Holcombe in Europe: Weekend roundup

Hat-trick hero Sam Ward celebrates scoring in the EHL. Credit Euro Hockey League

Holcombe Hockey Club took their first steps onto the field in a European club competition this past weekend but were handed a tough assignment, vying with KS AZS AWF Poznan and reigning champions Kampong with only one of the three teams able to reach the KO 16 stage.

Their first match was on the Friday evening against Poznan. A hat-trick from Harry Trusler-who became Holcombe's first ever goalscorer in a European competition, and another treble from England star Sam Ward fired Holcombe to an 8-1 win in their debut match.

A full match report can be found here.  

The pick of the goals was arguably this neat finish from Ward.

Their second match was a big one with the holders, Dutch giants Kampong laying in wait.

Holcombe took the lead via a Sam Ward goal and put their bodies on the line in pursuit of protecting that lead. As the tweet below shows:

Despite a brave rear-guard action, the Dutch found two goals to put Holcombe's chances of progressing in jeopardy with a 2-1 win.

A full match report can be found here.

That meant Holcombe needed a Poznan win in the final match of the group between the Poles and Kampong. Ultimately the Dutch booked their place in the KO16 with a 7-1 win, leaving Holcombe out in the cold. Despite the disappointment, plenty of positive messages came out of the Kent side's camp over Twitter:

  

Out but definitely not down, Holcombe pushed Kampong to their limits and will be proud of their efforts. The Kent side's exit leaves Wimbledon as England Hockey's sole representative in the KO16 when the competition resumes in April.