Den Bosch has taken the triple by taking the national title in the Netherlands. Earlier this year it won the Gold Cup and became Dutch champion in the hall. It fell behind in an exciting game. Later in the match they were able to turn the tide and win the all-deciding final.
Today it would be determined van Den Bosch would become national champion of the Netherlands for the twenty-first time or that SCHC would take the title for the first time. For SCHC it would be the second week in a row that they would determine who would be the better in the third game of the play-offs. Amsterdam was defeated in the semi-finals with their heels over the ditch.
While SCHC sometimes had to deal with a weak start to the game in recent weeks, this was not the case today. The team from Bilthoven shot out of the starting blocks and with Mette Winter and Laurien Leurink it was immediately dangerous. After five minutes got the first corner. A sleep by Yibbi Jansen was stopped well on the line by Imme van der Hoek. But who else but goal thief Ginella Zerbo was in the right place to work the rebound into the goal. Strong in the lead.
Strong Den Bosch
The coaches gave the last information during halftime of the first. The ladies could even enjoy the lemonade they got from the staff. Less than two minutes later everyone was back on the field. This time it wasn’t SCHC that jumped out of the starting blocks. Den Bosch started to play more and more on the attack and with that also opportunities. Frederique Matla came close to scoring a number of times. The Bossenaren also received several penalty corners. This one did not go in, partly due to a strong performance by goalkeeper Alexandra Heerbaart. Both teams went into halftime with a 0-1 for SCHC.
It was immediately clear that Den Bosch was not yet there. The game picture had already changed in the second and in the third quarter it was Bosschenaren who determined the direction. Pleun van der Plas was able to cheer from the full stands in the 39th minute, at the far post she was able to pin the ball behind Heerbaart. Even said that SCHC could be completely overrun.
Strong again SCHC
Nothing turned out to be less true. Stichtsche leek slowly got a better grip on the game and future opportunities in the third quarter again opportunities. Mette Winter came dangerously in front of King a couple of times. And Xan de Waard also made himself heard more and more. The captain was clearly taking her squad in tow.
The tension was cut in the fourth quarter. SCHC leek slightly stronger, chances were not created. Both teams seemed to be heading for the ultimate end, which was the shoot-outs.
Nothing turned out to be less true. Where she was not in the field yesterday, she was this time. Frederique Matla, the fear of every outer one, stood at the head of the circle. Another penalty corner, 40 seconds on the clock. Matla drags, andnnnnn Touch! Heerbaart wanted the ball, but unfortunately for her the ball goes into the goal. It became the winner, SCHC was outplayed. The differences were small, but in the end it was Den Bosch who took the national title. The triple was a fact, after the hall title, the Gold Cup was now also the national title for Den Bosch.