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Fine Performance of German and Dutch Over 70 Teams
Applause from the public for an impressive 20 metre sprint, or for a successful attack: the Over 70 national teams of the Netherlands and Germany played against each other in a supporting event of the Samsung Champions Trophy on Thursday in the Warsteiner HockeyPark in Mönchengladbach. The commendably fit veterans showed that it was not only a matter of sporting rivalry, but also of coming together socially for an evening meal and drinks after the match. The game ended in a satisfactory 1-1 draw for both sides.
The game was hard-fought, with the German team having most of the game in the first half despite few scoring chances and 2 short corners, with the Dutch team defending well. There was much more action in the 2nd half, and in the 52th minute Walter Hagedoorn scored the first goal for the ‘Oranje’. The German team pressed forward and in the 62nd minute scored the deserved equaliser through Frank Mäusert.
After the match, both teams spent an enjoyable and relaxing evening together.
The German Ü70 team was founded in Leipzig in 2007. After a modest start in a 4 Nations tournament in Hanover, the first win (2-1) was achieved against the Netherlands. The record now stands at one win and one draw for Germany against their ‘old’ rivals.