Holcombe draw in day one of EuroHockey Club Trophy

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Holcombe, who are hosting this year’s EuroHockey Club Trophy action, were the last team on the pitch on day one and tied against Irish opposition UCD Ladies HC 1-1.

In a day full of high-quality European hockey action, a packed-out Holcombe Park saw supporters from across the continent enjoy a wide range of entertainment as well as some dazzling performances on the field. 

Holcombe EuroHockey

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Holcombe ended the day with a battling 1-1 draw after Dirkie Chamberlain opened the scoring in the opening minute, “It’s really good that Holcombe have put this together and are hosting the EuroHockey.” said the goalscorer, “We’ve got to say thanks to the fans, it’s incredible having the tournament here, we’ve got to take advantage of the home advantage and we’re so excited for the next couple of games.”

Holcombe had a goal disallowed and failed to convert a number of chances with UCD Ladies HC making them pay, much to the dissatisfaction of Head Coach Leigh Maasdorp who commented: “It’s disappointing after we scored within the first-minute but all credit to UCD, our Pool is so open now after every team drew, so it’s all to play for.

“The crowd was unbelievable having the drum and them singing for you, to have that behind us was great. Maybe there was a bit of over-excitement in the dressing-room around the competition, but it’s been awesome. The organisation and attention to detail with the competition has been great and I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”

Holcombe EuroHockey

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The day got off to an exhilarating start as Waterloo Ducks topped HC Victorya Smolevichi 2-1. The sun was beaming down on Holcombe Park as the Belgian side came back from 1-0 down to win the opening match of the competition against the team from Belarus. 

Backed by a vocal array of supporters, Waterloo Ducks gave the competition the perfect introduction “We’ve travelled really far to be here, coming from just south of Brussels in Belgium.” said Dimitri Gose (father of Ducks player Daphne Gose), “This event has been really good, the organisation is great, the people have been really nice, and the weather has been amazing too. It’s been a really good day out!”

Waterloo Ducks

The second game of the day brought a goal-fest to Rochester as Club Campo De Madrid put Ukrainian side SC Sumchanka to the sword with a 5-0 victory. 

The scoring started in the second minute with the Spanish side finding the back of the net in every quarter. 

It’s been a strong start to the competition for the team from Madrid “We missed a couple of chances, but we scored five goals so it was a good start.” said Ana Marquinez who featured from the start for the Spanish side, “We’re looking to stay at the top to reach the final, so we need to keep on going. We really enjoy playing in England, the weather has been amazing, we’re very happy to be here and are really enjoying it.”

Holcombe EuroHockey

The penultimate match saw a dramatic fightback from Russian side Dinamo-COP Moscomsport as they came from 3-0 down to draw with the Edinburgh University HC team. 

The Scottish side conceded three within the final 15 minutes despite looking strong throughout the majority of the match as both teams picked up a solitary point in their first match of the competition.

Waterloo Ducks

The action continues over the Easter weekend with tickets available to buy online in advance or on the gates as the EuroHockey Club Trophy entertainment continues at Holcombe Park.

Alongside all the on-field action, Holcombe Chairman Jon Rye gave an insight of what there is to look forward to over the coming days:

“There’s a lot to look forward to over the weekend. We’ve got a game of goalie football, which is a crazy idea, but I can’t wait to see what happens on Saturday. It’s about having an atmosphere here at Holcombe Park and you build that from, not only what happens on the pitch, but the spectator experience as well. Hockey For Heroes are a fantastic charity for our sport and we’re very pleased to be able to support them on Saturday with an exhibition match.

“We’re expecting a minimum of 450 people here per day, at peak times we should be into the 800’s. We’ve got a lot of people that are buying tickets on the day as well as those that have already purchased them and we’re hoping that continues over the next few days.”