The Red Lions in the fourth match of the Hockey Pro League on Sunday in Melbourne with a 4-1 win in home country Australia. The victory concludes the first part of four games on the move in the new international competition.
With Belgium-Australia was a duel between the current and previous world champion and number 1 in the world ranking on the agenda. The Belgians confirmed their status of best team in the world thanks to two goals from Sébastien Dockier (15. 35.), a converted penalty corner from Alexander Hendrickx (28.) and the final goal from Tanguy Cosyns (40.).
The Belgians close the first part of the Hockey Pro League unbeaten. They played rather equal against Spain (2-2) and New Zealand (4-4) and win of Argentina (4-1). The Red Lions can now re-focus on the Belgian league. The next match of the Pro League takes on its own soil. On april 10, received the Belgian hockeymannen in Uccle Spain.
“Winning in Australia is something unique.”
Tanguy Cosyns drew Sunday in Melbourne for the fourth and final match against Australia, 1-4 by the Red Lions was canned.
“After one and a half year absence (due to injuries, red) and I had a little bit of my place to search. It took, like for the whole team, for a while before I have the good rhythm found. We lost stupid points against Spain and New Zealand, but on the whole remains positive. We wanted this first part (of the Pro League, red) good finish and a 70-minute stay focused. Here in Australia win is something unique. From the first minute we laid our wants. When I was three or four years ago would have said that we are the ex-number 1 of the world would dominate, then I would once have laughed.”
The main aim for the Red Lions this year is the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in August in Antwerp. Cosyns want to be on this one. “The competition for the Lions is incredibly large. You must be realistic and each week you best level show. That is my goal when I return to my club HGC in the Netherlands, red)”, decision of the Brussels attacker.
Red Panthers beat Australia with 1-2
The Belgian hockeyvrouwen (FIH 13) Sunday in their third match of the Pro League with 1-2 win of Australia (FIH 3). The Red Panthers followed thereby the example of the Red Lions (FIH 1), the Belgian men, who a few hours earlier Australia (FIH 2) defeated 1-4.
All the goals scored in the match, the Panthers fell in the second half. Michelle Struijk opened in the 35th minute the score after a penalty corner. Louise Versavel doubled in the 47th minute lead with a veldgoal. Australia succeeded in the 57th minute the aansluitingstreffer along Brooke Peris, but closer came the second half and not more.
Last weekend, the Panthers, the brand new landencompetitie with a 2-0 defeat in Cordoba against Argentina (FIH 4). Friday knocked out the selection of coach Niels Thijssen in Auckland, New Zealand (FIH 6) with 0-1.
For the Panthers is the Hockey Pro League now on hold until march 29. They play in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) against the United States (FIH 12). Also the Netherlands (FIH 1), England (FIH 2), Germany (FIH 5) and China (FIH 10) his opponents.
Coach Thijssen: “Motivation to work even harder”
For the second time in a handful of days have the Red Panthers a powerhouse in the vrouwenhockey reports. After a win against New Zealand (FIH 6) convert them Sunday in the Pro League Australia (FIH 3) to the side. It was 1-2 in Melbourne.
“These two wins are a nice reward and an additional motivation for the next few months even harder to work on it”, responded coach Niels Thijssen.
“In the past two seasons is the level between all the countries in the top ten, the Netherlands excepted, more balanced. Spain, Ireland and ourselves to follow, for a few years consistently, a development of which we the results are now beginning to see.”
Just like the Red Lions, winners of the Red Panthers Sunday for the first time on Australian soil. The Hockeyroos had in their previous duel, yet the Netherlands surprised. The world champion he did not in his strongest position at the. “I understand the decision of the Dutch staff to their selection to refresh,” says Thijssen, himself a Dutchman. “The Dutch championship is the best but also the most difficult in the world. It is so important for them that a few players saved up for the long trips in this Pro League.”
That luxury has Belgium not. The national championship will resume on 17 February. On march 29, playing the Panthers and against the Springs