with videoRemarkable footage from Escharen, where the Orange Lionesses would play a practice match against the Dutch women’s under-19 team this afternoon. The pitch at EGS ’20 proved unplayable due to glass and rocks on the pitch.
Players from both teams entered the pitch and saw that it was littered with rocks and broken glass. National coach Andries Jonker ordered his players to remove the objects from the pitch, but there were too many. Playing a match was therefore considered irresponsible by the Lionesses medical staff.
The problems arose during work on the pitch, the club report. During scarification, a method that involves pricking the field to detach it, parts that were in the ground are brought to the surface. EGS’20 has been busy clearing the pitch for the past few weeks, but there were still too many shards and stones on the pitch for the friendly match.
The Oranje Leeuwinnen youth teams have already played six games at Sportpark De Kranenhof of the EGS ’20 in the past. The KNVB has a partnership with the amateur club. Since the match with the Under-19 team was scheduled shortly in advance, no KNVB employee could be sent to check the pitch.
The exhibition match will be moved to Horst, where the Leeuwinnen were already in a hotel this week and trained. The game will start at 3:00 p.m. The Orange Lionesses are currently preparing for the Women’s World Cup which will be hosted next month in Australia and New Zealand. The tournament will begin on July 23. Tomorrow, national coach Andries Jonker will announce his final selection.
One of the participants in Horst’s competition is Kika van Es. Last week she was one of the dropouts for national coach Andries Jonker’s World Cup selection, but as a number of players are not yet fit she is temporarily joining again.
World Cup schedule
At the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this year, the Orange Lionesses will meet defending champions USA in the group stage, which the Netherlands will play in New Zealand. Check out the full schedule for the Women’s World Cup, which runs from July 20 to August 20, here.
Columns Vivianne Miedema
Every month Vivianne Miedema writes a column for this site on what affects her in (inter)national women’s football. Read all of his columns here. The top scorer of the Orange Lionesses will not be present this summer at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand due to a serious knee injury.
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