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Ulster Elks are still in the hunt despite Edinburgh loss

By John Flack

The Ulster Elks and Pegasus both fell to defeat in their respective European tournaments yesterday but the Jordanstown students can still clinch promotion for their local rivals.

Competing in the third tier event in Prague, the Elks lost 1-0 to Edinburgh University while Pegasus were beaten 3-0 by Canterbury in the top flight event in Utrecht.

However while Pegasus must now beat Russian opposition today to avoid the wooden spoon, the Elks can secure a place in the second division for Ireland next season if they can beat Lithuanians Gintra University.

As qualification for the various European competitions is retrospective, the Elks are effectively playing on behalf of Pegasus, who took their place in next year's tournament by virtue of their finishing position in the recent Irish Hockey League final four weekend.

The Elks went into yesterday's game already guaranteed a place in the promotion play-off so the game with the Scots was all about which team topped the group.

Scottish international Sam Judge scored the only goal of the game in the ninth minute.

In the Netherlands, Canterbury repeated their 3-0 2006 European win over Pegasus, two goals from South Africa captain Dirkie Chamberlain and one from former Great Britain star Mel Clewlow sealing the victory.

RESULTS: Saturday: European Champions Challenge: Ulster Elks 3 (G Frazer, E O'Leary, H Irwin) Swansea 2. Sunday: European Club Champions Trophy: Pegasus 0 Canterbury 3; European Champions Challenge: Ulster Elks 0 Edinburgh University 1. Today: European Champions Trophy: 7th-8th place play-off: Pegasus v Krylatskoye (Rus) (8am); European Champions Challenge: promotion play-off: Ulster Elks v Gintra University (Lit) (2.15pm).

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