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NETHERLANDS: RELEGATION HURTS HGC: ‘TOO MANY WRONG CHOICES HAVE BEEN MADE’

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From HGC Males 1, there have been crucial voices in direction of the membership on Sunday after the historic relegation from the Tulp Hoofdklasse . Worldwide Seve van Ass spoke out. The identical utilized to David van Ass, who has been on the helm of the choice along with Floris van der Linden since March. “Too many flawed decisions have been made,” mentioned Seve van Ass.

Captain Van Ass stared into area for a number of minutes within the dugout. Though he led his staff in opposition to Hurley on Sunday , he couldn’t stop HGC from being relegated for the primary time because the creation of the massive league (1973-1974). ‘I’ve fought for what I’m price, however you do it with the complete staff. Or higher mentioned: with the entire membership,” mentioned the midfielder. ‘The membership must look very fastidiously within the mirror.’

HGC WV 4 - Netherlands: Relegation hurts HGC: 'Too many wrong choices have been made' - From HGC Men 1, there were critical voices towards the club on Sunday after the historic relegation from the Tulp Hoofdklasse. International Seve van Ass spoke out. The same applied to David van Ass, who has been at the helm of the selection together with Floris van der Linden since March. "Too many wrong choices have been made," said Seve van Ass.

Seve van Ass introduced his retirement from HGC. ‘I’m not going to play within the Promotion Class.’ Photograph: Willem Vernes

Incorrect decisions have been already made final season, however much more so this yr. Seve van Ass is crucial of HGC’s coverage

Two years in the past, HGC performed within the play-offs for the nationwide title. The downward development already began final season with a ninth place. Bram Lomans changed Paul van Ass through the winter break, who grew to become nationwide coach of the Dutch nationwide staff.

However this season issues went from dangerous to worse. HGC was in dire straits financially. In Wassenaar they determined to scale back the boys’s price range by a whole bunch of 1000’s. For that motive, Devindar Walmiki didn’t return from India after the winter. He may now not be paid. For a very long time, HGC was heading in direction of a merger with Little Switzerland, however that in the end failed. The board wished to, however a majority of the members didn’t. Additionally from a sporting perspective, HGC fell right into a ravine. Bram Lomans and his assistant Sonja Thomann needed to go away the sector in March. After that the outcomes solely received worse.

“Incorrect decisions have been already made final season, however much more so this yr,” mentioned Seve van Ass. He didn’t wish to specify what he was referring to. However he did say: ‘In the end, as a membership you need to assist it in the event you select high hockey. There have been too many issues happening within the background. I’m not simply speaking concerning the monetary issues, however concerning the full image. How high hockey was created. The coverage, the choice, the teaching modifications… There have been too many issues that we as a staff needed to deal with.’

On the identical time he seemed within the mirror. ‘I may have gone to loads of different golf equipment. It was my very own selection to stick with HGC. So additionally it is my very own duty. Furthermore, as a staff we didn’t ship. In the long run you get what you deserve.’

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There may be nice unhappiness at HGC after the relegation. Photograph: Willem Vernes

I’ve by no means heard the leisure sports activities noises inside HGC as loudly as this yr. They’ve gained. Coach David van Ass

He obtained assist from his brother David van Ass, who spoke to the press along with Floris van der Linden. He was additionally crucial of the membership. To specific his feeling, he used the next metaphor: ‘As in the event you have been consuming from a water supply into which somewhat poison was thrown into every time. That’s what this season has been like for these guys. Issues went from dangerous to worse. Then get that poison out of your physique once more.’

Each membership struggles with the steadiness between high hockey and grassroots hockey, however at HGC that steadiness went within the flawed course final yr, says David van Ass. ‘I’ve by no means heard the grassroots sports activities voices inside HGC as loudly as this yr. They’ve gained. Now that we now have been relegated, issues are in fact going that approach.’

If internally they aren’t on the identical web page, you can’t count on miracles from the gamers, he wished to say. ‘The flawed sign has been despatched to the gamers. They set up their lives for high hockey after which this occurs internally. As a workers we now have tried to maintain as many points away from them as attainable. However apparently that didn’t work out.’

HGC WV 1 - Netherlands: Relegation hurts HGC: 'Too many wrong choices have been made' - From HGC Men 1, there were critical voices towards the club on Sunday after the historic relegation from the Tulp Hoofdklasse. International Seve van Ass spoke out. The same applied to David van Ass, who has been at the helm of the selection together with Floris van der Linden since March. "Too many wrong choices have been made," said Seve van Ass.

David van Ass after the relegation from the Tulp Hoofdklasse. Photograph: Willem Vernes

‘The entire membership is crying’

The blow of relegation hit onerous on Sunday. A number of gamers fell into one another’s arms, crying. There have been additionally tears within the eyes of some supporters. “The entire membership is crying,” mentioned Seve van Ass.

Murphy’s Legislation appeared to use to HGC this season. They misplaced to Oranje-Rood 9-0. Van Rotterdam with even greater numbers: 12-0. Quite a few gamers have already introduced their switch to a different membership in latest months. To high all of it off, the staff was hit by accidents: Lucas Veen and Willem van Campen missed the play-outs.

After the teaching change in March, HGC’s efficiency solely declined additional. About that call, Seve van Ass mentioned: ‘I wish to make one factor clear. It wasn’t Bram [Lomans] and Sonja [Thomann’s fault. That has also proven to be the case. But we thought we were doing the right thing to break something. Floris and David handled it well. Respect for how they handled the situation. Overall, it just wasn’t good enough throughout the season.’

HGC WV 5 - Netherlands: Relegation hurts HGC: 'Too many wrong choices have been made' - From HGC Men 1, there were critical voices towards the club on Sunday after the historic relegation from the Tulp Hoofdklasse. International Seve van Ass spoke out. The same applied to David van Ass, who has been at the helm of the selection together with Floris van der Linden since March. "Too many wrong choices have been made," said Seve van Ass.

For Sam van der Ven, the match against Hurley was the last match of his career. Photo: Willem Vernes

I’m not going to play in the Promotion Class Seve van Ass announced his retirement from HGC

The team’s exodus has already begun. Talents Lucas Veen and Jan van ‘t Land leave for Bloemendaal. Karst Timmer and Casper Berkman will play for Amsterdam next season. Willem van Campen switches to Little Switzerland. The Spaniard Marc Bolto and the German Florian Scholten are leaving for HDM. Goalkeeper Sam van der Ven, Floris Benschop and the British Oliver Willars stop.

Floris van der Linden: ‘Those guys could easily have said: I’m quitting halfway through the season. But they kept fighting until the end. I respect that.’ David van Ass: ‘It was not due to the fact that many players already knew that their future lies elsewhere. But it was yet another scoop.’

In March, HGC communicated that the team will also be led by Van der Linden and Van Ass next season. “But after today I no longer know what the intention is,” said Van der Linden. ‘We have not taken this scenario into account. We are now going to evaluate the season calmly. Whether we continue is not just up to us. The club must want that too.’

Seve van Ass (32) did not comment on whether he will continue with hockey after the Paris Olympics. ‘But this is my end at HGC. You can write that down in advance. I’m not going to play in the Promotion Class.’

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