Havenga gets surprise recall to Dutch squad

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SV Kampong’s Martijn Havenga was the surprise inclusion in Max Caldas’s Dutch squad for the Hockey World League final in India, none more so than for the player himself.

Havenga had not been part of the Dutch training group and admitted to hockey.nl about his call-up: "I did not have any contact with Max for a long time and then I got a call a few days ago. "

And when it came, he was happy to accept the place on the plane for Bhubaneswar from December 1 to 10 despite being in the midst of other commitments as he felt playing for the Netherlands again was on the back burner.

"I'm busy with other things, finishing my final things for college but for such a beautiful opportunity, applications can wait a while!

"In the run-up to the European Championships, I was in that top-class training group but once I was no longer with the training group, let alone the tournament selection, it was not something I was working. Maybe that's why I've just been playing with more freedom.”

He has previously played in the same city in India in the 2014 Champions Trophy, his last tournament in Orange. He is joined in the panel by club mate Lars Balk who steps up from the Dutch Under-21s who he captained in Valencia. Bjorn Kellerman and Robbert Kemperman make up a quartet of players from the Utrecht club.

Of the other EHL sides, from Rotterdam, Thijs van Dam is another newcomer and will line out alongside club mate Seve van Ass while HC Bloemendaal’s Thierry Brinkman, Glenn Schuurman and Floris Wortleboer will also travel to India.