Another practice on a hot day
SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - On Friday, the Dutch National Softball Team returned to the softball-field, but this time it was located at the campus of Simon Fraser University.
The field has a beautiful location on top of a mountain with an overview of the bay and the city.
The Dutch Team was invited to have practice by Mike Renney, the former Head Coach of the Canadian National Softball Team.
With the Canadian squad, Renney participated in the Olympic Games of 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens).
There, the team practiced from 10 AM until about one o'clock in the afternoon.
The practice site was great for our team, it was quiet and we had good facilities.
The transport from the hotel stayed with the team, so that also was arranged well.
While it was warm again today, predictions spoke of 30 degrees Celsius, the team practiced hard for some three hours and it really looked well.
The Dutch team thanks Mike Renney for the hospitality and assistance at Simon Fraser University.
After practice, the team toured around the campus, made some pictures on a terrace and had lunch there.
Next, the team went to Burnaby View Point and had a wonderful view of the bay and the city.
The team returned around 3 PM in the hotel and then the players were off for the day and had the possibility to do some shopping.
Tomorrow, the Canada Cup starts. First opponent: Team USA!
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The team poses at the softball-field of Simon Fraser University
Before practice start, first the warming-up
In the meantime, Team Manager Paul Boonstra went up to the terrace
Native indian decorations at the terrace
At the field, Catcher Nathalie Timmermans works with the pitchers
Coach Nancy Evans with Pitchers Dagmar Bloeming and Rebecca Soumeru
The fielding drills
Britt Vonk takes a throw while playing at first base
Pitcher Rebecca Soumeru shows that it was a hot day on the field
Nathalie Timmermans hitting, with Karin Tuk behind the plate
And here, Areke Spel is hitting
Solange Starrenburg in the outfield...
...and Virginie Anneveld playing at third base
Pitcher Kirsten Scheele in a wind-up
The team poses at the terrace with a beautiful setting in the background
Virginie Anneveld and Meike Witteveen
Solange Starrenburg, Nathalie Timmermans and Nathalie Gosewehr
Coaches Tiffany McDonald & Nancy Evans and Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont
The Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers-players in the national team
Areke Spel, Britt Vonk, Virginie Anneveld, Nadine Marinus,
Meike Witteveen, Petra van Heijst and Karin Tuk
The three players from Iber Lengua Terrasvogels
Solange Starrenburg, Femke van Dusschoten and Nathalie Gosewehr
And the players from Sparks Haarlem
Nathalie Timmermans, Kirsten Scheele, Rebecca Soumeru,
Chantal Versluis, Saskia Kosterink and Dagmar Bloeming
Lunch at the campus
Mike Renney joins Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont and Coaches Tiffany McDonald
and Nancy Evans for lunch
The players take photos at Burnaby view Point
Yes, Head Coach Craig Montvidas is also posing with the bay in the background
And so is Team Manager Paul Boonstra with former Canadian Coach Mike Renney
Hiding for the photographer are Petra van Heijst, Meike Witteveen and Virginie Anneveld