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The Waterloo Ducks qualify for the playoff semi-finals

The Waterloo Ducks have validated their ticket for the playoff semi-finals while the suspense remains for the other 3 places.

Group A:

Dragons – Leopold: 2-0.

After their success last week against the Ghent, the Antwerpers demonstrated against a Leo, admittedly diminished (with the absences of Tom Boon, Dylan Englebert, Tom Degroote and Tanguy Zimmer), that they were beautiful and well back in the course and that we should count with them for the sprint to the semi-finals. The Dragons achieved the perfect match by scoring twice in the first period via Félix Denayer (on penalty) and Lucas Martinez before offering a solid and well-organized defense. The people of Brussels, who had remained on a 9 out of 9 since the start of the playoffs, tried to react but without success.

The success (2-0) of the Brasschaat club combined with that of the Gantois who received Racing (3-1) revives the suspense in Pool A with 3 candidates in the last four who are held in only 3 units. “We had a very good first half”, rejoiced captain Florent van Aubel. “In the 3rd quarter, the Leopold did everything to get back into the game but without success. We fought well and we resisted well despite several pc for our opponent. We followed the plan perfectly while remaining well within our structure. Everything is restarted in the group when there are only 6 points to be taken. I am happy because we have shown character since the start of the playoffs. We have responded even if we are not yet the Dragons of the last few years. The attitude is good and this character is an integral part of our DNA. We remain on an excellent 9 out of 12 that will have to be confirmed during the last 2 duels. “

The playoffs are now interrupted for 3 weeks. Leopold will play in the EHL Final 4, in 2 weeks, in Amsterdam and will face Bloemendaal. An important meeting for the Ucclois who hope to shine on the European scene and who will perhaps recover their prolific striker Tom Boon for the occasion. The Dragons, for their part, will carefully prepare their last 2 outings in Racing and Ghent with the firm intention of continuing their momentum …

Dragons and Royal Leopold do battle to join the Waterloo Ducks in the Playoff semi-finals
Dragons Vs Royal Leopold

Ghent – Racing: 3-1.

The Flandriens finally managed to correct the situation after 3 consecutive defeats against a Brussels team which lined up 3 U19s (Gaspard Xavier, Harald Marquet and Hippolyte Delavignette) following the suspension of Jérôme Truyens and the absence of Conor Harte. The home team took the initiative despite a lot of nervousness and opened the scoring via Juan Saladino (27th). But the Ucclois reacted just before the break thanks to Alexis Cayphas. Victor Wegnez’s injury (ankle) in the 38th minute redistributed the card and Gand took the lead over his opponent of the day with goals from Etienne Tynevez (41st) and Arthur De Borrekens (64th). A success that maintains total suspense in the pool since the Leo, Ghent and the Dragons will fight to the end to snatch one of the 2 places in the semi-finals during the last 2 days of the playoffs.

Group B

Orée – Beerschot: 2-2.

The people of Brussels had mixed feelings at the final whistle. They still had 6 points ahead of the 3rd in the group at the end of their logical split against the Antwerp player but they realized, at the same time, that they had not made an exceptional copy against the Bee who can always hope to catch the running backs on condition that he succeeds with a clear round and that l’Orée finishes with a 0 of 6. However, everything had started ideally for the local team which opened the scoring in the 7th minute on a stroke converted by Tomi Domene. The exchanges were pleasant to follow and Moritz Fürste equalized from the penalty spot in the 21st minute. But less than 120 seconds later, Timothé Clément replaced his colors at the command of a magnificent cross shot which surprised Harry Verhoeven. The tension was palpable and the duels tough. And in the 33rd minute, on the 5th visitor penalty, Arthur De Sloover played the phase and Stanley Verhoeven scored 2-2. The second half was a little more muddled and the Bee showed that he had not yet said his last word in the race to the last four. But Arthur Thieffry was in great shape and repelled the danger several times mainly from the penalty spot. Xavier De Greve’s men therefore provided the essentials and retains control with 2 days from the end of the playoffs. But Arthur Thieffry was in great shape and repelled the danger several times mainly from the penalty spot. Xavier De Greve’s men therefore provided the essentials and retains control with 2 days from the end of the playoffs. But Arthur Thieffry was in great shape and repelled the danger several times mainly from the penalty spot. Xavier De Greve’s men therefore provided the essentials and retains control with 2 days from the end of the playoffs.

Waterloo Ducks – Leuven: 2-2.

Jean Willems will clearly have things to say to his troops over the next few days after the torn division against Universities who already have nothing to gain this season. Indeed, they have alternated the good and the less good against an opponent who has evolved without pressure and who is already preparing for next season. Jérôme Dekeyser opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 12th minute. A first warning which somewhat woke up the local team which was a little more concerned. And, in the 44th minute, Gauthier Boccard equalized from the penalty spot. But a quarter of an hour later, Sean Murray gave the visitors back the lead. It was finally Victor Charlet who fixed the final score, on pc, 4 minutes from the final whistle. Despite this sharing, Watducks Ducks is therefore the first club to confirm its ticket for the playoff.

Playdowns:

Namur – Herakles: 1-6.

There was no miracle for the Namur residents against an opponent who wants to secure his place in the honor division as quickly as possible and who obviously has a much more experienced group. The scorers of the day: Charlie Van Damme, Arno Van Dessel, Amaury Keusters, Jack Vloeberghs (2) and Louis Delaisse. Gilles Géruzet saved the honor on the penalty spot for the locals.

Antwerp – Old Club: 5-3.

The Liégeois gave their all to Sint-Job-In’t-Goor but they, unfortunately, left with 0 points after a solid performance and especially after putting pressure on the people of Antwerp who suffered at times. The exchanges were close and the visitors even hoped to create a surprise when they were led only 4-3 when approaching the last quarter of an hour. But local realism paid off with Gregory Stockbroekx’s last goal. The scorers: Dominic Uher (pc), Pieter Van Straaten, Milan Van Baal and Pepe Bijlaard for Antwerp; Maxime Lectius (pc), Tom Dawance and Tanguy Tambwe for the Old Club.

Daring – Braxgata: 1-1.

This good point pocketed by the people of Brussels could weigh heavily in the balance at the time of the final scoring. Daring held up well despite the pressure imposed by their opponent. And it was even the home side that struck first via Alex Van Linthoudt at the end of the third quarter. But the Brax used his experience to equalize thanks to Christophe Adriaensen (63rd).

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