Ball will be making its real debut on Friday for the Orange Men’s Pro League match with Belgium. A minimum of six players without headscarves appear in the selection of the match that will compete with the Olympic champion.
According to the selection issued by the World Hockey Federation (FIH) on Wednesday evening, Quinn Bijn, Tejmen Rejenga, Stegen van Heijingen, Dirk Meijer, Dennis Warmerdam and Jasper Brinkmann could make their first minutes in the Dutch national team.
Jeroen Delmée could only call up seventeen players in his first two matches as the Netherlands’ national coach. Orange has to deal with a lesser man, as a result of the suspension imposed by Sander de Wijn. De Win, who is not currently involved in the selection, insulted the referee after losing the quarter-finals to Australia at the Olympics. And his country is now a victim of that. To be clear: this is the first international match in the Netherlands since that disgraceful exit in Tokyo.
Visser and Major as guards
Aside from carrying the newcomer wagon, the absence of Pirmin Blaak is remarkable. The goalkeeper, who was the number one choice at the Games, had already missed training this week because someone close to him tested positive. Maurits Visser and newcomer Dirk Meijer are the goalkeepers for Delmy.
The last fact that catches the eye: Against the experienced Belgians, Thierry Brinkmann is the only player in this Dutch national team to have played over a hundred caps. Bloemendaal’s striker has been identified as captain by the FIH. Brinkmann wore the belt in the two training matches that the Netherlands played against France last week.
Choosing the first meeting with Belgium on Friday evening at 6.30 pm at Wagner Stadium:
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