Gijon, Coruña and Palau advance in the standings. Fraga surprises Benfica

The first round of the WSE Champions League Women’s Group Stage took place tonight. It was the only one of the six rounds to take place in 2023: the next matchday is scheduled for two months, on 13 January 2024, while the European Women’s Championship will be played in December. The Spanish teams scored this first round and the most important result of the evening belonged to the freshman Esneca Fraga who managed to beat SL Benfica 2-0. Sanjurjio and Soto scored the two decisive goals but the contribution of goalkeeper Anna Ferrer was also an important wall against the Portuguese attacks, including a direct shot at the end of the match. The three points also go to three other Spanish teams. TeleCable Gijon prevailed with a peremptory 14-2 against the Germans Remscheid, in a match characterized by five goals from Rodriguez and three from Ferreira. Victory also for HC Coruña 4-2 over the French Coutras. The two goals from Martin and Diz put a certainty on the match but the French did not fail in the second half, scoring the two goals with Cumella and Ribeiro. The first half of Generali Palau Plegamans on the swiss rink of Vordemwald was complicated. The second half was much better with two goals from top scorer Florenza and goals from Puigdueta and Blackman. gaining the first victory of the tournament. Appointment in 2024 with the second round

Aina Florenza (Generali Palau Plegamans) and Celina Ellenberger (RHC Vordemwald)- Photo Credit: Lebkuchenhaus Productions

Maria Cristina Cumella (Coutras RH) and Beatriz Gaete (HC Coruna) – Photo Credit: Manu Boutureira

WSE Champions League Women – Group Phase
Matchday 1 | Saturday 11/11/2023
GROUP A – h 19:30 (CET), 18:30 (GMT) CP Esneca Fraga (SPA) x SL Benfica (POR) = 2-0 (2-0, 0-0)
Esneca Fraga: Ferrer, Arxè, Flix V, Soto, Sanjurjo – Gutierrez (C), Xicota, Gonzalez, Paya, Lopez L – Coach: Capdevila
Benfica: Vieira, Sousa (C), Flores, Moncovio, Santos R – Severino, Silva M, Tamiozzo, Figueiredo, Coelho – Coach: Almeida
Scorers: 1st: 18’55” Sanjurjo (FRA), 20’01” Soto (dir.shot) (FRA)
Penalties: 2nd: 0’44” Severino (2′) (SLB) 
Referees:  Massimiliano Carmazzi (ITA) and Franco Ferrari (ITA)

GROUP B – h 17:00 (CET) – Telecable HC Gijon  (SPA) x IGR Remscheid (GER) = 14-2 (7-1, 7-2)
Telecable Gijon: Novo, Lolo (C), Piquero, Obeso, Roces – Ferreira, Fernandez, Cobian, Rodriguez, Hidalgo – Coach: Lee
Remscheid: Pillenkamp, Zech, Dobbratz, Giersch (C), Behrendt – Steinmetz, Sousa, Sohngen, Sousa, Emmert – Coach: Beck
Scorers: 1st: 2’26” Piquero (GIJ), 6’29” Lolo (GIJ), 9’38” Ferreira (GIJ), 11’12” Rodriguez (GIJ), 11’27” Giersch (REM), 13’50” Ferreira (GIJ), 11’34” Rodriguez (GIJ), 17’20” Rodriguez (GIJ) – 2nd: 6’24” Almeida (GIJ), 10’45” Roces (GIJ), 16’02” Ferreira (GIJ), 18’30” Rodriguez (GIJ), 18’41” Cobian (GIJ), 22’12” Giersch (REM)
Penalties: 2nd: 2’42” Zech (2′) (REM)
Referees:Rui Torres (POR) and Carlos Correia (POR)

GROUP C – h 17:00 (CET) – HC Coruña (SPA) x Coutras RH (FRA) = 4-2 (3-0, 1-2)
Coruna: Escalas, Franci, Garrote, Munoz, Diz – Gaete, Bullò, Paz (C), Martin, Caretta – Coach: Garcia E
Coutras: Kemnitz, Lafourcade (C), Gutierrez, Cumella, Cano – Moreau, Ribeiro, Zanelli, Barros – Coach: Ducourtioux
Scorers: 1st: 9’27” Gaete (COR), 11’02” Martin (COR), 20’33” Diz (COR) – 2nd: 0’47” Ribeiro (COU), 4’12” Martin (COR), 18’51” Cumella (COU)
Referees: Silvia Coelho (POR) and Porfirio Fernandes (POR)

