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EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONS TROPHY

23-25 FEBRUARY 2007

Results from Pool A:

East Grinstead 5 - 3  SC Stroitl Brest (BLR)

 

East Grinstead 8 - 2  Royal White Star (BEL)

 

East Grinstead 2 - 5  Luzerner (SUI)

Pool tables after Friday and Saturday morning games 

Pool A

P

W

L

D

Pts

GF

GA

GD

Luzerner SC (SUI)

3

3

0

0

9

15

6

9

East Grinstead HC (ENG)

3

2

1

0

6

15

10

5

Royal White Star HC (BEL)

3

1

2

0

3

6

14

-8

SC Stroitel Brest (BLR)

3

0

3

0

0

9

15

-6

 

Pool B

P

W

L

D

Pts

GF

GA

GD

SK Slavia Praha (CZE)

3

3

0

0

9

13

7

6

Kolos-Sekvoya Vinnitsa (UKR)

3

2

1

0

6

11

7

4

HC Roma (ITA)

3

1

2

0

3

11

12

-1

AD Lousada (POR)

3

0

3

0

0

4

13

-9

                                

Saturday 24th pm

Royal White Star HC

3-3

AD Lousada

HC Roma

3-3

SC Stroitel Brest

Luzerner SC

4-1

Kolos-Sekvoya Vinnitsa

SK Slavia Praha

2-6

East Grinstead HC

 

Sunday 25th

SC Stroitel Brest

4-7

AD Lousada

Royal White Star HC

3-5

HC Roma

East Grinstead HC

4-1

Kolos-Sekvoya Vinnitsa

Luzerner SC

3-0

SK Slavia Praha

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL POSITIONS

Pool 1 - 4

P

W

L

D

Pts

GF

GA

GD

Luzerner SC (SUI)

3

3

0

0

9

12

3

9

East Grinstead HC (ENG)

3

2

1

0

6

12

8

4

SK Slavia Praha (CZE)

3

1

2

0

3

5

11

-6

Kolos-Sekvoya Vinnitsa (UKR)

3

0

3

0

0

4

11

-7

LUZERNER and EAST GRINSTEAD promoted to A Division

Pool 5 - 8

P

W

L

D

Pts

GF

GA

GD

HC Roma (ITA)

3

2

0

1

7

12

8

4

AD Lousada (POR)

3

1

1

1

4

12

11

1

Royal White Star HC (BEL)

3

1

1

1

4

10

10

0

SC Stroitel Brest (BLR)

3

0

2

1

1

9

14

-5

 

See match photos here:

                                                                                                                

EG WIN NATIONAL INDOOR LEAGUE TITLE

East Grinstead focus on Europe after picking up silver

 

Matt Jones insists that East Grinstead will emerge stronger from their Indoor Final heartbreak.  Grinstead lost their Indoor Championships crown in a thrilling final against Canterbury at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.

 

The defending champions led 5-4 at half-time but failed to take a number of other chances in the second period as Canterbury fought back to claim their first ever indoor win and the chance to represent England in Europe in 2008. Canterbury even survived three East Grinstead short corners in the final minute as they held on for a 7-6 success.

 

Grinstead were dominant as they won the indoor league title the previous weekend to qualify for finals day and they can console themselves with the prospect of playing in the European Indoor Championships in Brussels next month, the prize for their 2006 success.

 

Jones said: “Full credit to Canterbury. They are a great bunch of guys who have worked incredibly hard. I’m pleased for them but disappointed for us. “You have got to take your chances and they did that. On another day it could have been a very different story.

 

“We have milestones quite clearly in our sights that we can focus on. We will learn from our mistakes. It is onwards and upwards from here. “We didn’t perform anywhere near as well as we could have done. It was fairly clear that Mark Pearn was suffering but it was a valiant effort to drag himself out of bed where he had been for four days suffering with flu. But I’m not looking for excuses.

 

“It is very disappointing because we know we are ­ and proved it in the league ­ to be the best indoor side that the country has to offer at the moment, even without a number of very good indoor players who weren't available to us."

