De Voogd lands epic EHL title for OZ


UHC Hamburg 1 (N Bruns) Oranje Zwart 1 (B de Voogd), Oranje
Zwart win 6-5 on a shoot-out

Bob de Voogd finally settled one of the most incredible Euro
Hockey League finals in the 11th round of a shoot-out in Bloemendaal
to eventually see Oranje Zwart overcome UHC Hamburg.
He slammed home a rebound off Nicolas Jacobi’s pads to
secure a 6-5 victory in the shoot-out after an incredible 30 minutes of one-on-ones
that ran the gamut of emotions.
Both clubs had their chances to win while both goalkeepers –
Jacobi and Vincent Vanasch were incredible – but it was the Eindhoven side that
eventually prevailed.
Normal time had ended 1-1 in a pulsating battle. De Voogd
was the man to separate the sides with a neat finish after a superb Mink van
der Weerden run down the right wing, cutting inside before picking out the
striker in front of goal.
That came in the 23rd minute as OZ had threatened
on numerous occasions to unlock the door with Rob van der Horst driving them on
from centre back.
Van der Weerden had two drag-flick chances, one of which
clipped the outside of the post. Niek van der Schoot saw a great chance denied
by Moritz Fuerste’s amazing last ditch tackle, joking afterwards that he was
too quick for the OZ man.
It was one of a number of excellent Fuerste interventions as
UHC hung tough in the face of a lot of pressure, keeping the gap at the
minimum. One brilliant counter via van der Horst and de Voogd was inches away
from the second soon after the big break.
Nicolas Jacobi also kept out de Voogd’s lightning strike
from an acute angle.
But UHC kept grinding away and began to forge their own
chances. Jonas Fuerste saw a great chance blocked brilliantly by Marcel
Balkestein. Rashid Mehmood took another corner shot off the line.
And the pressure told with eight minutes to go – and Sander
Baart in the sin bin – as Oliver Korn fed the ball into the top of the circle.
It bounced to Niklas Bruns who took the shot on early, picking out the bottom
corner with a perfect hit, tying things up and send the game to the shoot-out.Speaking afterwards, Rob van der Horst said it was an incredible final: “There were a few times I thought it was over and a few times I thought we had won it. It was an unbelievable thriller.“It was an amazing final. We were there last year and we lost in the shoot-outs and this time we won twice. You can win them, you can lose them. It’s amazing we kept on fighting the whole match, even after the disappointment of 1-1. Hamburg were superb and we needed to bring our ‘A’ game and thankfully we did.”

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