2 June 2017 EuroHockey Club Cup Quarter-Final

UHC HAMBURG 50 CANTERBURY

Canterbury Squad: Fagg (GK); Balsdon, Griggs, Clewlow, Brett, Flint, Kerly (Capt.), Neal, Kolárová, Barnes, Del Borello. Subs: Turner (9′), Vankemmel (12′), Jenkins (21′), Fox (25′), Williams (42′), Buttimer (58′). Sub not used: Smith (GK).

Umpires: Pilar Lopez Martinez (Spain) and Laurine Delforge (Belgium)

 

Canterbury’s European hopes were ended by German champions, UHC Hamburg in the second quarter-final on Friday. Hamburg, who had beaten Surbiton 6-0 at the same stage in 2016, overwhelmed Canterbury 5-0, although the Kent club battled throughout.

Charlotte Stapenhorst, scorer of five of Hamburg’s six goals last season, opened the scoring in the seventh minute by finding the backboard from the first penalty corner of the match. Five minutes later, Celine Wilde doubled Hamburg’s lead, aiming for the netting just above the backboard from a penalty corner to leave Canterbury trailing 2-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Canterbury had come close to pulling a goal back in the 13th minute, Mary Flint forcing a save from Yvonne Frank.

Canterbury managed to consolidate during the second quarter, keeping Hamburg goalless, Hannah Sieffert coming closest to scoring blazing the ball over the bar midway through the quarter. Eliza Brett posed an attacking threat down the left wing, but Canterbury couldn’t quite take advantage.

Hamburg stunned Canterbury with two goals early in the second half, Wilde finding the netting again from a penalty corner in the 34th minute with Sophie Mayen finishing off a passing move two minutes later.

At the end of the third quarter, an unfortunate collision between Grace Balsdon and Stapenhorst resulted in the German player being helped off the pitch in an apparent groggy state.

In the fourth quarter, Canterbury goalkeeper, Helen Fagg saved well from penalty corners, Sarah Kerly attacked regularly with Lizzie Neal and Brett both forcing saves from Hamburg’s substitute goalkeeper, Jessica Kloevekorn.

Hamburg’s Marie Mävers completed the scoring in the final minute with a spectacular deflection.

Canterbury will now play Russian champions CSP Krylatskoye on Sunday at 1045 local time in the first of two matches to decide fifth to eighth place.

Canterbury played them in the 7th/8th place playoff in Bilthoven when they were known as CSP Izmaylovo back in 2015, Canterbury winning 5-1 thanks to two goals from Anna Baker, one goal apiece from Nicola Lloyd and Dirkie Chamberlain, plus Mel Clewlow’s penalty stroke