East Grinstead make it four England indoor hockey championships in a row and set sights on Europe

[img_assist|nid=3338|title=European dream|desc=East Grinstead celebrate winning the Maxifuel Super Sixes finals. They are now targeting winning England’s first ever European club championship medal (c) Ady Kerry/EHB|link=node|align=left|width=399|height=247]East Grinstead 8 (6)
David De Prez 9,11,29 (F,F,F)                
Daniel Koschyk 12,13 (F,F)                   
Ashley Jackson 15,24 (PC,F)                
Scott Ashdown 17 (F)               

Beeston 5 (3)
Tim Davenport 3,16 (F,F)                      
Paddy Schmidt 14,40 (PC,F)                 
Stephen Wood 40 (F)               

East Grinstead won their fourth consecutive national indoor title on Sunday as a David De Prez hat-trick helped the Sussex side to an 8-5 victory over Beeston in the Maxifuel Super Sixes Final at Wembley Arena on Sunday.

East Grinstead coach Richard Organ said, “We made it difficult for Beeston and were in control after a ten minute spell where we were unplayable and clinical. We are aiming to go on and make history by being the first English team to win a medal in the European Indoor Club Championships.”

East Grinstead Captain Scott Ashdown added, “Fortunately, the game went the way we planned. We had a purple patch where we scored four goals and that built up excitement in the players.  After that we just rolled with that momentum.”

Doubles from German Daniel Koschyk and Great Britain star Ashley Jackson and one from captain Scott Ashdown added to East Grinstead’s tally.  For Beeston, Tim Davenport and Paddy Schmidt netted braces with Stephen Wood getting in on the act but despite two late goals the Nottinghamshire side failed to claw back the deficit.

East Grinstead’s Richard Potton had the first save to make but it was a straightforward ask. Davenport had been in fine scoring form in the semi-final, which Beeston won 11-3, and after some skilful work by German Paddy Schmidt, Davenport fired home a powerful shot to give Beeston a welcome lead.

Great Britain international Glenn Kirkham won a penalty corner for East Grinstead in the fifth minute but his international teammate Ben Hawes was quickly out to snaffle an Ashley Jackson shot. Chances were coming thick and fast as opportunities went begging at both ends. Glenn Kirkham made a last ditch clearance for the defending champions while a cleverly worked opportunity from Jackson saw the ball come back off the upright from a reverse shot.

There was no time for celebration as Beeston were quickly awarded a penalty corner, which was put away by Paddy Schmidt – four goals in five minutes. Jackson rifled a penalty corner into the roof of the net to make it 5-2 before Tim Davenport was set up by Ben Hawes to keep the Bees in contention with four minutes of the half still to play.

East Grinstead captain Scott Ashdown replied within a minute after playing a tidy one-two with De Prez to send his side three goals up at the break.

Ashley Jackson had the first East Grinstead chance of the second half but his shot travelled just wide. Tim Davenport responded quickly for Beeston, coming even closer as his effort slammed off the post. East Grinstead’s Iain Lewers made a couple of important interceptions for East Grinstead within seconds of each other while Jackson found the best way to relieve the pressure was to score at the other end. A powerful shot from an impossible angle took Beeston by surprise to make it 7-3.

Beeston goalkeeper George Pinner was alert to a reverse effort by Kirkham and again from De Prez, who tried his luck with a cheeky effort. Adam Harper collected a green card for a stick tackle nine minutes in as East Grinstead conceded a penalty corner but Schmidt banged the opportunity off the post. A flowing counter attack from East Grinstead gave David De Prez his hat-trick and an 8-3 lead. Beeston called a time out with seven minutes remaining and replaced their goalkeeper with James McBlane as a kicking back as they continued to press forward.  East Grinstead responded by putting bodies behind the ball, restraining their opponents.  Determined play by Jackson on the left flank set-up a penalty corner which the Beeston defence, missing its goalkeeper, smothered, much to the delight of the crowd.

 As the clock ticked down Beeston narrowed the deficit with two late goals from Schmidt and Wood but it was too little, too late.  East Grinstead’s supporters showed their delight as their team ran out 8-5 victors to retain the Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals title.  And as the presentations were made they had even more to celebrate as Ashley Jackson was named man of the match.


Men’s Semi Final Results


Men’s Semi Final 1

East Grinstead 5* (3)                            

Ashley Jackson 2,18,36 (PC,F,PC)                                                        

David De Prez 10 (F)                                                    

Barry Middleton 35 (F)                                                  


Reading 5 (1)                           

Richard Mantell 4,28 (PC,F)                                                       

Jonty Clarke 24,39 (F,F)                                                

Nick Catlin 28 (F)                                                          


*East Grinstead win 4-3 after penalty strokes


Men’s Semi Final 2

Bowdon 3 (0)

Simon Egerton 26,27 (PS,F)                 

Alastair Brogdon 29 (F)             


Beeston 11 (4)

Paddy Schmidt 7,9,13,27,31 (F,PC,PS,F,F)                   

Adam Dixon 17 (F)                   

Tim Davenport 21,24,24 (F,F,F)             

Alastair Wilson 33 (F)                

Stephen Lawrence 37 (F)