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Red Panthers beat China and jump into third place in Hockey Pro League
Hockey The Red Panthers (FIH 13) in Uccle China (FIH 10) 4-1-figures beaten in their fifth match in the Hockey Pro League. The victory, courtesy of goals from Alix Gerniers (3x) and Ambre Ballenghien, ensures that Belgium Australia will pass in the standings. Belgium is now, after Argentina and the Netherlands a third place in the Hockey Pro League.

With 10 points after 5 matches (3 victories, 1 loss and 1 tie) waiting for Wednesday, again in Uccle, a confrontation with the United States (FIH 12), the ninth and last in the stand.

After their duel against the Americans, the Belgian players must first focus on the knockout phase will be organized from the own national competition, on may 19 the Pro League again to start against Great Britain.

Coach Thijssen: “Now progression continue to make”

“The importance of these matches, especially by the outside world on”, put the Dutch coach Niels Thijssen after the end of the shore. “Our goal in the Pro League is for progression to continue to make and every game to perform better. I understand the responses given to the ranking (China and the US are net for Belgium in the world ranking, eds.), but within the team we have that extra pressure is not on. Starting in January, and our tour in Argentina and Oceania, we know that we are on a good day with any country can be measured. The pressure of the must win doesn't help us. The preparation for the match of Wednesday is not more important than, say, the preparation for that against the Australians, for example.”

“After our openingsdoelpunt the group has himself said: ‘We are now for, and now have our own race to continue to play." We did that first, but in hockey the perfect that such a competition will still be 4-4, especially against an opponent of this caliber. Such things are important in order to continue to work. We must dare to win our matches and especially to continue to win and after a lead, not only to defend, think,” concluded Thijssen.

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