When I came to Hong Kong at the end of August to study for a semester abroad, I decided to join DHC. DHC is a hockeyclub located in Happy Valley, which is an amazing location as you play hockey in the middle of all the high buildings that Hong Kong is famous for. The majority of the players are from the Netherlands and study or work in Hong Kong, but there are also a lot of internationals - so there is a fun mix of nationalities!
Playing hockey in Hong Kong was a whole new experience for me, as you play with people from different ages, cultures, and gender - boys and girls train together - which I did not have in the Netherlands! After the games and the trainings there is always an opportunity to have drinks together, which makes playing hockey even more fun. Next to the “working out” part, the Dutch is also a social club. They organise a beach BBQ at the beginning of the season, a day out on a junk boat, a Christmas dinner, there is an amazing hockey tournament which you can join and other activities.
I would recommend everyone to join DHC, even if you are not from the Netherlands! It gives you the opportunity to meet some amazing people and play hockey at an incredible location. For me, it made my exchange even more fun than it was already!
Convener - Womens and Mens Section
We are currently looking for a Convener for the Womens and Mens sections who can assist our VP's and Captains in welcoming new members to the club. Please get in touch!
Marketing Website Management
We have a new member to assist us with Social, but we would love a member to assist us with managing our club website and newsletter.
Junior Hockey Convener
The Dutch Hockey Club prides itself on being an international club in Hong Kong providing a fun atmosphere for our members to play hockey. A core component of our club is our Junior Section, thriving with over 40 kids from age 4+.
In 2019-2020 we will launch a sub-committee for the Junior section but we are actively looking for additional members on this committee, and a convener to also sit on the main committee.
A comprehensive guide to DHC Junior Hockey has been written, and the initial registration process will be completed on your behalf.
• Coordination with the DHC Broader committee and attendance at meetings
• Coordination with HKHA Promotion and Development Division
• Coordination with Coach to ensure enough coaches and helpers are available at each session
• Replying to new potential members to see if they will attend an intro session and join our club.
• Managing TeamSnap roster and schedule and reminders in Team Whatsapp
• Coordinate Junior Hockey tournaments (confirming attendance with parents)
• Assistance on Saturdays (not required every week, but good to be there)
• Confirmation of budget spent and completing annual report on our Community Sport Programme to HKHA.
In 2019-2020 we would like to introduce a Youth Mixed Team and encourage kids ages 13-16 to also join our club so we can grow this section into a full kids section supporting the inflow of kids to our senior section. Can you help?
Contact Tessa at email@example.com for more info.
It is an honour to take over the role as a Chairman from Liesbeth in what will be our 70th season. First of all I would like to thank the last committee for all their effort. For the next season, I am excited to announce our new committee, we have found enthusiastic members who will make sure next season is going to be fantastic! The team exist out of:
Chairwoman: Tessa Brink
Trainer/ Coach/ Kids: Zeeshan Ali
Treasurer: Alex Nijdam
Marketing & PR: Floortje van der Grinten
VP Men: Daan Slotenmaker
Convenor Men: Vacancy
VP Ladies: Marlot van der Stoel
VP Kids: TBC
VP social: Dorus Reuwer
We still have some vacancies for coming season, we are looking for some enthusiastic people who are willing to help the club out. Please reach out to us if you are happy to help out.
We are always open to new ideas and suggestions for our socials. 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! 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!
Like last year we expect to continue with 2 ladies teams, 2 men’s teams and 1 kids club (U12, U10, U8 and U6). For our kids club we are looking to extend our age range to kids under 12 and 14. Also, we plan to look into starting a beginner training to facilitate training to all different levels.
At first a small word of introduction from my side, Alexander Nijdam, 28, in Hong Kong since November. I was honored to be asked to take up this role for the hockey club. I’ve been treasurer during student times and having a hate-love relationship with the financial controllers at my day-to-day job. Up to me then to control the finances for DHC!
