Monday, June 17, 2024

Holland star Kitty van Male undecided over Tokyo 2020 future

Holland celebrate successful defence PIC: England Hockey

Despite finishing as top goalscorer at the World Cup, Kitty van Male says she is undecided over her international future.

Van Male, who made her debut in 2009, smashed in her eighth of the competition from close range in the second quarter during Holland’s 6-0 final win over Ireland.

This was Van Male’s first World Cup after being overlooked for the past two editions.

“I am an emotional person”, Van Male told reporters. “And if things are right in the group, crazy things can happen to me.”

“This is an extra gift [finishing top scorer]. We just played hockey as a collective.”

The 30-year-old said she was proud of the team after Alyson Annan’s side successfully defended their title.

She said: “We worked hard for it. We have a new team, a young team.

“In the semi-final with Australia we had a hard time, but sometimes it does not matter how you win. It’s about winning.”

But she admitted that she was unsure over her future role with the Oranje ahead of Tokyo 2020

“I will first enjoy the party. Then I will evaluate with national coach Alyson Annan and then we will look further.”

The Dutch retained their world No 1 status following their almost peerless performance in London. England remain as world No 2.

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