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November 12, 2017

Hercules DS3 vs. EHC

While others were celebrating 'de elfde van de elfde' or singing Sint Maarten songs, we headed off on our Saturday evening to Leidschendam for the second match of the season. As the first one had not yet provided us with a victory, we strived to take the points of this match to Delft. Although the time available for warming-up and coach speech was limited, we kicked off the match with some very promosing handball. Nice combinations were played and the score showed 4-6, great! Than somehow the match got a twist and EHC took over. What this twist resulted from... could be the referee that took some strange decisions, could be the transfer from a 6-0 to a 5-1 defense of EHC, or a combination. During the break, the score stagnated at 12-7. In the second half, we tried our best to keep up with EHC's pace, but did not always find the goal. Their strong big cirkel player also kept creating holes in our defense and receiving penalties. The match kind of escalated due to strong defense of EHC, some referee decision and a crowd that was going wild. We even received a red card, which was disgarded after the match fortunately. All in all, we learned a lot, fought together, but unfortunately a score of 28-17 as a result does not lie. Still, we managed to win the third half! Special thanks to our great supporters and substitutes Tessa and Rianne! See you next time at Oliveo...

October 29, 2017

Hercules DS3 vs. Velo DS2

Last Sunday it was time for the first competition match of the Torius ladies student team. Everybody was feeling nervous previous to the start of the game. We started of strong and were able to build up a 4 to 0 lead thanks to some good defence, goal keeping and good pressure in attack. Then then the ladies of Velo started to wake up and a tight game followed. We had some nice attacks, and the defence was working quite well. Unfortunately it was also noticeable that we haven’t been playing together for a long time, and some mistakes were made. At the end of the first half it was 14 to 13.

The second half was as tight as the first and we kept fighting as a team. In the end we just didn’t play smart enough and made some mistakes due to it being our first real match together. We just lost
with 21 to 23. Harold was still proud of us, of course there are a lot of things we can work on, but he complemented our persistence and team work. Charlotte had a fantastic first game in goal, and if we can get our attack a little more organised, we should be able to win our first game soon. Also a special thanks to Linda for helping us out and all supporters for cheering us on.

May 14, 2017

Westlandia DS2 vs. Hercules DS3

This Sunday, not only Feyenoord could become champions, also we, as the Torius Ladies, could become champions of the field competition. We played against Westlandia with a special team formation. Jan divided us in two teams of 6 because we were with 12 players. Halfway in the first and second half these teams would change completely. In the first playing team were: Rianne, Jozet, Rebecca, Linda, Marije and Laura. They started the match with five goals and they kept the defense well closed with only two goals against, of course also thanks to some great saves from Evianne. After a quarter the score was 6 against 2 and the second team was going into the field. The second team consisted of: Sabine, Nienke, Fleur, Sunna, Iris en Imke. They kept the defense closed and scored four goals which led to a score of 10 against 2 for us at the break.

In the break, Jan had nothing to tell; we were leading and he was confident that we would win the match. Instead of the standard talk, we made a team picture with all our sweaty heads. The first team started again and they were playing good with only one goal against and four for us. After fifteen minutes the second team started playing again. The first team was already celebrating the championship while the other team still needed to play for fifteen minutes. Some were so enthusiastic that they were celebrating for the opponent. With seven goals, of which three penalties, and four goals against the end signal was given. This meant that we were champions of the field competition.

It wasn’t our best game ever played, but we won and became champions for the second year on a row. Even in the Westland we had support with us, which is nice especially when becoming champions. After the game we had a lovely diner made by Jan en Jacqueline starting at their roof terrace enjoying the sun and finishing the wonderful day with a desert in their living room.

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January 29, 2017

HMS/Achilles HS1 vs. Hercules HS4

After a large losing streak, it was necessary to give it our all when playing against HMS Achilles. The match took place the 29th of January, in the city of Utrecht. Before the match the team come together for a preparation talk, and once that warm up routine was completed the game started.

