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Belgian hockey association asks for solidarity: ‘no practice matches in August’

Antwerp is currently the epicenter of the second wave of corona infections in Belgium. The National Security Council and the province of Antwerp have tightened the guidelines to prevent further spread of the virus. Clubs from Antwerp are no longer allowed to play practice matches in their own province until the end of August. The Belgian hockey association (RBFA) also decided to postpone the league at the highest level by three weeks.

“The Belgian government and the province of Antwerp have recently decided that sports with physical contact are not allowed,” explains Denis Van Damme, spokesman for the KBHB. ‘So no practice matches may be played in the province of Antwerp. Training without physical contact is allowed. ” This measure only applies to amateur teams from Antwerp and is valid until 26 August.

Clubs from Antwerp are allowed to play exhibition matches outside the province, although the Belgian Hockey Association strongly advises against this. ‘What is not literally in the new rules is that athletes from Antwerp are not allowed to travel,’ says Van Damme. “But we want to work according to the spirit of the rule and not the letter of the rule. What I especially want to give to athletes from Antwerp: do not get in your car and limit the number of personal contacts. ‘

Antwerp hockey players in the Netherlands

The stricter regulations in the province of Antwerp do not apply to professional athletes. For example, professional football clubs are allowed to play exhibition games. “It’s a bit more difficult in hockey,” says Van Damme.

Arthur van Doren in the Bloemendaal uniform. Photo: Koen Suyk

‘In Belgium, the hockey sport is not as professional as in the Netherlands. An Arthur van Doren is a professional hockey player. He lives in Antwerp, but works in Bloemendaal. It is impossible for him to follow the training digitally from a distance. The same applies, for example, to Sébastien Dockier and Alexander Hendrickx (both Pinoké, ed.). As long as it is their job, they are allowed to play hockey. “

Consequences of the practice campaign for big league teams

The new measures in the province of Antwerp also have consequences for the preparation of the Dutch big league teams. It is rush hour for the managers of big league teams. Monday and Tuesday followed one after the other in the exercise schedule of teams from the big league Men .

Waterloo Ducks players on archive image. Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek

For example, on August 14, an away game at Dragons was planned for the men of Little Switzerland. Two days later, the men of Tilburg were to receive Royal Antwerp. KZ now practices twice against Bloemendaal, Tilburg has found an alternative in promotion class SCHC. The men of Rotterdam have also heard that the Antwerp Beerschot THC does not travel to South Holland on August 23. The practice game between the ladies of Royal Antwerp and Pinoké is also canceled.

Solidarity with Antwerp clubs

There is also a line through the exhibition games against Belgian teams outside the province of Antwerp, such as Waterloo Ducks (against Tilburg) and Gantoise (against Orange-Red). “I am happy that those matches have also been canceled,” says Van Damme. ‘We have asked all clubs in Belgium to show solidarity with the teams from Antwerp and not to play exhibition games in August. Unfortunately, that has not been fully observed. “

This is also reflected in the practice schedule for Dutch big league teams. For example, the practice matches of Amsterdam (against KHC Leuven) and Kampong (against Racing Club de Bruxelles) will continue for the time being.

Highest leagues postponed

To give the demand for solidarity back support, the Belgian federation has decided to postpone the start of the competition of the Belgian League and the Open League Ladies and Gentlemen to 19 or 20 September. ‘These are competitions that require longer preparation. If we ask clubs to show solidarity, we as an association must support this by postponing the competitions at the highest level. “

From left to right: Tom Boon, Thomas Briels and Gauthier Boccard with the national team of Belgium. Photo: FIH

The other hockey competitions for youth and seniors, as it stands, continue as planned. These start during the first weekend of September. Not much will change for the Belgian national teams. “Until last week, there was a lot of intensive training,” says Van Damme. “We had already made reservations for the clubs throughout August. If the regulations remain as they are now, we need to look for the best solutions to prepare ourselves optimally for Tokyo. ”

Belgium to host the 2021 Indoor World Cup

The sixth edition of the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup will be organised by the Royal Belgian Hockey Association, taking place in the province of Liège, Belgium between 3-7 February 2021.

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Belgium formally end season with European places confirmed But is all fair?

Royal Leopold, La Gantoise and KHC Dragons will take up the Belgian men’s European places while La Gantoise and Braxgata will be their women’s representatives for the 2020/21 season.

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Belgium suspends all domestic hockey until March 31st

As a result of the further expansion of the Coronavirus in Belgium, the Flemish and French-speaking bodies competent for sports have decided to suspend all sports events in Belgium until March 31.

The Royal Belgian Hockey Association, the Flemish Hockey League and the Ligue Francophone de Hockey take note of this official decision and will comply with it. I.e. that ALL hockey activities (matches, training, initiations, …) in Belgium will be suspended from 12/03 until at least March 31, 2020.

The Hockey Association advises all clubs not to organize replacement activities in their infrastructure during this period. beside
we would urge everyone to submit the official recommendations regarding. observe hygiene and social contacts. This one
recommendations can be found here: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/nl/2020/03/10/help-jezelf-en-anderen-te-eschermen/

We will continue to monitor developments closely and will communicate again as soon as there is an official change
is announced by the competent authorities.

Finally, the KBHB, the VHL and the LFH would like to wish everyone affected by the virus a speedy recovery.

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Germany women and Belgium men claim crucial victories in Grand Final qualification race

Germany’s women and Belgium’s men both recorded key victories in the race to secure an all-important top four finish in the FIH Pro League on Wednesday (12 June), while the Netherlands women were also winners as they ended New Zealand’s Grand Final ambitions. A top four finish in the FIH Pro League comes with tickets to this month’s FIH Pro League Grand Final in Amsterdam and also the FIH Olympic qualifiers, which take place later this year.

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Red Lions fight back to deny Germany

The German men’s team could have been forgiven for thinking they had consigned Belgium (WR:1) to a first FIH Pro League defeat. With seven minutes of the match to go, Germany (WR:6) were leading 4-2 and their defence was on fine form. But Belgium have enormous powers of self-belief and resilience and the resulting draw, which saw Germany win the shoot-out bonus point, was a fair reflection of a game between two magnificently competitive teams.

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Stapenhorst shines in antwerp

Germany women got off to a cracking start against Belgium as Player of the Match Charlotte Stapenhorst proved yet again why she is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. First she latched onto a ball that had been played into the circle, deflecting it into the goal. This was followed with a piece of audacious skill: Stapenhorst bounced the ball on her stick as she ran past the despairing Belgium defenders and then coolly flicked the ball past Aisling D’Hooghe in the Belgium goal.

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Belgium red Panthers tame the pride

Belgium’s women avenged their recent 2-0 away defeat against reigning Olympic champions Great Britain by recording a fine 4-1 win on home soil

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Ruthless Belgium dismantle Great britain

Belgium men extended their advantage at the top of the FIH Pro League standings with a scintillating attacking display to earn a 4-2 victory over Great Britain,

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