Recently Liesbeth was interviewed by "The Hockey Family" on a piece on Hong Kong Hockey. Read more at the link below.
"Liesbeth van der Zee, the captain of the Dutch HC spends a bit of time either side of the match talking to me. Originally from the Netherlands (not surprisingly given her name and club), she has been in Hong Kong for three years. She came over for a four month internship and enjoyed it so much she got herself a job at an accountancy firm. The Dutch are one of the smaller clubs in Hong Kong these days, but Liesbeth tells me that it is one of the oldest clubs in the territory, helping to set up the original league. She seems moderately proud of the club’s heritage and culture of friendliness. They don’t have their own club house at this point, but set themselves up as a club that although looks to constantly improve, also wants to be a fun and social set up as well. One of the biggest issues she finds in developing the club is the transient nature of economic migration. Teams within the Dutch club, she tells me, can change dramatically within one or two seasons, thus making consistency and team cohesion harder to come by. The common language within the club is English, due to the varying nationalities. The first team is made up of predominately European looking faces, but she tells me that there are more asian players coming through the reserve teams and that there is a healthy mix at the club."
--> The Hockey Family
Read more from this article published by Tao Macleod on 24th January 2019 here.
Dear DHC enthusiast,
Happy New Year! We hope you had a nice few days off with family and friends! We take this opportunity to take a moment to look back on what we achieved in 2018, and look forward to 2019!
The first half of the season flew by! Our numbers of members are still constantly growing and we are happy to welcome so many new players to the club! Both on the Ladies and Men’s side we even had players on the waitlist to play. We hope that for the second half of the season we can give everyone a spot to play games on the weekends. We are also always thankful to the students that join us, and share their (still young) energy with us, and even make some of the winning goals!
After great results of last season we had some teams moving up a Division. For the Men’s A it is a tough competition, we have had some hard-fought games and wins this season. Our Men’s B are leading with the most wins in the first half of the season, great job! Maybe not awarded by many wins yet, both Ladies teams are improving with each game, and I am sure that the wins will come in the second half of the season!
Our kids club has expanded over the first half of the season as well, and under the great guidance of Zeeshan and Kelly-Ann achieved their first tournament runner-up place & player of the tournament awards! It is amazing to see how quickly the kids pick up the game, and get more and more feeling for scoring goals, while also trying to find their favourite position on the field!
I am proud to see that the club is still the place for young and old to get together, enjoy the sport and also enjoy the many socials organized by our social duo! From Halloween, Sinterklaas and Christmas with the kids, to borrels and Tung Po dinners with the older. Where every time newbies to Hong Kong are welcomed as well. Let’s keep this positive spirit for 2019!
We are looking forward to the many more games to come in the second half of the season, and of course the many chances we will get to get together for a drink on our socials.
On behalf of the whole DHC committee we wish you a healthy 2019 with many enjoyable hockey games, goals & third half winners!
Liesbeth van der Zee
Note from the Coach - Zeeshan Ali
Happy new year to all of our DHC mini hockey stars, ladies and gentlemen. I wish you all the very best for the New Year 2019.
We had a successful season 2017-2018 which gave us great pleasure and determination for this season 2018-2019.
This season DHC recruited a lot of new faces and in a very short amount of time and I am happy that we were able to balance our teams during the first half of the league. Both the Men A and Ladies A teams had a great challenge this season because of their last year promotions, and therefore we needed to change our game. We tried new tactics and had tough times in the beginning when we faced some of the top teams in the league early on in the season. But I can proudly say that our players have great adoption skills! They picked up the new tactics and skills very well. As we were going on the break, we finally started getting the results: in the last game our Men A won by 5-0 and Ladies A won by 2-1! Great effort of both teams!
Also important, our development teams, Men B and Ladies B, where we have some very new players, had great results. Especially our Men B was unbeaten for the last 6 games! I am very delighted with their performance. Our ladies B also had their moments when they played very close games against the top rivals, however we are still working hard on improving, in this team that also has many beginners.
