Van Male: Netherlands ignoring favourites tag

Netherlands World Cup
Netherlands star Kitty van Male says her side are ignoring the tag of favourites after they began their Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup campaign with a 7-0 win over Korea.

The reigning World Cup champions put in a ruthless display against Korea, cruising into a 5-0 lead in the first quarter.

Van Male and Frederique Matla both grabbed doubles while Kelly Jonker, Laurien Leurink and Lidewij Welten were also on target.

Speaking after the game, van Male said: “Everyone says we are favourites but we don’t really feel it we are just happy with ourselves as a team and want to win every game.

“It was the perfect start. We played brilliantly in the first half and showed everyone what we can do but the second half needed to be better.

“We are in really good form and as a squad were just so happy to finally get our tournament under way after a long wait which is why we played so fast and together.”

The Netherlands shared the goals around with five different scorers, something that pleased van Male as she added: “We really played together, it was not a one player show and a team effort. We did it for each other.”

Next up for the Dutch are China on Friday 27 July in their second game in Pool A. Tickets to experience the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup are still available - to secure your seats and for more information click here.