Netherlands star goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek (26) has today sensationally announced that she is to retire from the Orange Women, leaving coach Annan with a huge hole to fill. Joyce has had a long term hip injury which means she can no longer give 100 percent for the Dutch national team.
Sombroek has taken the last two months to completely rest from hockey and went to travel Australia whilst doing an internship in Sydney. The two months of rest made little difference to her hip, the injury was still there and not feeling any better. The current FIH Keeper of the Year decided, after much doubt, to put her health first and an end to her international career. “The arthrosis in my right hip has been bothering me daily since the Rio Olympics. I hoped that it would feel better after two months of rest, but I still feel my hip in everyday activities. Because I have to think about the future and since I can’t do something for less then 100%, I decided to make this tough decision..” In addition, this will allow Joyce to focus more on her Medical studies and internships. “That’s not the deciding factor, but I think it is very important to work on my career after hockey.”
Sombroek debuted in 2010, then as the youngest goalkeeper for the Netherlands. She won everything there is to win: the European Championship, World Cup, Champions Trophy, Hockey World League and the Olympics. “I look back on a great career with amazing people and fantastic experiences. I’m very proud that we won every title you can possible win. Since I still like goalkeeping a lot, I will keep playing for Laren and see how that goes. Besides that I’ll stay involved in the hockey community by giving clinics and presentations.
The Netherlands now have some big shoes to fill, however, with Anne Venendaal, Josine Koning and Julia Remmerswaal waiting in the wings, Coach Annan still has some great talented goalkeepers to choose from.
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