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Hockey: Lille vs Gibraltar's Eagles ends in a close 3-1 defeat

Eagles Hockey Club (click on image to enlarge) have recently been very busy, for both their senior men and women respectively taking part in European Competitions. The men did really well in Malta coming in third spot and just missing out on promotion. The ladies have had a very tough competition to compete in and had already suffered a 5-0 and 8-0 defeat (results below). Until yesterday, when in front of a supportive crowd they managed to restrict the goal margin to a very respectable 3-1.

Their opponenets were Lille Metropole from France who have been doing very well in the competition. The French team looked stronger from the start and managed to score within the first five minutes. It looked like the local girls were in for a damage limitation exercise. This, however was not so and the girls battled hard in defending their D, with some excellent saves from the Eagles' keeper.

The French team did eventually, manage to squeeze another goal. Shortly after the Eagles seemed to find heart in conceeding what was an unorthodox goal. Eagles began passing more consistently and their possession and territroy increased substantially. This led to a lot of pressure with their opposition's D, which led to a few short corners in the Eagles' favour. The ladies capitalised on this opportunity to score their first Cup Winner's Cup goal, much to their delight and the partisan crowd.

The game continued very much in the same way, with the local girls making several good attacks on the Lille goal. The French however did manage to snatch another goal to make the final score 3-1. Our local girls should be given credit in what was a great example of determination and pride.

In their final game today the girls lost by 3-0 against HC Olten. There is no demotion from the competition so we hope the girls will use this experience to continue working hard and use this experience to further their hockey ambitions.

Pool A:
Royal Antwerp HC (BEL), Vympel Korolev (RUS), Lille MHC (FRA), Eagles HC (GIB)
Pool B:
Dinamo Sumchanka (UKR), Meteor Ceské Budejovke (CZE), HC Olten (SUI)

Friday 6 April 2007
12.00 B Meteor Ceské Budejovke v HC Olten 1-2 (1-1)
14.00 A Vympel Korolev v Lille MHC 2-2 (1-0)
16.00 A Royal Antwerp HC v Eagles HC 5-0 (1-0)

Saturday 7 April 2007
12.00 B Dinamo Sumchanka v HC Olten 5-1 (3-1)
14.00 A Royal Antwerp HC v Lille MHC 0-1 (0-1)
16.00 A Vympel Korolev v Eagles 8-0 (4-0)

Sunday 8 April 2007
12.00 B Dinamo Sumchanka v Meteor Ceské Budejovke 4-5 (2-2)
14.00 A Royal Antwerp HC v Vympel Korolev 2-1 (0-1)
16.00 A Lille MHC v Eagles 3-1 (2-1)

Final Ranking Pool A:
1. Lille MHC (7pts), 2. Royal Antwerp (6pts), 3. Vympel Korolev (4pts), 4. Eagles HC (0pts)
Final Ranking Pool B:
1. Dinamo Sumchanka (3pts) 2. Meteor Ceske Budejovice (3pts) 3. HC Olten (3pts)

Monday 9 April 2007
10.05 4A v 3B Eagles HC v HC Olten 0-3 (0-0)
12.30 2A v 1B Royal Antwerp v Dinamo Sumchanka
15.00 1A v 2B Lille MHC v Meteor Ceske Budejovice

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