 

The likes of Ashley Jackson and Darren Cheesman, who missed out because they were representing Great Britain under-20s in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, will come back into contention when Grinstead travel to Brussels. Jones says the squad must not dwell on this disappointment and should look forward to a bright future with arguably the most progressive hockey club in the country.

 

He said: “Now we have experience of winning and losing finals so we know what it takes and what we now need to do. Europe will be another significant stage in the learning curve of what we hope will see us become consistently the top indoor side in the country. If you look at it we are nearly four weeks into January, we have won a national title and almost another one, we are two points off top spot in the league (outdoors), we are through to the quarter finals in the national cup having put out two Premiership opponents and we are going into Europe in four weeks’ time. It is a fantastic position to find ourselves in. “The disappointment we are showing at the moment is a true mark of the club's ambitions. There is no complacency and no arrogance about the way we hold ourselves and about our expectations. It shows the passion within the squad to achieve things.

 

“We believe this is just a glitch. We are determined it won’t happen again, we will rectify it and it will make us stronger. Expect bigger and better things moving forward, mark my words.”

 

Grinstead qualified for the final by beating Reading 8-6 with David De Prez scoring four goals. Scott Ashdown (two), Dom Male and Ben Barnes were also on target as they set up a repeat of last year’s final against a Canterbury side who got through 8-7 on penalty strokes against Loughborough Students after a 4-4 draw.

 

A first-half hat-trick from De Prez helped Grinstead to a 5-4 interval advantage in the final. However, former England forward David Mathews completed his own hat-trick to get Canterbury on level terms and South African Greg Nicol ­ who played outdoors for Brighton last season ­ gave them a lead they would never lose.

 

Mark Justice drew Grinstead level at 6-6, completing his hat-trick in the process, but Matthews scored four minutes from time to decide the issue.

 

Taken from The Argus - Tuesday 23rd Jan 07 - Howard Grigg

 

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League Table on 14th January 2007

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East Grinstead have claimed their first silverware of the new year but they know bigger prizes lie ahead.  The county's premier club lifted the National Indoor League title after another fabulous weekend at Kidderminster.

 

Their next target is to win the championship on finals day at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Sunday ­ just as they did 12 months ago.  Victory this weekend, when the top four teams in the league are matched up in front of live television cameras, will guarantee Grinstead European hockey for 2008.

 

They are already representing England in the European Indoor Championships in Brussels next month and manager Matt Jones insists they can tackle the challenges ahead with supreme confidence.

 

Despite missing Ashley Jackson, the star of last year's championship success, Grinstead topped the nine-team league run over two weekends with 22 points out of a possible 24.  The league title was secured with a 9-2 victory over their biggest rivals, Loughborough Students, a team they had never beaten indoors previously.

 

Grinstead played with flair and confidence to claim four wins out of four this weekend and Jones believes they are a better team than last year.  He said: "The squad hasn't changed significantly from last year but it has matured and they have gelled even more.  We are definitely playing faster hockey than ever before. We are creating and putting away far more open play chances than we have done before.

 

"That was a slight worry going into the league this year that we would rely too much on short corners. We have proved we donıt need to rely on them but, significantly, our short corner routines have improved as well.  It is a fantastic achievement for the squad and everyone involved."  Grinstead began the weekend trailing Loughborough, who are regarded as the kings of indoor hockey, on goal difference after taking ten points from a possible 12 from the first stage of qualifying for finals day.

 

Saturday got off to a tremendous start as they beat Beeston 10-5 with goals from David De Prez (four), Scott Ashdown (three), Dom Male, Mahmood Bhatti and Mark Justice and they followed that up with a 9-6 victory over Bournville when Ashdown (four), De Prez (two), Justice (two) and Male were on target.

 

Those two wins qualified Grinstead for finals day but they still wanted the league title ­ something they missed out on last year ­ as well as the best possible seeding for Birmingham.  Ashdown (two), De Prez (two), Holland and Male scored as they defeated Guildford 6-4 in Sundayıs opening fixture. With Loughborough also overcoming Guildford it meant a winner takes all showdown for the league title between the two big guns.

