🇩🇪 Germany Hockey : German U21 Women’s team play out a draw against Netherlands in their first Junior World Cup preparatory match
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Before the juniors also intervene in the World Cup in eleven days, the women’s offspring led by national coach Akim Bouchouchi completed the first test against their rivals and co-favorites Netherlands in the shadow of the Junior World Championships that had just started as part of the fourth course.

Against “Jong Oranje” there was a 1: 1 (0: 0) after 60 minutes in the air dome of the Mannheim HC. Before the FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup 2021 in Potchefstroom (South Africa) from December 5 to 16, the juniors will have another test against the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon before heading south on Monday.

U21 national coach Akim Bouchouchi, who initially had to do without his nominal number one goal in Mannheim, Mali Wichmann, and co-captain Lilly Stoffelsma, classified the opening test against the Netherlands as a test of mood:

“The opponent is one of the top teams in ours Age group, we made good use of this assessment. In the first round, the Netherlands had a relatively good grip and created more opportunities in the circle from many parts of the game.

”The result was nothing that could be counted before the half-time break.

The DHB juniors were able to take the momentum from round one with them from the break and rewarded themselves for a strong phase at the start of the third quarter with the well-deserved lead:

The German offensive caught a tee shot by the Dutch, Carlotta Sippel put the ball with her backhand in front of the goal, where Sara Strauss only had to block the ball over the line (41.).

But instead of bringing about the preliminary decision, the opponent was now also more acclimatized:

“The second half was much more balanced,” said Bouchouchi, “the Dutch women now played mature and disciplined.” The reward for the effort was the looming equalization in the final phase of the game. In the 55th minute of the game, Mikki Roberts converted one of two Dutch penalty corners to the 1-1 final score with her corner slacker at the bottom left.

The national coach was not disappointed, however:

“That was a performance-based draw. It was also good that the girls learn how a game of ups and downs can end. In principle, however, we can be satisfied. Not all topics have been finalized yet, there is still a lack of fine-tuning here and there. “


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