At the Final Day of the EuroHockey Championships here in Minsk, once again The Netherlands are crowned Champions of Europe! In a well contested Final the Dutch beat Poland, both teams making history as The Netherlands are back to back Champions for the first time and Poland win silver for the first time.

 

Bronze Medal Game: 

Belarus v Germany 6-5 

 

In the first half Belarus went ahead in the 3rd and 5th minute. In a wave of attacks Germany broke down the Belarus defence twice in the 15th and 16th minute to level the game, and the score remained 2-2 going into the break. In the second half it was a cracker as both teams played the closest game of the Tournament so far. Both teams swapped the lead and Germany played a couple of powerplays to hold bring the scores level going into the final minute.  An incredible goal from the base line by Krestina PAPKOVA  put Belarus ahead 6-5 ahead going into the last minute. As the clock ticked down Germany pressed hard, but they ran out of time and Belarus take the Bronze.

Highlights – Bronze Medal Game: 

 

 
Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
Belarus 3 9 BATURA Ryta Penalty Corner 1 – 0
Belarus 5 16 PAPKOVA Krestina Field Goal 2 – 0
Germany 15 5 WINDFEDER Katharina Penalty Stroke 2 – 1
Germany 16 25 HUSE Viktoria Field Goal 2 – 2
Belarus 23 12 BAHUSHEVICH Sviatlana Field Goal 3 – 2
Germany 23 10 DUDOROV Julia Field Goal 3 – 3
Germany 30 7 LORENZEN Silja Field Goal 3 – 4
Belarus 32 9 BATURA Ryta Penalty Corner 4 – 4
Belarus 33 15 SYRAYEZHKA Nastassia Field Goal 5 – 4
Germany 38 25 HUSE Viktoria Penalty Corner 5 – 5
Belarus 39 16 PAPKOVA Krestina Field Goal 6 – 5

The Final:

The Final

 

Poland v The Netherlands 2-6

In the Final of the EuroHockey Championship here in Minsk, the defending Champions The Netherlands were taken on by Poland. Both teams started the game slowly, building their attacks. In the 4th minute however Donja ZWINKELS broke the Polish defences and put The Netherlands on the scoresheet. Lieke van WIJK  then scored from a classic dragflick from a corner.  Poland clawed one back to bring the score to 2-1. Netherlands dominated the second half as they created wave after wave of attacks and these were absorbed by the Polish defence. Paulina OKAJ brought the score back to 2-3 but then they ran out of steam and the Dutch scoring machine kicked in and they scored 3 in the final 10 minutes to stretch the lead to 6-3 by the final whistle.

 
Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
Netherlands 4 9 ZWINKELS Donja Field Goal 0 – 1
Netherlands 16 11 van WIJK Lieke Penalty Corner 0 – 2
Poland 18 6 MIKA Joanna Penalty Corner 1 – 2
Netherlands 22 3 HULSEN Lieke Field Goal 1 – 3
Poland 28 3 OKAJ Paulina Field Goal 2 – 3
Netherlands 30 12 de LANGE Lisanne Field Goal 2 – 4
Netherlands 31 5 VEEN Marijn Field Goal 2 – 5
Netherlands 37 14 MATLA Frederique Field Goal 2 – 6

 

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