Utrecht Women’s hockey on top
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Utrecht has come out on top with a large selection for the Champions Trophy, with four from SCHC and two from Kampong
The National coach Alyson Annan has announced the selection for the Champions Trophy hockey tournament. In the squad of eighteen there are four players from SCHC, Bilthoven and two from Utrecht’s Kampong. There is one disappointing absence in the case of Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, who has been struggling all season with an elbow injury.
Caia van Maasakker, Laurien Leurink, Xan de Waard and Ginella Zerbo from SCHC and Kampong’s Margot Zuidhof and Renée van Laarhoven are in the group who will travel to Changzhou Wujin in China, where the tournament will take place from 17 to 25 November
In the last few months Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, captain of the Dutch team has been complaining of suffering with a tennis elbow. She has missed three matches for SCHC, but did play last Sunday against Pinoké. She has not trained fully and can only play at half pace she told reporters. She has to stop when it hurts too much, so has been at a great disadvantage.
Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel will still play this Sunday against Den Bosch, although she expects to have to play through the pain. She is looking forward to the approaching winter break and will use it to recover. She will take a longer rest in the winter break, but to do so will have to miss the Champions Trophy.
National coach Annan had in early October named a training group of 45 players. In addition to Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Michelle Fillet, Elsie Nix (both Kampong), Kyra Fortuyn and Famke Richardson (all SCHC) have also been left out from this group. Malou Pheninckx of Kampong is also missing. She played at the recent World Cup last summer.
The full squad is:
Margot van Geffen (Den Bosch), Eva de Goede (Amsterdam), Yibbi Jansen (Oranje Rood), Maxime Kerstholt (Laren), Josine Koning (goalkeeper, Den Bosch), Maartje Krekelaar (Den Bosch), Renée van Laarhoven (Kampong) , Laurien Leurink (SCHC), Caia van Maasakker (SCHC), Laura Nunnink (Orange Red), Pien Sanders (Den Bosch), Lauren Stam (Amsterdam), Marijn Veen (Amsterdam), Anne Veenendaal (Amsterdam), Maria Verschoor (Amsterdam) ), Xan de Waard (SCHC), Ginella Zerbo (SCHC) and Margot Zuidhof (Kampong)
The Champions Trophy programme:
November 17 The Netherlands v. Japan
November 18 The Netherlands v. Argentina
November 20 Australia v. The Netherlands
November 22 Great Britain v. The Netherlands
November 24 The Netherlands v. China