During the first few attacks the Torians were in high spirits, even though the first goal was one of HMS. Unfortunately, over the next few minutes HMS was able to score more and more, while the attack of our gents faltered. This lead to a fading team spirit, resulting in a messy first half. The first half ended in a devastating 19 – 6, with HMS firmly in the lead.

Even though the hopes for a win were dashed, we were able to get ourselves together and play a relatively nice second half. We made it clear that we did not forget how to play a nice game of handball, scoring a couple of nice goals, which lead to the final score of 35-17. This means our losing streak remains unbroken, but left our team wanting to win the rest of their matches.

 

Ladies

March 12, 2017

Hercules DS3 vs. Oliveo DS2

Today was our last match of the season. Of course, we wanted to end the season with a win, so we were all motivated to beat Oliveo.

We had a very fast start with our first goal in the first 30 seconds even though we started the game in defense. The first half went really well and in the break the score was 16 goals for us against 5 for Oliveo. Jan was happy with our performance till now, so the only thing he said during the break was to follow this trend and play a good second half as well.

We started the second half with a goal against us, but then we started scoring again. When the final whistle was blown by the referee, the score was 29 against 11 for us. This meant of course a victory for us and everybody (except Evianne) had scored today, so another victory. During this last match of the season we had a visit from talent scout Jacqueline who complimented us on our improvements during this season which is of course very nice to hear!

 

February 26, 2017

Hercules DS3 vs. DWS DS2

Last Sunday was an exciting match for us. If we would win we would keep our second place, if not, DWS would overtake us on the ranking list by becoming second. The bench was fully loaded and fortunately Rianne could play part of the game as well. We started off very good. In the first ten minutes we were able to get the ball in the net, while DWS was struggling. The defense was doing its job right and Evianne was being a supergoalie again. The rest of the first half was about the same and by the end of the first half it was 14 against 6 for us. Our opponent was also in it to win it, so it was a fierce and physical match.

The beginning of the second half had a low scoring pace for both parties. In the first 11 minutes both sides only scored three times. Because of the fierce play, multiple two minutes penalties were given with a total of five during the entire game. DWS managed to fight back since the score for the second half was 11 against 10. Perhaps we were a little bit tired, causing us not to play the best game anymore. Also, they started using an open defense which always seems to confuse us. Luckily we already showed them we were better during the first half. The final score was 25 against 16, meaning a final second place on the ranking list.

A very nice performance to be proud of as a team!

February 19, 2017

Verburch DS3 vs. Hercules DS3

With only three matches left and a second place on the ranking list we were preparing ourselves for a match against Verburch. Without Iris en Fleur who went off for some snow fun we were already missing some players. Unfortunately, Rianne missed the final steps of the stairs on Friday, causing her to miss this game as well. Luckily, we got some help during the match from Kimberly and we were ready for the game. We started by scoring two goals from Nienke and Rebecca. However, this didn’t give us enough strength to keep ahead and Verburch scored three goals bringing us behind. Kind of a wake up call for us to start scoring again and the goal of Kimberly brought us ahead with 7-4. During the first half, throwing and catching the ball didn’t seem our strongest point, causing a lot of loss of the ball and goals for Verburch. Thanks to Evianne we could keep our lead till the end of the first half, resulting in 9-8. We definitely needed a wake up call, but instead of becoming angry Jan gave us a Pep Up talk and we were ready for the second half.

Second half already started with a much different attitude. We started playing together like a team, nice passing, good pressure and playing some systems let us getting ahead with 17-9. Thanks to playing the systems a lot of space was created for the circle players. Rebecca really took us by the hand and lead us through the second half. Also defending was going better and Evianne was still going strong by letting only five balls pass. Unfortunately, in the last five minutes chaos came back again allowing them to score two more goals. Luckily, the match was already decided at this point with a final score of 22-13. All and all it was a very sportive game and hopefully we can play the next match like the first 25 minutes of the second half!

