Teddington set out with hope of taking gold

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Teddington begin their second venture into Europe here in Sardinia this evening when they play the host club, Amsicora, in their first game in the European Cup-Winners' Cup.

Barely off the plane on Wednesday evening, they beat Ferrini Cagliari 2-1 in a useful warm-up with goals coming from Tyrone Moore and Tony Colclough. The good news is that the striker Peter Gibbins, who is coming back from a hamstring injury, played the whole game and yesterday had no ill effects.

Their manager, Neil Campling, confirmed he would play against the Italians. "This will allow us to tighten our midfield with Jason Laslett or Simon Nickling dropping back to allow Gibbins in. With a class player in each line, we are going for gold," Campling said.

Teddington's toughest pool game is likely to be on Sunday against HDM, from the Hague, who include the experienced Wouter Van Pelt in their midfield. Even so, Teddington, who have already won the English League championship and last Sunday beat Formby 4-1 to reach this year's Cup final, look strong enough to reach Monday's final.

In the second pool, Sunday's game between Polo Barcelona, with their two English internationals, Russell Garcia, their player-coach, and Rowan Davis, and the Germans, Harvestehuder, whose captain Christian Blunck is playing in Australia, is likely to produce the other finalist.

n Slough, indoor silver medallists, contest their second European competition of the year in the women's event in Groningen, the Netherlands, and should return with another medal. They also face the host club in their first game, going on to play the Russians Tekstilshik, and, on Sunday, Scotland's Heriot Watt University.

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