Surbiton & Canterbury's European medal hopes dashed

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It was a highly entertaining day in Bilthoven at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup yesterday as the tournament saw its first four victims fall. England had two representatives in action - league toppers from last season Canterbury and Investec Women's League title holders Surbiton. Unfortunately neither side made it through to the semi finals, but they can be proud of their achievements as they both took much fancied European opponents to a shoot out. Both sides will now play in the classification matches with fifth place, and a possible meeting between the two English sides to battle for that placing, still a possibility.

Source: European Hockey Federation - click here for more tournament information.

Hannah Coulson 41 (FG)

Rocio Gutierrez Sierra 54 (PC)

The opening game of EHCCC2015 was contested by Surbiton, English Champions and Club de Campo. The opening half was one of cat and mouse as neither team seemed to want to take the game to the other team, content to play defensively and not concede.

Surbiton had the better of the first half with a shot on goal after the 7th minute, but the score was 0-0 at half time.

Surbiton opened the scoring via Hannah Coulson in the 41st minute. Club de Campo equalised via a corner from Captain Rocio GUTIERREZ SIERRA but in spite of 3 penalty corners Club de Campo failed to go ahead and as the clock ticked down, under the new regulations, a shoot-out was looking likely. On the hooter and with no further score for either side we had the first shoot out of the day, which Club de Campo comfortably won 2-0.

Susannah Townsend in action for Canterbury in Europe 2015 450

Jen Wilson 36 (FG)
Grace Balsdon 65 (PC)

SCHC 2 (1)
Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel 27 (FG)
Caia van Maasakker 52 (PC)

SCHC win 3-0 in shoot-out

The final game of the day was in front of a full house here in SCHC, with good support for the visitors Canterbury. Van Massakker had her first attempt at goal in the first quarter but her shot went wide. With a marked defensive play from Canterbury the first quarter ended 0-0. Roos Drost was making her presence felt in the Canterbury circle putting immense pressure on the defense. Canterbury almost equalised via a PC from Balson but no one could get the required deflection.

Half time in a very tight game saw SCHC just ahead at the half 0-1.

Just after the start of the second half Canterbury equalised via Wilson and it was game on.

SCHC upped a gear and in the 3rd quarter were awarded 4 penalty corners, all of which were taken by van Maasakker but in spite of her dragging high and low, the Canterbury defence held, mainly due to some heroics from goalkeeper Helen Fagg. On the hooter of the quarter SCHC’s van Maasakker finally found the net this time from a variation. The hosts led 1-2 going into the final quarter.

Canterbury kept the faith and were rewarded in the 65th minute as Balson’s direct drag flick found the net. A very exciting 5 minutes as both teams tried to find the winner, but in the end the game needed a Shoot Out. The more experienced team SCHC at the 8 second 1v1, scored 3 to Canterbury’s nil and won a place in the semi-final tomorrow.

Both Canterbury and Surbiton are still in European action with classification places from 5th-8th up for grabs. Both sides compete on Sunday with the possibility of an all-English affair on Easter Monday. For all the competition information, visit the tournament website, or the results pages.  

Watch both Surbiton and Canterbury in action on 18-19 April at the Investec Women's Finals Weekend on Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Click here for more information.