Red Lions Show Promise in Thrilling 4-4 Draw Against Australia

Red Lions Show Promise in Thrilling 4-4 Draw Against Australia

Belgium 4-4 Australia (SO 3-2)

Belgium: Vanasch ; Boccard, Van Doren, De Sloover, Hendrickx ; Denayer, Kina, Wegnez ; Onana, De Kerpel, from Aubel ; puis Boon, Charlier, Van Oost, Luypaert, Dohmen

Australie : Charter ; Dawson, Ephraums, Beltz, Ockenden, Govers, Howard, Zalewski, Willott, Ogilvie, Brand ; puis Harvie, Craig, Weyer, Whetton, Sharp

Referees: MM. J. Van’t Hek (PB) and MR Adrien (All)

The goals: 12th Govers on pc (0-1), 13th Boon on pc (1-1), 14th Whetton (1-2), 19th Ephraums on rebound from pc (1-3), 42nd De Kerpel (2-3 ), 43rd Hendrickx on pc (3-3), 51st Sharp (3-4), 58th van Aubel (4-4)

Shoot out: Brand (0-1), Boccard (1-1), Ogilvie (1-2), van Aubel (1-2), Govers (1-2), Wegnez (2-2), Sharp (2- 2), De Kerpel (3-2), Craig (3-2)

Penalty corner Australia (2/7) and Belgium (2/3)

Michel Van den Heuvel received another 60 minutes (and a little more) of images of a great match at the top against Australia in order to select the 16 (+3) Red Lions who have the best chance of pushing Belgium on the Olympic podium in Paris. He still has a block of fifteen days of training before revealing the names of the 19 Reds included for the 3rd installment of the Pro League. As with the Panthers, this list will look exactly like that of the 19 Olympians. All that will remain is to reveal the three reservists.

“The sooner the selection is made, the better it will be for everyone,” summarizes Gauthier Boccard. “The next two weeks will be complicated because doubt looms large for many. We don’t decide. We can just give it our all like every day.”

In two weeks and eight matches, the Red Lions have blown hot and cold. Above all, they showed that they needed sixteen players used to playing together to make the game more fluid.

“We have progressed well throughout the matches with a record of four wins, two draws in eight matches. The first block was not great, then we played more stable against stronger opponents.”

Sunday, against Australia, the Belgians accelerated at times which was enough against an Australian team which added offensive precision to the speed.

”In the first half, we lost all 50-50 because we were not aggressive enough. After the break, we gained momentum. We had shootouts against India and Australia which is an excellent thing.”

The Lions will play their next Pro League match with the Olympic core against Great Britain on June 23 in Utrecht.

2024-06-02 16:55:00
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