5th February 2018: We think it’s safe to say that Indoor Hockey is ‘our sport’ and that the last 2 weekends have certainly lived up to the FIH’s billing of #IndoorInsanity!

Netherlands:

In the Men’s Championships – Robert Tigges inspired AH&BC Amsterdam to their fourth successive Dutch national indoor title as his hat trick played a key role in their 5-4 win over Cartouche in the final.

It was the ninth time in their history that they won the title and their winning streak equaled Oranje-Zwart’s record four in-a-row streak early this century.

“This was real indoor hockey,” Nicki Leijs told hockey.nl following the final. “Everything was very fast. Technically, it was a chess game, of penalty corners, penalty strokes, delicious!”

Teun Rohof, AHBC, delighted with the photo from Koen Suyk!

In the Women’s Championships Laren MHC overcame Kampong 6-2, in a really exciting and fast game.

 

In Germany: 

UHC Hamburg crowned what was dubbed as their “farewell tour” with the German indoor title as they beat Club an der Alster 8-5 in the final in Stuttgart.

It was just their third national indoor crown, the previous successes coming in 1964 and 2002 and was billed as being the last stand for many of their long-serving players.

“At times, we had some problems with our build-up, and we never really had the certainty that it would be over until the end. We were never allowed to let up, but the guys were extremely focused all the way.”

The victory came in front of a sold out crowd of 2,200 in the SCHARRENA who enjoyed a fast-paced game throughout. Jonas and Moritz Fürste scored the opening two goal before Anton Boeckel got one back for Alster in the 20th minute.

 

In the women’s final the  ladies of the Club an der Alster are German champions. The defeated the Dusseldorf  women in an exciting finale, in which it was after regular time 2: 2 and the Alster ladies won the shootout.
“That was probably the hardest final ever for me,” confessed master coach Jens George after the game. “Dusseldorf made it very difficult for us with a strong defence. The quick 1: 2 helped us, of course, to continue to believe in the victory. Luckily, we quickly got the missed seven-meter out of our heads, and before the penalty shoot-out I had a very good feeling. ”

In Belgium: 

Tom Boon, back from his hockey break led Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles to victory!

Boon was in amazing form for Racing as he scored all seven of his team’s goals in a 7-7 semi-final draw with Namur before netting the winning shoot-out to send his side to the Belgian indoor title.

“This was clearly an evenly contested final and it’s the first time we have gone to shoot-outs. It’s a game that could have gone either way but the experience gained in recent years has enabled us to win,” smiled Tom Boon, the hero of this final.

In the women’s event Waterloo Ducks Hockey beatWhite Star Hockey Club in another nail biting shootout after 2-2 draw in game time.

 Wow! More to follow….