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Netherlands seal Olympic Games Paris 2024 qualification!

LAUSANNE: The EuroHockey Championships 2023 came to an end today with Netherlands claiming the women’s and men’s title and securing direct qualification to the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Netherlands women were the reigning champions and defended their title against Belgium in the finals, to lift the continental championship, for a record 12th time! Dutch men followed suit, defending their EuroHockey title, in a tense final against England.

Following Netherlands’ victory in the women’s competition, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland,  Spain and Italy will now move on to the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2024 where they will get a second opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Following Netherlands’ victory in the men’s competition, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Austria will now move on to the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2024 where they will get a second opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

In the EuroHockey Women’s Championship, Netherlands and Germany were the dominant forces during the pool stages, securing 3 wins in 3 matches in Pool A and Pool B respectively. Belgium finished second in Pool A registering 6 points, while England did the same in Pool B, setting up semi-final clashes against Germany and Netherlands, respectively.

The first semi-final between Netherlands and England looked to be a close affair, with neither team managing to score in the opening half. But Netherlands drew first blood in the second half and that opened the floodgates as they ran away 7-0 winners! The second semi-final between Belgium and Germany went down to the wire.

Belgium opened the scoring early in the first quarter through 18-year old Emily White, and while both teams had plenty of opportunities to score, the match ended at 1-0 in favour of Belgium.

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