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Epic celebrations after hockey team score match winner on the siren

23rd October, 2017

Judging by the celebrations, you would think the Schaerweijde Hockey Club had won the Hookdklasse, the top hockey league in the Netherlands. But no. The goal that Scott Tupper scored after the full-time siren tied the match at 3-3.

So why the wild celebrations?

Well, the day started with Schaerweijde sitting top of the ladder of the Overgangklasse (Transition Class), at home to Cartouche Hockey Club, who were in second place. It was the final round of the regular season.

One point separated the two teams on the ladder. Whoever finished top would qualify for the promotion/relegation matches and an opportunity to play in the Hoofdklasse for the 2017-18 season.

The equation for Schaerweijde was simple enough; a draw would see them top the ladder. However, not everything went to plan.

Cartouche produced some scintillating hockey and managed to find the back of the net three times before the end of the first half and held a solid 3-0 lead. It was all or nothing for Schaerweijde in the second half.

Led by Australian Eli Matheson, a bronze medal-winning member of the Kookaburras from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, now firmly entrenched in the Netherlands, the fightback began. Slowly Schaerweijde clawed their way back into the match.

Trailing 2-3 inside the last minute it was Matheson who won the penultimate corner. Canadian Olympian Tupper stepped up to equalise and sent the crowd into raptures.

Ecstasy for Schaerweijde agony for Cartouche.


Elsewhere Haagsche Delftsche Mixed defeated Zwart-Wit 1-0 to leapfrog Cartouche into second place and qualify for the playouts to gain entry into the Hoofdklasse.

Ultimately Schaerweijde failed in their quest to earn promotion to the Hoofdklasse and for Eli Matheson and his club, it will mean another season in the Overgangklasse and another attempt at promotion.