 

February 12, 2017

DES '72 DS1 vs. Hercules DS3

After a lost the previous weekend against Gemini, we were all ready to win this game. Before the match, the referee wanted to see all our faces to check, something new for us. The referee was about 1.50 if not smaller, but she was a good referee. We had a fast start and in three minutes we were three points ahead. Des then was more warmed up and they started to score too. We kept the lead the whole first half and in the last 10 minutes of the first half, we made the distance between Des bigger. The defense stood quite strong and people were really working for each other; we were playing as a team. At the end of the first half, we had a lead of 13 against 6. In the first half we scored five times from a break or a fast counterattack.

In the second half, we had a very good start and we scored the first 3 goals from a break; Des was maybe a bit tired. In the last 10 minutes of the second half, we lacked a little bit of attention and Des could score four times in a row while we did not score anything. Also Rebecca felt really unfortunate which led to her not continuing the game (luckily it wasn’t anything that serious). We had already a lead of 21 against 9 in the last 10 minutes, so the 3 points where still ours even though we didn’t played our best 10 minutes. In this game, from every positions somebody scored at least once, which is nice for the teamspirit. The end score was 21 against 13 and Jan can look back at a well played match.

 

January 29, 2017

HVV DS1 vs. Hercules DS3

After two defeats it was time to kick our own buts and get our spirits high for another match. We headed to Voorschoten for a match against HVV. On our previous encounter we kicked ass by beating them with 30-11, however no guarantees were given. The match started and in the offence some nice moves were made, however finding the goal still seemed difficult. Four minutes in the game and the score was 1-1. The defence and goalie were going strong, making sure only few balls hit the net. In the first 20 minutes, Nienke scores four times, Marije and Imke both score with a break and Fleur scores a penalty. Together with some other nice goals the score is 10-1 in the 20th minute. Seems like a nice start of the game. Then Rebecca and Linda are on fire, hitting the net five times together. HVV manages to score two more times and the first half ends by a nice pass from Evianne to Nienke who can score the final goal of the first half, resulting in 16-3.

For the past couple of practices Jan started training us how to play with an open defence. This seemed a good opportunity to put this into practice, which meant we were defending 5-1 for the first 10 minutes of the second half. Unfortunately this resulted in three goals for HVV and only one for us. Back to 6-0 defence and try keeping the lead. In the final 20 minutes Rianne scored some nice goals from mid-back position and the defence was stronger again. The match resulted in a 25-10 win which reflects a good first half and a lesser second half.

December 11, 2016

Oliveo DS2 vs. Hercules DS3

The final match of this calendar year was against Oliveo. After losing from them last year we were a little bit hesitant about what to expect. Luckily, we had two fans on the tribune and not to forget awesome timekeepster Leah. A short reunion between Jan and the referee and then it was time to start the game. After 2 minutes played, Rebecca breaks through the defense, resulting in our first goal. This gives us a good dose of courage and goals by Linda and Rianne bring us ahead with 3-0 after 4:30 minutes. In the next ten minutes we don’t manage to score while Oliveo hits the net twice, making them catch up. Luckily this gives us a wake-up call and Linda scores the fourth goal, making sure we stay ahead. Playing well in the offence gives Rianne opportunities, scoring four goals from the corner in the first 30 minutes. After the first half, the result is 9-6 for Torius. During the break, tips were given by Charlotte and injured Nienke and with good confidence we went off to the second half. Already in the first minute Rebecca breaks through the defence again bringing our score to double digits. Oliveo scores another three times in the first 9 minutes, but after that our defence was well organized and Evianne was doing so well that they don’t manage to score anymore. Unfortunately, the final minutes couldn’t pass without injuries and Imke had to be taken off the field by Jan. We all hope that she will be fine soon! In the end the final score was 21-9 for Torius, celebrating another victory!

