That can safely be seen as a feat of the team that can call itself the number 1 in the world on paper, but which, of course, was not in South Asia in reality. The Dutch national team entered India without all golden girls from Tokyo, where Orange was crowned Olympic champion.
Many players can be spared because of the approaching EHL obligations in the Wagener Stadium. National coach Jamilon Mülders was also absent from the trip to India for plausible private reasons. When he was appointed, the Orange intermission had already indicated that he was not available during this weekend.
Lightning Start India
India got off to a lightning start in the sweltering Kalinda Stadium. Within a minute, the home team rose above Lisa Post, because the organization and concentration was hard to find after the first whistle.
Another corner came from the first corner, which was skilfully tapped in by Rajwinder Kaur at the far post, past the hopeless line stopper Renée van Laarhoven (1-0).
Savita get in the way
The Orange squad, led for the second and last time by Joost Bitterling, was less dominant in the first two quarters than the day before, but still had two good chances before half-time: Lilli de Nooijer forgot to work behind a fine by Kyra Fortuin (the ball went wide), later the Indian goalie turned a backhand shot from Stella van Gils with her left hand. Savita is a recognized obstacle in top international hockey. Containing that to a corner of the field, with the Orange having the misfortune that first shooter Yibbi Jansen was not in the field on eight of the occasions. were the hard ‘flats’ of Van Laarhoven to yield.
At the eighth and last penalty corner in the Netherlands, six minutes before the end, Jansen was within the lines. After an attempt at an attempt by Monika Malik was removed from the line, the midfielder now dragged the ball hard and straight through the defense of Savita: 1-1. The day before, Jansen had already scored. Only once was India after rust dangerous and how. Gurjit, one of the best corner shooters in the world, pushed a ball over the crossbar.
Despite a green card from Van Laarhoven, the Orange squad played in a team, the last two chances were for Bitterling’s team, which deserves a big compliment. Despite the very short preparation in the inexperienced team, the originally video man can play hockey very acceptable. Isis van Loon was her first international goal with two hands, but it was missing on the side of the HGC player.
certainly there are shootouts to choose a winner, in the FIH Pro League good for a bonus point. The Orange women cannot deprive themselves of this opportunity with a little effort. Yibbi Jansen, in two, Kyra Fortuin, mastered and Marente Barentsen, with artistic names name Netherlands.
On the Indian side, only Navneet managed to kill. HDM goalie Julia Remmerswaal turned out to be a shoot-out killer by defusing two attempts. After she stole the ball from Rajwinder Kaur, the bonus point was secured by the defending champion.
Due to the absence of the majority of the internationals and the participation of the Dutch Juniors in the South Africa World Cup, the Dutch national team in India was as green as grass. performed a few players around in Bhubaneswar. Van Laarhoven is a true leader, Jansen has made huge strides, players like Fiona Morgenstern and Ma Barentsen have top-level growth potential. Pam van der Laan will have to move to a major league club as soon as possible. The eighteen-year-old player of promotion division Huizen is a diamond in the rough that needs to be polished as soon as possible, a player whose Orange women can enjoy for years to come.