Netherlands confirm men's lineup for 2013
Sjoerd Hoogendoorn returns after a year's absence, while Michael Parkinson will make his debut with the team. Tony Krolis is not on the list because he is still undergoing rehabilitation after injuring his Achilles tendon.
The squad consists of Nico Freriks, Nimir Abdelaziz, Daan van Haarlem, Gijs Jorna, Robbert Andringa, Niels Klapwijk, Robin Overbeeke, Sjoerd Hoogendoorn, Rob Bontje, Thomas Koelewijn, Bas Bemmelen, Michael Parkinson, Wytze Kooistra, Jeroen Rauwerdink, Thijs ter Horst, Ewoud Gommans, Jelte Maan and Maarten van Garderen.
The team will get together for the first time for a training session (April 28-12 May) in Cyprus. As part of their preparations for international competition, the Netherlands will play friendlies against Belgium on May 18 and 19. The international season will officially start on May 23 with World Championship qualifying matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan and hosts Croatia.
A week later the team will have their first World League weekend against Canada. In early June, they will host Japan in the World League and two weeks later will play Egypt at home. They are then expected to head to Korea and Finland for further matches.
In late September, they will go to Denmark for the European Championship, where they will meet Finland, Serbia and the winner of the playoff between Slovenia and Croatia.
"This program is a worthy follow-up to a successful 2012 and gives us a great challenge and opportunity to work with our relatively young team,” Benne said.