GROUP D – h 21:00 (CET) – RHC Vordemwald (SWI) x Generali HC Palau Plegamans (SPA) = 0-4 (-0, 0-4)
Vordemwald: Stadelman, Moor E, Ruegger, Moor Nad, Moor Nao (C) – Pluss, Hilfiker, Ellenberger, Schwegler – Coach: Moor S
Generali Palau Plegamans: Vicente, Busquets, Puigdueta (C), Casarramona, Florenza – Colomer, Fontdegloria, Juan, Blackman, Molina – Coach: Sanz
Scorers: 2nd: 3’03” Puigdueta (HCP), 7’43” Florenza (HCP), 11’50” Florenza (HCP), 19’51” Blackman (HCP)
Referees: Torsten Flossel (GER) and Sascha Hager (GER)

Standing Group A: Esneca Fraga (SPA) 3 points (1 played), Vila-sana Coop D’Ivars (SPA) 0 points (0 played), SL Benfica 0 points (1 played)
Standing Group B: TeleCable Gijon (SPA) 3 points (1 played), Roller Matera (ITA) 0 points (0 played), IGR Remscheid (GER) 0 points (1 played)
Standing Group C: Coruna (SPA) 3 points (1 played), Martinelia Manlleu (SPA) 0 points (0 played), Coutras RH (FRA) 0 points (1 played)
Standing Group D: Generali Palau Plegamans (SPA) 3 points (1 played), Stuart HCM Massama (POR) 0 points (0 played), Vordemwald (SWI) 0 points (1 played(

Next games
Matchday 2 | Saturday 13/01/2024
GROUP A – 13/01/2024 – SL Benfica (POR) x CP Vila-sana Coop. D’ivars (SPA)
GROUP B – h 14:00 (CET) – IGR Remscheid (GER) x Roller Matera (ITA)
GROUP C – h 20:00 (CET) – Coutras RH (FRA) x Martinelia Manlleu (SPA)
GROUP D – 13/01/2024 – Generali HC Palau Plegamanes (SPA) x Astro Stuart HC Massama (POR)

Matchday 3 | Saturday 27/01/2024
GROUP A – 27/01/2024 – CP Vila-sana Coop. D’ivars (SPA) x CP Esneca Fraga (SPA)
GROUP B – 27/01/2024 – Roller Matera (ITA) x Telecable HC Gijon (SPA)
GROUP C – 27/01/2024 – Martinelia Manlleu (SPA) x HC Coruña (SPA)
GROUP D – 27/01/2024 –  Astro Stuart HC Massama (POR) x RHC Vordemwald (SWI)

Matchday 4 | Saturday 10/02/2024
GROUP A – 10/02/2024 – CP Esneca Fraga (SPA) x CP Vila-sana Coop. D’ivars (SPA)
GROUP B – 10/02/2024 – Telecable HC Gijon (SPA) x Roller Matera (ITA)
GROUP C – 10/02/2024 – HC Coruña (SPA) x Martinelia Manlleu (SPA)
GROUP D – 10/02/2024 – RHC Vordemwald (SWI) x  Astro Stuart HC Massama (POR)

Matchday 5 | Saturday 24/02/2024
GROUP A – 24/02/2024 – CP Vila-sana Coop. D’ivars (SPA) x SL Benfica (POR)
GROUP B – 24/02/2024 – Roller Matera (ITA) x IGR Remscheid (GER)
GROUP C – 24/02/2024 – Martinelia Manlleu (SPA) x Coutras RH (FRA)
GROUP D – 24/02/2024 –  Astro Stuart HC Massama (POR) x Generali HC Palau Plegamans (SPA)

Matchday 6 | Saturday 09/03/2024
GROUP A – 09/03/2024 – SL Benfica (POR) x CP Esneca Fraga (SPA)
GROUP B – 09/03/2024 – IGR Remscheid (GER) x Telecable HC Gijon (SPA)
GROUP C – 09/03/2024 – Coutras RH (FRA) x HC Coruña (SPA)
GROUP D – 09/03/2024 – Generali HC Palau Plegamans (SPA) x RHC Vordemwald (SWI)

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