The latest Euro Hockey League ranking table shows that English club performances have secured three entry places for next season’s EHL. Beeston, East Grinstead and Reading will all now be representing England in Europe’s top level club competition in 2011-12.
The news is less good for Scotland however who drop out of the EHL with a club national ranking of 14th in Europe.
Results over the past three seasons count towards overall club rankings, and there was a chance that England could have lost their fourth ranking spot (which carries three EHL qualifying places) to Belgium.
But with Reading, Beeston and East Grinstead all making the round of 16 this year, and then Reading winning through to the semi-finals and Beeston the quarter finals, England’s ranking has now jumped to second.
England’s clubs are now placed ahead of Germany’s and behind only the Netherlands.
The top four nations are all secure for next season with fifth-place Belgium not having a side left in the competition. The points are however very close in the top four. Fourth-placed Spain could overtake England (and push Germany into fourth) depending on the result of the Reading vs Club de Campo Madrid EHL semi-final clash on June 11.
Ireland retain their sixth ranking and with it two qualifying places.
Belarus join Scotland in the relegation from the top-tier men’s club competition. They are replaced by clubs from Switzerland and Austria.