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Dutch champions finish FIH Women’s Hockey Pro League with victory over Germany

Having already won the FIH Hockey Pro League title a week ago, the Netherlands wrapped up the season on a high note with a 1-0 win over Germany in the final women’s match of the tournament in Amsterdam on Saturday. This means they have 15 wins from 16 matches this season and are deserved champions for the fourth time.

Yibbi Jansen was once again named top scorer with an impressive tally of 19 goals this season.

Earlier, Great Britain and Belgium drew 1-1, with GB winning the extra point in the penalty shootout. The one point from the tie was enough for Belgium to overtake China and secure fourth place, while GB finished in seventh place.

This marked the end of another exciting season for the women, with another men’s game scheduled for Sunday.

(Women) Belgium 1 – 1 Great Britain (SO: 2 – 4)

Great Britain struggled to a 1-1 draw with Belgium to share the points, but held their nerve to win the shootout 4-2 to earn a bonus point. The Belgians applied constant pressure early in the game, but GB were able to withstand it and then take the lead, with Sophie Hamilton putting GB ahead in the 14th Minute after some good team play, although it was their miss that sent the goalie the wrong way. The Red Panthers came back and dominated the second quarter, creating three golden opportunities in quick succession and winning two penalty corners just before halftime. However, they could not score and GB held a narrow 1-0 lead at halftime.

Belgium equalised early in the third quarter from a corner kick. Miriam Pritchard made a good save but Charlotte Englebert converted the rebound. The rest of the match was fairly even but GB made a series of unforced errors that thwarted their own efforts. Belgium looked to have the best chance of scoring in the final quarter but despite three corner kicks they were unable to convert. The match went to penalties where GB prevailed, while the single point for Belgium was enough to climb to fourth place in the final standings, ahead of China.

Sophie Hamilton was named best player of the match and said: “We wanted to recover from yesterday, so we are really happy. It is good to practice scenarios so close to the Olympics, so a penalty shootout was also a good opportunity.”

(Women) Netherlands – Germany 1:0

In a worthy final of the FIH Women’s Hockey Pro League, the champions from the Netherlands took everything they had and won 1-0 against the runners-up from Germany. The first quarter was played mainly in the middle third of the pitch, with both defensive lines quickly thwarting attacking opportunities. The first real chance for the Dutch women came from Frédérique Matla in the 20th Minute, but she wanted a corner kick instead of shooting and lost the ball. A minute later, Germany’s Charlotte Stapenhorst shot over the bar from close range, setting off a wave of attacks that included four corner kicks, two goals scored and one shot from open play. Dutch goalkeeper Josine Koning made three decisive saves and one double save to keep the scoreless at half-time.

The Netherlands started the third quarter well, earning two penalty corners and being stopped out of play by a superb stick save from Nathalie Kubalski. They dominated the quarter and the stage was set for a thrilling finish. To break the deadlock, something special had to happen and the chance fell to Dutch captain Xan de Waard, who kicked a field goal from the top of the circle after the Germans lost possession in defense. Germany changed their goalkeeper with six minutes to go and had one last chance from a penalty corner with 10 seconds left on the clock, but Koning was up to the task and saved the ball to secure the win.

The player of the match was Josine Koning from the Netherlands who said: “It was an exciting game. I think it was not our best game, it was a fighting game. I’m so happy we won and that’s all we had to do today.”

To see the final standings of the FIH Hockey Pro League, Click here.

FIH Hockey Pro League – 29 June 2024

Wagener Hockey Stadium, Amstelveen (NED)


Result: Game 71 (W)

Belgium 1 – 1 Great Britain (SO: 2 – 4)

Player of the match: Sophie Hamilton (GBR)

Referees: Wanri Venter (RSA), Sandra Adell (ESP), Ayden Shrives (RSA video)

Result: Game 72 (W)

Netherlands 1 – 0 Germany

Player of the match: Josine Koning (NED)

Referees: Hannah Harrison (ENG), Rachel Williams (ENG), Wanri Venter (RSA video)

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