Euro Hockey League Round One Group B
East Grinstead Sports Club, East Grinstead
Attendance; 1000 (estimate)
Having watched – and thoroughly enjoyed – two games of hockey at the London 2012 Olympics in the summer, I was very interested to go and watch hockey’s version of football’s Champions League being played over three days in East Grinstead. It would also be of interest to me as the hockey action I watched in the summer was the women’s version, whereas the Euro Hockey League action would be a men’s tournament.
On a cold day with intermittent light showers making conditions feel even colder, it was the French side who took the lead on 8 minutes, when a long ball played forward was not cut out, finally reaching Jean-Baptiste Pauchet on the touchline, who had plenty of time to get into a good position before firing past the keeper. However, the Dragons were back on level terms inside the first quarter, when they were awarded a penalty corner on 16 minutes, and the ball was duly smashed home by Loick Luypaert. The game became something of a stalemate during the second quarter, and so the scoreline remained 1-1 at half time.