November 20, 2016

Gemini DS3 vs. Hercules DS3

Op zondag 20 november stond de uitwedstrijd tegen Gemini op het programma. In het begin was het weer even aftasten wat we van de tegenpartij konden verwachten, maar na 3 minuten werd er eindelijk gescoord door Nienke. Helaas werden we in de minuten erna bestraft met een 2 minuten tijdstraf voor Rebecca en een penalty. Gelukkig was de penalty ongeldig verklaart door een voetfout en liep het gelijk op, doordat Gemini nog een penalty in haar voordeel kreeg. Maar na 10 minuten was de diesel goed opgewarmd en wisten we de voorstand uit te bouwen naar 4-10 in de 22e minuut. We wisten steeds beter om te gaan met de 5-1 verdediging van Gemini door afwisselend spel te spelen. Daarentegen werden veel schoten van Gemini geblokt door de verdediging en onze keeper. De eerste helft eindigde met nog een aantal snelle aanvallen en een penalty voor Gemini, waardoor we met 6-13 de rust in gingen.

In de 2e helft ging Gemini meer gebruik maken van haar cirkel. Ze wisten op verschillende manieren te scoren en hadden daarbij een penalty goed benut. Wij haalden vooral profijt uit onze systemen, waarbij we de balsnelheid in de aanval probeerde te verhogen. Halverwege kregen de Torius dames last van een dip en werden ze steeds harder aangepakt door de tegenpartij. Hierdoor waren we geneigd om te moeilijk te doen, wat resulteerde in een aantal tegendoelpunten. Het was lastig om rust te bewaren in ons spel, maar gelukkig wisten we ons in de laatste 7 minuten weer te herpakken. Bij 18-23 klonk het eindsignaal. Met tot nu toe 4 van de 5 wedstrijden gewonnen te hebben, kunnen we terugkijken op een mooie stand in de poule!

October 30, 2016

Hercules DS3 vs. WHC Den Haag DS3
De eerste thuiswedstrijden van het seizoen!

Na ruim een half jaar was het zo ver. We speelden weer een thuis wedstrijd in de zaal van het sport centrum van de TU Delft! Dit betekende dat we eerst de heren konden zien spelen in een bloedstollend spannende wedstrijd tegen Nijenrodes HS1. Met deze mooie wedstrijdvoorbereiding en het publiek, begonnen we vol goede moed aan de wedstrijd tegen de Wings Hermes Combinatie Den Haag. De eerste twee schoten van ons konden helaas het doel nog niet vinden, maar gelukkig hield onze keepster ons eigen net in de eerste paar minuten ook nog leeg. Na 3 minuten, kwam dan toch het eerste tegendoelpunt. Het ging redelijk gelijk op, maar het lukte ons niet meer om voor te staan. In de 23e minuut stond het 7-8 voor WHC. Coach Jan deed zijn best om de wit-blauwe machine draaiende te houden, maar het werd er niet beter op. Niet iedereen zat lekker in het spel en er werd onnodig balverlies geleden. Dit konden we niet veroorloven tegen de tegenpartij die scherp schoot vanaf de 2e lijn. We gingen daardoor met een stand van 8-13 de rust in.
Met heldere taal werd iedereen weer herinnerd aan de afspraken die we voor de wedstrijd hadden gemaakt en gingen we over in een 5-1 verdediging. Ondanks dat de verdediging goed stond, hadden we moeite om het net te vinden in de aanval en liep de achterstand op tot 8-16 door de break-outs van de tegenpartij. Het lukte ons niet meer om dit gaat te dichten. Na bijna een jaar de punten in huis te hebben gehouden, bleek WHC te sterk voor ons en klonk het fluit signaal bij 14-25. Ondanks dat we hadden verloren, was het wel een sportief team om tegen te spelen en hopen we deze ervaring weer mee te kunnen nemen naar onze volgende wedstrijd! Volgende week zondag spelen we tegen DWS in Schiedam.

