Matla inspires 22nd Dutch women’s success for Den Bosch

Den Bosch won yet another Dutch women’s national title as Frédérique Matla’s Sunday hat trick propelled them out of sight of SCHC whose wait for a first title continues.

Joosje Burg’s goal three minutes from the end of the first leg on Saturday gave them the edge with a 1-0 win in Bilthoven.

And they carried the momentum into the home leg on Sunday with Matla scoring from the penalty spot after just eight minutes.

SCHC replied quickly via Renee van Laarhoven from a corner to get back into the contest but Den Bosch were further clear when Matla got the perfect deflection for a 2-1 lead in the game and 3-1 overall.

Yibbi Jansen gave Stichtse a lifeline from a corner with 10 minutes to go but, as they pushed for an equaliser without a goalkeeper in place, they were caught cold.

A long Rosa Fernig overhead set Matla through with an open goal in front of her; with time running out, she wound down a few seconds before slotting home what was the crucial final goal.

It earned a 4-2 win on aggregate, making it 22 national titles for Den Bosch since 1998. It also means they will be the number one seed from the Netherlands for the EHL FINAL12 next Easter with SCHC the second seed.