Kampong and Rotterdam land playoff spots

The Dutch men’s playoff situation has taken on a clearer picture with Kampong and Rotterdam earning their place in the final four with reigning Dutch and EHL champions Pinoké missing out.

Kampong won their direct battle with Pinoké 5-3 with Duco Telgenkamp scoring twice to add to cracking strikes from Rik Sprengers, Jip Janssen and Derck de Vilder.

It helped them come back from a 1-0 deficit in the 21st minute and then 2-2 with 16 minutes left.

The result means Pinoké are three points adrift of Rotterdam but cannot overtake them as they have won less games than their rivals – the important method of defining positions in the table – with one game remaining.

Rotterdam, meanwhile, put HGC to the sword with a thumping 12-0 win with both Jeroen Hertzberger and Pepijn van der Heijden scoring hat tricks.

Bloemendaal moved within touching distance of the title when they drew 2-2 with nearest rivals Oranje-Rood courtesy of Marc Miralles’s equaliser with four minutes to go.

It ended Bloemendaal’s winning run but it does mean they stay three points clear of the Eindhoven club with one game to go so a draw against Klein-Zwitserland will rubber-stamp their place at the head of the regular season table.