DGerman hockey men lost their second group game against defending champions Netherlands at the European Championships in Antwerp. National coach Stefan Karmas’s team lost 2:3 (1:1) to arch-rivals. At the end of the group stage, the German Hockey Association (DHB) will pick on Tuesday (3:45 pm) Ireland, who had initially suffered a 5–1 loss against Oranje. Germany started the European Championship with a 9-0 win against Scotland on Saturday. On Thursday the group advances to the first and second semi-finals, the final takes place on Saturday. Tim Herzbrück (25th) and Lukas Windfeder (42nd) met against the Netherlands for DHB selection.
The DHB men celebrated their 9:0 (4:0) kick-off success over Scotland on Saturday and missed their 1978 EM record win against Gibraltar (10:0).
Prior to this, the European Championships still featured goal festivities for German teams: national coach Javier Reckinger’s women scored a 13–0 (5–0) win against Belarus and thus their highest opening victory over an EM. celebrated. The men had also set a record. Only in a 15–0 victory against Belgium at the 1995 European Championship in Amstelveen, Netherlands, did “Danas” win even more. The men scored another goal in a 10–0 victory against Gibraltar on their way to their 1978 European Championship victory in Hanover. “In any case, I’m proud. Despite your opponent, a 13-0 win in international hockey doesn’t happen very often, you have to do that first. It’s definitely a good start in the tournament,” he said. Women’s national coach Reckinger. Rebecca Grotte became the most successful shooter with four goals (20./23./37./42.). Nike Lorenz (15./47.), Pia Martens (16./26.), Cecil Piper (40.), Lena Mitchell (43.), Celine Oruz (44.) and Anne Schroder (46./55.) Scored other hits for DHB selection. However, this was not enough to achieve record success for Euro (15–0 against Belgium in 1995). At the start of the European Championship, however, both DHB selection teams met their weakest opponents in the preliminary round. The women are still playing their group matches against England (Monday) and Ireland (Wednesday).
“No matter what your opponent is, a 13-0 win in international hockey doesn’t happen very often, you have to do that first. It’s definitely a good start in the tournament,” said women’s national coach Javier after the win. Reckinger said. Rebecca Grotte (4), Nike Lorenz, Anne Schroder, Pia Martens (2 each) and Cecil Piper, Lena Mitchell and Celine Oruz Peet attended the festivities.
“With 13 goals, we have developed a good sense of attack for the next game,” Oruz said. On top of all that, Cologne’s Grotte, who was the last player to be included in the EM squad, did well as a safe penalty corner (3 goals) and a seven meter shooter (1). Things will be closer against England on Monday and against Ireland on Wednesday.
The European champions qualify directly for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for both men and women. DHB teams will have a second chance at an elimination tournament in Mönchengladbach in early November.
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