Hockey Undefeated, a great background: The four games of the men’s and women’s national hockey teams in the Pro League against Spain and the United States provided a foretaste of the 2023 European Championships in Vitusstadt. This is how the games went.
Gonzalo Peillat in particular should remember hockey these two days in Mönchengladbach. The Argentine, who scored the most goals in Rio in 2016 and became the Olympic champion for his home country, wore the German national team jersey for the first time at Hockey Park as part of the FIH Pro League. He previously broke with the Argentine Federation, which is why the German Hockey Federation now looks forward to the services of a world-class player.
It took 45 seconds to score his first goal on Saturday. On Sunday he scored 1-0 (48th minute) in the second match against the Spaniards, certainly from a penalty corner. Following a Spanish draw 51 seconds earlier, Germany finally won 3: 2. The women’s national team easily completed both of their missions at the Hockey Park against the United States on Saturday (2-0) and Sunday (4-0).
In addition to the game results, DHB Sports Director Christophe Menke-Souls also made a positive decision based on the atmosphere from Mönchengladbach for two days. Menke-Salz, a native of Mönchengladbach, said: “I am very pleased with the response. The spectators have entered the field and there is a lot of support for hockey in the city.
The organizers said the hockey park received 1,400 visitors on Saturday and 2,000 on Saturday. “It simply came to our notice then. With no audience for a long time, it was amazing how many people came. This has raised our expectations, ”said Menke-Souls.
It was also the home game of Mats Grambusch, who was born in Mönchengladbach and has been playing for RW Köln since 2013. “For our hockey conditions, 2,000 spectators are the best. A lot of familiar faces on the stand supported us, and it’s good, “said the German captain. However, in terms of the game, he added:” Of course we would have taken six points. ” Nevertheless, the German team took the lead in the Pro League after eight games – but played two more games than the Netherlands and Argentina.
The German team is now leading the women’s pro league as well, but has played more games than the followers. On Saturday, Nele Aring (35 ‘) led the attacking line 1-0 against the United States in the third quarter, before captain Sonja Zimmerman scored 2-0 in the 45th minute through a penalty corner. On Sunday, Lena Michael (22nd minute), Zimmermann (47th), Charlotte Kirstenhofer (50th) and Eliza Grave (52nd) scored in a clear 4-0 victory. Born in Mönchengladbach, Julia Zondak remained on goal without conceding a goal. “Playing in front of the spectators again is incredibly fun, and then playing in your own room. As a team, we are still in the process of discovering and have improved tremendously as explained in the last quarter of the 4-0 win. My friends and family and many in practice are here to support us.” Said Zondak, who works as a dentist in Monchengladbach.
Four games, no defeats: The return of the national team to Hawkpark after a three-year hiatus has given good omens for next summer’s European Hockey Championship for men and women at Mெnchengladbach. Prior to that, both teams will be guests at Hockey Park again on May 4 and 5 as part of the Pro League.
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