There is some major European hockey action over Easter and the good news is some of it will be televised in the UK on British Eurosport 2.
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The broadcast schedule includes the Blue Riband game of the weekend for UK fans – the East Grinstead vs Reading clash at 8.30am (UK) Saturday morning. East Grinstead won 3-2 at home the last time the sides met in a tight championship semi-final on April 3. In March, at Reading, it was the same scoreline, but this time with Reading taking the win. Expect another close game on Saturday.
English Champions Beeston play Dinamo Kazan (Russia) on Good Friday at 8.30am UK time in another game scheduled for broadcast.
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All men’s Euro Hockey league games (April 22-25, Bloemendaal in the Netherlands) are streamed live (and very well) at www.ehlhockey.tv.
Some games are also being shown on British Eurosport 2. BEWARE British Eurosport 2 (BE2) has different scheduling to Eurosport 2 which is confusing as the latter shows much more hockey.
The best place to check the British Eurosport Schedule is http://tv.eurosport.co.uk/tvschedule.shtml There are currently no games scheduled for broadcast on Sunday or Monday on BE2 – but this may change so check the schedule!
The match schedule for the Euro Hockey League round of 16/8 is as follows (UK TIMES add 1 hr for Europe)
Friday 22 April 2011
08.30 Beeston HC (ENG) v Dinamo Kazan (RUS) *
11.00 Club de Campo (ESP) v Pembroke Wanderers (IRL) * – Down for 5.30pm delayed telecast on BE2
13.30 HGC (NED) v Glenanne (IRL)
16.00 Mannheimer HC (GER) v Atlètic Terrassa (ESP)
Saturday 23 April 2011
08.30 East Grinstead HC (ENG) v Reading HC (ENG) *
11.00 Oranje Zwart (NED) v RC Polo de Barcelona (ESP)
13.30 HC Bloemendaal (NED) v UHC Hamburg (GER)
16.00 KHC Dragons (BEL) v Rot-Weiss Köln (GER) * – Down as 11.30pm delayed telecast BE2
Sunday 24 April 2011
11.00 Mannheimer HC/Atlètic Terrassa HC v Club de Campo/Pembroke Wanderers
13.30 Beeston HC/Dinamo Kazan v HGC/Glenanne
Monday 25 April 2011
11.00 KHC Dragons/Rot-Weiss Köln v East Grinstead HC/Reading HC
13.30 HC Bloemendaal/UHC Hamburg v Oranje Zwart/RC Polo de Barcelona
* Means scheduled on British Eurosport 2 (BE2)
Slough and Leicester travel to ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, this Easter for the first two rounds of the top-level women’s Euro competition. No TV that we know of. The tournament website is http://eurohockey.hcdenbosch.nl.
UK teams game times (UK TIMES add 1hr for Europe):
Friday April 22
3pm Slough vs Atasport ((AZE)
Saturday April 23
4pm Leicester vs Royal Antwerp (BEL)
Sunday April 24
2pm Slough vs Larensche
4pm Leicester vs HC’s-Hertogenbosch
Monday April 25
Playoff games – four teams go through to round three.
Women’s EuroHockey Champions Trophy
Grove Menzieshill of Scotland travel to Dublin for the Euro trophy, hosted by Railway Union. See http://railwayunionhc.com/calendar/eurohockey/