|03||7 Apr 09:30||Hamburger Polo Club HPC||vs||Rot-Weiss Koln RWK||Match info|
* Won by shoot-out
About Hamburger Polo Club
Hamburger Polo Club began their EHL story last September with exciting wins over Wimbledon and Lisnagarvey in front of a lively crowd in their home city.
Since then, they have added some extra expertise in the coaching team with Belgium’s World Cup and Olympic gold-medal winning coach Shane McLeod switching to the club last week to take up a Director of Hockey role.
It comes at a fascinating time in the evolution of Polo who have risen from the Oberliga (fourth division) to the final of the German championship within an eight year period.
They only missed out on that title 1-0 to Rot-Weiss Köln last season and they went on to sweep through the EHL KO16 last October with wins over Lisnagarvey and Wimbledon.
Among McLeod’s early appointments will be facing Rot-Weiss once more in the EHL Men’s FINAL8 on Friday, April 7 with the New Zealander named as an assistant coach for the tournament.
World Cup winner Matthias Müller gives their defence a star turn while Niklas Bosserhoff was also in India as a reserve for the Honamas on their journey to gold. He switched to the club last summer from Uhlenhorst Mülheim, linking up with fellow new faces like New Zealander Aidan Sarikaya, Austria’s Benjamin Kölbl and Spaniard Saúl Esteve.
Sarikaya joined his compatriots Blair Tarrant, Kane Russell, Nic Woods and Hugo Inglis as a natural replacement for Kilian Pöhling who has returned to Harvestehuder THC.
They also have indoor World Cup winners in their ranks with Oliver Binder and Austria captain Leon Thornblom leading the way in South Africa in January.
On the flip side, Max Werner left the club to study for his masters degree while Niklas Weiher went to Clipper THC.