Shahbaz M wishes coaches would give more freedom to players to flaunt their stuff
I will forever remember two passages of phenomenal plays took place in the first of the best-of-three Dutch league finals back in May 2019, both by HC Bloemendaal players.
The architect of the first was Jorrit Croon inside the first five minutes. He picked up a loose ball around 30 yards from Kampong’s goal, flicked it up in the air and whilst balancing it on his stick, Croon bulldozed his way past four defenders before beating David Harte in the goal.
His jaw-dropping 3D skills were matched by his Belgian team-mate Arthur van Doren’s hypnotic stick-work later in the game. Van Doren was pushed to a corner by two Kampong forwards, trying to snatch the ball from him. With seemingly nowhere to go, the Belgian dribbled the ball at blinding speed and nutmegged a player to steer clear of danger.
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