The first semi-final between AH&BCAmsterdam and UHC Hamburg was a real contest of strength, power and skill.

Both teams with a smattering of Internationals, who are in peak condition ahead of World Cup selection treated us to 70 minutes
of beautiful competitive hockey. UHC opened the scoring in the 8th minute via Lisa Altenburgs backhand strike. The Dutch girls pushed hard for an equaliser in the first half, but in spite of a number of good chances the score remained 1-0 in favour of UHC at the half. Kelly Jonker equalised in the 41st minute, bringing the score to 1-1 and game on. Some beautiful midfield play from the Dutch and continuous pressure on an excellent German defence resulted in a penalty corner in the 46th minute which Eva de Goede converted with a clean strike in the bottom left corner. In spite of a midfield error by Amsterdam and Kristina Hillmann finding herself in acres of space down the left, UHC failed to score, and in the 51st minute, Amsterdam were awarded a corner resulting on a penalty stroke which Eva de Goede converted taking the score to 3-1.

A very intense final 10 minutes with the Dutch soaking up pressure from the Germans, resulting in 2 yellow cards for the ladies of Amsterdam, but they held firm 9 v 11 and the final score was 3-1.
AH&BC Amsterdam v Uhlenhorst HC 3-1 (0-1)

Uhlenhorst HC
Lisa Altenburg 8’0-1

AH&BC Amsterdam
Kelly Jonker 41′ 1-1
Eva de Goede 46′ 1-2
Eva de Goede 46′ 1-3
The second semi-final was one sided as the hosts HC ‘s Hertogenbosch were the stronger, more skillful team.
Maartje Goderie opened the scoring in the 2nd minute for Den Bosch. Real Sociedad defended well and their keeper Maria Lopez De Eguilaz was forced to make a few excellent saves. However the class of Den Bosch showed through with Paumen’s excellent strike from a corner in the 27th minute. The third goal was struck by Welten in overtime in the first half. A nice variation and Den Bosch were ahead 3-0 at half time. Paumen seemed pleased to score in the 38th and 49th minutes, 2 corner strikes in the opposite corners of the goal, completing her hat-trick and a 0-5 lead which put the game beyond the Spanish. A number of darting attacks from Chiara Tiddi were shut down by the Den Bosch defence. Stylish goal of the day came from a solo run and clean strike from Sabine Mol in the 53rd minute, Welten and Vorstenbosch finished the scoring for Den Bosch, the game finishing 0-8.

Real Sociedad de Futbol – Den Bosch 0 -8 (0-3)

Maartje Goderie 2′ 0-1
Maartje Paumen 27′ 0-2
Lidewij Welten 35′ 0-3
Maartje Paumen 38′ 0-4
Maartje Paumen 49′ 0-5
Sabine Mol 53′ 0-6
Lideewij Welten 57’ 0-7
Vera Vorstenbosch 66’0-8

Final Day line-up:

09.30 7/8 LM5 Atasport – LM6 Railway Union HC
12.00 5/6 WM5 Reading HC – WM6 Berliner HC
14.30 3/4 LM7 Uhlenhorster HC – LM8 Real Sociedad de Futbal SAD
17:00 Final WM7 Amsterdam H & BC- WM8 HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch

20th April 2014

Photograph: EHF/Frank Reelick (c)