I am proud of the huge turnout we had for the summer trainings where we had more than 40 players at a time. Great news is that we have received back our training slot on Tuesdays, so that our players can make the training time again and keep the numbers high in 2019 as well.
Our Mini hockey (“Stars”) stepped into a new age group U12 and we are looking forward to recruit U12 players to make this group bigger. In season 2018-2019 DHC mini hockey has 4 age groups, (U6, U8, U10, and U12), with lots of talented kids! I am proud to mention our U8 player James got the best player Award in the tournament in November 2018.
In the end, I would like to thank all the Coaches, Trainers, Parents DHC officials and our visiting players who helped us during the first half of the season for playing, coaching, and helping out. Thanks once again and looking forward to see you all in New Year.
Good luck everyone for the 2019.
FIH High Performance Coach
2018 was a year with two sides for DHC’s A team. On the one hand they had an excellent streak (pre-summer) and crowned themselves as champions of the second league. Post summer (after promotion to the first league) they struggled to align themselves with the middle-ranked teams of the league. But above all it was another fun year with the club full of laughter, friendships, innocent flirts and farewells.
DHC’s prettiest team gathered quite early to convey their best wishes to each other for the new year. They quickly realized that there was an overall surplus of about 28 kgs (of which 1/4th was accountable to Michael) compared to their last game in ‘18. So it was clear they had to put in a big effort to get the victory today. The line-up was solid, yet there weren’t many substitutes available today due to the absence of van Mil (started his dormancy), Captain Sjoerd (wear and tear), Dorus (bear hunt), Daan (God knows) and DHC A’ most sensual player (as per 2018’s survey held among the women section): José. 13 players in total had to do the job today. Including new members Daan, Alexander and Skip (welcome guys!).
Rhino were the first to go on the attack and entered the opposition striking circle a few times. DHC struggled to keep up with Rhino’s fast passing game. Rhino’s untamable number 10 dribbled into DHC’s circle and found the net. He was the creator of much of the good play of Rhino today. However, after the first quarter of the match DHC kept the field smaller defensively and offensively and could finally keep up. The match was 20 minutes old when the Dutch finally did something back. Gijs collected a pass in the head of the attacking circle from Koene and shot the ball hard into the short corner of the goal. 1-1! A few chances followed for DHC, but shots by their attackers got blocked by Rhino’s goalkeeper. It was in the final minute of the first half when Rhino scored their second goal of the day, after immature play in the defensive of DHC. A tough talk followed during half time in which DHC agreed to be more aggressive in the switch overs.
The first chance of the second half was for the Dutch after a nice solo from Berend which resulted in a short penalty corner. Merijn found the goal with a hard drag flick. 2-2! More chances followed for DHC and defensively they didn’t give anything away anymore. With 10 minutes left on the clock, DHC made their 3rd goal of the game. A sublime tip-in from Gijs after a strong pass from Koene at the side of the pitch. It was thanks to an absolute team effort that the result never looked in doubt during the second half. DHC didn’t give away any chance the second half!
With this good start of the season DHC is climbing the league table. No doubt that they will stay in the league if they keep on fighting the rest of this season like they did today.
Our team is looking forward to Friday’s pub quiz about the DHC and it’s members. One will be surprised about the questions and answers concerned to van Mil’s troubled childhood, Dorus’ sexual uncle, Koene’s violent history and Kluijtman’s escapades in the deep jungles of South East Asia.
Interested in watching our Men's A and B teams run about this Hockey Season? Find our Fixtures & Umpire Duties on our Results Page. The Men's teams are really excited for taking on First and Fourth Division this year! Bring it on!
All the best boys!
Of course you should study abroad and visit the vibrant city of Hong Kong. The Dutch Hockey Club welcomes students abroad to join us whilst they are here in Hong Kong. Hear from two of our recent students about their time here.
