Eva de Goede and Frédérique Matla have been nominated for the election of the world hockey star of the year, the world federation FIH announced on Friday.
In the battle for election, the Good and Matla have competition from the Argentinian Carla Rebecchi, the New Zealand internationals Stacey Michelsen and Olivia Merry and Janne Müller-Wieland from Germany. The winner will be announced in February 2020.
The winner is determined by a voting procedure in which coaches and players (50 percent), fans (25 percent) and media (25 percent) have a share.
De Goede, player of Amsterdam and captain of the Dutch national team, was named the best player in the world last year. This year, she won the FIH Pro League and the European Championships in Antwerp with the Orange squad and won the national championships with Amsterdam.
Matla, who plays for Den Bosch in a club context, has been nominated for the prize for the first time. The striker, who was left outside the training group for the Tokyo Olympic Games by national coach Alyson Annan, has a productive year with 51 goals in 53 official matches for club and country. Matla also has a chance to win the prize for talent of the year.
No Dutch men nominated
Among the men, no Dutch hockey players compete for the title of world hockey player of the year. The Argentinian Maico Casella, player of the Dutch HGC from Wassenaar, has been nominated. Jonas de Geus from Kampong in Utrecht has a chance to win the FIH Rising Star of the Year, the prize for the greatest talent of 2019.
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