 

As it turned out, it was hardly a contest as Grinstead hammered their rivals 9-2 with Ashdown (three), Ben Barnes (three), De Prez (two) and Holland sharing the goals.  While the league title is an honour Grinstead are proud of, success at Birmingham in front of a huge crowd as well as a live television audience would represent something even more special.

 

As winners, Grinstead take on fourth placed Reading in a repeat of last year's semi-final with the winners facing either Loughborough or Canterbury in the final.  Jones said: "We are seeded in top spot and that is very pleasing. We have sent out an incredibly good signal to everybody else that we are coming good again at just the right time in our attempt to defend our championship crown.  Although it is nice to win the league title, our key objective is to retain the championship as that would secure us European hockey for 2008."

 

"That is still a way off but we are confident. We know we will have two tough games this weekend but we are confident in our ability and I think we have every chance of being able to retain it."

 

Extract from The Argus, Tuesday 16th January '07 - Howard Griggs

 

Results:

 

Saturday 13th January

 

East Grinstead 10 vs Beeston 5

(De Prez 2,4,17,17, Male 3, Ashdown 8,23,28, Bhatti 12, Justice 32)

 

Bournville 6 vs East Grinstead 9

(De Prez 1,36, Ashdown 20,23,28,29, Justice 23,35, Male 40)

 

Sunday 14th January

 

East Grinstead 6 vs Guildford 4

(Ashdown 1,39, De Prez 8,13, Holland 10, Male 35)

 

Loughborough Students 2 vs East Grinstead 9

(Ashdown 2,5,26, De Prez 9,39, Barnes 9,13,40, Holland 20)

 

 

6th & 7th January 2007 - Weekend 1 at Kidderminster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grinstead start defence of National Indoor title


HOLDERS East Grinstead will take an unbeaten record into the second weekend
of qualifying for the National Indoor League.

Three wins and a draw from their opening four matches have left Grinstead
second in the nine-team group.

With the top four qualifying for finals night at Birmingham after next
weekend's action, last year's champions are level on points with group
leaders Loughborough Students and three clear of Canterbury, the only team
they failed to beat.

Grinstead still have to play Loughborough but their other three matches will
be against teams in the bottom five.

They got off to a great start at Kidderminster on Saturday when Ben Barnes,
returning to indoor action with the club, scored after three minutes to send
them on their way to a 6-1 defeat of Doncaster.

Reading were dispatched 6-3 later in the day, then Grinstead beat
Loughtonians 4-3 before squandering a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 with
Canterbury on Sunday.

Manager Matt Jones said: "We are confident with where we are."

Link to pictures here

 

Photos courtesy of John O'Brien - www.firstfocusphoto.com


Results:

Saturday 6th January 2007

East Grinstead 6 v Doncaster 1
(Barnes 3, Ashdown 5, Pearn 6, Justice 13, Holland 16, De Prez 29)

Reading 3 v East Grinstead 6
(Ashdown 7, 38, Barnes 13, 17, De Prez 28, Holland 34)


Sunday 7th January 2007

Old Loughtonians 3 v East Grinstead 4
(Ashdown 24, 39, 40, Justice 35)

East Grinstead 4 v Canterbury 4
(De Prez 6, 10, Ashdown 7, Justice 18)

 

Extract from The Argus, Tuesday 9th January '07 - Howard Griggs

 


 

The Supporters Club are planning to organise tickets and transport to Birmingham, should EG qualify for this event - for details follow this link.

 

As the current National Indoor Champions, East Grinstead are representing England at the European Indoor Championships in Brussels, in February 2007.  This takes place over a weekend, from 23rd to 25th February, as shown in the schedule below.  For details of the Supporters Club weekend please follow this link

 

For photographs of this season's training click here

 

For photographs of last season's Finals click here

 

                                                       

INDOOR EHL MEN'S PREMIER DIVISION 2006-07

 

WEEK ONE: Kidderminster

 

