Coach Annan proud hockeysters after ‘amazing performance’
Coach Alyson Annan of the Dutch hockeysters was Saturday after the won the european CHAMPIONSHIP finals in Belgium (3-0) a very happy trainer, though she seemed not quite yet to realize that she made her first major title won by the Orange.
“We were the whole race of the parent party, I am very proud,” said Annan, in October 2015 the national coach of the Oranjevrouwen, directly after the final battle in Amstelveen against the NIS. “This is an amazing performance of this group.”
The Dutch hockeysters waited since the world cup of 2014 in Den Haag at a major title. Last year lost to the team of Annan the olympic final in Rio de Janeiro sore after shoot-outs from England.
Since then, the team greatly rejuvenated by the departure of the experienced figureheads Ellen Hoog, Naomi van As and Maartje Paumen, but the past week showed the ‘new’ Orange is clearly the best of Europe with an unbeaten series of matches.
“No, there is no burden from my shoulders”, said Annan. “We have in a short time, great steps have been taken, Yes, it is a young team, but young players such as Pien Sanders are all insanely good. There’s still a lot more in and I’m already looking forward to the next phase.”
“I need this title first, let settle, but we go this moment to celebrate.”
European CHAMPIONSHIP final on hockey in the Netherlands, Belgium
The Dutch hockeysters for the ninth time the European title conquered. Orange was in the final in Amstelveen with 2-0 too strong for a tough Belgium.
The netherlands came in the twelfth minute, 1-0. Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel scored on reference to Kitty van Male.
The Oranjevrouwen celebrate the opening goal.
Dirkse van den Heuvel (30) is one of the veterans in the strong shouldered Orange.
Lidewij Welten made regularly for danger in the first half, but it remained at 1-0 for Orange.
In the last quarter ran the Orange to a 3-0 victory.
The hockeysters with the cup.
On the field and in the packed grandstands, it was a great celebration after the final whistle.
Defending champions England won bronze by a 2-0 victory in Germany.
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Orange came against the tough Belgian women through Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel quickly on the lead in the crowded Wagener Stadium, but it took a long time before the home side the decisive second goal. The precious goal in the 48th minute and came in the name of Kelly Jonker.
“That 1-0 was not safe”, thus the birth of Amstelveen against the NIS. “It was good to finally get that second goal. It felt like a liberation. The discharge in the stadium was also quite large. There was a lot of energy.”
Jonker was by a shoulder injury for months off. Just in time was the aanvalster of Amsterdam, is fit for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS.
“And then you score in your own stadium in the european CHAMPIONSHIP finals”, she said beaming. “Here, I’ve worked damned hard at it. We are still a team in construction. I have many sense in the coming years.”
Hockeysters conquer ninth European title with victory in Belgium