Dutch swim to success in Utrecht

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Earlier this week, the Dutch national water polo team convincingly won their first match in the European qualifying round of the FINA Waterpolo World League.

The team defeated Ukraine 15-5 in De Krommerijn, here in Utrecht.

National coach Robin van Galen was understandably pleased and proud of his players efforts.

The Dutch team started well and at the end of the first period led 2-0.

In the second period the Dutch team scored twice more, but Ukraine fought back to a 4-3 half time score. In the third period, the Dutch team increased the difference to five goals: 9-4 and in the final quarter ran away with the game as the margin was increased further to 15-5 by the final buzzer.

Former UZSC player Robin Lindhout was top scorer for the Dutch squad with four goals. Amersfoort’s Thomas Lucas scored three times, Jorn Muller and Milos Filipovic were good for two goals each. Jesse Koopman, Pascal Janssen of our own UZSC, Guus van Yperen and Bilal Gbadamassi all scored once.

The Netherlands is playing in Qualifying Group B with Ukraine, Greece and Spain. The Dutch team will play the next game against Spain on December 11. There are fourteen European countries in the World League, divided into four groups, who will compete in three rounds for three or four spots depending on the host of the final in the Super Final early next year.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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