Netherlands v Australia - Women's FIH Field Hockey Pro League Final
AMSTELVEEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 29: Netherlands players celebrate the equalising goal during the Women's FIH Field Hockey Pro League Final between Australia and Netherlands at Wagener Stadium on June 29, 2019 in Amstelveen, Netherlands. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

National coach Alyson Annan has appointed 22 players to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Olympic selection will ultimately consist of sixteen players and two reserves.

Annan has included HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch player Frédérique Matla in her core group for Tokyo. Compared to the training group that Annan selected in September, Noor de Baat (Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.), Yibbi Jansen and Famke Richardson (both SCHC) are no longer part of the group. Kelly Jonker (Amsterdamsche H. & BC) earlier said goodbye to the Orange in connection with her pregnancy.

National coach Annan has selected the following 22 players:

First Name Last name Association
Felice Albers Amsterdamsche H. & BC
Lreen Assem, van den HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Kyra Fortune SCHC
Margot Geffen, van HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Eva Good, the Amsterdamsche H. & BC
Ilse Kappelle Amsterdamsche H. & BC
Marloes Cauldrons HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Josine King (K) HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Sanne Koolen HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Laurien Leurink SCHC
Caia Maassakker, van SCHC
Frédérique Matla HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Laura Nunnink HC Orange-Red
Malou Pheninckx SV Kampong Hockey
Pien Sanders HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Lauren tribe Amsterdamsche H. & BC
Marijn Peat Amsterdamsche H. & BC
Anne Veenendaal (K) Amsterdamsche H. & BC
Maria Verschoor Amsterdamsche H. & BC
Xan Worth, the SCHC
Lidewij Wells HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Ginella Zerbo SCHC

Annan indicates that it is important to create clarity at this stage in her selection. Annan: “That also means that I have had to disappoint a number of players. As staff, however, we are convinced that with these 22 we have put together the right group on the way to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. ”

FIH Pro League 2020

Marijn Veen is not yet 100% recovered from the concussion she sustained earlier in the season. Veen therefore does not travel to Asia with the selection at the beginning of January. The Dutch National Team will fly to China after a training internship in Singapore for the start of the FIH Pro League on January 11 and 12, 2020. Pien Dicke and Yibbi Jansen (both SCHC) have been designated as reserve and travel with the selection. For Dicke it is the first time that she has been called up for the selection of the Dutch National Women’s Team. Because the rules of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) indicate that each country may ultimately use 32 players in the FIH Pro League, the tournament offers Annan the space to call other players where necessary.

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