October 23, 2016

Saturnus Leiden DS2 vs Hercules DS3
Dames Torius nipt naar winst in eerste zaalwedstrijd

De dames van Hercules DS3, a.k.a. Torius zijn afgelopen zondag 23 oktober 2016 goed aan de zaalcompetitie begonnen, na een gelijkopgaande wedstrijd werd Saturnus Leiden DS2 verslagen met 13-14.

De Torius dames hadden de veldcompetitie als voorbereiding gebruikt om in de zaal te kunnen gaan vlammen. Aangezien het team echter in de aller laagste veldklasse speelde, ondervonden de studenten niet veel weerstand. De dames konden wel goed de snelle tegenaanval oefenen, die meer dan eens een geducht wapen bleek, en er kon ook nog van het weer genoten worden: 6 van de 7 wedstrijden werden in een heerlijk najaarszonnetje gespeeld.

Na vorig jaar kampioen te zijn geworden, speelt DS3 dit jaar in een voor hen nieuwe poule, met veelal onbekende tegenstanders. Zo ook Saturnus Leiden DS2. Er werd dus afgesproken van het eigen spelletje uit te gaan. Na het begin signaal moesten de Torius dames duidelijk wennen aan de weerstand die Saturnus bood. De tegenstanders pakten flink aan in de dekking en wisten het spel van van de dames te ontregelen. Pas na 8 minuten wisten de dames het net te vinden, en stond het 2-1 in het voordeel van Saturnus. De dames van Torius wisten daarna snel gelijk te maken, maar direct liep Saturnus weer uit naar een 6-2 tussenstand na 15 minuten. De afstandsschutters werden toen gelukkig wakker en vlak voor rust resulteerde een aantal mooie aanvallen in een gelijke stand. Saturnus prikte echter vlak voor het rustsignaal nog een bal in het doel, zodat er gerust werd met een 10-9 achterstand.

In de rust werden de afspraken nog een keer herhaald en vol goede moed werd aan de tweede helft begonnen. Aan beide kanten werd goed verdedigd en het duurde bijna 10 minuten voordat er in de tweede helft gescoord werd. Een mooie pegel vanaf de tweede lijn in de kruising betekende een gelijke stand, 10-10. Even later wisten de dames van Torius voor het eerst in de wedstrijd bij 11-12 de leiding te pakken, en deze zelfs uit te bouwen naar 12-14, met nog 8 minuten op de klok bleef het ijzingwekkend spannend… de verdediging liet aan beide kanten niets door en de ploegen bleven elkaar in evenwicht houden. Pas in de laatste seconden, toen de winst de dames van Torius niet meer kon ontgaan, wist Saturnus nog 1 maal te scoren en zo stond er een eindstand van 13-14 op het scorebord.

Volgende week zondag, 30 oktober speelt Hercules DS3 de eerste thuiswedstrijd in het sportcentrum van de TU Delft, om 15:30 is het haagse WHC DS3 de tegenstander.

March 22, 2016

Met gepaste trots (dames Torius kampioen). Van een aanstaande kampioen wil je altijd winnen de tegenstander krijgt iets extra's. Dat waren de waarschuwingen vooraf. In misschien wel de beste 10 minuten van het seizoen sloopte de Torius aanval de EHC muur met als stuwende kracht Jozet die in de eerste 10 minuten 4x scoorde. Voorsprong 10-5. Daarna werd het minder EHC scoorde 4 x op rij wat uiteindelijk resulteerde in een ruststand van 10-12 in ons voordeel. Paniek(zenuwen)sloeg toe in het begin van de tweede helft we kwamen met 1 doelpunt zelfs achter 14-13. Verdedigende taktiek werd veranderd van een 6-0 naar een 5-1 en daarna vrouw dekking op de keyplayer van EHC. Nienke sloopte no 9 van EHC en Imke stond haar vrouwtje in de punt van de verdediging. De wedstijd kantelde en zoals zo vaak gaven conditie, schotkracht en snelheid ons de bekende kracht in het laatste kwartier. Vanaf 14-16 Torius heer en meester op het veld de cruciale 7 meter was raak en het kampioenschap binnen.
We kijken al uit naar zondag 20 maart om het super te vieren what ever de uitslag may be.

