Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Campo and Den Bosch set up first Euro Hockey League Women’s final

EHL Women’s Final 4 results

AH&BC Amsterdam 1 (M Veen) Den Bosch 1 (F Matla), Den Bosch win shoot-out 4-3
Club de Campo 1 (C Cano) Der Club an der Alster 1 (L Altenburg), Campo win shoot-out 4-3

Gender equality was realised at Europe’s showpiece event when Club de Campo became the first side to reach the EHL Women’s final as they held their nerve to see off Germany’s Der Club an der Alster at the Wagener Stadium.

As with the men’s final, this season’s denouement will be between Spanish and Dutch clubs.

Normal time ended 1-1 with close-range corner goals from Carmen Cano – in the third quarter – and a Lisa Altenburg effort with just over a minute to go sending the game to shoot-out.

The first seven efforts were all scored, Bea Perez providing an outstanding rocket to the top corner with the pick of them as they built a 4-3 lead.

Spanish No 1 Maria Ruiz stood tall to block Viki Huse and, after a video review, their victory was confirmed.

Dutch giants Den Bosch snatched the second EHL Women’s final place as they rescued a draw with 74 seconds to go and subsequently produced a perfect shoot-out set to beat AH&BC Amsterdam.

Coming into the tie, Amsterdam had gone unbeaten in their last seven meetings with their Dutch rivals.

The opening goal came when Lauren Stam, from the left sideline, picked out Sosha Benninga who dug the ball out from under her nose and into the path of Marijn Veen who flicked high into the net.

But 74 seconds from the end, Frederique Matla scored a brilliant tip-in from Rosa Fernig’s cross on the backhand.

And Den Bosch were able to take that positive outlook into the shoot-out where Sanders, Matla, Welten and Sanne Koolen all scored while Josin Koning saved a stroke from Eva de Goede in the first round and then, decisively, kept out Lauren Stam to win it 4-3.

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