Great success for Cardiff & Met
Yesterday saw Cardiff & Met HC successfully qualify for Euro Hockey League Round 1 for the third time; making them the first Welsh club to ever do this! The tournament held in Barcelona this October pitches Cardiff & Met against previously played Russian team Dinamo Elektrostal as well as the pools top seeds Uhlenhorst Mülheim; in their bid to qualify for Round 2. Head Coach, Walid Abdo explains this year the team will be bringing a very different game; having the experience of past tournaments under their belts. Last year saw the squad take on and beat Italian champions Amsicora with a 5-1 defeat.
Walid “I’m so proud that due to our continued consistent performances in Europe the club gets to fly the flag for Wales again at the top table. It’s going to be a huge challenge pitting our wits against some of the best teams in European hockey. The players and I are hoping to go one step further than last season where I feel we gained some great experience in our victory against Amsicora from Italy and our loss to Hamburg. We will be starting our preseason program first week of August in preparation for our domestic league programme with one eye on the EHL in October. The plan is to get ourselves right physically, technically, tactically and mentally for our upcoming season”.
Over the coming months Cardiff & Met will fight for their place in the 18 man squad, which’ll be announced approximately 3 weeks before the tournament commences. Good Luck team!