Sunday, July 21, 2024

European hockey round-up: Spanish cup successes, Loreto at double

Real Club de Polo won their 32nd Copa del Rey after beating Atlètic Terrassa in a shoot-out at La Estupa de Benalmádena. 

Following a 2-2 draw in normal time, it was Carlos García Cuenca’s team who prevailed thanks to a fine performance from Luis Calzado in goal while Llorenç Piera scored the final goal that gave Polo victory. 

Polo’s Marc Recasens said: “We remain undefeated this season. We had a brilliant first half, one of the best we have played.

“In the second they matched us in intensity. In the shoot outs, with a great goalkeeper like Luis, we were able to take the victory. We have been training hard for a long time, we are very fit, we have defended very well and that has shown today.”

Club de Campo won the 2024 Copa de la Reina title, defeating Junior FC 1-0, going some way to avenging their defeat to the Catalan side in last season’s final four.

It completed a perfect weekend in Benalmadena for Edu Aguilar’s side and key defender María López was delighted her side won the title after last season was defined by near misses.

“We are very happy with how the three days have turned out,” she said. “The cup is always a very beautiful tournament, but also very complicated.”

Loreto raced to two pieces of silverware over the weekend as they won the EY Hockey League regular season title and the Jacqui Potter Cup competition.

They secured the first of their titles with a 4-1 league win over Ulster Elks, a result which puts them out of range of Railway Union with three rounds of matches still to play.

They had already hit the post in the early stages before injector Siofra O’Brien gave them the lead from a corner move in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, German champions Rot-Weiss Köln suffered their second loss of the season on Saturday in the first men’s Bundesliga game of 2024.

They fell 2-1 to Mannheimer HC in a repeat of last year’s championship final despite a second minute opening goal for Rot-Weiss.

Total Hockey

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