 SATURDAY 6 JANUARY 2007

SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2007

1030

Bournville v Guildford

0900

Old Loughtonians v East Grinstead
Won 3-4

1130

Old Loughtonians v Reading

0955

Canterbury v Beeston

1230

East Grinstead v Doncaster
Won 6-1

1050

Guildford v Reading

1330

Canterbury v Loughborough Stdts

1145

Doncaster v Loughborough Stdts

1430

Beeston v Bournville

1240

Bournville v Old Loughtonians

1530

Guildford v Old Loughtonians

1335

East Grinstead v Canterbury
Drew 4-4

1630

Reading v East Grinstead
Won 3-6

1430

Beeston v Guildford

1730

Doncaster v Canterbury

1525

Reading v Doncaster

1830

Loughborough Stdts v Beeston

1620

Loughborough Stdts v Bournville

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK TWO: Kidderminster

 

 SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2007

SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2007

1030

Beeston v Reading

0900

Bournville v Canterbury

1130

Loughborough Stdts v Old Loughtonians

0955

Guildford v Loughborough Stdts

1230

Canterbury v Guildford

1050

Old Loughtonians v Beeston

1330

Doncaster v Bournville

1145

Reading v Bournville

1430

East Grinstead v Beeston

1240

East Grinstead v Guildford

1530

Reading v Loughborough Stdts

1335

Doncaster v Old Loughtonians

1630

Old Loughtonians v Canterbury

1430

Canterbury v Reading

1730

Guildford v Doncaster

1525

Loughborough Stdts v East Grinstead

1830

Bournville v East Grinstead

1620

Beeston v Doncaster

 

 

 

 

European Indoor Club Champions Trophy

 Brussels 23-25 February 2007

 

 

Pool A

 

 

Pool B

Luzerner SC (SUI)

 

HC Roma (ITA)

East Grinstead HC (ENG)

 

Kolos-Sekvoya Vinnitsa (UKR)

SC Stroitel Brest (BLR)

 

AD Lousada (POR)

Royal White Star HC (BEL)

 

SK Slavia Praha (CZE)

 

 

Day 1 - Friday 23 February 2007

 

12.00

B

HC Roma

v

Slavia Praha

 

13.00

B

Kolos-Sekvoya Vinnitsa

v

AD Lousada

 

14.00

A

Luzerner SC

v

Royal White Star HC

 

15.00

A

East Grinstead HC

v

SC Stroitel Brest

 

16.00

B

HC Roma

v

AD Lousada

 

17.00

B

Kolos-Sekvoya Vinnitsa

v

Slavia Praha

 

18.00

A

Luzerner SC

v

SC Stroitel Brest

 

19.00

A

East Grinstead HC

v

Royal White Star HC

 

 

Day 2 - Saturday 24 February 2007

 

10.00

B

HC Roma

v

Kolos-Sekvoya Vinnitsa

 

11.00

B

AD Lousada

v

Slavia Praha

 

12.00

A

Luzerner SC

v

East Grinstead HC

 

13.00

A

SC Stroitel Brest

v

Royal White Star HC

 

 

16.00

D

3A v 4B

 

 

 

17.00

D

3B v 4A

 

 

 

18.00

C

1A v 2B

 

 

 

19.00

C

1B v 2A

 

 

 

 

Day 3 - Sunday 25 February 2007

 

10.00

D

4A v 4B

 

 

 

11.00

D

3A v 3B

 

 

 

12.30

C

2A v 2B

 

 

 

13.30

C

1A v 1B

 

 

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posted 29/12/06

 

 

All photos courtesy of John O'Brien at

firstfocusphoto.com

 

6 pages of Photos in the gallery here

 

Warming up in Brussels

 

 

Manager Matt Jones & Physio Dawn Bailey

 

Briefing from coach Richard Organ

 

EG vs Kolos-Sekovoya Vinnitsa

 

National Indoor Finals Squad: Silver Medal winners

 

 

National Indoor League Champions 2007

 

 

Mark Pearn & Dom Male setup for another corner in EG's 6-3 win against Reading

 

EG prepare to defend a corner at the National Indoor League in Kidderminster

 

Mark Justice is denied by the Old Loughts keeper in Sunday's 4-3 win

 

Harris denies a Canterbury attack in EG's 4-4 draw in the Indoor League