Sunday, September 20, 2020

Men 1 :  HC Luxembourg vs Jaguar

 

A substantial home crowd came to support the blue riband team, and Luxembourg was very keen to bring the club the first National League victory in their history. Focussed, diligent and perfectly organised, the home players displayed an impressive level of play from the first moments of the match. Starting in a beautiful shape Gratien Kangulumba received a millimetre perfect aerial from Olivier Willame in the opposing half. The virtuoso threaded a pass through the eye of a needle for Milan Dans who opened the scoring with a scorching reverse stick strike (1-0).

 

The home team redoubled their commitment in the next 15 mins. Having set up defensively at the start of the meeting, they changed the rhythm of the match by bringing in an additional striker, one Nicolas de Charry. The latter used his speed to pierce the Jaguar's defence and centre the ball towards Milan Dans. The Lux striker subtly deflected the ball into the top corner for his second of the afternoon, to leave the team comfortable at the break. (2-0)

 

Mindful of the prize at stake in the second thirty-five minutes, the Luxembourg players returned to the pitch filled with the same intentions as in the first act. Denying the Jaguars a moments respite, they scored two more goals in quick succession. Gratien Kangulumba, delivering another sparkling performance, pierced the poor opposing goalkeeper with a powerful shot that could have been heard from the "Gründ"! Finally, it was on PC that the home team sealed the deal. Our captain, Laurent Nève, slapped it along the deck for Milan Dans who signed a ‘hat-trick’ by diving for a tip-in with the edge of his stick! (4-0)

 

The Grand Duchy fought valiantly to maintain this position until the final whistle. Arnaud Debeaumont masterfully deflected an opposing PC on the line while Matthew Nunes was imperial for his return as goalkeeper. The entire team delivered a game of high quality. The score did not change, despite some nice additional offensive plays. Mass was said and our gentlemen could rejoice: we finally had this first historic victory for the Hockey Club of Luxembourg. Savouring this victory with our supporters, the celebrations were huge!

 

The Luxembourg team are looking great and the club has a bright future ahead of them. We can guarantee that this group will give us some great times in the future. Today, and beautifully aided by their female brethren, they placed Luxembourg on the hockey map. With the explosive growth of this fine sport, it is a perfect time to deliver such a remarkable performance!

 

Maxime Halflants

 

Sunday September 20, 2020.

 

Ladies 1 :  HC Luxembourg vs Namur

 

In bright spirits following their convincing first victory at La Rasante (0-8), the Luxembourg women's 1st team welcomed their rivals from Namur this afternoon with the firm intention of convincingly establishing their dominance in this local rivalry.

 

Under a beating our players prepared for the game perfectly. The girls from Namur though arrived on the pitch just moments before the initial whistle, and the white and blues established a high tempo between their key players to open the scoring after just a few minutes of play. Maude De Cooman and Valentine Assenmacher combined perfectly in the back of the opposing defense before the former propelled the ball into the corner of the goal(1-0).

 

Well organised, the Luxembourgers mastered the debates during the first quarter of an hour, without however being able to capitalise upon the opportunities they had created for themselves.

 

With Romane Wilmotte off the field for a recovery period, her teammates missed here presence in the middle of the field. A few moments of hesitation followed, resulting in the equalizer in Namur on her first penetration in the opposing circle. (1-1)

 

The players of the Grand Duchy had a hard time rediscovering their initial rhythm in a disjointed match. The score did not change until five minutes from time. That was the moment for the Luxembourg club to give a last great hurrah and finally find the hole in the red and black wall! In utter confusion, Romane Wilmotte delivered the coup de gras through a PC with a powerful shot. (2-1)

 

Intelligently managing their lead, Luxembourg would not be surprised a second time. The outcome of the game was sealed and our women's team could breathe. Lacking inspiration, they showed patience and self-sacrifice to extricate themselves from a perilous situation, and see off a tough and persevering Namur team. The basics in the bag, our ladies maintained their perfect record. In addition, they perfectly launched their male counterparts who followed them on to the pitch, in search of their first victory of the season ...

 

Maxime Halflants

 
Saturday September 26
 
U9 Girls : Luxembourg - Jaguar : to be rescheduled
U11 Girls : Luxembourg - Huy : 5-0
U12 Boys : Léopold - Luxembourg : 4-1
U16 Girls : Luxembourg - Huy : 2-1
U16 Boys : Louvain-La-Neuve - Luxembourg : 2-3
U19 Boys : Lara - Luxembourg : 5-0
 
Sunday September 27
 
Men (Belgian League) : Stix - Luxembourg : 3-2
Ladies (Open League) : Ombrage - Luxembourg : 0-7
 
