Den Bosch and Amsterdam set up another Dutch final showdown

Den Bosch and AH&BC Amsterdam will contest the Dutch women’s final this week after they both saw off hdm and SCHC on Saturday to win the first two of their best of three semi-finals.

Den Bosch continued their immaculate season which has already seen them win the EHL Women’s title and top the regular season in the Hoofdklasse.

And, having won the first tie in midweek, they pulled clear of hdm in game two in the last 20 minutes. Danique van der Veerdonk took over the corner duties to put the Brabant club in front but a spectacular Mila Muyselaar equaliser made things interesting in the second half.

But Den Bosch killed off their dreams in the closing phases with Joosje Burg restoring the lead with 18 minutes to go and Lidewij Welten turned in Frédérique Matla’s cross in the closing phases for a 3-1 success.

Amsterdam, meanwhile, won their second leg 3-1 against SCHC thanks to a clever Marijn Veen corner touch and a pair of Lauren Stam penalty strokes.

Mette Winter put SCHC in front in the 16th minute but Veen had the game level at half-time and then Stam won it with her two goals from the penalty spot.

Amsterdam and Den Bosch will meet in the first of their best-of-three leg final on Thursday evening at the Wagener Stadium before the second leg switches to Oosterplas on Saturday.