Saturday 19 October 2019

Dutch women celebrate European hockey title, with 3-0 win over Belgium

Golden girls: the Dutch women celebrate their title. Photo: Willem Vernes Fotografie /KNVB

The Dutch women’s hockey team took the European title in a 3-0 win over Belgium in Amsterdam on Saturday night.

It is the first major title for the team since three long-standing players quit the squad but their ninth European title overall.

In addition, the Netherlands has two players in the best of tournament list: Pien Sanders was singled out as under-21 talent, while Laurien Leurink’s first goal against the Czech Republic was goal of the tournament.

‘Collectively, they are a team who performed exceptionally well,’ said the team’s Australian coach Alyson Annan. ‘For the first time since I have been with this team, they have played a steady tournament. We haven’t had a game where we played poorly and the final we just played a little bit better than the previous matches.”

England’s Holly Webb was named best player in the tournament. England took the bronze medal after beating Germany 2-0.

Watch the match highlights

The Dutch also take on the Belgians in the men’s event on Sunday evening. Again, Germany and England will battle it out for bronze. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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