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Saturday September 19
 
U9 Girls : Luxembourg - Racing 2 : 7-1
U9 Boys : Luxembourg - Hannut : 6-5
U11 Girls : Namur - Luxembourg : 8-0
U12 Boys : Luxembourg - Louvain La Neuve : 12-2
U16 Girls : Luxembourg - La Rasante 2 : 4-1
U16 Boys : Primerose - Luxembourg : postponed
U19 Boys : Luxembourg - Orée 3 : 4-1
 
Sunday September 20
 
Men (Belgian League) : Luxembourg - Jaguar : 4-0
Ladies (Open League) : Luxembourg - La Rasante : 2-1
 
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Saturday September 12
 
U9 Girls : Racing - Luxembourg : na
U11 Girls : Luxembourg - Jaguar : 5-5
U12 Boys : Jaguar - Luxembourg : 0-2
U14 Boys : Louvain-La-Neuve - Luxembourg : 1-1
U16 Boys : Luxembourg - Jaguar : 4-1
U19 Boys : Luxembourg - Huy : 3-7
 
Sunday September 13
 
Men (Belgian League) : Tournai - Luxembourg : 4-3
Ladies (Open League) : La Rasante - Luxembourg : 0-8
 
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Saturday September 5
 
U9 Boys : Luxembourg - Huy : 3-3
U16 Girls : Luxembourg - Waterloo Ducks : 11-1
U16 Boys : Leopold - Luxembourg : 4-1
U19 Boys : Verviers - Luxembourg 3-0
 
Sunday September 6
 
Men (Belgian League) : Luxembourg - Taxandria : 1-1 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

 

Tournai - HC Luxembourg : 4-3

 

 

The Luxembourg team traveled to Tournai for this second league match. Well into under way after a promising first meeting, they were keen to ride the positive wave of the start of the season.
 
To make up for the absence of a few key players from the team, the latter could happily count on the return to its ranks of Gratien Kangulumba, a true hockey virtuoso with an exceptional and communicative mentality. Omnipresent on this sunny Sunday, it was also him who launched Milan Dans in depth. The Luxembourg striker played an inspired "big bridge" against the opposing defense, and slipped the ball finely into the back of the goal. (0-1)
 
Although in shape, Luxembourg was naively surprised on a local counterattack, a few moments after opening the scoring. Everything had to be redone. (1-1)
 
Taking the game to his own account during the last ten minutes of the first act, the blues and whites saw their good organization rewarded with a beautiful combination between Milan Dans and Maxime Halflants. The coach-player concluded the action of a powerful push in the right corner of the goal. (1-2)
 
The second half was akin to a physical and psychological fight, relegating the show to the background. In this tense atmosphere, Tournai reaped the score on a magnificent individual action by the opposing striker who sent a powerful backhand strike into the goal ceiling! (2-2)
 
But Luxembourg had resources. Under the impetus of a dazzling Gratien Kangulumba, the Grand Duchy club returned to the front when the ball, deflected by Milan Dans, made the local nets tremble for a third time. (2-3)
 
It remained for the HCL to maintain this deserved result while the clock still showed 4 minutes to go! Unfortunately, the lack of experience of this beautiful team under construction was lacking. Twice, what's more. Tournai took advantage of the opposing mistakes to crucify the visiting players, exhausted by a meeting of great intensity. (4-3)
 
Disappointed, but far from being defeated, Luxembourg is keeping its head up high and intends to learn valuable lessons from this very encouraging match for the rest of the season.
 
Next week, Luxembourg players are counting on massive support from the entire club to clinch their first victory and push towards the places of merit they deserve!
 
Maxime Halflants

Sunday, September 6, 2020

 

HC Luxembourg - Taxandria : 1-1

 

 

The season is finally starting ! After a promising summer preparation, the team is fully motivated for this first league match! Needed motivation for this opening match, which has been a difficult draw for us. Indeed, the Taxandria team is certainly one of the strongest in the league.

 

Luxembourg starts the match with a compact and cautious strategy, leaving the possession of the ball to the opponent and waiting patiently for an opening to counter-attack. This opportunity was not long in coming as, after only a few minutes, our new Spanish recruit "Koké Zidane" perfectly puts the ball deep for Milan Dans who takes a powerful shot that unfortunately dies on the left post of the opponent's goal!

 

These few centimetres too short penalize us doubly because Taxandria opens the score on the following action, not without a serious stroke of luck. Indeed, the opposing attacker misses his shot and the unexpected trajectory of the ball deceives our goalkeeper by taking it on the wrong foot (0-1).

 

In spite of this blow of fate, Luxembourg went back into action and took the game into their own hands as the minutes went by. Courageous, united and with a positive fighting spirit, the Grand Duchy's players deliver an exemplary match. The team, united, will be rewarded for its efforts ten minutes from time. Milan Dans, in great shape this Sunday, is wrongfully arrested in the opposing circle. The referee's decision is clear: stroke! Our captain Laurent Nève takes responsibility and transforms it into a powerful flick at half height (1-1).

