The Dutch Junior Women’s Hockey team steamroll Canada for a second consecutive victory
Dragflick Newssdesk : Four goals from Player of the Match Jip Dicke provided another casual victory, this time 11-0 over Canada, for the Netherlands in Pool A play. Luna Fokke continued her dominance from penalty corners and had a hat trick in the match.
Dicke said after the match:
‘We did a really, really good job. Yesterday nine goals, today 11. Very proud of the team. The four goals I scored are the result of the performance of the team. We’re looking forward to the other games.’
Mette Winter opened the scoring in the fifth minute as she collected and fired a ball in from Marleen Jochems down the right side. Josephine Murray’s pass from the right base line was superbly deflected in on the run by Dicke to double the Dutch lead. Fokke’s penalty corner flick made it 3-0, while second-quarter deflections from each of Teuntje de Wit and Tessa Beetsma made it 5-0 at half time.
At the break Netherlands head coach Dave Smolenaars was happy with his side’s performance but when pressed, casually suggested they could improve on their penalty corners. After only converting one-of-seven in the first two quarters, the Dutch heeded their coach’s words almost immediately.
Fokke and Dicke each scored off drag flicks on the next two Dutch penalty corners, while Dicke finished on her back hand minutes later to tally her third of the match and the team’s eighth goal. Despite the score continuing to run up Canada’s Allison Kuzyk earned her side their lone penalty corner late in the third quarter. Captain Melanie Scholz’s strike was booked for the stick of yesterday’s goal scorer Stefanie Sajko at the far post, but the ball skipped wide of the post.
In the final quarter Dicke tapped in a pass from Teuntje de Wit to lift the Netherlands up 9-0. Tessa Beetsma curled and buried a ball from close range to send her team in to double-digits, up 10-0 in the 52nd minute. Fokke buried one more penalty corner to make the final tally 11-0.
Canada’s Lonica McKinney said after the match:
‘Playing the Netherlands is a once in a lifetime opportunity! When we started hockey, we watched videos of the Netherlands, how they play and you want to play like that. No matter what the score ends up being, it’s a great experience. Our upcoming match against the USA is a rivalry game. A lot of us play in the States, at universities, so we’re aware of their culture and how they play. It certainly will be an exciting game to watch and to play.’