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Glenanne find groove too late as Garvey await Euro rankings

 

By Graham Hamilton

Glenanne finally chalked up a win in the EuroHockey Trophy series in Switzerland, but their seventh-place finish blocks any chance of next season's representatives Lisnagarvey playing in the top tier.

The Dubliners crushed Bohemians Prague 9-3 in Wettingen to avoid the wooden spoon, but their lowly finish hasn't done Garvey any favours.

There were hopes that Glenanne could win the trophy which would have guaranteed the Irish representatives promotion to the top flight, but their failure to win any of their three pool games means Garvey must await the new club rankings list to see in which tier they will be placed.

That's because the top-flight tournament, the EuroHockey League, is being reduced from 24 teams to 20, and so a new EuroHockey Trophy 1 series is being created as the second tier, with the current EuroHockey Trophy becoming the third tier.

Garvey's hope is that the Irish ranking will allow them into the second tier rather than drop into the third tier with the minnows.

Glenanne's success over Prague yesterday saw them finally hit form, scoring seven times in the final quarter.

Gary Shaw grabbed a hat-trick, with the others coming from Shannon Boucher, Brad Venter, Jason Rogan, Joe Brennan, Eddie O'Malley and Clive Kennedy.

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