Legendary Egara quartet play last game at Pla del Bon Aire

Club Egara heroes Quico Cortès, Pau Quemada, Pepe Romeu and Marc García-Chicote played their last matches on their Pla del Bon Aire home turf in the Honor Division in a 2-2 draw against Atlètic Terrassa.

All four have announced their intentions to retire at the end of the season while their last two games of the regular season will be away from home in the coming weeks while the playoffs will be played at the Can Salas.

Quemada signed off in typical fashion, scoring both the goals, including a 69th minute equaliser to cancel out efforts from Marc Bolto and Joan Tarres.

The families of the four players were in attendance for the games with the club paying tribute to their efforts, saying: “All four players exemplify the work of our staff at Club Egara and the essence of our organisation. 

“As they hang up their sticks, all our fans are proud to have seen them grow and triumph in white-and-blue. From the Cesc Llongueras field to the international elite, all four have also had an outstanding career with the national team.

“The cat Quico, who, following in the footsteps of his mentor Ramon Jufresa, has been one of the best goalkeepers in the history of continental hockey. The hundreds of goals of Pau dressed in stripes, always an example of dedication and passion. 

“The elegance of Pepe, a defender confident as a leader. And Marc’s talent, pure mastery of the ball, has the hallmarks of our Hockey School. All this we saw for the last time in a field that will never forget them. No doubt we will miss them but they will always be more of a reference for all the rising stars.”

Both Cortès and Garcia-Chicote played in their very first season of the Euro Hockey League with Romeu in the panel for Egara’s epic run to the FINAL4 in 2007-08, just missing out on a BRONZE in a shoot-out against HGC.

Quemada was raised at the club before embarking on a memorable Euro tour, reaching the EHL FINAL4 with KHC Leuven in 2009, before returning to the club in 2016.