EHL KO16 draw serves up a delicious menu of games

The EHL KO16 draw served up a series of potential fireworks with some of the world’s best club sides learning who their opposition will be at Eindhoven’s HC Oranje-Rood from April 14-17, 2017.

The home club HC Orange-Rood have been paired with AH&BC Amsterdam in one of the marquee games of the competition. The Eindhoven club recently beat Amsterdam 3-1 in the Hoofdklasse and so the latter will be keen on a measure of revenge.

The winner of this tie will go on to meet the victor from the meeting of Irish champions Lisnagarvey and Atlètic Terrassa.

German champions Rot Weiss Köln will meet the reigning EHL holders SV Kampong in the KO16 in a repeat of last year’s KO8 meeting. The German side will be looking for a completely different outcome having lost that tie 5-1.

The winner of that game will meet either Polish champions WKS Grunwald Poznan or Real Club de Polo.

It’s an all-Belgian battle for KHC Dragons and Racing Club de Bruxelles. They are another couple of sides who know each other well with this match-up between the two teams who met in their national grand final in the spring.

Their KO8 opponent is guaranteed to be contesting that phase of the competition for the first time. Racing Club de France and Ireland’s Banbridge have both never made it to the last eight of the competition and so will be eyeing a special piece of history.

English champions Wimbledon have once again been handed a tough draw as they look to get the better of three time EHL winners UHC Hamburg.

Their section of the draw features Mannheimer HC and Spanish winners Club Egara in what looks another well matched tussle.

The fixture schedule and ticketing details will be finalised in the coming weeks.

EHL KO16 draw, April 14 to 17, 2017 – HC Oranje-Rood, Eindhoven:

HC Oranje-Rood vs AH&BC Amsterdam
Lisnagarvey vs Atlètic Terrassa
Wimbledon vs UHC Hamburg
Mannheimer HC vs Club Egara
KHC Dragons vs Racing Club de Bruxelles
Banbridge vs Racing Club de France
WKS Grunwald Poznan vs Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
SV Kampong vs Rot-Weiss Köln