|Den Bosch - Winners|
|Written by ehfnews|
The final day of the Energiecomfort EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup 2013 in Vienna brought exciting games and a deserved winner: 's-Hertogenbosch from the Netherlands are the new indoor champions.
History was made in Vienna today, with Den Bosch taking the first ever EuroHockey Indoor Cup by a Dutch team.
Speaking to Reemt Borcherts from hockey.nl the Den Bosch coach Erik Wonink could not believe his luck. The coach surprised friend and foe with his team to win the EuroHockey Indoor Cup. "Frankly, no one had taken this into account."
An almost euphoric Wonink one hour after the final game against Club de Campo (3-2). "This is unbelievable," said the astonished coach from Vienna. "Everyone realizes that we have achieved something unique. Our first goal was not to be relegated and realistically we aimed for the semi finals. But we won, because we were in great shape."
Den Bosch started the Tournament slowly losing 1-0 to SK Slavia Praha, their second game however was a different story as they beat last year’s finalists Ritm Grodno 12-1, with 7 different scorers. They then beat the hosts SV Arminen 3-1, but finished 2nd in their pool, which meant facing Rot Weiss Koln in the semi-final. A stunning performance beating the Germans on penalties, 3-0, as 40 minutes and 10 minutes extra time could not separate the teams. So a final against Club de Campo and again another tight game, perhaps not at the same level of performance as they had against the Germans, but 5 games in 3 days does take its toll on all the teams. But on the final whistle the score was 3-2 for the Dutch ladies and a place in European hockey history.
The other games on the final day in Vienna did not disappoint either. Rot Weiss Koln were pushed to their limits by SK Slavia Praha. The game finished 2 apiece and a dramatic GG penalty corner by Stoeckel in the final minute of extra time meant bronze for the German team.
In the Relegation Pool C, the hosts SV Arminen did enough with a 1-0 win over Gintra to save their Championship ranking as did Ritm Grodno.
1 s-Hertogenbosch (NED) EuroHockey Champions
2 Club de Campo (ESP)
3 KTHC Rot-Weiss Köln (GER)
4 SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
5 HC Ritm-Azot Grodno (BLR)
6 SV Arminen (AUT)
7 Gintra Strekte Uni HC (LTU) Relegated to EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy 2014
8 Leicester HC (ENG) Relegated to EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy 2014
Photograph: EHF/Thomas Krombholz (c)