May 29, 2023 at 2:29 PMUpdate: 5 minutes ago
The Pinoké hockey players sensationally became national champions for the first time in history on Monday. The club from Amstelveen surprised with a 0-4 win at defending champion Bloemendaal in the second game for the national title. Amsterdam became champion in the women’s category.
On Saturday, the first match between Pinoké and Bloemendaal in the Amsterdamse Bos ended in a draw (1-1). At ‘t Kopje in Bloemendaal, it didn’t seem to turn out that way for the entire match. Pinoké was by far the better party and that resulted in a justified lead just before halftime. Marlon Landbrug was the goal scorer.
Bloemendaal started after the break. For a moment the club seemed to be 1-1 via Casper van der Veen, but the video referee rejected the goal because the ball had hit Roel Bovendeert just before. In the last quarter, Pinoké struck mercilessly with three goals.
Pinoké took the first national title in history in a sensational way. The ‘Steekneuzen’ only secured a spot in the play-offs for the national title on the last day of the big league. They already surprised with a victory over Kampong in the semi-finals. Kampong finished on top in the regular season.
For Bloemendaal, a hegemony is coming to an end. The seventeen-time national champion has won the last three national titles. In 2020, no champion was designated due to the corona measures.
The hockey players of Amsterdam were crowned champions for the first time since 2019. Photo: Pro Shots
Amsterdam beats SCHC in thriller
Earlier in the day, the hockey players of Amsterdam were crowned national champions for the 21st time in history. The inhabitants of the capital won the all-decisive return for the national title from SCHC after shoot-outs, after the teams had got stuck at 2-2 in the first game in regular time, just like on Saturday.
SCHC took the lead at home thanks to a goal from Laurien Leurink. The people of Bilthoven could not enjoy the 1-0 for long, as Fay van der Elst scored the equalizer before the break.
Immediately after the break, Amsterdam missed a penalty shot (post), but shortly afterwards the 1-2 fell through Stella van Gils. Four minutes before the end, Pien Dicke equalized with a nice tip-in, so that shoot-outs had to be taken for the national title. He took Amsterdam much better than SCHC, which missed three times.
It is the first national title for Amsterdam since 2019. After that, Den Bosch became national champion each time. The team from Brabant were surprisingly eliminated by Amsterdam in the semi-finals, so that they were missing from the final for the first time since 1997. With the 21st title, Amsterdam equals Den Bosch as record champion.
Due to the defeat in the final, SCHC has to wait even longer for the first national title in history. The club from Bilthoven has been aiming for the national title for fifteen years and even finished at the top of the regular competition this season, but is again empty-handed.