The Dutch sure do love their hockey, and you can see why with both their national teams taking out the gold medal at the Euros! The tournament showcased an excellent standard of hockey, with some high calibre goals and performances. Some very tight competition and a few upsets along the way formed a tough finals campaign for the Euro powerhouses Germany, Belgium, England and the Netherlands in both the men and women.
In the women the first semi-final saw a rematch of the gold medal match from the previous European championship with the Netherlands and England going head to head in a fast paced and exciting match. The Dutch managed to get up and hold onto a one nil lead allowing them to progress through to the grand final, reinforcing the rivalry between the two countries. The other semi saw Olympic bronze medal winners Germany take on the up and coming Belgium team in another exciting match. With a hard fought win the underdogs Belgium progressed to the grand final for the first time ever! This saw them face up against the world number 1 the Netherlands, going down in a gallant 3 nil loss to claim a silver.
The men had the same match ups going into the semifinals, creating an exciting atmosphere for the wild fans supporting their home teams. The Netherlands won comfortably to cement their grand final berth, while Belgium got their chance for gold after a tight match with Germany, winning in 1v1s after the siren. With the same match ups in the mens and women finals it gave the crowd a lot to cheer for with bragging rights on the table!
A massive congratulations to our Netherlands Gryphon ambassadors Floris Wortelboer and Maria Verschoor who came away with a Gold medal for the men and women respectively! A massive achievement and one that came off the back of tough campaigns.
It is another huge achievement in a dominating year by Maria, who now turns her attention to World League finals in November and some preparation games in Australia beforehand.
Floris came away with his first Euro medal and now turns to World League finals in India.
Congratulations to you both!
An additional congrats to our other Gteam medal winners!>Walking away with a silver is Anne-Sophie Weyns from Belgium. And with a bronze is Henry Weir, Laura Unsworth and Sarah Haycroft from England.
For more details on the tournament see the link below
Final standings Women
7. Czech Republic
Final Standings Men