The ABN AMRO EHL Ranking Cup events land this week with tournaments in Belgium and Germany.
These tournaments will finalise the 2020/21 EHL ranking tables while offering all teams who originally qualified for the 2020/21 season’s EHL the chance to finally hit the turf in world hockey’s premier club competition.
The finalisation of the EHL Ranking tables for the 2020/21 season which will, in turn, formally determine how many spots each country will receive for next year’s 2021/22 EHL competitions.
Following last Easter’s FINAL4, the men’s competition will determine who earns the ranking points for positions 5 to 20 for the 2020/21 season while the women’s competition determines 5th to 8th place.
In the men’s Ranking Cup, recently crowned Belgian champions Dragons, complete with a trio of Olympic gold medalists, will play host at their grounds in the park of Brasschaat with 14 teams taking part from Thursday.
The EHL Women’s Cup, meanwhile, will take place on Oct 2 and 3. It features three teams and will take place at the famous UHC Clubanlage venue. The German club previously welcomed the EHL for the 2009 men’s KO16.
The competition will feature two matches following the withdrawal of Ireland’s Pegasus. Their first game will see UHC face Belarus champions HC Minsk on Saturday, October 2.
The winner of this tie will meet Surbiton. Whoever wins outright will earn “fifth place” overall in the European rankings with the runner-up deemed “sixth” while the side who loses on Saturday will be awarded “seventh” in the rankings.
EHL Cup 2021 (times local)
Men’s Match Schedule
M2 15.00h KO16 Dinamo Elektrostal – SV Kampong
M3 17.15h KO16 HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch – Saint-Germain HC
M4 19.30h KO16 La Gantoise HC – Club de Campo
M6 15.00h KO8 Winner M1 – Winner M2
M7 17.15h Ranking match Loser M3 – Loser M4
M8 19.30h KO8 Winner M3 – Winner M4
M9 09.30h KO16 HC Minsk – Three Rock Rovers
M10 11.45h KO16 Mannheimer HC – Hampstead & Westminster
M11 14.00h KO16 Dinamo-Ak Bars – Rot-Weiss Köln
M12 16.15h KO16 KHC Dragons – Surbiton HC
M13 09.30h Ranking match Loser M10 – Loser M9
M14 11.45h KO8 Winner M10 – Winner M9
M15 14.00h Ranking match Loser M11 – Loser M12
M16 16.15h KO8 Winner M11 – Winner M12
Women’s Match Schedule
M2 14.15h Women SF2 UHC Hamburg – HC Minsk
M4 13.15h Winner UHC/Min v Surbiton