The Euro Hockey League (EHL) and the European Hockey Federation (EHF) are delighted to announce both the draw and the venues for the first Rounds of the 2010-2011 EHL Season. The draw was made jointly by Marijke Fleuren (NED) and Jorge Alcover (ESP), Vice Presidents of the European Hockey Federation.
Round 1.1 will take place in The Netherlands at Eindhoven?s HC Oranje Zwart between the 15th and 17th October 2010. The tournament will feature the teams drawn into Pools B, E, F and H, which include European giants such as Rot-Weiss Köln (GER), HGC (NED), Club de Campo (ESP) and reigning EHL Champions UHC Hamburg (GER), as well as the host club who will be participating in their first ever EHL event.
Round 1.2 heads to Spain, with Atlétic Terrassa HC hosting the teams that will compete in Pools A, C, D and G between the 29th and 31st October 2010. As well as the famous team from the host club, other big names include Teun de Nooijer?s HC Bloemendaal (NED), 2009-10 EHL Semi Finalists Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (ESP) and Mannheimer HC (GER), the new club of Germany international superstar Matthias Witthaus.
At Eindhoven, German champions Rot-Weiss Köln have been drawn into Pool B where they face a tricky start to their EHL campaign against Madrid?s Club de Campo (ESP) ? a team featuring former Club Egara stars Edi Tubau and Guillermo Schickendantz ? as well as Belgian runners up Racing Club Bruxelles. Pool E sees European Champions UHC Hamburg facing Belgian and Russian opponents in KHC Dragons and Izmaylovo Moscow respectively, while former EHL finalists HGC take on Pembroke Wanderers (IRL) and Olympia Kolos Sekvoia (UKR) in Pool F. Host club Oranje Zwart have been drawn into Pool H, where Russian champions Dinamo Kazan and Polish runners up KS Pomorzanin Torun will provide stiff opposition.
Atlétic Terrassa Hockey Club has the pleasure of welcoming HC Bloemendaal ? EHL champions in 2008-09 ? who will compete in Pool A against England?s Reading HC and SC Stroitel Brest of Belarus. Home favourites Atlétic Terrassa will be vociferously supported by their fans when they face Beeston HC (ENG) and CA Montrouge, the champions of France. Ashley Jackson?s East Grinstead (ENG) will do battle with RC de Polo de Barcelona (ESP) and Kelburne (SCO) in Pool D, while WKS Grunwald Poznan (POL), Mannheimer HC (GER) and Glenanne HC (IRL) will fight it out in Pool G.
Over the course of the two tournaments in Eindhoven and Terrassa, 24 teams will be reduced to the 16 participants that will take part in Easter?s famous KO16 event.
?The high quality venues at HC Oranje Zwart and Atlétic Terrassa ensure that the Euro Hockey League is continuing to pursue the high standards that we have set over the past three seasons?, said Jan Verboom, Operational Manager of the Euro Hockey League. ?The EHL and the European Hockey Federation are greatly looking forward to working with both clubs in the organisation of what should be two outstanding first round events.?
Full information regarding the draw for the EHL first rounds can be found at www.ehlhockey.tv. A full listing of the match schedule for the tournament will be released next week, with details regarding the sale of tickets being announced in the coming weeks.