Thursday, June 13, 2024

Paris Olympic hockey 2024: Netherlands women reveal nine debutants

Paul van Ass has chosen nine Olympic debutants as the Netherlands women attempt to retain their title at Paris 2024.

The national coach has appointed Anne Veenendaal as first goalkeeper for the Paris Games, while Josine Koning will go to France as a reserve. 

Meanwhile, Marleen Jochems will be one of the Olympic bolters, with 16 international matches ahead of her biggest fortnight to date.

In addition to Koning, Van Ass has also appointed Pien Dicke (SCHC) and Rosa Fernig (Den Bosch) as reserves. They will travel to Paris, but will stay outside the Olympic village. 

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The Hockey Paper revealed last week that reserves will not be able to participate unless there is an injury to the first choice squad.

Xan de Waard and Maria Verschoor will compete in their third Games, while Felice Albers, Laura Nunnink, Frédérique Matla, Pien Sanders and Sanne Koolen played in Tokyo.

The nine Olympic debutants are Jochems, Joosje Burg, Luna Fokke, Yibbi Jansen, Renée van Laarhoven, Freeke Moes, Lisa Post, Marijn Veen and Anne Veenendaal.

“We are blessed with great hockey players in the Netherlands,” Van Ass said.

Netherlands Paris Olympic hockey squad

“We have a large group of top players to choose from and, in varying compositions, we have been at the top in the world for years. That is of course very nice, but it also results in selection moments that unfortunately turn out less well for some. It was not an easy task to arrive at our basic Olympic selection and three reserves.”

The Dutch will compete in the Pro League in Utrecht and Amsterdam later in June. 

This will be followed by the away matches against Japan (14 and 16 July) as the final part of the preparation for the Olympic Games.

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Fay van der Elst (Amsterdam), Ilse Kappelle (Amsterdam), Maria Steensma (Pinoké), Elzemiek Zandee (SCHC) and Julia Remmerswaal (HDM) are outside the group. 

Van der Elst, Kappelle and Remmerswaal will continue to train with the Dutch team in the coming weeks.

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