Voor mij was DHC een leuke aanvulling voor mijn exchange aangezien je in contact komt met expats, je weer van ouds gezellig met Hollanders een biertje kan doen en je natuurlijk gewoon kan hockeyen! Toen ik naar Hong Kong kwam had ik net 2 jaar in HGC heren 2 gehockeyd. Wat mij compleet verbaasde is dat hockey zo groot is in Hong Kong. Je hockeyt elke week op prachtige locaties midden in Hong Kong, en standaard op een waterveld. Wat DHC betreft biedt het zowel een team op niveau als een team voor de gezelligheid. Er is eens per week een training van zowel de dames als de heren waarna er altijd een deel drankjes gaat doen bij een bar om de hoek, wat altijd gezellig was. Je traint op Hong Kong Island, midden in Happy Valley, op een waterveld. De coach van het A-team en tevens trainer, Ali, is een hele vriendelijke pakistaan die serieus omgaat met het team en naar mijn mening goed training geeft. Als je er een keer niet bij bent omdat je gaat reizen of andere plannen hebt is dat ook geen probleem.
Daarnaast ben ik samen met 2 andere exchange studenten met een team van DHC, ‘The Hong Kong Dragons’, mee gegaan naar ZOAT. Dit is een toernooi waar Nederlandse teams vanuit heel Zuid-Oost Azië aan meedoen, wat dit jaar plaatsvond in Kuala Lumpur. Het begon allemaal met een politie escorte naar de ambassade, waar een feest was op de eerste avond. De tweede dag begon dan toch ook het hockeyen. Deze dag werd natuurlijk weer goed afgesloten met een optreden van Roel van Velzen in de grootste club die KL te bieden heeft, wat super leuk was. De dag erna was iedereen brak en werden er nog een paar halve potten hockey gespeeld. En zo hoor je het goed, voor ZOAT staat gezelligheid op één en hockey op twee. Het is verder vrij prijzig aangezien je voor een weekend op en neer vliegt, maar wij vonden het zeker het geld waard! Ik vond DHC kortom een enorme toevoeging aan mijn exchange vanwege de hockey en de gezelligheid. Ik raad het dan ook zeker aan!
Dear friends of the Dutch hockey club of Hong Kong,
With pleasure I joined your team when I was over as an exchange student in Hong Kong. I really appreciate your warm welcome which was excellent opportunity to meet a lot of other people next to the students at my university. The hockey was exiting and it will probably be the only time in my life that I represented the national team. Next to the hockey I enjoyed the social events, like the beers at the horse racing’s in Happy Valley, and in Soho after the games or the Junk boat trips.
And playing a match every Saturday and trainings on Tuesdays kept me fit and in shape from all the beers and dumplings we had together!
Many thanks for your friendship and hospitality.
All the best!
Dear Members, Friends and the Hong Kong Community
The 2018-2019 Hong Kong Hockey Season is nearing and we would love for you to get on-board our Pre-Season activities.
Of course you can reach out to our committee for any questions you have, but some important dates are listed below:
DHC Club Day - Sunday August 12th at Happy Valley
DHC Training - Commences Thursday August 16th at Happy Valley
DHC BBQ - Sunday 2nd September at Shek O Back Bar
Tentative Season Start Dates
Men's Season - Friday 7th September
Women's Season - Saturday 15th September
A reminder you can find the locations of all our activities on our Hong Kong Pitch Finder
We really look forward to seeing you throughout this season. Registration is of course still open so get in touch now!
