After an absence of two years, the Netherlands made their return to the Euro Cup in London on October 4th. With an all-Dutch, 12-man squad representing the national colours of the Netherlands at the Euros – a first in the history of the DAFA – The Flying Dutchmen were eager to show their wares against some tough opponents on a wet day.
The Netherlands was drawn in a tough group with Germany, Italy and France, and started their morning against Italy. The Dutchmen took some time to find their feet in this match, but got their structure in order as the game wore on and gave it a red hot crack to push the Italians hard. Reinier Vriend was dominating in the ruck, Jort Kolman, Daan van der Putten, Michel van Eijk and captain Maurice Verbakel all worked hard, and had it not been for some quick goals from Italy in the first half and some stray Dutch kicks for goal, the Netherlands would have had a great chance to win this one. Final score: Italy 5.6 36 – Netherlands 1.4 10.
After a short break, the next match was against the French Coqs. Whlie showing improvement at the start of this game, the Dutchmen were not given the chance to capitalise after a marking contest saw captain Mau Verbakel stretchered off and the remainder of the game called off, leaving the score at that time as the final score. Maurice clashed with Michel van Eijk, who jumped into the contest to spoil, after a French player stepped away at the last moment. Final score: France 3.2 20 – Netherlands 0.0 00.
Having lost Robin Huizinga to an ankle injury in the first game, Maurice’s injury (later confirmed to be a broken ankle) left the Netherlands with only 10 players to play the remaining matches. Yasin Alkan bravely battled a knee injury to ensure the Dutchies had one rotation player, but it was not enough against a strong German team with plenty of players on the bench. And despite only scoring a single behind against Germany’s 7.4 46, it was remarkable to see the level of improvement again in this game. Pedro Zuidberg fought some tough battles in the middle and Daan Scharrenburg stood tall against the repeated German attacks. Germany would go on to feature in the semi finals of the tournament, and finally notched an impressive fourth place after a defeat in the 3rd place play-off against Ireland.
In the next stage of the tournament, the Netherlands were drawn in the play-off for the Euro Plate, with the Plate semi final to be played against Norway, with the Dutchmen now down to 9 players. Some tired legs and a slight drop in concentration saw this very winnable game slip away from the Flying Dutchmen, eventually going down by 13 points – Norway 3.9 27 – the Netherlands 1.8 14.
This left us with the final game of the tournament against Catalunya to play off for 15th spot. One final time the Dutchmen gathered their strength and redeemed themselves against the Catalans. With Bas van Schie running riot in the forward line, Rens Kattenberg and Jort Kolman also clunking marks, the mosquito brigade of Daan van der Putten and Pedro Zuidberg winning everything in the middle and even Michel van Eijk finally joining in the goalkicking, the Catalans were defeated comprehensively; Netherlands 7.8 50 – Catalunya 1.6 12.
So after a long hard day of footy in tough, wet conditions, the Flying Dutchmen made an honourable return to the European stage. Each player can absolutely be proud of themselves with their performance as a player as well as a team The gradual improvement over the day shows that there is a lot of potential in the Dutch team and we hope to build on that throughout the next 12 months to get an improved result in next year’s Euro Cup!
Special thanks to Coach Nick Bennett, Assistant Coach Stephen Dillon and our team managers; Tim Nelson and Serena Hillenaar! Your guidance and help on the day made a huge difference!
Team Europe: Michel van Eijk
Leading Goalkicker: Bas van Schie
On 30 August 2014, the DAFA will be organising the Dutch International Tournament of Australian Rules Football in Amsterdam. This nine-a-side footy tournament will be a full-day event for teams from all over Europe – a number of spots has been filled, but the schedule has some flexibility to include more teams. This will be a great opportunity for teams to build towards the Axio Euro Cup in October, win a trophy, and of course spend a day filled with footy, BBQ and a couple of drinks with other footy-crazy Europeans and Australians.
We are expecting at least 8 teams to participate. If you would like to register your interest to enter your local team, please fill in the form under following link:
Once filled in, a representative from the DAFA will be in touch to go over the details of the tournament and assist in logistical matters. Of course, if you have any questions, you can also contact us directly via the contact page on this website.
Looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!!!!
Unfortunately the practice match tomorrow has been cancelled. However, please make sure you come to training next Thursday as we prepare for the Croatia game and the 2-match Series against Odense.
Training attendance in the coming months will also be an important factor in team selection for the Euro Cup and Algarve 9s tournaments later this year, so please make sure you get down to training and bring your mates.
The next game will be in two weeks, on 26 July.
In September 2014, the Netherlands will play a 2-match international series against the Odense Lions. This is set to be a great event, with the Flying Dutchmen facing off against the Danes in Odense on 6 September, after which the Lions will come over to Amsterdam on 13 September for the return match.
Both players and spectators are advised to put these dates in the calendar now for what should be a cracking event. All players who have paid their registration for this season are eligible for this series.
With the Netherlands playing Australia in the World Cup, Dutch TV channel SBS6 came down to training in Amsterdam to interview some of our boys and have a look at Australian Football in the Netherlands.
Ahead of the Australia v Netherlands World Cup match on Wednesday, we are organising a special training session at the Amsterdam Oost ground on Tuesday 17 June starting from 1830. During this session, TV cameras will be present as broacaster SBS 6 is creating a TV-show item about the DAFA and Australian Rules Football in the Netherlands.
SBS 6 (via its television show Hart van Nederland) will film our training session and interview several players about our sport and the World Cup match. The TV item will be aired on Wednesday night.
Please ensure you come down to train at 18:30, wearing our DAFA jumpers. Feel free to also wear a Dutch or Australian World Cup shirt if you do not yet have your own DAFA jumper, although the match kit jumpers will be present.
In perfect conditions at Sportpark Middenmeer, The Flying Dutchmen had a strong showing against the Amsterdam Devils.
The Dutchmen accounted for the Devils 142-97, with its accurate kicking an important factor, as was its clearance work out of the middle. Amsterdam stayed in the match for the majority of the game, but the Dutchmen managed to pull away in the fourth quarter to post an impressive win over its opponent, which boasted plenty of experience and skill with Australians Steve, Julian and Joe, as well as talented Dutchman Jort.
The win was a perfect preparation for the Flying Dutchmen’s first international match of the year, which will take place on Saturday 14th of June against the Frankfurt Redbacks in the Ostpark in Frankfurt.
Julian, Steve, Jort, Bas, Simon
Damian, Michel, Michiel, Pedro, Yasin
The DAFA Season of 2014 is in full swing, with weekly trainings underway and regular game days on Saturdays. Under the leadership of coach Nicko the Dutchmen are building a strong squad in preparation for the Axios Euro Cup 2014 in London and the Algarve 9s tournament, where the Flying Dutchmen will defend their title.
Training sessions are held every Thursday at 7pm in Amsterdam at Sportpark Voorland/Middenmeer, Radioweg 76, Amsterdam. For more information on training, contact us via email or Facebook.
For a full schedule of game days and international matches, please check out the Fixtures section of the website.