"The Lions' hockey is a bit like playstation at times, but they have to finish chances"

“The first half was fantastic, unbelievable,” says hockey commentator Eddy Demarez. “The New Zealanders didn’t know where the ball was. It was flashy, fast, with great attacks, … Unfortunately, the Belgians only scored twice. That should have been 3, 4 or 5 goals. Then the match at the rest played.”

Bavo was very impressed by the hockey of the Red Lions before the break, with many balls in one time. “That’s their technical quality,” says Demarez. “That is extremely difficult, but we all have top players. Australia can do that too, the Netherlands too and maybe Germany and England in a good day.”

“It’s a bit of a Playstation attack. If that works out, those one-time attacks, and you also score from them, then you easily win matches.”

And so we come straight to the point of criticism. “They have to finish their chances. But they know that themselves. New Zealand could have made the connection goal after the break and then a lot can be done in hockey. You have to make that gap big enough quickly and in hockey that means 3 or 4 goals difference.”

“Because in the second half it almost got exciting; The Lions are obviously better, but they lost control a bit and let New Zealand come into the game. I also felt that they got a mental nod after the loss of their video referral.”

“That is also something to take into account. They have used it too quickly and too lightly, I think.”

But the failure of penalty corner specialist Alexander Hendrickx was well digested. “I was surprised that Tom Boon took the first penalty corner. In principle, Luypaert is the number two. But that is all part of playing hide and seek. Without Hendrickx, it is now much more difficult for the opponents to prepare for the Belgian penalty corner. The penalty corner is so important in hockey. So it was very important for confidence and mental peace that Boon’s first one went in immediately.”

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