The women of Hockeyclub Groningen were able to regain the lead on Sunday afternoon from Orange-Red, but the 2-2 against Almere, penultimate in the ranking, was not enough.
Groningen had not yet scored from a penalty corner after the winter break, but it finally succeeded against Almere. Liz Klompmaker pushed two penalty corners into the goal. Almere also scored twice, meaning that Groningen was only allowed to add one point.
,,We need too many chances to score a goal”, Groningen coach Julian Steen was disappointed. ,,We played well in the second half, but the difficult scoring breaks us up. Too often we make up for the opponent’s keeper. If we are not convincing in our finishing and their keeper can save three or four times, she grows in the game. If we go for the goal, we have to do it with more conviction.”
Due to the loss of points, the top of the ranking in the promotion class has shifted more together. “It’s exciting,” Steen said. ,,Next week we play against the fence closer. If we want to compete, we have to win it.”
The men from Groningen and GCHC came into action in the transition class. Both teams won. Groningen was 4-3 too strong for Alphen at the Harener Holt and the GCHC students won 2-0 when they visited Phoenix from Zeist. Thanks to the victories, Groningen and GCHC are increasingly connecting with the top teams.