As you may know, we’ve decided to keep the impact for you, as member, limited. This means that you’ll still be able to address your e-mails to the treasurer with: ‘Dear Alex’, ‘Mr. Alexander’, Hello A., or what created acronym you may find.
Although, we have been investing thoroughly over last season, in equipment as well as in upping our game, seriously yielding decent results in sports. We have been facing a minor loss financially. Nevertheless my aim is to keep the club as accessible as always for all. Therefore membership fees should not be raised and there should always be room for socials.
For the coming season the aim is to break even and strengthen our reserves. It is therefore of utmost importance to find a key sponsor, or partner of the club, next to Rabobank. We can get creative in this aspect like finding a home pitch for the 3rd half, or sponsor to a particular part of the club.
I’m looking forward to coming season, may there be good results in sports and amazing social events. We are looking forward to an exciting year with ZOAT visiting Hong Kong and we’ll hopefully build a strong financial basis for the coming years.
Income from sponsorships forms an important revenue for DHC. Contact with our existing sponsors will be set up in the coming weeks and we are very keen to get new sponsor deals. Getting sponsor deals is not as easy as it used to be so we can really use everyone’s help!
Do you have a company / work at a company / know a company that would be interested in sponsoring us? Do you have a connection with a bar or restaurant who would be interested/can be convinced to sponsor us? Please let us know! The person who introduces a new sponsor will receive a year free membership!
Last season we have received great new umbrella’s to be used in Happy Valley with DHC logo as a sponsorship from Andre Mook. We are very thankful for this sponsorship in natura, and that we are able to show off with our orange umbrella’s. If you are keen to contribute anything in natura that can benefit our club, we are always very thankful for that as well!
Please reach out to Alexander Nijdam
We will re-use the new uniforms everyone received last year. Of course new players will get a new uniform.
Training Field & Start of the Season
We have confirmed our training time for the first half of the season as Thursdays 8pm in Happy Valley. Training dates will be updated as soon as possible into teamsnap. First training session will be 22nd of August!
We are also looking for an assistant trainer for Zeeshan, so that we can make sure everyone at training gets enough attention, and in the longer-term can facilitate beginner training.
Recruitment of new players
We are always actively looking for new talent! Please help us connect to potential new team members in Hong Kong, everyone with a heart for hockey is welcome! Besides that we are famous for our socials, so another good reason to join our club. One way you can help us is by sharing and or liking our Social Media posts. Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
In the meantime if you know anyone who wants to join our club please bring them into contact with Marlot van der Stoel for the Ladies or Daan Slotema for the Men’s.
Zuid Oost Azie Toernooi! (South East Asia Tournament)! This year ZOAT will be held 1, 2, 3 November in Hong Kong! Already a lot of members are involved in organizing, through different committees (Party, operations, sponsor, sustainability, marketing & communications. If you are interested to help out please reach out to Bregje Nooteboom, if you have a sponsor opportunity, please let Jelmer Kattevilder know!
More information about setting up 2 teams (men’s and ladies) will come soon. In the mean time if you have questions please reach out to Tom Uiterwaal. If you are curious for more information about ZOAT – look us up on facebook!
New Hockey Gear
New season means that you may also need some new hockey stuff! I would like to remind you that Zeeshan sells Playershouse sticks, mouthguards, shinguards etc. So if you need something, please reach out to Ali
Also, Sports Direct offers a 10% discount on all the items in sports direct store apart from goalie equipment if you can show them you are a member of DHC! Just say it and if they ask, show them teamsnap!
We are looking forward to make it another fantastic year with the Dutch! Get ready for summer hockey, a start of the season event, lots of socials and continuously better hockey!
Dear DHC members, supporters and fans,
Time flies when you are having fun, and with that another hockey season has flown by. It seems like only a few weeks ago that we got together for the DHC kick-off tournament, where we conquered the August heat on an early Saturday morning to kick start the season! Now we are almost back to that same temperature, but enjoying it more on the yearly end-of-season junk!
