Eugene McGee’s final game walk of honour. Pics by Albert Mact.


Pool B winners Banbridge took on Pool A winners TJ Plzen- Litice in the tournament gold medal match at Banbridge this afternoon.

Banbridge who blitzed Mladost in their final pool game by 13-1 were in goal scoring form during the tournament having chalked up a goal difference of plus 26 in their pool matches, having opened their account with an 8-0 win and followed it up with a 7-1 win.  It was a poignant occasion too as veteran former Ireland international Eugene Magee was playing the final 1st team club game of his illustrious career.

Hugh McShane got Bann off the mark in the 10th minute from open play to make it 1-0.  Captain Alexander Tinney increased their lead in the 28th minute converting a penalty corner to leave it 2-0 at half time. Early in the third quarter Johnny McKee scored from open play to make it 3-0 to Banbridge in the 33rd minute.

Krystof Sestak got one back for Plzen-Litice in the 53rd minute to make it 3-1 to Banbridge. Matthew McKee scored from open play in the 55th minute to seal a 4-1 victory. Both sides as Pool winners have secured a place in next season’s Club Trophy I for their countries representatives however so it has to be considered a successful tournament for both of today’s finalists.

BANBRIDGE: Luke Roleston, Alexander Tinney [capt.], Johnny McKee, Jake Rowe, Peter Brown, Sam Farson, Owen Magee, Matthew McKee, Mark Cowan

Louis Rowe, Charlie Rowe

SUBS USED: Hugh Mc Shane, Eugene Magee, Mark Barlow, Tommy Dobson, David Finlay

TJ PLZEN-LITICE:  Tomas Necas, Jakub Homolka , Ondrej Hes, Lukás Benda, Eduard Gerlicky, Jakub Koryták Adam Uhlír[ capt.], Filip Kacírek, Dominik Bystricky, Reinhard Nicklas, Matej Svoboda

SUBS USED:  Krystof Sesták, Max Batík, Vit Barcal, Otakar Gerlicky


In the 3rd and 4th play off game  HAHK Mladost of Croatia had a 3-1 win over Copenhagen HC of Denmark

In the 5th and 6th play off game  SG Amsicora of Italy had a 3-2 win over Gaziantep Polisgucu of Turkey.



Catholic Institute finished with a flourish beating HC Argentia of Italy in their play off game by 7-0.  Naomi Carroll opened her account in the 11th minute to put Insta 1-0 ahead . Eimear Ryan made it 2-0 in the 18th minute. Naomi Carroll grabbed her second of the match to make it 3-0 on 35 minutes.

Argentia’s Karolina Lisowska was green carded in the 36th minute, and Institute capitalized on their numerical advantage immediately.

Naomi Carroll completed her hat-trick to make it 4-0 a minute later and got her fourth of the game in the 37th minute to make it 5-0.

Maria Rosato was green carded in the 50th minute but there was no further scoring till both sides were back to full strength.

Rebecca Barry grabbed a goal to make it 6-0 in the 58th minute with Laura Foley completing the scoring a minute later to leave the final score 7-0.


CATHOLIC INSTITUTE:  Pamela Hearne (GK), Christine O’Shea [capt.], Roisín Begley, Naomi Carroll, Roisín Upton, Leah Clery, Laura Foley, Ciara Moloney, Eimear Ryan, Anna Horan, Michelle Barrett.

SUBS USED: Aoife Hickey, Clodagh Moloney, Rebecca Barry, Elizabeth Ryan, Jennifer Clein, Aoibheann Collins, Miriam O’Callaghan (GK)


HC ARGENTIA :  Chiara Mortarino (GK), Renata Llense Calegari, Lara Manzoni [capt.], Maria Rosato, Beatrice Guzzon, Benedetta Gibin, Alessia Marri, Irene Toscano, Letitia Rogai, Karolina Liskowska


Elsewhere in the other play off matches Siauliai Ginstreke were 1-0 winners of Akademischer HTC Wien. SK Slavia Prague beat Gaziantep Polisgucu 4-3 in a shootout following a 2-2 draw and the all Scottish clash between Clydesdale and Watsonians ended in a  5-1 win for the latter who added the successful run in this tournament to their recently completed domestic quadruple.