At the Cunill Clapés house, hockey is a matter of state. Especially at those Christmas dinners where you have to “stop” the conversations when they “raise the pitch”. The Cunills carry the black and white colors of Atlètic Terrassa in their blood, while the Clapés keep the blue and whites of Club Egara. Two neighboring teams, but at a starry distance in terms of emotions. What unites the surnames separates the heart. “It is impossible that I played at Egara”, says Pau Cunill. “Before I retire,” he concludes. This Saturday they will meet in one of the semifinals for the League title at the Club de Campo de Madrid.
The Royal Spanish Hockey Federation (RFEH) has organized this final phase over the weekend in both the male and female categories. In girls, the meetings will be Club de Campo-Júnior (11:00) and Complutense-RC Polo (13:00), while the fight for the men’s title with RC Polo-Club de Campo (15:00) and Atlètic-Terrassa will begin right after. -Club Egara (17:00). The goal of the gualnegros is the double. “We started the year with other expectations, but we won the Cup, we did a good job in Europe and now we also want the League”, explains Pau Cunill, who joined the club last year and is a specialist in penalty-corner kicks.
Pau plays with his brother Pepe. Both are also linked to the training of young players, they study and have begun to be part of the Spanish team of Max Caldas. “The difference with Fred Soyez is the proximity, you can talk about everything, even what hockey is. In that sense, the previous coach was more reserved.” explains Pepe, to which Pau adds: “He is impressive, he knows a lot, he is close and has created a dynamic that adapts well. We are to death with your project.
While more solid stages arrive in the Caldas team, taking into account the youth of both, 22 (Pau) and 20 (Pepe) years old, both combine their studies of Business Administration and Management in English and Telecommunications Electronics with their lives dedicated to sport. They live like professionals, but obviously the income is not the same in a sport in which “the club gives us help” and “then those who have spent more years in the National Team can have a salary to live on”. But hockey offers other outlets. “He calls us to play outside. It is living an experience, learning a language and working abroad”, both emphasize.
But first they have the present. And it is the league title. A family affair where the two teams from Terrassa will star in the star match of this first day. Atlètic, current Cup champion, and Egara, who recently lifted the EHL Cup.