Reading 7 Sc Stroitel Brest 2
Beeston 3 CA Montrogue 2
RC de Polo de Barcelona 2 Kelburne 2
Mannheimer HC 2 Glenanne 1
SC Stroitel Brest 0 HC Bloemendaal 12
CA Montrouge 2 Atletic Terassa 4
Kelburne 1 East Grinstead 8
Glenanne 2 Grunwald Poznan 2
HC Bloemendaal 5 Reading 3
Atletic Terassa 1 Beeston 2
East Grinstead 4 RC Polo de Barcelona 3
Grunwald Poznan 1 Mannheimer HC 5
English clubs East Grinstead and Beeston have secured favourable seedings for the KO16 round of the Euro Hockey League after winning their pools in Terassa, Spain over the weekend. Last season’s English premiership finalists both impressed with fine wins over Spanish opposition on the final day of competition. EG defeated the mighty RC de Polo de Barcelona 4-3 – a game decided by a Darren Cheesman deflected goal – while Beeston overcame hosts Ateletic Terassa 2-1.
EG also smashed Kelburne 8-1 in their opener on Saturday but Beeston made heavy weather of putting away French champions CA Montrogue 3-2 on Friday.
Reading went through as second in their group. They knocked over Belarus champions Stroitel Brest 7-2 on Friday, but lost 5-3 to Dutch champions HC Bloemendaall on Sunday.
Glenanne made it through to the last 16 with an excellent 2-2 draw agaist Polish champions Grunwald Poznan and a narrow 2-1 loss to Germany’s Mannheimer HC. The Irish were left chewing their nails until the final match of the weekend when Mannheimer’s 5-1 win over Poznan sent Glenanne through on goal difference.
Goal difference worked against Scottish champions Kelburne however – their heavy loss to East Grinstead saw them finish in third place in pool D with RC Polo de Barcelona sneaking through on goal difference, despite the Scots holding RC Polo to a 2-2 draw on Friday.
Joining Reading, East Grinstead and Glenanne in the final 16 are HC Bloemendaal, Atletic Terassa, RC Polo de Barcelona and Mannheimer. Pembroke Wanderers (Dublin) qualified for the last 16 earlier in October as did KHC Dragons (Belgium), HGC (Netherlands) UHC (Germany) Dinamo Kazan (Russia), Oranze Zwart (Netherlands), Club de Campo Madrid (Spain) and Rot-Weiss Koln (Germany). The round of 16 and the quarter finals will be in the Netherlands at Easter, 2011 (April 22-25) – venue to be announced.