roster & staff 2014
Family-members surprise players after tournament
The players of the Netherlands National Softball Team got a big surprise on Friday, February 14, which of course is Valentine's Day.
Today, the team had a Valentine Tournament scheduled in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam.
The players of the National Team were divided into three teams and were joined by current and former players from the National Junior Team.
The first of six games started at 10 AM and the tournament ended at 5:15 PM.
Chantal Versluis accounted for two highlights by hitting two homeruns.
After completion of the tournament, the team had dinner together.
Initially, the players were told that after dinner two play-off games were to be played to decide the Valentine Championship with the evening ending around 10 PM.
Instead, when the players returned to the hall after dinner, they received a surprise.
While the players were having dinner, their family members got together outside the hall, then moved to the stands to await the players.
After the players were re-united with their families, the parents, siblings and friends played a game.
Hereafter, they played a 3-inning game against the National Team with the players reversing their throwing and catching arms.
At the end, the players, coaches and staff members of the National Team were presented with a gift by the families.
They got a heart-shaped present with a team photo wishing everyone lots of success for the upcoming World Championship, which will take place August 15-24 in Haarlem (Netherlands).
And so, a very original Valentine's Day ended with a lot of smiling faces.
A special thank you to umpires Harm de Fonkert, Albert Jung, Ponkey Rohan and Robin Stoevelaar and Official Scorer Jeanette van Drunen, who were the officials during the tournament.
Another thank you to Fred Versluis, who did the organisation with the families.
And now, let the photos tell today's story.
Back: Lisa Waasdorp, Eva van Knegsel<, Nathalie Timmermans, Areke Spel and Kiki Draaijer
Front: Jessie van Aalst, Femke van Dusschoten, Lindsey Meadows, Wies Ligtvoet and Chantal Versluis
Back: Anne Blaauwgeers, Rebecca Soumeru, Virginie Anneveld, Cindy van der Zanden and Anne-Bè Bartels
Front: Dinet Oosting, Rachel van Veen, Saskia Kosterink, Brenda Beers and Dagmar Bloeming
Back: Coach Berend Mannessen, Ginger de Weert, Merel OOsterveld, Eva Voortman, Marisèla de Wind and Karin Tuk
Front: Dominique Sprengers, Lizzie Clarijs, Nikki Harte, Manoa Weijgertse and Nathalie Gosewehr
Umpires Albert Jung, Robin Stoevelaar, Harm de Fonkert and Ponkey Rohan
Beneath, a series of photos taken with the camera of Fred Versluis.
These photos were made by either Fred himself, or Karin Versluis or Nathalie Gosewehr