Two local hockey players, Robert van der Horst and Bob de Voogd, were allowed to play a special last game at hockey club, Oranje-Rood, on Saturday.
In the presence of former and current teammates, family, and friends, they got to play on the hockey field one more time during a farewell match that was played against and with former and current team members.
De Voogd was pleasantly surprised when he arrived at hockey club and the farewell match turned out to be for him too. “I thought I was just coming to play in Robert’s farewell game.”
Van der Horst will be putting away his hockey stick after this season and will be Oranje-Rood’s new trainer. De Voogd has made the switch to the Belgian hockey club, Braxgata. With this, De Voogd ends his adventure with Oranje-Rood after twelve seasons. Bar a short break, Van der Horst played for the Eindhoven club for almost 20 years.
The club’s chairman says, “It was a beautiful day, but with a sombre edge. It is a big loss for the club that Bob and Robert are leaving. It is now up to the younger players to step up.” Both Bob and the chairman, however, do not want to call it a final goodbye. There is a chance that De Voogd will one day return to the Oranje-Rood team. They did not say in what capacity.
Van der Horst was planning to stop playing hockey permanently. The board eventually persuaded him to take on the role of trainer. Both the chairman and (former) teammates see him as a leader with insight into the game.
Editor: Melinda Walraven