The Hockey Paper builds up to the clash between England and their Dutch rivls at Lee Valley on Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend
Victory as an England unit has been rare this century. England men will aim to stop a run of eight successive defeats to the Oranje stretching back to 2014. England last beat the Dutch in 2010 at the Champions Trophy. One has to go back to the 1986 World Cup for any previous successes.
England women haven’t beaten the Netherlands since their famous shoot-out victory in the 2015 EuroHockey Championships at Lee Valley. The last time England won in normal time came back in 2003.
And for further required reading on the Dutch win-loss ratio in recent years, this sums up their record.
England men and women named their team on Thursday, with Zach Wallace due back for his first game since February.
On the Dutch side, various internationals from the Hoofdklasse final teams SCHC and Den Bosch will be given time off and will report back on Tuesday. The World Cup is firmly on the priority list. Meanwhile, Dutch coach Paul van Ass was on Friday announced as the new Oranje women’s coach.
Sat 4 June – England v Netherlands (women’s followed by men), 2pm & 4:30pm
Sun 5 June – England v Netherlands (W&M), 1pm & 3:30pm
FORM GUIDE (last 5 Pro League matches)
England men – WWWWL
Netherlands men – WWDWW
England women – LWLDL
Netherlands women – DDDLW
The Dutch men last played Pro League during their run of matches in South Africa in February, where they accrued 26 goals in five matches.
Meanwhile, the Dutch women haven’t won in normal time for four matches, following three draws (winning shoot-outs twice against Argentina last weekend and against India).
BACK IN TIME
England Hockey duo Susannah Townsend and Anna Toman recall the 8-0 defeat to Holland in 2019.
Recalling Dutch Lee Valley antics just weeks before Rio Olympic win.
The Hockey Paper spoke to Ollie Payne and Fiona Crackles this week ahead of the Dutch tests, two players who have enjoyed meteoric rises to the GB and England teams.
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TRAVEL TO LEE VALLEY
TFL have confirmed all Tube and rail services will be running as usual over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend. TFL do anticipate busy stations with the Jubilee festivities.