Euro weeked reaches midway point

After great starts in Europe from Beeston, Reading and Slough, Leicester joined their compatriots in winning their opening match at the women’s EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in the Netherlands.  In beating Belgian side Royal Antwerp, they qualified for Monday’s round two fixtures, with a round one game against the hosts Den Bosch still to play. If they win on Monday, Leicester will progress to round three, the semi finals, in June.

It was Leicester’s international contingent that inflicted the damage on the Belgians with Crista Cullen firing home a penalty corner in the 28th minute and her England and GB teammate Chloe Rogers doubling the lead less than 60 seconds later. Although Antwerp pulled one back Beckie Herbert made sure of the points, putting Leicester 3-1 up in the 45th minute.  Leicester play Den Bosch on Sunday afternoon at 16:00 BST.  Also facing Dutch opposition in 's-Hertogenbosch is Slough, who play Larensche at 14:00 BST. Slough are also already through to Monday’s round two ties after beating Atasport on Friday but will want to finish top of Pool D, an outcome possible in the case of a draw or better.

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Beeston will attempt to become the first English side to qualify for the men’s Euro Hockey League semi finals when they take on HGC of The Hague this afternoon in Bloemendaal. Ben Arnold and Sam Ward earned them qualification from KO16 to the KO8 quarter finals on Friday but they will expect a tough test against the former club of England stars Ashley Jackson, Barry Middleton and Simon Mantell.  You can see how Beeston get on by logging on to www.ehlhockey.tv from 13:30 BST today (Sunday).

And Reading know that they face Belgian opposition in the KO8 on Monday as they too go for a semi final berth.  The Blues will play KHC Dragons after the Belgians beat Germany’s Rot-Weiss Koln 3-2 on Saturday. That match is live on Eurosport 2 and online at www.ehlhockey.tv from 11:00 BST on Monday.

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