Amsterdam H&BC win the EuroHockey Champions Cup for the first time

Reading at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup 2014 - photo credit EHF/Frank Reelick

Last week Reading women were England’s sole European representatives at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Denbosch, the Netherlands. From 18-21 April Reading faced the best of Europe to see who would be crowned women’s European Club Champions.

In their first match they faced Uhlenhorster HC, one of the best teams in Germany. Reading were first off the mark courtesy of a penalty corner from Susie Gilbert after nearly an hour of play, but Uhlenhorster weren’t to be held back. They gained their own penalty corner 12 minutes later, and Vivian Tahal was able to fire it past Reading’s Sarah Ellis to level the scores. Once it went to the extra time shoot-out, while Reading were able to put two of their own shots away, Uhlenhorst had the edge with three, leaving Reading on the lower tier of matches and subsequently playing for fifth place.

Reading’s second match was far more in their favour, as they dominated Atasport from Azerbaijan. With a two goal lead within the first half thanks to field goals from Alex Danson and Wiz Hunt, Reading were able to hold on to a clean sheet going into the break. Though Atasport pulled a goal back in the second half, Reading were able to score one more goal from a Leah Wilkinson penalty corner before the final whistle went, ending the match 3-1 and moving on to their final match the following day against Berliner.

Their last match of the competition proved to be their most decisive, as a 4-0 victory gave Reading a clean fifth place in the tournament. While Berliner were going into the match in the same position as Reading with a win and a loss under their belt, it was Reading who were able to best keep up the pressure with two goals either side of the break. Four different players found the net over the course of the game with Leah Wilkinson scoring her second of the tournament from a penalty stroke in the second half.

While Reading won fifth it was newcomers Amsterdam H&BC who lifted the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup at the end of the tournament. An all Dutch final wasn’t enough to break their concentration as they held their nerve against Championship hosts Hertogenbosch in another game that went to a shoot-out. While they looked evenly matched over the two halves, once it came to the shoot-out Hertogenbosch found themselves completely outclassed as Amsterdam scored three without reply.

You can see all of the results and see the match reports from the game here, and read more about the EuroHockey federation here.