Hockey club Pinoké take men’s national title for first time

Pinoke players celebrate their first ever national title. Photo: Koen van Weel ANP

The men’s team from Amstelveen hockey club Pinoké have taken the Dutch men’s title for the first time in the club’s 78-year history, with a 0-4 second leg win over  Bloemendaal.

“Mission completed. The boys did a fantastic job,” coach Jesse Mahieu said after the final whistle. “I had tears in my eyes for the last eight minutes of the game. I am so happy.’

Pinoké, based in the Amsterdamse Bos, was created in 1945 through the merger of clubs O.K. and Pinokkio and had never won the title. Last year, the club lost to Bloemendaal, which took the championship for the third time in a row.

In the women’s championship, Amsterdam beat SCHC on shoot-outs. Both the first and second leg of the final ended in a 2-2 draw.

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