Gantoise joined by EHL qualifiers Brax in women’s final

Gantoise’s women are one step away from a fourth consecutive Belgian women’s title while their final opponents have landed a debut ticket to the EHL FINAL12 next season.

Both won through to the final following wins over Waterloo Ducks and KHC Dragons respectively in two-legged fixtures over the weekend.

As Gantoise were also the Ion Hockey League regular season winners, it means Braxgata are assured of joining them in Europe next season, meaning both will contest the EHL FINAL8.

For Gantoise, they overcame the WatDucks 7-2 on aggregate, starting off with a 3-1 win away from home. They did fall behind in the 11th minute but strikes from Alexi van Remortel, Alix Gerniers and Astrid Bonami gave them the advantage late on.

In game two, they got further impetus very early on with Alex Gerniers scoring in the second minute with Anne-Sophie Vanden Borre putting them further clear. Ambre Ballenghien’s double helped them to a 4-1 win.

For Brax, they also won two from two, though the scorelines were much tighter. Saturday ended 2-1 in the Boom club’s favour with Astrid Vandermeiren’s equalisers and a Lyne Van Dieren goal etching out a narrow lead.

Dragons were made to rue nine penalty corners which they could not convert and they could not turn things around in game two.

That one saw Louise Dewaet score twice to help them secure a 2-0 victory and keep up their hopes of winning a first title since 2017.