Loreto face tough EuroHockey Club Cup quarter-final task in Amsterdam
Loreto face the toughest possible quarter-final in the EuroHockey Club Cup as they look to dethrone Den Bosch, the dominant force for almost 20 years, when they meet in Amsterdam.
The Beaufort club are meeting the three-in-a-row winners who have also won the competition 17 times since 2000 and feature a plethora of the side that won the World Cup last summer with the Netherlands.
Nonetheless, Hannah Matthews is delighted to take on the challenge: "Although it seems like a daunting prospect we are so excited about playing them. When you go to Europe you want to play against the best teams in the world and we will. We will obviously have to have a strong defensive performance but we will also watch as much video as we can so we're aware of what we will be facing."
Should they lose the tie, they will go into the fifth to eighth place play-offs; a shock win puts them into Sunday's semi-finals.
In the second tier, UCD will be without star defender Lena Tice for their EuroHockey Club Trophy campaign in Rochester in England due to injury.
They take on the hosts Holcombe today, Edinburgh University tomorrow and Dinamo Moscow in a final group game on Sunday before a classification match on Monday.