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Saturday was another high scoring day at EHL Round 1.1 at HC Oranje Zwart, with Club de Campo (ESP), UHC Hamburg (GER), HGC (NED) and the host club all claiming big wins to secure early qualification for next Easter's exciting KO16 event.

While Club de Campo and UHC were impressive, it was the performances of the Dutch teams that really caught the eye, with HGC scoring nine times against Olimpia Kolos Sekvoia (UKR) before OZ went one better to hit ten past KS Pomorzanin Torun (POL). You can read more about these matches below.

On Sunday, HGC and OZ may find life slightly more difficult when they do battle with Pembroke Wanderers and Dinamo Kazan respectively, with the winner of those matches taking top spot in their Pools. All four of the remaining matches of EHL Round 1.1 will be shown in full on the EHL Live Stream on Sunday morning from 0930 CET. For more information and video highlights of the matches please visit www.ehlhockey.tv.

Brave Bruxelles eliminated by Club de Campo
Club de Campo marked their arrival in the Euro Hockey League with a 6-3 victory over RC Bruxelles. The win was enough to secure their passage through to Easter’s KO16 tournament, where they will be joined by German champions Rot-Weiss Köln. Racing played valiantly, but defeat means that they have finished bottom of Pool B and will not progress to the knock-out stages.

Racing took an early lead when Lucas De Mot picked up an overhead pass and finished clinically, but strikes from Edi Tubau, Willy Schickendantz and Cesar Sauquillo established a 3-1 half time lead for the Spanish side. Club de Campo extended their lead to five with further goals from Juan Fernandez and a second for Schickendantz before Tom Boon and Thery Bourgoignie reduced the deficit. However, Club de Campo killed the game when Koke Rodriguez fired home to confirm a safe passage through to the knock-out rounds at the very first attempt. 
Club de Campo will face Rot-Weiss Köln on Sunday to decide which team will take the all important top spot in the Pool.

“It was really important for us to win that match as it means that we have qualified for the next Round”, said Club de Campo’s Germany international Oli Markowski.  “We have a big match against Rot-Weiss Köln tomorrow, so we need to recover.” 

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Champions UHC defeat Izmaylovo to reach KO16
Double strikes from Patrick Breitenstein, Oliver Korn and Marco Miltkau ensured that reigning Euro Hockey League champions UHC Hamburg qualified for KO16 at the very first attempt with a 6-0 victory over Izmaylovo Moscow.

The result confirmed that UHC Hamburg and KHC Dragons have qualified for Easter’s KO16 event, while Izmaylovo Moscow’s dream of reaching the knock-out stages of the EHL has ended. UHC and KHC Dragons will meet on Sunday, with the winners securing top spot in Pool E.

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Sekvoia swept aside by brilliant HGC
HGC’s return to Euro Hockey League action was a happy one as the team from Wassenaar turned on the style to defeat Olimpia Kolos Sekvoia 9-2 to confirm their place at KO16. Despite injuries to Rodrigo and Lucas Vila amongst others, HGC were in stunning form as they overpowered the Ukrainians with a superb display of attacking hockey.

The result means that both HGC and Pembroke Wanderers have qualified for KO16 and will meet tomorrow to decide which team will top Pool F. Sadly, the result means that Olimpia Kolos Sekvoia will play no further part in this season’s Euro Hockey League.   

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Ten goal Oranje Zwart destroy Pomorzanin Torun
Host club Oranje Zwart delighted the home crowd by recording a crushing 10-1 win over Poland’s KS Pomorzanin Torun. Lucas Judge netted four goals in the rout, with Niek van der Schoot, Thijs Maartens, Mink van der Weerden (2), Thomas Briels, and David Alegre also getting their names on the score-sheet.

The devastating display confirmed their place at KO16 after just one game, although they will at least a draw in Sunday’s match against Dinamo Kazan to guarantee their place as the winners of Pool H. KS Pomorzanin Torun will now need Oranje Zwart to defeat Dinamo Kazan by at least ten goals if they are to reach the knock-out stages of the tournament.

Immediately after the game, EHLHOCKEY.TV spoke with Oranje Zwart and former Dutch international Jeroen Delmee, who said that the score-line could have been even bigger. ”I thought we played a really good match today, and it was only down to their goalkeeper that we didn’t score many more goals as it could have been a monster score. It was important game for us with Rob Hammond coming back [from the Commonwealth Games], and we were very strong.”

When asked about how important it was for his team to finish top of the Pool, Delmee said: “Well, you can think that it might be easier to finish top of the pool so you get an easier game in the second round, but we have seen some really good teams here that may finish second so it is not always the case. We definitely want to finish top, and we want to keep progressing in this competition.”

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