DHC 2018-2019 Committee
I am excited to announce that we have found a few new members enthusiastic to help us out in making season 2018 – 2019 as great and even better than the last season! This year’s dream team will exist out of:
Chairwoman: Liesbeth van der Zee
Trainer/ Coach/ Kids: Ali Zeeshan
Treasurer: Alexander de Haseth
Marketing & PR: Sarah Noonan
VP Men: Thomas Kluijtmans
Convenor Men: Daan Kitschman
VP Ladies: Pleuni Rohof
Convenor Ladies: Tessa Brink
VP Kids: Kelly-Ann McHugh
Kids Assistants: Gareth Welsh
VP social: Dorus Reuwer & Judith Zonneveld
Men’s A: Sjoerd Reniers
Men’s B: Bas Fransen
Ladies A: Charlotte Brearly
Ladies B: Tiffany Lo
Do you feel like you have a great idea for a social? Or are you keen to help out because you have the right connections with a bar/restaurant? Please do not hesitate to reach out to Dorus & Judith or send us an email! We are keen to get everyone in the club involved!
Interested in being co-captain or help the team out as water/beer carrier, organize team social activities or anything else? Please reach out to your captain! We can always use an extra hand!
Read more about ZOAT, Finances and our teams by clicking the link below if you landed here from our main blog page.
Download our AGM Annual Report below
Dear DHC members, supporters and fans,
Time flies when you are having fun and I can’t believe this fantastic hockey season (both on and off the field) is already coming to an end. All of this fun wouldn’t have been possible without the great voluntarily work done by our committee members and captains, so a special thanks to them! In this newsletter they reflect back on this season and share some funny insights on how they experienced this season.
Personally, I look back with pride on this season. With a dropping number of players joining our club last season, we knew we had to turn things around and that is exactly what we did! With much support from Kelly Ann and Sarah Noonan on our online presence we attracted over 40 new players from all over the world in our kids club, men and women divisions! It was great to welcome these new players to the Happy Valley training pitch again, where under the guidance from Ali we had some excellent training sessions and drinks afterwards.
With these great numbers came great results. Halfway through the season our ladies A team was promoted to the Premier Division and with some great wins they secured a solid fifth position at the end of the season. Our men’s A team continued their winning streak in the second half of the season and secured their promotion back to the first division. Our men and ladies’ B teams also did a great job and with some good coaching from Ali they transformed their strategies throughout the season resulting in excellent teamwork.
But as many of you already know it is not only the great sportsmanship which makes DHC the most fun to play for. DHC has always been a club for hockey enthusiasts who enjoy the game and meeting new people and for that there were many occasions outside of the hockey pitch such as the start of season BBQ, the Octoberfest, Christmas dinner in Tung Po market, the horse race event, the sixes, not to forget the various Friday night drinks and even now more to follow (junk & summer hockey).
With high attendance rates during the matches, the training and all social events I feel the club is fully ready for a next season. I hope that you enjoyed this season as much as I did and that we will see you again on the pitch in a DHC outfit after the summer!
On behalf of the whole DHC committee,
Read more from our Ladies, Mens, Juniors, Socials and Treasurer by clicking the link below if you are on our main blog page.
Our great coach Zeeshan Ali is not only a FIH Level 3 Registered Coach (as at 2018) he has also been recognised by the Hong Kong hockey community as a great Junior Coach! In this years "Thank the coach" awards, Zeeshan was awarded this prestigious title for his contributions to the Promotion & Development of Junior hockey.
The DHC are incredibly proud of Ali and the work he does with our Junior teams in teaching the skills of hockey. In 2018 our Junior teams grew leaps and bounds finishing Runners up of our final competition. Watching the kids develop and learn how to work together as a team has been one of my most enjoyable moments of this year, and that is thanks to the great work of Ali.
Of course this year it hasn't just been about the Juniors, Ali has taken the Ladies A team from Division 1 to Premier Division where the ladies competed and finished very well in this season. The Mens A team also finished on a high at the top of Division 2.
So from everyone at the DHC, Congrats Ali, keep doing what you are doing!
The DHC Committee unites the club with a series of social events, co-ordination of the season. Hear more about what the Dutch Hockey Club in Hong Kong is up to. Remember all welcome!