Omroep Flevoland – Sports – Hockey men hold the last NK hall next to them

The men of Almeerse Hockey Club just failed to reach the final of the Dutch Indoor Hockey Championship on Saturday afternoon. During the semi-finals against Amsterdam it became 3-3, after which Almerders eventually had to lose in a penalty shootout series.

Al Miri advanced in the final no less than three times. Jupp Troost scored to make it 1-0 for Almerdeers early on, but Amsterdam captain Boris Burckhardt put the equalizer on the board just a minute later. Almere took the lead again before breaking through by Isaac Josefzon. This 2-1 also meant the half-time score at the Zuiderpark sports complex in The Hague.

After the break, Amsterdam returned to the same level with a penalty kick that Boris Burckhardt used: 2-2. Nicki Leijs then put Almeerders ahead for the third time via a penalty kick that was used. It seemed that his goal was to win, but just before that Max Swering managed to make it 3-3 to the team from Amsterdam, so the penalty shootout had to decide who was allowed to play in the final.

The decisive moment in the penalty shoot-out series was a cruel foul by Amsterdam goalkeeper Tavorn on Niki Laijs, who prevented Almir from scoring but conceded a penalty. Then Joep Troost missed that penalty kick. Almerdors was then unable to undo that build-up.

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