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Bonus Point seals the Grand Final for Netherlands

As the Men’s FIH Pro League rolled in to town one last time (before moving to the Stoop), this one had a lot of interest and intrigue building around it.  Not because, coming in to the game, Great Britain need nothing less than a win to stay in contention of reaching the Grand Finals in two weeks time, nor was it due to welcoming one of the most attacking teams in the world, the Netherlands, to the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.  

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“ProLeague is killing hockey”

“I don’t know which brilliant mind made this [Pro League] plan but the person should be banned from hockey” – Siegfried Aikman is never one to mix his words but do you agree with the Dutch great?

Bhubaneshwar: There was a moment during Japan’s match against South Africa that encapsulated head coach Siegfried Aikman’s personality. The Dutchman is usually pensive in the dugout, but when things are not going as per the plan, he doesn’t think twice before showing his frustration.

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Great Britain Stun the Dutch in Eindhoven

An open, free-flowing first quarter saw both teams creating openings. The first penalty corner was won by David Condon, whose surging run drew the foul. Phil Roper’s shot was chased down and the subsequent foul gave Great Britain (WR:7) a second chance from the top of the circle. This time Pirmin Blaak in the Netherlands (WR:3) goal cleared confidently.

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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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New Zealand still in the running for place at the FIH Pro League Grand Final

New Zealand continue to push for a place at the FIH Pro League Grand Finals, which take place at the end of June, as they beat USA to record a fifth win out of 12 games.

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Netherlands take control against Great Britain in Eindhoven

A combinaiton of goals from Frederique Matla and Marijne Veen and a highly successful press were enough to give the Netherlands their ninth victory in the FIH Pro League and move them even closer to securing a place in the FIH Pro League Grand Finals at the end of June.

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Scotland women’s hockey squad announced for FIH Series Finals

Scotland women’s hockey team Head Coach Jen Wilson has announced her squad for the FIH Series Finals in Banbridge on 8-16 June. It’s Scotland’s first international tournament since the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and the first of a huge summer of hockey for the squad.

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