Denmark: Press Release: 14th European Indoor Club Championship B division |
December 23, 2002
|Planet Field Hockey
Danish Hockey Union
> Page Views 2263
14th European Indoor Club Championship B division
February 21-23, 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Orient Lyngby HC is very proud to have been appointed to host the 14th European Indoor Club Championship in the B-division. With clubs from Austria, Russia, Belarus, England, Scotland, Portugal, Hungary and Denmark we are looking forward to a terrific tournament.
Orient Lyngby are facing the strong opponents from Russia, Ekaterinburg and Guildford and finally the up comers from Ukraine, Kolos Vinnitsa which eventually should see Orient Lyngby through to the second round.
The Scots the strongest opposition
In the other pool the Scots, Johnson Ventilation Wanderers from Dundee (relegated from A division 2002) and Wiener AC are expected to be the strongest sides. An outsider could be the Portuguese team because of the overall international success but the are qualified from C division and together with the last team, Epitok from Hungary expected to play the matches to avoid relegation.
The Danes faces the Scots twice in January
Already in January the Danish side and the Scottish side are meeting. This time it is on a national team level but with 4 or 5 players from Orient Lyngby in the national side it could give an indication of the strength between the two countries and clubs.
The first time is in the big World Indoor Classic Hockey Tournament in Glasgow and one week later in the European Nations Cup, B division the two nations meet again also facing Croatia and Hungary in the first group stage.
Orient Lyngby faces World Cup contester
By the end of January Orient Lyngby are hosting a three nations warm up tournament with participation from the Australian national team and the Swedish A division contesters Valhalla from Gotenburg. The Australian national team is visiting Denmark as the last stage of preparation before participation at the Indoor World Cup in Leipzig Germany and has chosen orient Lyngby as one of their opponents during their stay in Denmark. The Swedish team won the B division last year beating Orient Lyngby in the vital semifinal.
It?s now or never
?Last year we missed promotion by one goal, drawing against the czech Sparta Prague side in the first group stage ? a game we should have won by 4 goals at least?, says captain Casper Guldbrandsen, Orient Lyngby and continues: ?This year our chances are better. We are playing on home ground and facing opponents in the initial group stage games that we haven?t had any problems with the previous years. They are still strong opponents but I judge the other pool to be with two stronger contesters for promotion ? Johnson Ventilation Wanderers and Wiener AC?.
?We will focus on every game and aim to win the initial group stage. This way we get to face the second team for pool B in the semifinal and hopefully get through to the final and get promoted for A division. Valhalla was hosting this tournament last year and won it ? we?ll go for that too!?, ends Casper Guldbrandsen.
Official tournament website: http://www.orient-lyngby.dk/ec2003/
Facts about Orient Lyngby HC
Orient Lyngby is Danish Champions both Indoor and Outdoor and therefore fronting a major challenge this year. The club has qualified for both Indoor and outdoor European Club Championship B division being the host for the indoor tournament in February and travelling to Rome for the outdoor.
Orient Lyngby was founded in 1907 and situated in Lyngby, Copenhagen. All our ourdoor matches are played at Brondby Stadium, to get acces to the best articificial pitch in Copenhagen. Our mens team has since the establishing of the Danish championship in the 50ties been among the leading clubs and won both caps this year. We are also representing Denmark on both the U21 national team and mens national team.
Your opinion counts.
Rate this article or enter your comments below.