GRANGE hockey coach Colin will rally his troops for a crunch tie against Austrian champions AHTC Wien today in Hamburg after his side fell 6-1 to German cracks Harvestehuder THC in their opening EuroHockey League tie last night.
Grange competed for large periods, but were undone by clinical finishing from the Germans.
Orchestrated by 2010 world young player of the year Tobias Hauke in midfield, the Hamburg outfit demonstrated their class in front of goal, notching three goals from open play and a further three from razor sharp penalty corner routines. Grange netminder Sean Hadfield was philosophical before the tournament and admitted his side had never targeted victory over Harvesthuder. “For a lot of guys this is their first experience of the EHL and to play the home team, who are former winners, is a great experience. But the big game for us is the game against the Austrians who we feel we can defeat and get our first EHL victory in. That is our target and we’ll have to prepare correctly to achieve that target. We’ve found it tough to get video footage of the Austrian side but we know they will be competent since they’re playing in such a high standard competition. We will focus on our own performance and hopefully that brings us the desired result.”