When the stadium turns orange, you just know you are in for a hockey treat. Stylish, fast, exciting, passionate – the attributes that have earned the Netherlands a host of titles in recent years.
Both their men and women’s teams have already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals, but that won’t stop them going for the European title in London.
On their motivation for this event, women’s star Lidewij Welten said: “We always want to perform to our best and win. We are extra motivated to win here, because last time we didn’t win it. (Netherlands were beaten by England in the semi-final).”
Right now, the Dutch women are enjoying a remarkable run of success on the world stage. They are ranked number one in the world and their win at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp, Belgium, was just the latest title to add to the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup. But the Champions Trophy that took place in December 2014 did reveal some flaws as they finished third behind Argentina and Australia.
The Netherlands men have been trying to keep up with their female counterparts over the past few years. They finished second in both the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup and are the current number two team behind Australia.
Netherlands men’s Head Coach Max Caldas announced the squad to compete in the Unibet EuroHockey Championships 2015 in London recently.
From the training group Martijn Havenga, Pepin Luijkx, Diede van Puffelen and goalkeeper Sam van der Ven were not selected whilst Jelle Galema and Floris van der Linden have been named as reserves and will continue to train with the squad right up until the tournament begins.
Head Coach, Sjoerd Marijne, also confirmed the women’s team, which saw training squad members Frederique Derkx (injured), Sarah Jaspers, Laura Nunnink, Larissa Meijer, Michelle van der Pols, Sabine Silfhout and Charlotte Vega miss out on selection.
Netherlands men: Seve van Ass (H.C. Rotterdam); Sander Baart (M.H.C. Oranje-Zwart); Billy Bakker (Amsterdam H.& B.C); Pirmin Blaak (GK) (H.C. Rotterdam); Thierry Brinkman (S.V. Kampong); Jeroen Hertzberger (H.C. Rotterdam); Rogier Hofman (H.C. Bloemendaal); Robert van der Horst (M.H.C. Oranje-Zwart); Constantijn Jonker (S.V. Kampong); Robbert Kemperman (S.V. Kampong); Mirco Pruyser (Amsterdam H.& B.C); Glenn Schuurman (H.C. Bloemendaal); Jaap Stockmann (GK) (H.C. Bloemendaal); Hidde Turkstra (H.C. Rotterdam); Valentin Verga (Amsterdam H.& B.C); Bob de Voogd (M.H.C. Oranje-Zwart); Mink van der Weerden (M.H.C. Oranje-Zwart); Sander de Wijn (S.V. Kampong). Reserves: Jelle Galema (M.H.C. Oranje-Zwart); Floris van der Linden (H.G.C).
Netherlands women: Naomi van As (Larensche M.H.C.); Willemijn Bos (Larensche M.H.C.); Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel (S.C.H.C.); Margot van Geffen (H.C. ‘s-Hertogenbosch); Eva de Goede (Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.); Ellen Hoog (Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.); Kelly Jonker (Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.); Marloes Keetels (H.C. ‘s-Hertogenbosch); Caia van Maasakker (S.C.H.C.); Valerie Magis (M.H.C. Oranje-Zwart); Maartje Paumen (H.C. ‘s-Hertogenbosch); Jacky Schoenaker (Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.); Joyce Sombroek (GK)(Larensche M.H.C.); Anne Veenendaal (GK) (Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.); Maria Verschoor (Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.); Xan de Waard (S.V. Kampong); Lidewij Welten (H.C. ‘s-Hertogenbosch); Ginella Zerbo (S.C.H.C.).
For more information about the event, and to buy tickets, visit: http://eurohockey2015.co.uk