Euro Hockey League – FINAL4; HC Oranje-Rood, June 3 2017, Brasschaat
Rot-Weiss Köln and Oranje-Rood will contest the EHL GRAND FINAL as they went goal-crazy in Brasschaat to sweep aside the challenges of KHC Dragons and Wimbledon.
Rot-Weiss produced a brilliant second quarter performance to beat KHC Dragons 5-3 and guarantee their first ever medal from the EHL.
Indeed, it was a magical four minute spell in the second quarter, scoring three times in succession. Florian Adrians got the first, touching in at the right post after a blistering pass from Matthias Müller from 35 metres out.
Jonas Gomoll slammed in the second before Müller swept in from the corner injection spot for a 3-0 half-time lead. Marco Miltkau guided in the fourth goal – his 34th in EHL history – before Tom Grambusch scored a corner for 5-0.
Dragons got three goals back in the closing four minutes but it was too late to change the tie.
Speaking afterwards, Mats Grambusch said of the Rot-Weiss win that it was a special moment to secure a first EHL medal for the club.
“It was absolutely amazing, an outstanding team performance. Apart from the last five minutes, we were dominant. In the last few years, when we always lost in the quarter-finals and the last 16, we want this so badly.
“Even though the German championship is massive and a really big tournament for us, the EHL means a lot more and you saw it in the performance today. I think the big change has just been the mental side of things for us.”
Oranje-Rood, meanwhile, cruised into the GRAND FINAL as they brushed aside England’s Wimbledon with plenty to spare.
The signs were ominous from very early on as Jelle Galema’s spin-pass on the ground found its way to Benjamin Stanzl on the left post where his shot made it through the cover of James Bailey.
Agustin Mazzilli’s reverse-stick cross picked out Milan van Baal at the back post for 2-0 in the eighth minute. Before half-time, Mink van der Weerden added two more goals in addition to a Jelle Galema strike and another from Joep de Mol which went off a Wimbledon defender.
They had two further goals ruled out in the third quarter by video reviews while Bailey saved a van der Weerden penalty stroke. Teun Beins and Niek van der Schoot, however, closed out the victory with final quarter goals.
“Looking at the scoreboard, it was a big win,” van der Weerden said of the victory. “We played really well in the first two quarters which gave us the win. The second half, we slowed the game down a bit – it’s not deliberate but it happens when you go 6-0 ahead.
“We did well down the outside channels, making sure they couldn’t attack down the sides while we played the flanks really well. That’s where a lot of our goals and chances came from rather than the middle. When we attacked that way, we really went for it.”
It means that Oranje-Rood could cap their first season since the amalgamation of Oranje-Zwart and EMHC with a victory but standing in their way is a hugely talented Rot-Weiss side. They meet at 3.30pm (CET) in Brasschaat.
Wimbledon go into the BRONZE MATCH on Sunday at 1pm against KHC Dragons.
Tickets remain on sale at the venue and also online at www.ehlhockey.tv/tickets. Games can be watched on the EHL website while further broadcasting details can be seen below.
Saturday 3 June
SF1: Rot-Weiss Köln 5 (F Adrians, J Gomoll, M Müller, M Miltkau, T Grambusch) KHC Dragons 3 (A Hendrickx, F van Aubel, T Luyten)
SF2: HC Oranje-Rood 8 (M van der Weerden 2, B Stanzl, M van Baal, J Galema, J de Mol, T Beins, N van der Schoot) Wimbledon 0
Sunday 4 June
GRAND FINAL: Rot-Weiss Köln vs HC Oranje-Rood, 3.30pm
BRONZE MATCH: KHC Dragons vs Wimbledon, 1pm
Belgium: The Eleven Sports Network will broadcast all four games live from Brasschaat. Please note the EHL website will be geo-blocked in Belgium. To access and subscribe to the Eleven Sports Network, go to http://elevensportsnetwork.be/
Netherlands: NOS will broadcast the games involving HC Oranje-Rood live. Go to NOS.nl for details
Germany: Sport1 will stream all four matches on their SPORT1.de site. The second semi-final will be shown on delay on Sunday prior to the medal matches.
South Africa: SuperSport will show delayed coverage of each match on channel 198. The GRAND FINAL will be shown on Sunday at 20.00 with the BRONZE match at 21.45.
Australia: BeIn will broadcast all games live. Go to http://www.beinsports.com/au/ for full information.
England: BT Sport will broadcast all the games; details to appear on http://sport.bt.com/
Spain: Highlights will be shown on http://www.ccma.cat/esport3/