Friday, March 1, 2024

Dutch Hockey5s message to top nations: ‘Embrace the unknown – It’s not very hard’

Muscat — Sander de Wijn has over 150 Dutch caps and still harbours Paris Olympic selection ambitions. But here in Muscat he has a message for other top nations when it comes to Hockey5s: “Embrace the unknown and see it as a challenge,” he told The Hockey Paper as the Dutch reached the first men’s World Cup 5s final.

De Wijn, 33, scored his third brace in five matches as the Oranje saw off Oman’s threat, as hosts and with their own Dutch coach, to prevail 5-3 and set up a tasty final against Malaysia, who edged Poland 4-3. There’s no question that the Kampong man is an advocate of the shortened format, too. And the Olympic future question is also one reason why De Wijn started the 5s programme in the first place.

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