February 21, 2016

Zondag 21 februari speelden we in het sportcentrum van de TU Delft weer een belangrijke wedstrijd in de strijd om het kampioenschap. De tegenstander was Oliveo DS3. De uitwedstrijd tegen Oliveo ging helaas verloren, tot nu toe onze enige verliespunten deze competitie. Dit wilden we graag zo houden en het beloofde dus een spannende wedstrijd te worden! Beide ploegen leken wat zenuwachtig aan de wedstrijd te beginnen en de eerste schoten belandden daardoor aan beide kanten op de keepster of het houtwerk. Wij wisten na 3 minuten de score te openen via een doelpunt van de vrijgespeelde cirkelloopster. Vlak daarna wist  Oliveo gelijk te maken en 4 minuten later waren ze uitgelopen naar een 1-4 voorsprong. Tot dat moment hadden we mooie snelle combinaties laten zien, maar werd vooral het houtwerk getest.  Toen de zenuwen wat meer onder controle waren, werden de snelle tegenaanvallen goed benut en kon er door ons weer een kleine voorsprong worden gepakt. De rest van de eerste helft gingen beide ploegen gelijk op en trakteerden de toeschouwers zo op een spannende pot handbal. Met een minimale voorsprong gingen we uiteindelijk de rust in: 10-9. Opvallend was dat meer dan de helft van de doelpuntenproductie van de dames van Oliveo afkomstig was uit strafworpen (5). De tweede helft wisten we al snel afstand te nemen van Oliveo. Vanuit een solide dekking werd goed gebruik gemaakt van de break en de snelle tegenaanval. Een mooi schot vanuit de tweede lijn bracht de tussenstand na 10 minuten in de tweede helft op 17-11. Ook in de rest van de tweede helft bleven we goed op snelheid spelen. Met nog 5 minuten te spelen stond er een voorsprong van 15-24 op het scorebord en was de wedstrijd gelopen. Oliveo kon nog profiteren van wat concentratieverlies in de dekking en wist de einduitslag te bepalen op 25-18. Elke week wordt er in de training veel nadruk gelegd op snelheid en het was leuk om te zien dat dit effect heeft! Voor ons is elke wedstrijd nu een finale, te beginnen volgende week, als we thuis mogen aantreden tegen Warmunda /MSV.

March 13, 2016

We are the Champions!!!
Afgelopen zondag 13 maart speelden de dames van Hercules DS3 aka Torius hun kampioenswedstrijd. Er was nog 1 punt nodig om het kampioenschap definitief binnen te halen.
Strijdtoneel was sporthal de Fluit in Leidschendam en de tegenstanders de dames van EHC DSx. Een extra bijzondere wedstrijd voor Fleur, aangezien ze tegen haar oude club speelde. Na een kort praatje van Jan gingen we de zaal in en wisten we wat ons te doen stond. We begonnen goed en geconcentreerd aan de wedstrijd en stonden al gauw met 1-4 voor. Met mooie combinaties werd de verdediging van EHC zoek gespeeld, en het leek erop dat het net zoals de week ervoor snel
een uitgemaakte zaak zou zijn. Maar niets was minder waar. Het leek erop dat we tehard van startwaren gegaan. Na een kwartier sloegen ineens de zenuwen toe en kon EHC van een 5-10 achterstand terugkomen tot een 10-12 ruststand. In de rust werden nog eens de belangrijkste zaken besproken. Het kan beter en dat zijn de zenuwen waren de uitspraken die de eerste helft typeerden. Na rust kwam EHC terug in de wedstrijd en wist zelfs voor het eerst een voorsprong te pakken: 14-13. Op dat moment richtte het team zich op en vanuit een gewijzigde dekking, wisten we snel de wedstrijd weer naar onze hand te zetten met 3 doelpunten op rij. EHC toonde zich een waardige tegenstander en aangemoedigd door enthousiaste jeugd op de tribune wisten ze nog een keer tot op 1 punt te komen: 19-20. De laatste vijf minuten wisten we definitief afstand te nemen en konden na het eindsignaal een klein feestje vieren. Uiteindelijk was de eindstand 19-23. Onder de douche ging het feestje verder met prosecco, elsa champagne (appelsap met prik voor de bestuurders 😉 ) en een nieuw couplet van hét enige echte Torius lied. Het bleef nog lang onrustig in Leidschendam, want na de wedstrijd waren we bij de ouders van Fleur uitgenodigd om een drankje en een hapje te komen doen. Dat was welkom na zo'n spannende wedstrijd en uiteindelijk gingen we – toch wel een beetje moe – terug naar Delft terug. Volgende week doen we het feestje nog een keertje over, beide Torius teams spelen dan hun laatste wedstrijd van het seizoen, thuis in de sporthal van de TU Delft. De heren starten om 14:15 en de dames spelen aansluitend om 15:30. Iedereen is van harte welkom bij deze wedstrijden! We hopen op zo veel mogelijk publiek om dit feestje met ons mee te vieren!

