Reading, East Grinstead and Beeston all fell at the quarter-final stage of the men’s Euro Hockey League over the Easter weekend.
To add to the disappointment, England’s qualifiers for the women’s top-level club competition, the European Club Champions Cup, also crashed out. Leicester and Reading, both minus their GB squad players, finished last in their pool competitions in Spain and Belgium respectively.
Back in the men’s EHL, the Belgian champions KHC Dragons defeated Reading 3-1 after a 1-1 draw in normal time on Monday. East Grinstead also lost on Monday, 3-1 to hosts Rotterdam.Dragons and Rotterdam join Uhlenhorster HC and Amsterdam H&BC who qualified for the Final Four on Sunday. The EHL double winners UHC Hamburg celebrated a massive 7-1 win over the English champions Beeston HC. The second quarter final in Rotterdam was won by the Dutch champions AH&BC who defeated last season’s Hoofdklasse runners-up Bloemendaal 3-2.
The final four will be played on 26/27 May. The semi finals will see UHC taking on Dragons with Amsterdam facing Rotterdam. EHL Board will announce the venue as soon as possible.
It’s the fourth time that Rotterdam qualify for the EHL final four. The current Hoofdklasse leaders have reached the semi finals in all four EHL editions they have participated in.
Detailed match summaries, video highlights, fixtures and results, images and much more information on the KO16 is available on www.ehlhockey.tv , the official website of the Euro Hockey League.