We started the season with great enthusiasm and record-high turn-out training sessions in which Zeeshan skillfully managed more than 40 people! A very exciting start and loaded with energy, the teams all went on to play their leagues.
I am proud of how our teams stand in the competition: Ladies A completing their first full season in prem, Men A being able to manage the 1st division and even challenge the top teams, Ladies B keeping their heads up though playing a tough season, and Men B remaining the most social team, socializing with the opponent and fans after the games.
I am also proud of the little DHC Stars community that Kelly-Ann, the kids and parents have built. Rain does not matter for these young stars, all they want to do is play hockey! Especially during the tournaments the kids could display all that they have learned over the season. With a few summer sessions coming up, we hope we can take the enthusiasm on to next year!
We had some difficulties with the training times this season, but a big thanks to everyone making an effort to make it, even though dates and times were not the easiest. It is this enthusiasm for the sport and the club that makes the club so great to be a part of. It is exciting to see all the new members that have joined, and immediately have offered their help, whether it is coaching the kids, organizing a social or joining the committee for next year!
I hope that you enjoyed this season as much as we did, and that we will see you again on the pitch after the summer! It is with great confidence that I hand the club over to the new committee 2019-2020!
On behalf of the whole DHC committee,
Liesbeth van der Zee
From the Coach
Dear DHC Members,
In season 2018-19 we faced many challenges in the beginning and it took us almost half of the season to get where we were looking for. Even though we had a tough start, we also learned to fight back and to work as a unit and here I would like to congratulate the committee members and the trainers who helped me to get through.
This year we started a new group of U12 players witch is a great sign of club growth,.This year we had a large number of mini members, it was a great learning experience for our youngsters. I would like to thank Kelly Ann for putting so much efforts behind it so is our trainers, helpers and parents.
Ladies and Men
I am doing this review together because I can proudly say that we had an amazing season , where not only we played amazing hockey but we held great successful social events. All 4 teams did their best in whatever capacity they were. We had success in all levels. It took some time but at the end we did very well, and I would like to thank you all for keeping faith and believe in me. It was a great success because of your support and dedication.
I would like to thank all of the players who were part of DHC in 2018-19 and will not be part of us in 2019-20. I wish you all the best for your upcoming life events, you were great sport and we DHC will miss you all.
I am very excited to see all of you in coming season bring your friends to our club as we will be looking for new recruits so looking forward to see you all in August 2019, enjoy your summer break, Cheers.
Updates from the captains
Ladies A – written by Katherine Gatherer
The ladies A were promoted and started in the Premiership this season, taking on the likes of Valley A with multiple international players. But we had our own high level hockey players from Holland and a very creative coach to make the most of our talent.
We finished 7th out of 8 teams which isn’t bad considering we only just entered this division.
Throughout the whole season we had a strong willed, fighting team on the pitch but a supportive team-spirited bunch of ladies off the pitch which gave a really nice balance to this incredibly challenging season. A challenge that we definitely rose to, with the highlight being our convincing 3-0 win against longstanding premiership team KCC A.
We had 3 draws over the course of the season but our win came towards the end of the season when we really started to come together as a team and all our fight and hard work paid off. Our solid defense held off so many goals against our challenging opponents – Amelie with her super low tackles and calm head getting the ball out of the D, Bregje with her ability to stop shots on goal with an upright stick whilst jumping in the air, her giraffe like reach, and her foolproof deception slider. Then we have Inez and Jade who never give up, always battling for every ball, Inez spinning quickly on the spot to make that extra tackle and Jade batting every ball back up the field.
Our defensive midfield who do whatever they need to get that ball from the opposition, Pleuni and Suze just put in everything they’ve got, pure grit. If there’s not a good pass on they can travel the up the pitch, always looking for the best option to lay off the ball, whilst pirouette-ing away from any opposition defenders that close them down.
