Bloemendaal shoot their way to 21st Dutch men’s championship

HC Bloemendaal took the Dutch men’s championship with a second successive shoot-out win over SV Kampong after normal time, once again, finished 2-2.

It was their 21st crown as they fought back twice in normal time before Maurits Visser produced an outstanding shoot-out series to secure the win and ultimate glory.

For Kampong, there was much to regret as they looked the better side and led 2-1 when Floris de Ridder was shown a red card for an altercation with Thierry Brinkman and Bloemendaal scored soon after.

Early on, Robbert Kemperman’s sharp corner rebound gave the Utrecht club – who were without injured number one goalkeeper David Harte – the lead.

Brinkman equalised with a touch to a Floris Wortelboer cross but Silas Lageman put Kampong back in front in the third quarter with an acrobatic touch to a high ball.

But Bloemendaal were able to capitalise on their extra man with Brinkman again slipping home the goal for 2-2.

In the shoot-out, Visser made three big saves while Jorrit Croon, Brinkman and Florian Fuchs all converted for the victory.

“This is a wonderful final outcome to take the national title at home”, Visser said afterwards. “This was a struggle. They put it up to us very well and we couldn’t get the ball under control.

“We always keep going, that’s the strength of the team. We are a close-knit collective. A real team. Everyone is friends with each other.”