Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Euro Hockey 2021: Netherlands women land 11th title in tight Germany tussle

Frederique Matla, the tournament's top scorer, sealed the title against teak-tough Germany

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

The 18 Oranje players danced a jig on the outfield as the Netherlands won their 11th title in 15 EuroHockey Championships. With the full squad quota on the outfield, that’s how it must feel to their opposition during another tournament blitz, as one of sport’s greatest ever men’s or women’s teams continued their trophy-hogging tyranny.

But they were pushed all the way to the title after a dogged German display as they searched for a first EuroHockey triumph in eight years. They were unlucky not to score too, a 2-0 defeat not painting the full picture, but after this marvellous Championships, the 2023 event in Monchengladbach can’t come soon enough when Germany hope to exact revenge, possibly without revered coach Alyson Annan at the helm of the Oranje.

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