Den Bosch edge out hgc

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Reigning EHL and Dutch champions Den Bosch got their season off to a winning as they saw off HGC 1-0 on the opening day of the Hoofdklasse.

The key goal came from a Pleun van der Plas tip-in from an excellent cross by Noor Omrani in the second half to make the difference.

But it was not the smoothest performance for a side who had a number of changes over the summer with superstars Margot van Geffen (HGC), Marloes Keetels (retired) and Lidewij Welten (Kampong) moving on.

For coach Marieke Dijkstra, she told “A first game like this is always exciting. I thought we were dangerous in the beginning, then it got messier. 

“In the second half, we were calmer, but it took a long time before we scored. After that, we played the game well. All in all, I am happy with the result; we can continue to build on this.”

Elsewhere, SCHC got off to an impressive start with Pien Dicke scoring a hat trick in an 8-0 win over Kampong while AH&BC Amsterdam were 7-2 winners over Klein Zwitserland.

On the men’s side, Amsterdam were winners with a 4-2 away success on Saturday evening with newcomer Rupinder Pal Singh and the returning Boris Burkhardt were on target in addition to efforts from Trent Mitton and Luke Dommershuijzen to recover from 2-1 down.

Tim Swaen rescued a point for HC Bloemendaal as they also trailed 2-1 against Den Bosch after goals from Jeremy Hayward and Jaïr van der Horst.

Swaen scored a stroke in the first half and the equaliser for 2-2 from a penalty corner from a high quality encounter.

Pinoké started their campaign well with new arrival Florent van Aubel on the mark alongside two goals from fellow Belgian Alexander Hendrickx in a 4-1 win over Schaerweijde.

Two goals each on Sunday for Jip Janssen and Duco Telgencamp earned Kampong their 4-2 success against HGC while Jeroen Hertzberger scored five in Rotterdam’s 8-1 win over HDM.