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East Grinstead face tough pool in EHL

East Grinstead must battle past Dutch club SV Kampong to progress to the last-16 stage of the 2014-15 Euro Hockey League.

Under the new format for this season, England’s second-ranked side must win their pool in Pau Negre Stadium, Barcelona, October 01-12, 2014 to progress to Easter’s knockout rounds. National champions Beeston go straight through to the Easter stages.

Also in Grinstead’s pool A are Russia’s Dinamo-Stroitel.

Two of the competition’s new boys – Belgium’s Royal Daring and Ireland’s Monkstown – have been drawn against each other in pool B, joined by Racing Club de France. Pool C puts Rot-Weiss Koln against Italian champions HC Bra and Poland’s WKS Grunwald Poznan while pool D is occupied by home favorites Atletic Terrassa, Scotland’s Kelburne and Austria’s SV Arminen.

The 11 other teams that have received a Bye into KO16 are:
Oranje Zwart, Bloemendaal (both NED); Waterloo Ducks, KHC Dragons (BEL); Harvestehuder THC, UHC Hamburg (GER); RC Polo de Barcelona, Club Egara (ESP), KS Pomorzanin Torun (POL), St Germain (FRA) and Dinamo Kazan (RUS).
 
Jons Hensel, chairman of the EHL board, said: “We are delighted to announce the Round 1 draw and match schedule for this seasons EHL – the pinnacle of Club competition in Europe. It is sure to be another feast of Hockey for Hockey fans, with Europe’s top Clubs battling it out to be crowned Hockey Champions of Europe.”
 
The Round 1 Pools are as follows:
 
Pool A
SV Kampong (NED)
Dinamo-Stroitel (RUS)
East Grinstead (ENG)
 
Pool B
Royal Daring(BEL)
Racing Club de France (FRA)
Monkstown (IRL)
 
Pool C
KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln (GER)
HC Bra (ITA)
WKS Grunwald Poznan (POL)
 
Pool D
Atletic Terrassa (ESP)
Kelburne (SCO)
SV Arminen (AUT)
 
10-12 October 2014 – Barcelona (ESP)
 
Friday 10 October 2014 (Spain times – one hour earlier in UK)
10.00 hrs Pool C: HC Bra v WKS Grunwald Poznan
12.30 hrs Pool D: Kelburne v SV Arminen
15.00 hrs Pool B: Monkstown v Racing Club de France
17.30 hrs Pool A: East Grinstead v Dinamo-Stroitel
 
Saturday 11 October 2014
10.00 hrs Pool C: KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln v WKS Grunwald Poznan
12.30 hrs Pool D: Atletic Terrassa v SV Arminen
15.00 hrs Pool B: Royal Daring v Monkstown
17.30 hrs Pool A: SV Kampong v East Grinstead
 
Sunday 12 October 2014
09.30 hrs Pool C: KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln 3 v HC Bra
12.00 hrs Pool D: Atletic Terrassa v Kelburne
14.30 hrs Pool B: Royal Daring v Racing Club de France
17.00 hrs Pool A: SV Kampong v Dinamo-Stroitel

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