for Beeston and East Grinstead at the Euro Hockey League in Germany over the weekend as both English sides came through their Round 1.1 pools.

David Ames, Beeston in the Euro Hockey LeagueBeeston, the domestic champions, came through their opening match with Polish side KS Pomorzanin 5-0 on Friday but it was their result on Sunday that really caught the eye.  Although both Beeston and RC Polo de Barcelona had qualified thanks to their results over the Poles both were determined to top the Pool.  David Ames(pictured) gave the Nottinghamshire Bees an early lead over the Spanish with a stunning reverse stick strike but Gabriel Dabanch equalised just before the break.  An own goal from Alex Casasayas (The Euro Hockey League rules allow for own goals) put Beeston back ahead in the third quarter and Jonathan Beckers secured all the points for Beeston 11 minutes from time.

Read Beeston's match reports, see photos and more on the Euro Hockey League website here.

In Pool G, East Grinstead also topped their group, qualifying ahead of Dinamo Elektrostal and Grunwald Poznan.  Their opponents had played out a nine goal thriller on Friday with Elektrostal coming out 5-4 on top but they could not manage a repeat on Saturday against East Grinstead.  The West Sussex side ran out 6-3 winners thanks to two goals each from Ashley Jackson and Danny Hall, captaining, and strikes from David De Prez and Mark Pearn. 

Mark Gleghorne scores for East Grinstead in the Euro Hockey League

In the opening match on Sunday morning, East Grinstead beat Poland’s Grunwald Poznan 3-2. Less than five minutes in EG new boy Mark Gleghorne opened the scoring with a full length dive; it was a goal that stood despite an appeal to the video umpire.  Two minutes later England & Great Britain midfielder Ashley Jackson converted a penalty stroke after he was fouled in the circle but Poznan pulled one back in the second quarter through Tomasz Dutkiewicz.  Danny Hall made it 3-1 in the 51st minute with a low reverse stick strike and the goal was to prove the winner, despite a second from Dutkiewicz.

Read East Grinstead's match reports, see photos, highlights videos and more on the Euro Hockey League website here.

England’s third representative in the Euro Hockey League, Reading, will play in Round 1.2, which takes place at KHC Dragons in Belgium from 21-23 October.  Reading sit in Pool A with Irish team Cookstown and Dutch side Amsterdam H&BC. 

Read all of the previews, find out about tickets and see photos at www.ehlhockey.tv.

We apologise for the delay in posting this information to the England Hockey website.  Technical problems on Monday prevented the England Hockey from accessing the internet and outgoing emails.  The problems are expected to be rectified on Tuesday morning.