As a hockey fan, Jeroen Hertzberger enjoys his first title match with the Orange in Hamburg, however the sportsman in him is upset that the crew is taking part in for bronze right now and never for the European title.
“The match is a good expertise anyway. I get pleasure from each second between the beams. I already look again on it with pleasure and a smile. These sorts of worldwide matches make me very completely happy and I feel it’s nice to characterize the Netherlands. However I’m additionally upset that we aren’t within the ultimate, as a result of it actually may have been.’
There was nothing mistaken with these phrases. On the final day of the group matches, the Orange squad was totally within the battle for a spot within the ultimate. The crew partly threw in its personal glasses within the morning by forgetting to provide Switzerland the ultimate blow . This introduced the Swiss again from a 5-3 deficit to a 5-5 draw.
The duty of reaching the ultimate grew to become extra difficult when competitor Germany beat the Czech Republic 9-1 within the final group match. Because of this, the Orange not solely needed to beat Austria, which had already certified for the ultimate, but additionally with a margin of six objectives distinction.
“I had hoped that the Czechs may have put up a bit extra resistance,” says Hertzberger, who watched the Czech Republic’s recreation in opposition to Germany from the facet. “We knew one thing like this might occur, however I didn’t assume the distinction could be that massive. That sucks, however you simply don’t do something about it. Corridor hockey is mostly a dime on its facet. It’s important to come from an excellent household to play finals. That doesn’t simply occur. That can also be evident as a result of it has by no means occurred to the Netherlands at a European Championship.’
The Dutch crew went all out and defeated the Austrians 7-4 . Nevertheless, that margin was too small to cross Germany within the group standings. Because of this, the victory over the world champion, the primary in opposition to the Alpine nation after 5 defeats in a row throughout a European Championship, acquired a bitter edge.
Austria has left the door ajar and we’ve got not kicked it in.Jeroen Hertzberger concerning the final group match through the European Championship Corridor in Hamburg
“It’s a little bit of a triple feeling,” says Hertzberger. ‘We put all the pieces on the mat, however I had the concept that the Austrians had been saving themselves. They didn’t give all the pieces and that makes it much more bitter. Austria has left the door ajar and we’ve got not kicked it in. However on the similar time, in fact, we simply screwed up this morning. We have now to be that sincere.’
Hertzberger places his hand in his personal bosom. ‘I’ve to be sincere. I simply missed too many alternatives. At this time for certain. Now we’ve got not acquired additional than three objectives distinction, whereas we had the chances. That’s very disappointing.’
“I feel we may be pleased with the way in which we offered ourselves. We actually gave all the pieces and at occasions confirmed good indoor hockey with a whole lot of vitality. The vitality we missed within the morning.’
The frustration because of lacking out on the ultimate should be shortly put away, as a result of the Orange squad will play for a bronze medal at 12.30 p.m. Hertzberger can depend on the assist of his dad and mom, spouse, kids and his brothers Willem and Maurits, each former indoor internationals.
“It’s improbable,” says Hertzberger. “They acquired within the automotive this morning. That does me excellent. Hopefully we are able to reward them tomorrow (right now, ed.) with a bronze medal. That might be good.’