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NETHERLANDS: UNIQUE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR ZWOLLE, THANKS TO THE NERVES OF STEEL OF MAUD FRANCKEN

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Nobody inside HC Zwolle is aware of precisely, however in accordance with coach Joe Kodde it has been ‘years’ because the Underneath-16 Women reached the Nationwide Championships. He did pull off the trick together with his workforce. “I believe we’ve made some type of historical past.”

The hockey gamers from Zwolle had been very comfortable final Saturday on the Hurley subject, in opposition to which they drew 1-1. It was sufficient for a spot on the Nationwide Championships and that truth was celebrated as a championship. When the ultimate whistle has sounded, the gamers fall into one another’s arms. Some cry with pleasure, others stare in disbelief: is that this actual? And sure, it was actual.

When the belief has sunk in, they sing, soar and uncork the (non-alcoholic) champagne. Don’t blame them. Not the standard giants, however – in their very own phrases – a comparatively small membership will probably be within the play-offs from Saturday. Within the quarter-finals, Zwolle will play in opposition to SCHC, which misplaced twice within the group stage (0-2 and 5-1). 

Nobody in Zwolle is aware of precisely when this class final competed on the Nationwide Championships, says coach Kodde. ‘It definitely hasn’t occurred within the final 5 years. We’ve got achieved one thing particular. I believe we’ve made some type of historical past.’

hockey.nl Thijme Huurman 40 - Netherlands: Unique National Championship for Zwolle, thanks to the nerves of steel of Maud Francken - No one within HC Zwolle knows exactly, but according to coach Joe Kodde it has been 'years ago' that Girls Under-16 reached the National Championship. He did pull off the trick with his team. "I think we've made some kind of history."

Picture: Thijme Huurman

By way of the attention of the needle

Within the capital of Overijssel they didn’t fairly count on that their Underneath-16 Women would attain the Nationwide Championships. The workforce crawled by way of the attention of the needle and reached the nationwide competitors as among the best numbers three. And the Nationwide Championship got here subsequent as a superlative.

“Within the preliminary spherical, I used to be instructed an hour after the final match that we had certified, however we didn’t dare to cheer but as a result of we didn’t know the principles precisely,” says Kodde. ‘We solely celebrated it when it was in your web site. The truth that we reached Nationwide stage was already incredible.’ 

Maud Francken scored Zwolle’s solely objective when she visited Hurley along with her hanging penalty. Had that ball not gone in, the Amsterdam workforce would have been within the knockouts on Saturday. “I needed to breathe quicker, even in the course of the match,” says the 15-year-old attacker about taking that all-decisive penalty shot. 

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She has nerves of metal. “I normally at all times push it to the left, however now I first pretended that the ball was going to the fitting after which I pushed it into the intersection,” she says. ‘Sure, he was fairly into it. I believe that is crucial penalty I’ve ever scored.’ And whereas not Francken, however Ellemieke Visser is the primary specialist from the spot at Zwolle. ‘Really, Ellemeike at all times takes them. However she gave me the ball as a result of she thought she wasn’t doing very properly within the recreation.’

Coach Kodde: ‘I believe it’s nice that she dares to confess that and asks Maud for assist, who then stands up at such a second. Unbelievable!’

hockey.nl Thijme Huurman 32 - Netherlands: Unique National Championship for Zwolle, thanks to the nerves of steel of Maud Francken - No one within HC Zwolle knows exactly, but according to coach Joe Kodde it has been 'years ago' that Girls Under-16 reached the National Championship. He did pull off the trick with his team. "I think we've made some kind of history."

Picture: Thijme Huurman

‘In the event that they rating once more, your season is over’

The loot has not but been gained after that 1-0, everybody at Zwolle feels that. If the equalizer is scored within the closing section, the strain and due to this fact additionally the stress will increase. ‘We knew a draw was sufficient. In the event that they scored once more, our season would have been over. Happily, we made it,” Francken says with aid.

That made the barbecue in the course of the workforce closing somewhat extra gratifying. Furthermore, the season will final no less than every week longer. And Zwolle already is aware of what it takes to get to the final 4. ‘We reached the semi-finals on the Nationwide Championships within the corridor. Possibly we will shock once more.’

hockey.nl Thijme Huurman 38 - Netherlands: Unique National Championship for Zwolle, thanks to the nerves of steel of Maud Francken - No one within HC Zwolle knows exactly, but according to coach Joe Kodde it has been 'years ago' that Girls Under-16 reached the National Championship. He did pull off the trick with his team. "I think we've made some kind of history."

Picture: Thijme Huurman

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