Gents

January 22, 2017

Hercules HS4 vs. Leidsche Rhijn HS1

So the home game against Leidsche Rijn was on again. The team which was ended in the top 3 as long as the gents where playing them. We knew this was going to be a hard match, we were only able to win one match out of the five times we met before. Also Torius was coping with lots of injuries and haven’t been performing the way we wanted from the beginning of the season.

Although we only had one substitute, we started the game with unusual high spirits. This resulted in a strong defence and innovating attack. Leidsche Rijn was playing their usual game; a slow pace but full of strong shots and clever plays. They were, as expected, leading after the first half with just four points.

In the second half we were able to keep on playing our own fast game. Leidsche Rijn in their turn kept slowing the game down and try to keep their advantage with experienced clever plays and fouls. But even with three times 2 minutes against their eight times, we weren’t able to turn the tides against this strong team. The game ended in a close 21-23.

 

November 6, 2016

Leidsche Rhijn HS1 vs. Hercules HS4

After scoring 3 points out of 2 matches the Torius gents were up for their 3th match. It was promising to become a tough one since the opponent, Leidsche Rhijn, won both matches the previous season. However, every match starts with a 0-0 score and we were eager toshow our improvements. When we arrived at the hall it was almost freezing, but after a good warming up we were ready for the match. At the start of the first half we had some difficulties scoring and our defence was not yet on a top level. That’s why Leidsche Rhijn was able to start on a 5-0 run. But when we knew our opponent’s strengths our defence was able to adapt and consequently improved a lot. Combine that solid defence with some quick good attacks and we were back in the game. Still missing lots of changes, we finished the first half at a 10-8 score in favour of Leidsche Rhijn.

Unfortunately, the second half started the way the first half did. Our game was characterized by difficulties finding the back of the net. The experienced opponents managed to force us into their slow and static game, which they used to expand their lead further and further. Only in the past few minutes we were able to find back to our nominal strength.

Although losing by quite a big margin, we were at times able to trade barbs on the same level with a very strong opponent. We did learn a lot from this match, about strength and weakness of Leidsche Rhijn, but even more of ourselves. We will see them next time at Unit Sport in Delft, where the scoreboard will be reset. Next time we will have them!

