Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Three Rock off to Italy as Galway set to host indoors

Three Rock Rovers will travel to Bologna for the men's indoor EuroHockey Club Challenge I com-petition next February 19-21, 2009 while Galway will host the women's challenge event a week later, the EHF confirmed today.

Rovers represent Ireland for the second time having retained their indoor crown and will hope to use the knowledge garnered from their trip to Lille to good effect next time around.

Focus may also work in their favour as, in a similar manner to Pembroke the year before, the European indoor competition proved tricky to fit in around EHL concerns.

They are drawn in a group with Croatia's HK Jedinstovo, Belarus' Stroitel Brest - who played Pembroke encountered in outdoor competition this year - and Turkey's Kecioren Bld SC.

The only side they have encountered in either group is Slovenia's Pliva Lipovci who contest the other pool with Hungarian, Italian and Serbian opposition.

Galway, meanwhile, will host their very first EHF competition as they welcome an enlarged women's challenge event to town. Having improved with every match on their European debut in a single group, six-team format, the Challenge is set to have eight entrants divided into two groups of four this time around.

Czech Republic side Slavia Praha, Wales' Howardian and Bulgaria's FHC Akademik provide the initial opposition.


Anonymous said...

Really fantastic to see Galway getting European hockey action..fair play to all involved

Anonymous said...

Where will the Galway one be hosted?

Anonymous said...

Galway there is a recently constructed state of the art facility near the University

Apollo said...

All the best to TRR and Galway in their European trails for next season.

Apollo Creed: "See that look in their eyes, Rock? You gotta get that look back, Rock. Eye of the tiger, man."

Lads, Apollo has landed......

Anonymous said...

Why do Ulster teams not take part in Indoor competition?

Stephen Findlater said...

For the first time in a while, they entered this year's competition.

However, once a round of the ISC was scheduled to coincide with the originally booked tournament dates, the tournament had to be split over two weekends and the four sides who agreed to take part pulled out due to the increased financial cost of two trips to Dublin.

Queso said...

Southpaw nothing. I'll drop him in three!!