Charlotte with her silky skills in the middle and new-comer or returner Kelsey easily run rings around the opposition, and Lisa, Liesbeth, and Kelly-Ann giving them options and running constantly on the sides. Liesbeth with her incredible cross pitch hit always well placed and Kelly-Ann’s deep balls, often received well by our receptive forwards sprinting out to meet it: Emma, Marlot, and I.
Our attackers didn’t always get to touch the ball that often but Emma and Marlot made themselves a challenge to mark, timing their runs out wide to get away from their defenders and cutting in to the P spot or post to give an option when we got the ball into the attacking D.
I think you can see there is a common description for all the A team ladies, and that is determination, drive, and fight. Massive well done to everyone on the team for progressing so well in the premiership this year and keeping such a positive attitude despite the high level.
Ladies B team – written by Tiffany Lo
This year marked our third season fighting our way in the First Division. We once again welcomed a lot of new-joiners to our team. Numbers and attendance were steady throughout most of the season. Through Ali's trainings, we built up our hockey skills and plays, and with consistently playing together as a team over the season, we built up team cohesion and our own rhythm together. We fought well in some tough matches, and managed to tie against some strong competitors like HKFC D. Despite some dominant performances and marked improvement, we were unfortunately unable to pull a win this season. In more sad news, we will also be seeing many of our team members leaving Hong Kong to pursue new adventures in other places. That being said, next season will be a new chapter, and based on our strong improvement evidenced through the season, it will be exciting to see what we are able to achieve going forward!
Men’s A team – written by Gijs Aarts & Scipio Heijman
Dear Fans, Hockeyers and Friends,
The hockey season has come to an end and what a season it has been. After a long adventure team A has managed to make it to the 6th place in the 1st division!
After a tough start we worked hard to make a well-deserved come back. At the beginning of the second half we started all the way from the bottom of the league table. Luckily new players joined the team to help win a couple of matches. After a few exciting games with excellent saves, sharp shot penalty corners and jokes we were able to win and climb a couple of places. With all the coaching, help and exercises from Ali we managed to keep up the good spirits and finished the season with a good ending.
In the cup we unfortunately did not make it far. After a promising first half we lost the first match 6-2 from KCC. First we wanted to blame the heavy rain but then remembered we are Dutch.
I am already looking forward to next season. Besides the hockey DHC is a club where people come to have fun. The Tung Po Christmas dinner, after match drinks, horse races and other events have all been great and are a good way to meet new people. Before the season officially ends we are going to have fun one last time at the end of the season Junk boat party!
We want to thank all the fans for their support and cheers, we could not have done it without you! We really hope to see everyone again next season. Special thanks to all the players that are leaving the team and club after this season, we wish you all the best.
Men’s B team – written by Bas Fransen
Why we ended up number 4
If you look at the league results of the men 4th division, you can see Dutch B ended up, according to our friends at the HKHA, number 12 out of 16. This needs an explanation, especially with an amazing first half of the season, an amazing team and some say, an amazing captain.
The ones who ended up number 1 and number 2, clearly did not belong in the 4th division, all mostly ex premier league players. The only thing I can say is that we definitely won every 3rd half after playing those numbers 1 and 2.
Secondly, we got 7 penalty points for still totally unclear reasons. Without those penalty points, and without taking into account those teams that clearly did not belong in the league, we ended up number 4!
Jelmer ended up in the top 9 as top scorer, impressive indeed as previous season he was goalkeeper. He clearly knows how to read the opponent goalkeepers.
Good to see the spirit of the Dutch B; most will stay coming season and I am looking forward to that.
DHC Hockey Stars - Junior Section - Kelly-Ann McHugh
The DHC Junior section is ever growing, we are now circling 40 kids on average per half of the season. In 2018-2019 we established our first Under 12 team which often had kids from age 9-13. As such this was an incredible learning experience for the kids, often playing with kids significantly taller and experienced than our group. We also had a group have their first game in Under 10 division, and our budding Under 8 team managed to make it to the Knock-out finals in the first tournament of the year.