October 30, 2016

Hercules HS4 vs. Nijenrodes HS1

In the run-up to the first home match of this season the atmosphere within the team was very positive. Everyone was looking forward to the match and eager to show a memorable performance to the supporters.
The first half started in favor of the visitors and they managed to get a 1-3 lead in the first six minutes of the game. After a good period of fast and secure play, Hercules managed to level out the score to 4-4 in under four minutes! From this point on, neither of the two teams managed to get a lead of more than two goals. What followed was a period of fluctuations where the teams changed their lead. Both teams tried to hold on to their lead, but in the end neither succeeded. Both teams went into the break with a 12-12 score.
The second half of the game was once more equally matched which would result in a suspenseful match. The first part of the second half was in the favor of Nijenrodes. Nijenrodes managed to stay in the lead for twenty minutes, even though their lead did not consist of more than two points. After twenty-five minutes Hercules finally made the goal which put them in the lead. Nijenrodes tried to level out the score with a final offensive, however an unexpected ‘bowling’ shot from the left back Michel surprised everyone including the goalkeeper of Nijenrodes. Victory for Hercules: 21-20!

October 23, 2016

US HS3 – Hercules (R) HS4

The first match of the season for the Torius rangers was to be played on the 23rd of October in Amsterdam. The team has undergone some drastic changes compared to last year including a new trainer/coach. A practice- and team bonding weekend had just passed, turning the boys into undefeatable team of power rangers. With high hopes and expectations, they set sail (took the train) to the capital.
The first shots were fired by the students from Delft and hit the target, they were off to a good start. It soon turned out however, that US was an opponent that one cannot easily defeat. The defense of Torius was tested severely and withstood many challenges but in the end had to take some damage. Upgraded systems and creative attacks (black power ranger sitting down mid fast break) kept the fight really tight. Both teams were well matched, the goal difference rarely exceeded two goals, as the halftime score shows: 12-13.
After a quick evaluation of the first half, with some lovely statistics provided by our own one legged power ranger Mark, the squad was motivated to play again. The second half was very similar to the first as the teams balanced the score constantly. In the last five minutes Torius gave away the lead by two, but US had lost one of their fighters for two minutes. This was the perfect opportunity to go and claim the victory. All was going according to plan, with the scores all tied up again in the last minute and the ball at hand of the Torians. Sadly however, no goal was produced from the last attack and both team stranded on a perfect draw of 26-26 (for which a bravo is in order)

Preparations up and running

The Torius gents have a clear goal for the upcoming season: Become champions! To achieve this goal, many of our team members have been busy with some personal training all summer long, and now the team has already started to practice together once more. We want to make sure we are completely prepared to start off strong upcoming season.

February 2, 2016

Hercules HS4 vs Nieuwegein HS2 21-19
Bygone Sunday was another home match day for our HS4 Team. After suffering from clear losses in the past three games, a win was crucial for the self confidence and the positioning in the standings. With this in mind, we were happy to host the basement boys from Nieuwegein HS2. We got off to a good start, playing fast attacks emerging from a consequently acting defence. One could see immediately that making the game fast was to our benefit, as our team was a lot younger and could draw on more substitutes. This led to an early lead of 4:1 in the first five minutes. Following the promising start, the rest of the first 30 minutes was characterized by both team’s inabilities to get the ball in the back of the net. Whereas our goalies certainly contributed to the fact that our opponents hardly scored anygoals, our struggles were mainly self-imposed. After we managed to hit the post a good 7 times and missing the goal another 3 times, the first 30 minutes ended with a disappointing score of 7:7. Our coach seemed to have found the right words during the break, as we started the second half with the effort we showed in the first few minutes. A solid defence and decent goalkeeping made our opponents turn the ball over and we punished them by fast played, easy goals. The score line went from 11:8 in the 40th minute over 15:10 to 18:13 with ten minutes left on the clock. Although our opponents did not seem to be interested in turning the match round, bad individual efforts in defence and nervous turn overs in the attack enabled them to get back into the game, so that our lead shrank to one goal (20:19) with two minutes to play. In a beautiful bit of play we managed to create a wide open space on the left wing, from where Pietro sealed the deal at 21:19. Throughout the match there were a lot of things that we have to improve on, which is a good thing and means that we can still become a whole lot better. In the end we have to be happy breaking the negative streak, collecting two points and giving our self confidence a little uplift, even if it was certainly not a good game.
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