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Defender Ireen van den Assem (HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch, 79 international matches) had to put an end to her participation in the Tokyo Olympics (23 to 8 August 2021) due to a muscle injury. Sanne Koolen (HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch, 49 international matches) has been appointed by national coach Alyson Annan as a replacement for Van den Assem, while Stella van Gils (Pinoké, 6 international matches) in turn replaces Koolen as designated reserve player.

During the past season, Ireen van den Assem suffered a muscle injury. The European Hockey Championships came just too early last June in the build-up of her rehabilitation to full recovery. The recovered Van den Assem was selected for the Olympic Games, but her old injury is now playing up and putting an end to her participation. The Olympic squad now consists of the following sixteen players:

First Name Last name  Association*
congratulations Albers Amsterdam H. & BC
Margot Geffen, from HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Eva Good, the Amsterdam H. & BC
Marloes Boilers HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
josine King (k) HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Sanne cabbage HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
laurien Leurink SCHC
caia Maasakker, van SCHC
Frederique matla HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Laura nunnink HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
malou Pheninckx SV Kampong Hockey
peen sanders HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Lauren tribe Amsterdam H. & BC
Maria shattered Amsterdam H. & BC
xan Worth, the SCHC
Lidewij welten HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch

* association season 2020-2021

Van Gils as a reserve and Kappelle as an extra reserve to Tokyo

Annan will leave for Japan on Sunday, July 11 with 21 players: sixteen selection players, three reserves and two extra reserves. After a training internship in Gifu, the team then travels to Tokyo. Stella van Gils (Pinoké), Freeke Moes (Amsterdamsche H. & BC) and goalkeeper Anne Veenendaal (Amsterdamsche H. & BC) have been designated as reserve players. The national coach can exchange the two players during the tournament with players from her selection. The keepers may not be changed per match, so that Veenendaal can only be called upon if Koning is unable to play due to an injury.

If the sixteen players from the Olympic selection and the three reserves are fit, Kyra Fortuin (SCHC) and Ilse Kappelle (Amsterdamsche H. & BC) will fly back to the Netherlands before the start of the Olympic Games. Kappelle, who already trained with the selection in the Netherlands, will take Van Gils’ place as reserve of the reserves.


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