The Dutch hockey players narrowly beat New Zealand in their final game of the build-up to Tuesday’s Olympic Games. Alyson Annan, the national coach of the Dutch hockey team, won 2-1 in Tokyo on the Olympic Field in Tokyo in an exhibition match against New Zealand.
Maria Verschoor scored the winning goal at the very last moment. Frédérique Matla was responsible for the other Dutch goal from a penalty corner.
Because the New Zealand players had just arrived in Japan, the game lasted four times and ten minutes. The Orange team completed a half-hour of training after the game.
“I don’t attach much value to the outcome. Annan stated that it was a good thing to play against New Zealand once again because that was 2.5 years ago.
Welten was able to return from a severe hamstring injury
Lidewijwelten, also a participant, made her return. The 31-year old has just come back from a severe hamstring injury. For a long time, she was a question mark in the Games.
Annan stated that “She still needs to play a few rhythms to get back to her old self.” “But she has the go ahead from us and the medical staff. So, she made it to Rio.
The Olympic hockey tournament in Rio will begin Saturday against India. On Saturday, the Netherlands will play against India and continue in the group stage with South Africa, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, South Africa and Great Britain. The quarter-finals will be decided by the top four players from each of the two groups.
The Dutch hockey team will attempt to win the Olympic title in Tokyo. After losing to Great Britain in the final, Annan’s team was forced to settle for silver at Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games.