The team of the Netherlands
2018 june 28.
Coach: Robert Nijdam
Key players: Maxime Drent (line player), Bo van Wetering (wing)
Qualification information: European qualification tournaments – Group 3 winners
History in tournament: 1977:9th, 1979: 8th, 1981: 9th, 1983: 11th, 1985: 13th, 1987-1993: DNQ, 1995: 10th, 1997: DNQ, 1999: 13th, 2001: 18th, 2003-2008: DNQ, 2010: 6th, 2012: 17th, 2014: 8th, 2016: 9th
Though the current Junior Netherlands generation did not qualify for the 2016 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship, they are an interesting team to watch out for at the 2018 Junior (U20) World Championship in Hungary. The team finished sixth at the Women’s 19 EHF EURO 2017 – a position, in what is the world’s strongest continent, that indicates they could be a dark horse to proceed a fair way towards the podium at Hungary 2018.
Their results in the European qualification tournaments for the 2018 World Championship are also noteworthy: victories against Poland and Czech Republic, as well as a draw against Slovakia 2018 quarter-finalists Sweden. They placed first in Group 3 ahead of Sweden, booking their place at Hungary 2018.
At the European championship last summer, the Netherlands beat Romania and Sweden in the group phase, though they lost to Hungary, who went on to contest the semi-finals (fourth place). The preliminary round result took the Netherlands to the main round, where they were narrowly defeated by Norway, 29:32, and lost to runners-up Russia 20:25. In the 5-8 placement matches, they beat Montenegro 29:25 but were defeated by Germany, 26:27, thereby finishing sixth overall.
For Hungary 2018, the Netherlands were drawn into the most diverse playing group, which sees all four continents represented. The team will open their campaign with intercontinental encounters versus Paraguay then Angola, before meeting Romania in Round 3. A fast-paced match against Japan can be expected in their penultimate group phase match, after which the Netherlands take on defending champions Denmark in the last clash ahead of the knock-out stage.
Group C: Netherlands, Denmark, Romania, Angola, Japan, Paraguay
Games at Hungary 2018
All times local
Monday 2 July: NED-PAR (12:00)
Wednesday 4 July: ANG-NED (20:00)
Thursday 5 July: NED-ROU (18:00)
Saturday 7 July: NED-JPN (13:30)
Sunday 8 July: DEN-NED (20:00)