The second half of the year had a significant number of tournaments in it where the kids all got to participate in various game formats. The Valley Tournament at the end of the year was one of our most attended with four teams (U6, U8, U10, and U12), the tenacious U6’s did so well having more games than any of the other age-groups! It really was a chance for our 4-6-year-olds to really get out there and chase the ball. Thanks to Valley for their amazing umpires who really made it a fun game as opposed to being all about the rules, thoroughly enjoyable! A select group of our squad joined the GCIS Hockey All Stars Friday tournament where they got mixed by age group (U10 and U12) with other schools/clubs to form teams based on various nationalities. It was a great opportunity for our more experienced kids to have an opportunity to show their skills across the Hockey community. One of those such players was Hikaru, who is unfortunately leaving us to go back home to Japan, safe travels and hope to see you again when you visit Hong Kong.
Throughout the year we had a great turn out of helpers and coaches. We absolutely require the support of the Senior Club to ensure our Junior Section grows and hockey in Hong Kong thrives. This is critical to us getting senior pitch time as well. So thank you to those that got up early (Hangovers included) to coach our Kids. Special thanks to Gareth, Alex DH, Alex N, Tiff, Nonni, Sjoerd and Jasper who attended & assisted on multiple occasions.
Lastly, the year would not be complete without a Social, so at the end of season we had a family BBQ at Shek-O beach on Kings Day where the parents and kids had a fun beach football match and we all relaxed after the year that has been. Special thanks to Suzanne who not only organised this BBQ but also ensured we all took our turns with supplying Oranges & Coffee throughout the training season!
The Upcoming Junior Season
As mentioned during the mid-year newsletter, if anyone has friends in the U14, U12 category we would love to have them join us, so we can develop a strong Youth Division team as well from 2020 season. In addition, we are looking to add in some mid-week sessions when we can at Kings Park to give our kids some additional training, fingers crossed we can get that through with LCSD. We are also looking for additional assistance both as Coaches and Co-ordinators. I am departing Hong Kong at the end of July so will have to pass the Junior Convener baton to the next enthusiastic individual! Please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out!
Socials - Doris Reuwer
This season has gone by so quick, and the experiences we have shared together are indescribable... But we will describe them anyway!
The new year was upon us at the start of this half and that meant for us to have a Dutch style borrel at restaurant 238! To spice things up Judith had demonstrated to be quite the showmaster in creating a fantastic pub quiz for the evening. While some questions were very well answered by the teams, the tricky parts were having to guess which eyes matched which celebrities. With our prime non-player Thomas being the only one who immediately recognised Dutch national female player Maartje Paumen. Maybe a little too quickly if you ask us... The red team eventually won and was awarded prizes of infinite value, crappy medals from the Hema. A big thank you to the people of 238 for letting us host at their restaurant and their delicious Dutch snacks. It is always a sign of a successful night when the owner must ask you kindly but firmly to leave at closing and the evening carried on from there for many...
Up next was the horse races, obligatory for Hong Kong! It has become a recurring event for good reason. It is a wonderful place to hang out with teammates and friends and it was truly great to see so many people bring other friends of theirs as well. The bigger the DHC community gets the better! The theme was St. Patrick’s Day and although yours truly wouldn’t even flush their toilet with Guinness some were brave enough to order a couple. Captain Reniers showed everyone how it was done and won big while the others were tearing up their tickets in anger. Thanks to our friends at Happy Wednesday we managed to keep it our most affordable evening of all and it will be a keeper.
Last but very definitely not least, our biggest event of the year! The much-anticipated end of season Junk! We will have 2 boats to set sail on June 2nd with good music, food and (probably) sunshine. This is the ultimate opportunity to share a wonderful day with our teammates and their friends and families. It has always shown to be the most successful event of the year and this time will be no exception. There are still some spots available at time of writing so check out teamsnap for details and join us!
