Best of British take on best of Europe

Holcombe Gareth Andrew celebrate 480 x 290

There is plenty of British interest in the Euro Hockey League (EHL) this coming weekend with sides from England, Wales and Scotland all in action in the premier club competition in European Hockey.

England’s representatives Holcombe are the only newcomers to the competition and come into the tournament having qualified via an unbeaten regular season in what was their first year in the Premier Division since promotion from the Conference East. They can boast top stars like Barry Middleton, George Pinner, Sam Ward, Dan Fox and Iain Lewers, all of whom were in Rio during the summer. They have started the new season well with two wins from three but lost out to English playoff champs Wimbledon 2-1 last weekend. They take on Polish outfit KS AZS AWF Poznan first before facing reigning champions SV Kampong in their second match.

Scottish champions Bromac Kelburne are also raring to go, having won the Scottish regular season each year for over a decade. They’ve started their domestic campaign in impressive fashion with wins over Hillhead and Western Wildcats, scoring eight goals into the bargain. They are looking to reach the KO16 for the first time since 2013 and are playing in the Euro Hockey League for an eighth season. Johnny Christie skippers the side and they have Australian Ryan Holding Kiwi Nick Finlayson and German star Jonas Nommensen.

Kelburne take on Dinamo Kazan and last year’s FINAL4 contenders Atletic Terrassa.

Kelburne are in Euro action

Cardiff and Met are making their second appearance in the EHL taking a squad with several members of the Wales side who recently won World League Round 1. Luke Hawker will be their danger man, and he has shown good form already this season, scoring a hat trick in a thrashing of University of Bristol in one of their three consecutive league wins in the English Conference West. James Carson, Liam Brignull, James Fortnam, Dale Hutchinson and Dan Kyriakides – who is also part of the GB Under-23 squad – make for a strong selection looking to win their first game in the EHL.

Cardiff take on Italian outfit SG Amsicora ASD and German giants UHC Hamburg.

Cardiff celebrate

You can follow the British teams' fortunes by watching the live stream on http://ehlhockey.tv/. Fixtures and times below:

Friday, October 7:

Bromac Kelburne (SCO) v Dinamo Kazan (RUS), 11.45am

Cardiff & Met (WAL) v SG Amsicora (ITA), 2pm

KS AZS AWF Poznan (POL) v Holcombe (ENG), 6.30pm

Saturday, October 8:

SV Kampong (NED) v Holcombe, 5pm

Sunday, October 9:

Atletic Terrassa v Bromac Kelburne, 9am

UHC Hamburg v Cardiff & Met, 11.15am