Saturday, December 9, 2023

Euro Hockey 2021: Multifaceted Netherlands a class above All Blacks aura

The Dutch women's team are on a different plateau to any other team in world hockey thanks to one principal - their basic skill levels

THP columnist and coach Todd Williams picks out the main points from the European Hockey Championships in Amsterdam

More flexible, more agile. Holland women’s coach Alyson Annan has concocted a better team than the one that competed in the Rio Olympic cycle.

After Rio, whether it was fair or not, she copped plenty of stick because they were beaten as favourites for the title.

Yet, you just can’t hide from what she has done since. She has built a more robust, resilient and potent team than before. That has to be a mark of the Australian’s influence on the team. She has done an incredible job.

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Todd Williams is co-commentating on the EuroHockey Championships TV coverage

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