Finally, a very big thank you to everyone who helped us organise the social side of the club this year, we are very grateful for your enthusiastic help and are looking forward to the next season.
Ultimately thank you to all our members for your participation this entire season, it was truly great to see so many of you bringing along friends’ partners and new potential members to make our DHC community thrive and be the fun club that it is. Thank You very much!
Judith and Dorus
Finance Update - Alex de Haseth
DHC has done extremely well this year retaining and attracting new talent. This has really helped the DHC not only to boost moral and team spirit but helped with a healthier financial status of the team for the long run.
While the income from membership fees have increased, the sponsorship has gone down and running costs have gone up. These costs were mainly anticipated as these were relating to the brand new member kits, gear, pitch and coach fees. Despite the hit that the DHC has taken this year the Club still has reserves and is able to withstand this minor bump in the road. There are approx. 2 seasons of costs as reserves built up. We expect that as we have invested significantly this year in kits and gear the costs of this will be little to none next year and thus we will come up to a financial position that we would prefer. Another cost that has shot up significantly is the coaching fees. As DHC has more members than ever we have upped our coach time and thus creating more costs for the Club. That said we are all here to play well and that requires proper coaching. The updated numbers have now been taken into consideration for next year’s budget.
As with previous years the biggest challenge last year (and upcoming years) is sponsorships. We expect Rabobank to continue to sponsor, and as grateful as we are, we really implore each and every one of our members to dig deep into their contact list and find alternative sponsors. I would like to thank Andre Mook, the father of Seppe Mook, who has done DHC a massive favour by doing a donation in kind. Andre has kindly arranged for DHC to have a swanky new branded umbrella that can be used for the years to come. Keep in mind that NO contribution is low enough. Contact DHC’s upcoming Treasurer and Chairperson if you have any leads and need their support.
We all are of the mind that DHC is a place for good fun and great hockey. We maintain the same membership fees as last year, which were HKD 3200 for a full season playing adult (HKD 1,700 for half season), HKD 1,900 for full season playing student (HKD 1,000 for half season) and kids will remain at HKD 2,000 for a full season (HKD 1,000 for half season), excluding summer hockey and certain tournaments.
We will continue to play at Happy Valley making this a key selling point to future members.
We have put in significant resources this year to get new kits. While this has come at a higher cost, is has given a lot of people the pride to wear the Dutch orange. We hope that our members enjoy playing in their new kit!
As noted earlier the club has grown significantly over the past years. To build on this excitement the social committee has put in a lot of effort to organize various social events engaging all members. I want to thank the social committee (Judith and Dorus) for your work here. I hope that the new social team will continue this tradition to keep the DHC spirit alive and kicking!
The financial report 2018 / 2019 has been signed off by Liesbeth as Chairperson. Next year Alexander Nijdam will become the new Treasurer and I wish him all the best of luck (and patience!) If you wish to become more involved, I encourage you to let Tessa or Alexander know as they would welcome your help with open arms.
It’s been a pleasure being the Treasurer these past years and I am happy to pass the torch to the next generation of enthusiastic DHCers!
We have received our training dates for the upcoming field hockey season, of which formally the Adults will start on 22nd August 2019, and the Juniors on the 31st August 2019, both at Happy Valley.
We look forward to sending registration details after the AGM on the 13th June 2019.
The Dutch Hockey club has been growing year on year with now 40+ kids across U6, U8, u10 and u12 divisions, but we will not stop there. The club is very keen to grow in number and bring more strength to our kids who will hit u14 and Youth Hockey in the coming years.
Playing with the "Dutch" aka "DHC" is great fun, we have fantastic coaches, hockey coach/parents, and Senior Club members who join us each week., but most importantly we can guarantee that your kids will get game time at tournaments!
Are you Dutch? Are you a Local who would like to join an international club? Would you like to have some additional training above and beyond School Hockey? We would absolutely love to have you join our club.
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.
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!