English teams finish with victories in Europe

In the final day of the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup Surbiton were playing for a fifth place finish and Canterbury seventh. Both teams came away with important victories as the overall results of the tournament count towards the final ranking points on offer for all teams.

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

7th/8th Place – IZMAYLOVO v CANTERBURY

IZMAYLOVO 1
VASILEVA Daria 44 (PC)

CANTERBURY 5
LLOYD Nikki 3 (FG)
CHAMBERLAIN Dirkie 19 (FG)
BAKER Anna 20, 32 (FG,FG)
CLEWLOW Mel 47 (PS)

In the opening half Canterbury, still reeling from their shock defeat to UCD yesterday, came out determined to overturn their disappointment and at least finish off the bottom ranked place.

They opened the scoring via Nikki Lloyd in the opening minutes. With much of the possession Canterbury were unlucky not to be further ahead in the first quarter, but made up for that with 3 goals in the second, all from open play, Dirke Chamberlain notched one and there were two from Anna Baker.

With a strong first half, Canterbury sat back at the start of the second half, allowing Imaylovo into the game sufficiently to earn a penalty corner and a goal from Daria Vasileva. The English side took control again and added a penalty stroke in the 47th minute, converted by Mel Clewlow.

The final quarter, both teams battled it out, but the result was clear as Canterbury never allowed the Russians' game to flow. The final score was 1-5 in favour of Canterbury and a 7th place finish, Izmaylovo finish 8th.


5th/6th place – Surbiton HC v UCD Ladies HC

SURBITON 4
HERBERT Rebecca 22 (FG)
TWIGG Georgie 41 (PS)
KING Julia 55 (PC)
HUNTER Jo 59 (FG)

UCD LADIES HC 1
MULLAN Katie 52 (PC)

The second game of the day was between Surbiton and Ireland's UCD; with a smattering of international players it was billed to be a good game. Surbiton tested the UCD defence early on when Jo Hunter went on a darting run down the right flank, but ultimately to no avail. The Irish team lost their international star Anna O'Flanagan in the 13th minute to injury, this was a huge loss and perhaps a game changer. Rebecca Herbert was first on the score sheet for Surbiton with a strike that zipped past the UCD’s keepers' head.

A high tempo start to the second half saw a wave of attacks from Surbiton. A foul by UCD deemed deliberate in the circle in 41st minute allowed Georgie Twigg to step up to the penalty spot and double Surbiton’s lead. UCD did claw one back via a deflected corner from Katie Mullen. With all to play for it was Surbiton who, possibly with the more experienced players in their squad piled on the pressure in the final quarter. A sublime shot in the 55th minute from Julia King put the game beyond the grasp of UCD, and a final goal from Jo Hunter who had threatened all day in the 59th minute finished the scoring and the game at 4-1.

The overall positions from this year's EHCCC will count towards the EHF's points and rankings for the 2016 EuroHockey Club Tournaments. The final rankings and make up of the divisions for next year will be announced after the EuroHockey Trophy and Challenges at Whitsun.


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.
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