Rounds 15 through 19 for the Men’s Rabo Hoofdklasse have seen plenty of action with a heap of G-Team ambassadors putting in standout performances.
There is congestion in the top of the standings with Rotterdam, Pinoke and Amsterdam all on 38 points, Kampong 37 and Bloemendaal on 36 points. With 3 rounds remaining there are some huge matches coming up that will see the top 5 teams fight for the final four places in the play-offs. No team is guaranteed of a place yet and it is likely to come down to the last match day for the play-off teams to be determined.
In form players are Justin Reid-Ross, the Gryphon superstar from South Africa who has scored 26 goals from 19 games for Pinoke. He is fast becoming the most dangerous exponent of the drag-flick in the world. Lucas Judge (Ex-NED), also from Pinoke, has been in excellent touch after making the move from Oranje Zwart to the title contenders this season. He spearheads a talented strike line that has scored 58 goals this season.
Ex internationalist and Bloemendaal striker Ronald Brouwer has been terrorising defenders over the art few rounds, with a standout performance against Rotterdam in Round 19 that saw him score twice. Teammate and Dutch Defender Wouter Jolie has been instrumental in Bloemendaal’s late season resurgence and his continued good form will be vital if the Sparrow’s are to challenge for the title. Bloemendaal faltered in Rounds 15 and 16 with some upset losses but have regained momentum when it matters most.
New Zealand internationalist and Rotterdam star Simon Child is another who has been in excellent form for club as they have fought their way to the top of the standings. Child’s ability through the midfield and in the circle make him both predator and provider and one of the most dangerous players in the competition this season.
Highlights of the toppers from the last few rounds are below courtesy of NOS.nl, along with the current standings and big picture. Enjoy!
18th March | Den Bosch v Bloemendaal
25th March | Amsterdam v Rotterdam
1st April | Rotterdam v Pinoke
15th April | Bloemendaal v Rotterdam
THE BIG PICTURE