 

The last moments of the match will be tense and indecisive, but neither team will manage to find the breakthrough. The draw is logical, given the configuration of the match. This is a wonderful and encouraging result for our club for the rest of the season! We can say that Luxembourg has found a team that looks good and will fight every Sunday to win!

 

The group will travel to Tournai this Sunday to hopefully take their first victory and take the podium of a league that promises to be exciting until the end!

 

Maxime Halflants

Trainings will start on September 1, 2020.

 
Dear members and hockey enthousiats,
 
we hereby confirm the organisation of summer camps ("Degroof Petercam Hockey Camps") during the last 2 weeks of August (August 17-21 and August 24-28).
 
You can now register for one or both of the camps through our website. 
 
 
Please note that the committee of the Hockey Federation Luxembourg has decided to exceptionally propose these camps free of charge for HCL paying members (season 2019-2020).

 

 

Hockey Federation Luxembourg (HFL) has been selected by the  European Hockey Federation (EHF) to be part of its Twinning Program. This program consists of two years of collaboration and learning between a young hockey federation and an experienced hockey club. This year Netherlands Hockey Federation (KNHB) is the major contributor to the EHF initiative. Dutch clubs have been selected to collaborate with European hockey federations.

 

We are pleased to announce HFL is twinning with the Dutch club HV Weert. HV Weert is located in the south east of the Netherlands, in the province of Limburg. University students founded the club in 1938. The club now counts 730 members and proposes competitive and leisure hockey. HV Weert has more than 50 teams, amongst youth, adults and veterans groups. They play on a regional as well as on a top national level.

 

The Twinning Program and collaboration with HV Weert will be a major step forward for HFL and will help us reach a higher level of hockey in Luxembourg at all levels, supporting the promotion, development and growth of our sport. HFL will strive to better its organization by learning from the expertise and experience of our partner, HV Weert.

 

The program consists in exchange visits in the Netherlands and in Luxembourg to share ideas and experience the organization and day-to-day life of the partner in real life. More frequent video conferencing will be organized as well as direct communication.

 

Following a first meeting between HV Weert and HFL representatives, a program will be worked out around three key areas for our organization:

 

  • Sport policy and coaching strategy;
  • Youth development plan, volunteer enrollment and membership growth;
  • Social life and club culture.

 

During the course of the program we will also work on common tournaments for youth and adults, technical clinics, trainer collaboration and umpiring.

 

The willingness to extend the two years Twinning Program collaboration to a friendly and long-term relationship between HV Weert and HFL has been commonly expressed by both parties.

 

The HFL team leading the project is headed by Ignacio Gomez-Acebo, sports director, together with Jimena Perez, social life coordinator, and Ivan Bouillot, youth coordinator.

 

HV Weert team is composed of Manon Eijsvogel, coach, trainer and project manager, Natasja Princen, Board member and team manager, and René Eijsvogel, coach and trainer.

 

We thank the EHF, KNHB and HV Weert for supporting HFL. We are looking forward to work and develop strong relationships with HV Weert.

 

Dear members,
 
please find below the training schedule for the remaining 3 weeks of the season (June 15 to July 4).
 
 
We kindly ask you to read the safety guidelines (sent to members by email) we have prepared in order to resume training and to communicate the rules to your children. ​
 
Besides all the basic guidelines you are familiar with (no handshaking, keep distance etc) there some specificities to sport / hockey (don't touch the ball with the hands etc). 
 
There will be a kiss & ride zone to drop the children. 
 
Children will go to the pitch through one way and go back to the parking through another way. 
 
Parents are not allowed close to the pitch. ​For teams younger than U12 however we need adults close to the pitch to pay attention children respect the guidelines. So, we will accept parents / nounous, but we ask you to apply the distance rules and other safety guidelines.
 
By coming to training you implicitly acknowledge to have read and accept the guidelines.
 
We wish the children the best of fun back on the pitch !
 
Dear members,
 
Yesterday evening we held a committee during which we worked on the feasibility to resume trainings before the end of the current season.
 
It has been decided to move forward and to present to the Ministry of Sports how the club will proceed in regards of the application of the required safety measures. Once approved, we should be granted access to Boy Konen. We can't know how long it will take, but we will be acting to fasten the process.
 
We have taken the decision to go step by step regarding which teams are going back to trainings.
 
We will start with the men’s team and the older youth teams (U19, U16 an U14). Should everything go fine, the younger youth teams (U11, U10, U8, U7, U6) which require more control and supervision should resume trainings in a second phase.
 
More information and a detailed agenda, with most probably a new training schedule (as the number of players on the pitch has to be reduced), will be sent in due time. 

Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.
 
Kind regards
 
Ivan

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