Practice & Photos
NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) - Today, Wednesday, May 13, the Dutch National Softball Team was about to play the next two games in the Holland Tour with the Foreign All Star Team to be the opponent for the first time in this series.
But, as mentioned earlier, the staff of the Dutch Team decided to cancel this double-header due to several logistical reasons, as some of the foreign players in the Dutch competition were not available, while some others had slight injuries.
Also, some of the foreign players have yet to arrive, meaning the All Star Team would be incomplete.
The Dutch Team now will meet the Foreign All Stars on May 27, also in Nieuwegein.
The next games on the schedule of the Holland Tour will be played coming Sunday, May 17 at Rosmalen, where Dutch Major League-team Gryphons will be the opponent in a double-header, that will start at 3:00 PM.
Schedule Holland Tour
As there were no games, the Dutch Team conducted a practice session on Wednesday instead, while today also was photo-day.
After completion of the practice session, the official teamphoto was taken, as well as individual photos of all players and all staffmembers.
The results of these photos, taken by Bart van Leersum of Foto Expert Beverwijk, can be seen soon on this site.
The team photo already is available and can be found on the page with the team roster.
The players and staff also thanked Judith and Pieter of Nieuwegein Diamonds for their personal assistance, preparation of the field and the meals in the past weeks during the practice sessions.
The coming weeks, the Dutch Team will continue its practice sessions in Nieuwegein on Monday and plays games there on Wednesdays.
On Fridays, the team is split into two groups, with one of them practicing in Enschede on the site of Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers and the other in Santpoort on the site of Iber Lengua Terrasvogels.
Later in the evening on Wednesday, Head Coach Craig Montvidas, Coach Nancy Evans, Team Manager Paul Boonstra and Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar had a meeting with several coaches of the Dutch big league-teams in the clubhouse of Nieuwegein Diamonds to discuss ongoing affairs and a look ahead.
Coach Nancy Evans hitting during a fielding drill
At left is catcher Nathalie Timmermans, at right catcher Anne Blaauwgeers
A relaxing moment for pitcher Ginger de Weert and catcher Karin Tuk
Catcher Anne Blaauwgeers watch Coach Nancy Evans hit another grounder
Outfielder Merel Oosterveld during a fielding drill
Outfielder Saskia Kosterink runs towards a ball
At left are Solange Starrenburg, Meike Witteveen and Judith Diepeveen
Players high-five after completion of the fielding drill
Catcher Karin Tuk
Head Coach Craig Montvidas talks with the outfielders
Rebecca Soumeru during a pitching & fielding drill
Following her are Daisy Verstappen, Virginie Anneveld, Kirsten Scheele and Ginger de Weert
Catchers Nathalie Timmermans and Anne Blaauwgeers rotate during a drill
Head Coach Craig Montvidas keeps a close eye to the action
Coach Nancy Evans connects with Nathalie Timmermans ready to field in the background
Pitchers Femke van Dusschoten, Rebecca Soumeru, Dagmar Bloeming, Ginger de Weert,
Kirsten Scheele and Virginie Anneveld in action
Pitchers Femke van Dusschoten, Daisy Verstappen and Ginger de Weert
Catcher Nathalie Timmermans, Anne Blaauwgeers and Karin Tuk
Saskia Kosterink and Nadine Marinus watch the pitching/fielding drill
The practice sessions ends with high fives
Head Coach Craig Montvidas meets with the team after practice has been completed
Physical Therapists Anouk Fermont and Sanne Oude Egberink have fun during the photo session
The players wait for the taking of the teamphoto
Who sits where for the teamphoto? The result is soon to be seen on this site
Today was another fine and sunny day
Judith Diepeveen and Nadine Marinus enjoy the sun after the teamphoto has been taken
Head Coach Craig Montvidas thank Judith and Pieter for their assistance
At left is Team Manager Paul Boonstra, at right photographer Bart van Leersum
The team poses with Judith and Pieter of Nieuwegein Diamonds
Players wait in line for their turn to pose for the individual photos
Merel Oosterveld during her photo session
At right photographer Bart van Leersum of Foto Expert Beverwijk checks the result
In the evening, some of the staff-members met with several clubcoaches
From left to right: Team Manager Paul Boonstra, Head Coach Craig Montvidas (not visible),
Willy van der Lee (Asst. Coach Centrals), Ingrid Oosterveld (Asst. Coach Tex Town Tigers),
Leon Kaptein (Asst. Coach Twins), René Roovers (Head Coach Twins),
Rob Korpel (Head Coach Robur '58), Mary-Ann Hatt (Head Coach Gryphons),
Kaleo Eldredge (Head Coach Tex Town Tigers) and Coach Nancy Evans