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Oct. 11, 2015 — Outdone and overdone

The Euro Hockey League is field hockey’s equivalent to the UEFA Champions’ League, a competition bringing together the best of all men’s club teams across the continent, playing down to one winner.

Yesterday, the Amsterdam Hockey and Bandy Club faced KS Pomorzanin Torun, a club side from Poland. Given the relative disparity in world rankings between the clubs’ national sides (Holland is second, Poland is 18th), you might have expected a disparity in the level of play between the teams in this pool match.

The final score was Amsterdam 19, KS Pomorzanin Torun 2. And this, in a 60-minute game played out under full international rules; it’s scary to think what might have happened in 70 minutes.

The goals total broke the year-old record for a Euro Hockey League match, set a year ago by Bloemendaal against this very same Pomorzanin side.

I’ve written occasionally over the years about how the people who run hockey (and sometimes ruin it) have tried to deal with runaway scorelines.

But the way I see it, the teams played hard for the entire match. A video showed that the Polish side had an untimed corner at the end of regulation, and they almost scored on it. To its credit, Pomorzanin played the last minute of the match like it was the first.

If Americans were in charge of the competition, the game would have been finished earlier — either through a continuously running clock or ending the game after a certain margin was reached.

And I really hope it doesn’t come to that.


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