English sides through to Euro Hockey League KO16

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Beeston and Surbiton are through to the KO16 of the Euro Hockey League, however both sides had to settle for second place in Pool D and E respectively following defeats today. Nottinghamshire side Beeston came up against a strong German side in Harvestehuder THC, meanwhile Surbiton went down 3-0 to local side Real Club de Polo.

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Körper inspires Harvestehuder fight-back against Beeston

Germany’s Harvestehuder THC overturned a two goal deficit to claim a superb 3-2 victory over English champions Beeston in the first match of Day 3 in Barcelona.

Austrian goal-machine Michael Körper was the star of the show, netting a penalty corner and a brilliant field goal to help the team from Hamburg claim their second win in two days.

The result means that Harvestehuder will go into the draw for KO16 as the winners of Pool D, subsequently avoiding the winners of the other pools in EHL Round 2.

Harvestehuder came into the match as heavy favourites following their hugely impressive 9-1 win against Cardiff & Met on Saturday, but The Bees certainly had the better of a pulsating first quarter. The team from Nottingham took an early lead when Chris Proctor touched home a pin-point accurate pass from Adam Dixon before defender Tim Whiteman scored a rare goal with a neat close range finish to double the advantage.

If Beeston were the dominant force in the first quarter, there was no question about which team bossed the second period. Harvestehuder produced a blistering quarter of high-quality hockey, netting three goals to turn the match on its head.

Austrian international Michael Körper got the ball rolling with a trademark penalty corner drag-flick before Tim Linsmeier levelled the scores with a close range finish. Körper claimed his second and Harvestehuder’s third with a wonderful deflection that flew into the goal via the left post, an effort which gave Great Britain goalkeeper George Pinner absolutely no chance of saving.

The German outfit created the best chances of the third quarter, with Anton Pöhling and Tobias Lietz both going close to snatching a fourth goal.

Beeston rallied hard in the fourth quarter, committing players forward in a bid to get themselves back into the game. Their hard work created two stand-out opportunities thanks to a penalty corner effort and an open play strike from Gordon McIntyre. However, Harvestehuder goalkeeper Tobias Walter proved himself up to the challenge and ensured that the team from Hamburg finished as winners. 

Padros double sinks Surbiton

In what was the 250th match in Euro Hockey League history, Spanish champions and local boys Real Club de Polo de Barcelona proved themselves to be too good for England’s Surbiton, cruising to a 3-0 win in a fiery Pool E encounter.

Roger Padros netted twice to help his team to victory and seal a first place finish in the Pool ahead of their English rivals and fellow KO16 qualifiers.

Padros took his weekend tally to four goals following a double strike against Austria’s SV Arminen on Saturday. 

The opening stages of this fiercely contested match were fairly even, with Surbiton and Great Britain striker James Tindall forcing a fine early save from Polo keeper Oriol Fabregas in the first quarter. 

The Spaniards were certainly the stronger team in the second period, with pacey wingers Xavi Lleonart and Alex Casasayas causing big problems for the Surbiton defence.

The opening goal arrived in the 20th minute of the match thanks to a penalty corner drag-flick from Borja Llorens before Roger Padros added a second from the penalty spot nine minutes later.

Polo’s third goal came four minutes after half time and again Padros was the scorer, slamming a slick penalty corner routine into the bottom left corner of the Surbiton net.

Both Polo and Surbiton had chances to get on the score-sheet in the fourth and final quarter, but in the end it was the Spanish outfit who emerged as deserving winners.

The Euro Hockey League will resume in two weeks time (25-27 October) when Reading will face a tough challenge in Pool A against Dutch giants Rotterdam and hosts of Round 1.2 Lille MHC.