Dutch ladies hockey team in European final
The Dutch women’s hockey team have made it into the final in the European Championships and at the same time won itself a place at the London Olympics in 2012.
The ladies secured their place in the final when they beat England 2-0 on Thursday evening. Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel set the tone when she scored in the 11th minute after a penalty corner by Maartje Paumen was blocked by Beth Storry. But it wasn’t until the second half that Kim Lammers scored the second goal after the Dutch dominated for much of the game.
Once again the Dutch ladies will be defending its title against Germany. Two years ago, Holland beat Germany 3-2 in Amstelveen in the European Championship final. It’s the seventh EC final for Max Caldas’ team. The Dutch ladies have only once lost a final – that was in 2007.
Meanwhile the men hope to follow the ladies’ example. After winning all three games in the group phase, the team coached by Paul van Ass play Belgium in the men’s semi final later today.
The Dutch men won the European title in 2007 in Manchester for the last time.
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