The first prize of the season went to the ladies from Leiden, the Netherlands reports waterpolo.nl. They defeated the Polar Bears with 8-7 after the penalty shootout. It was a small revenge for the cup winner of the last year, which granted them a series of applause.
Polar Bears and ZVL-1886 are both young teams, but due to the lack of youth internationals Simone van de Kraats, Nina ten Broek, Cynthia Mulder (Polar Bears) and Jasmin Entezar, Janieke Oosting, Rozanne Voorvelt (ZVL-1886), the team players were possibly even younger.
Polar Bears coach Evangelos Doudesis put two debutants in the water: Lola Moolhuijzen and Jill Oort. Moolhuijzen, in particular, played a striking role with two scores. Her colleague Jacob Spijker also chose many new names with Duchanka Kammerman, Laura Roels, Sterre Bijkerk and Moran Lindhout. The latter had a dream debut.
ZVL-1886 led 0-3 after the first quarter. Gradually, Polar Bears came closer and managed to play with only one and a half minutes via Iris Wolves for the first time: 5-4. However, Roline Schuijt scored for an Edes team by making it 5-5 seconds before the end. In the penalty series, both teams missed a lot of shots. Debutant Lindhout took the leading role, scoring the decisive penalty for Leiden team.
Polar Bears – ZVL-1886 7-8
Quarters: 0-3, 1-0, 2-0, 2-2 (Penalty: 2-3)
Scorers, Polar Bears: Iris Wolves 2, Lola Moolhuijzen 2, Fleurien Bosveld
Scorers, ZVL: Malissa van Rijn 2, Marianne de Groot, Isis Keijzer, Roline Schuijt.