Holcombe handed Kampong test in EHL

Holcombe celebrate scoring vs Surbiton

The draw has been made for the tenth edition of the Euro Hockey League as round 1 of the 2016-17 season of the world’s premier club hockey competition heads to Banbridge Hockey Club.  

Round 1 runs from October 7-9 when Banbridge will host four groups of three clubs with the winner from each group advancing to the KO16 where they will join 12 pre-qualified sides in the knock-out phases.

Indeed, it promises to be another exciting instalment of the EHL as the competition comes to Ireland for the first time. Potentially over 20 Olympians will take part in Round 1 while over 50 Rio-bound players from eight different countries set to take part across the whole competition when the KO16 begins at Easter 2017.

Holcombe Hockey Club, making their debut in the competition as one of England's two representatives have been handed a stern test. As well as Polish outfit KS AZS AWF Poznan they will also face reigning champions SV Kampong. The English side’s game with the Dutch side is potentially one of the highlights of the weekend on the Saturday before the Dutch team meet Poznan.

Pool D opens the action each day with Scottish champions Kelburne facing Russia’s Dinamo Kazan – one of only two ever-present teams in the EHL – in the first game. Both will look to upset last year’s FINAL4 side Atlètic Terrassa on the Saturday and Sunday for a ticket to the KO16.

Wales’ Cardiff & Met and Italy’s SG Amsicora start off Pool B. Both will be looking to get a first win for their country in the EHL before turning their attentions to matches against UHC Hamburg on October 8 and 9.

Hosts Banbridge are in Pool C; they will enter the fray on the Saturday afternoon against France’s Saint Germain before facing Royal Leopold on Sunday evening in the final game of the weekend. Leo and Saint Germain meet on the Friday in this group’s first game.

Tickets for Round 1 will now go on sale on Tuesday, July 19 at 1pm (CET) for what is set to be another thrilling instalment of the world’s best club hockey.

EHL 2016-2017 - Match schedule Round 1

7-9 October 2016 at HC Banbridge, Banbridge (IRL)

Friday 7 October 2016

M1 11.45h Pool D Kelburne HC (SCO) - Dinamo Kazan (RUS)

M2 14.00h Pool B Cardiff & Met (WAL) - Amsicora (ITA)

M3 16.15h Pool C Royal Leopold (BEL) - Saint Germain HC (FRA)

M4 18.30h Pool A KS AZS AWF Poznan (POL) - Holcombe HC (ENG)

Saturday 8 October 2016

M5 10.15h Pool D Atlètic Terrassa HC (ESP) - Dinamo Kazan (RUS)

M6 12.30h Pool B UHC Hamburg (GER) - Amsicora (ITA)

M7 14.45h Pool C Saint Germain HC (FRA) - Banbridge HC (IRL)

M8 17.00h Pool A SV Kampong (NED) - Holcombe HC (ENG)

Sunday 9 October 2016

M9 09.00h Pool D Atlètic Terrassa HC (ESP) - Kelburne HC (SCO)

M10 11.15h Pool B UHC Hamburg (GER) - Cardiff & Met (WAL)

M11 13.30h Pool A SV Kampong (NED) - KS AZS AWF Poznan (POL)

M12 15.45h Pool C Royal Leopold (BEL) - Banbridge HC (IRL)

The 12 teams that have received a Bye into KO16 are:

HC Oranje-Rood (NED), AHBC Amsterdam (NED), KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln (GER), Mannheimer HC (GER), KHC Dragons (BEL), Racing Club de Bruxelles (BEL), Club Egara (ESP), Real Club de Polo (ESP), Wimbledon (ENG), Racing Club de France (FRA), WKS Grunwald Poznan (POL), Lisnagarvey HC (IRL)

Note: Match times and schedule subject to change due to the requirements of television or other factors as determined by EHL.

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