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Hockey - 09. June 2013.

Dutch World League Semis (Rotterdam) Squad Announced

A notable absentee in his selection is the  formidable Den Bosch striker Lidewij Welten whom he asserted has not been up to standard this season, hence her omission, but as ever positive, Max has  not entirely written her off and she has been told by him which areas she needs to work on to get back on board and he has every confidence she will be back.


 Welten  - dropped



Caldas also announced his   training group with an eye on  the European Championships with four new players added - Kiki Collot d'Escury, Rose Drost, Jacky Schoenaker and Marlies Verbruggen.


Caldas has struggled with injuries in the national squad Charlotte Vega and the outstanding Naomi van As  both injured but alos with the outstanding international Sophie Polkamp  having announced her immediate retirement from international hockey ( and looking now  to finish her studies at Amsterdam University in Fashion and Branding and see what there is for her beyond the game .)


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 Caldas=Mr upbeat ! 

Yet  Caldas is upbeat- the sheer competitiveness of Hoofdklasse league hockey, probably the toughest, most professional national league in the world  gives him such depth of talent  to pick from and that also means that his current selection includes a number of U21s who have shone for their clubs this season and  whom we will see help contest the semis in Rotterdam in the famous orange shirts. Sadly an exhausted Merel de Blaeij is also suffering from a loss of form and is not included but is of course being looked after and will no doubt be back when she is ready.


In the lead up the World League semis  to be held soon at HC Rotterdam, the Dutch squad, with its newbie juniors on board, dispensed with the ever improving Belgians 2-0 but then absolutely destroyed the current world ranked fifth  ( one “behind”  England)   Germany 10-2  and now face the Australian women the third exhibition game which should be a cracker and well, your money would be on the Orange shirts.

Against the always impressive Germans newly crowned Dutch  league champions Amsterdam Dames’s   Kelly Jonker and Ellen Hoog    buried the ball in the German net for starters followed by Marloes Keetels, Sabine Mol, Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Malou Pheninckx, evergreen Kim Lammers and then Asterdam  stawarat Kitty Male all scored. The reigning Olympic champion had  led 7-1  at half time !


 Van As, formidable on the interantio0nal fiels but out with long term cruciate knee injury and looking towards 2014 world Cup turnout now. 


In the World League semis the  Germans have Belgium , New Zealand  and India  and the Dutch are grouped with South Korea , Chile and Japan.  You would think at these heady heights we ought to see a final between the Hockeyroos and the Dutch women and well,  it would be quite a surprise if the women from  down under could live with Caldas’s women on present form .

The major goal of the Dutch national team is the World Cup which takes place in 2014 in The Hague. The first three countries in the semi-finals of the Hockey World League will qualify for the World Cup.  The Netherlands  are already assured  of participation as host  country but still looking for a   first four finish in Rotterdam, because the Dutch would then  be  automatically advancing to the final of the hockdey World League to be played in November in Argentina.

Caldas is clearly looking always for fresh blood and for that he has a depth of talent from Hoofdklasse hockey to draw upon . A prominent name in the selection is newcomer Valerie Magis, who plays at Orange Black. "Valerie has done awfully well in recent times. She has become incredibly good. When Naomi van As took her long term  injury we know she is going to be out of the game for some time , it was clear that  Vali  was a definite for my top group despite her tender years. She - like Frederique Derkx – will make the step  up from the Juniors for us.” A confident Caldas chirped.


 Sophie Polkamp- huge loss to the international game who so recently announced her sudden and permanent retirment tp focus on study and finding a new identity beyond the game.


The other outstanding junior players in Caldas’s selection for Rotterdam , Xan de Waard, Maria Verschoor and Marloes Keetels  will take time out  after the World League  with the team coach Raoul Ehren to prepare for the World Cup as under 21s, 27 July to 4 August Monchengladbach. Caldas wants the World League semis to give them the  'taste' of a major tournament with  the national team” Caldas explains .  Without doubt , Joyce Sombroek is currently Holland’s best keeper and Caldas has yet to decide who will be her sub, and look’s  like another youngster , Larissa Meijer is the obvious understudy.


Max’s pick is as follows:-



Frederique Derkx (2) OZ  Orange Zwart 

Carlien Dirkse an den Heuvel (9) SCHC

Margot van Geffen (30) DB Den Bosch

Eva de Goede (24) Am ( Amsterdam)

Ellen Hoog (19) Am

Kelly Jonkers (10) Am

Marloes Keetels (3) DB

Kim Lammers (23) Laren

Caia van Maasakker (13) SCHC

Valerie Magis (31) OZ

Kitty van Male ( 4) Am

Larissa Meijer (22) Keeper OZ

Sabine Mol (15) DB

Maartje Paumen (17) Captain DB

Malou Pheninickx (5) Kampong

Joyce Sombroek (1) Laren

Maria Verschoor (27) Am

Xan de Waard (32) Kampong


FIH Schedule for the semis in Rotterdam here  Word League Holland 2013

See you there ? I have FIH media accreditation on behalf of Women Sport Report – check out my blog for further details and images of the venue and other useful stuff like how to get there and tickets  World League HC Rotterdam

Can't get to holland then make it for London this month- Investec World League semis information here  London Calling

(Report from the original Dutch from sources KHNB  Hockey.nl website & the independent hoofdklassehockey.nl website ,translated and augnmented by John Coxon )


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