Netherlands star goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek (26) has today sensationally announced that she is to retire from the Orange Women, leaving coach Annan with a huge hole to fill. Joyce has had a long term hip injury which means she can no longer give 100 percent for Orange.
Sombroek has taken the last two months to completely rest from hockey and went to travel Australia whilst doing an internship in Sydney. The two months of rest made little difference to her hip, the injury was still there and not feeling any better. The current FIH Keeper of the Year decided, after much doubt, to put her health first and an end to her Orange career. “I now choose for my health.” In addition, this will allow Joyce to focus more on her Medical studies and internships. “That’s not the deciding factor, but I think it is very important to work on my social career.”
Sombroek debuted in 2010, then as the youngest goalkeeper for the Netherlands. She won everything there is to win: the European Championship, World Cup, Champions Trophy, Hockey World League and the Olympics. “I can look back on a very successful career, which we have won a lot together. I am very proud. It was incredibly special. “
The Netherlands now have some big shoes to fill, however, with Junior World Cup Silver Medallist Anne Venendaal and Larisa Meijer waiting in the wings, Coach Annan still has some great ability to choose from.
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