Heiloo’s Hockey Prodigy – Part 1: Introductory and Upgrade

It was this weekend exactly ten years ago that one of the most beautiful hockey fairy tales of this century happened. The Terriers were promoted to the Eredivisie big on their sandy court. With coach Jesse Wasdorp, goalie Lake Bass and captain Daphne Admiral, we go back to the happiest hockey days of their lives in two stages. Today Part One: Introductory period and promotion.

“Look, there we attach.” Daphne Admiraal points excitedly to a picture wall near the entrance to the De Terriërs complex. All visitors to the club from Heiloo are still reminded of this unique achievement on Sunday 20 May 2012. The day the brilliant Rotterdam was defeated 3-1 in the decisive play-off and thus moved to “Overgangsklasse”, the second place at that time. Level indicated. He heard the Terriers, who was still playing in 2004 in the third division underdogs Suddenly for the hockey elite in Holland.

“I think it’s been six years since I’ve been here,” said the midfielder Admiral, who stopped at De Terriërs in 2014 after 21 years – with two short stints. ‘I’ve had the captain’s armband I’m wearing in the picture since the B’s. Sometimes it breaks, and then we sew it back together. I never got rid of this tape.

Two familiar faces await the admiral at the club. Her longtime coach and club icon Jesse Wasdorp and Lake Bass, who both played a leading role with two goals in that memorable win over Rotterdam. That day was a double celebration for striker Bass: she turned 23. Exactly the number she wore on her back during the match.

Daphne Admiral (left, with captain’s armband) and Likey Bass celebrated 3-1 against Rotterdam. Photo: Ben Heck

shouting from the picture

Inside hangs the next indispensable reminder of that day. Huge picture, in the stairwell, towards the toilets. ‘joule’ [Gerritsen] It is the last one left. She’s saying goodbye this season, says Waasdorp. The three stare at the promotional photo. Radiant faces. There was silence for a moment.

Our old balcony. Our sandy field, then Bass sighs. “I can’t believe this was ten years ago. Much has changed. I now play with the Victoria Veterans and was here last year, when De Terriërs were in our group.

She hears and Wasdorp laughs. I was only here yesterday. Own the keys. I trained A1 girls, my daughter Minky plays in it. I play in the veterans and sit on the technical committee again. In fact, I never went very far. Even when I coached the Amsterdam Ladies (in 2014-2015, editor), I secretly coached the Men 1 here.

Waasdorp, Admiraal and Bas in 2022 at their club. Photo: Bart Schuldermann

You visit my dreams regularly, even though I’ve been gone for years sweet bass

“I’ve been dreaming of hockey almost every day for the past week,” the admiral admits. “Because of this interview, and because of our reunion, which we will be having on May 22 with our old team. A lot is coming back unconsciously. I’m so excited† Too crazy to try this again. Bass: “Haha, I dream about hockey a lot. Then it’s almost always about De Terriërs, never about Victoria or Alkmaar or any other club. You come regularly, even though I’ve been away from here for years. Admiral: Did we win in your dream? Bass: ‘Well, because I forgot everything.’ I stood here in the field without stockings or shin guards or a cane.

De Terriërs’ success story begins much earlier than in the memorable 2011/2012 season. In 2004, the Heiloo team was promoted to the second division. A year later, it was time to celebrate again: then the first class was reached. After another three years – now under the leadership of Waasdorp – Jill moved to the transitional class. To exciting again after four years.

“Jisse trained my class since young B,” says the admiral. “It was good that he came to us. We were very annoying kids, but – if the right chord was pressed – we really wanted to play hockey. He knows a lot about it and goes with us every year.

De Terriërs’ complex exploded at the seams during the third match against Rotterdam. Photo: Ben Heck

beer poll and chrysler father admiral

The admiral’s good batch—including her twin sister, Denis, for example—and the generation behind her laid the foundation for De Terriërs’ turbulent evolution. These talents remained with their club, like loyal dogs, despite hunting from larger associations. “Hockey has been taken more and more seriously,” Waasdorp says. “He started training on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as drinking beer longer.” Admiral: The drinking went on for a while that Friday. But you are right. We started training more and more.

In the middle, the bass came from Alkmaar’s neighbors. Controversial transfer. Waasdorp: That had to be discussed comprehensively internally first. He named it the polling commission she had to go through. No, this is not a joke. We didn’t have anyone on the outside and we don’t really want to. But we did know Lake, who had already been in the hall once. She shone as a person and as a team player and even moved on to Heiloo.

They were indeed a strange duck to sting in the transitional class. Not only because of their sandy pitch and “polling politics”, but also because of the team’s missions. “Jess was our coach, coach, physician, physician, and manager,” Bas Greens.
Waasdorp adds: We have arranged a lot with the team. Wash yourself, arrange lunch, run bar services, whistle. The only weird thing was the training we paid ourselves, by putting the sponsors’ names on the team’s shirts. We didn’t have rental cars, but an old Chrysler that seats eight.
Admiral: My father’s old car. It was for girls who moved to Amsterdam.

Rotterdam thought we were from Hoofdorp, which excited us Jesse Wasdorp

“Holding on to our culture has brought us so much,” Waasdorp says. We did everything together. In the field and beyond. The bond was much stronger and stronger than it was with our opponent. When a big team like MOP or Push came back again, they were kicked out of our sand field here. At HIC, even the coach was fired when they lost here. Because how the hell can you lose to The Terrier?

Lieke Pass celebrated his birthday during the promotion match and scored two goals. Photo: Bart Schuldermann

Several clubs questioned this as well in 2011-2012 as De Terriërs finished second, behind champion Nijmegen, who immediately climbed up. Terriers were allowed to participate in the playoffs. This was actually quite a lot. Bass: “Right after the winter break we were at the bottom. But when we took the pressure off ourselves, it started working. The runners dropped points and we got to the surface.

With this second place, De Terriërs came close with Rotterdam, the No. 11 in the Dutch top flight. The recipe was the same as it is now: the best of the three, with a home advantage for the aggrieved in the deciding match. “The great Rotterdam was going to win that ‘for a while,’” Wasdorp smiled. “They had two South Africans – Marsha Maricia and Kathleen Taylor – who were at the Olympics a few months later. And a number of great talents such as Maria Verschoor and Kiki van Wijk. A player from Rotterdam said previously that she thinks we are from Hoofdorp. Well, we paid for that. It worked fine.

Bass in a duel with Marsha Maricia van Rotterdam, who was at the London Olympics two months later. In the background: Dennis Admiral, Daphne’s twin sister. Photo: Ben Heck

Another chance, in your sand field

The Terriers won their first home encounter – thanks to a golden goal from Emma Drehuis – 3-2. Four days later, she lost her second game at the Rotterdam waterfield at lightning speed (4-0). “I’ll never forget,” Bass says. “Not the game, that was obvious. But especially the moment we got back to the club. Everyone – there were five buses with supporters – was ready to receive us. Such a reinforcement. Really cool. We reluctantly said: We Lost. But most of all they were very proud. That evening I went out to dinner. With a large part of the club.

So I arrived on Sunday, May 20th. “We were full of confidence,” the admiral says. I forgot the second match ten minutes later. We still have a chance, right? In our own club, in our own stadium. We knew what we had in store. They were stimulated to the core.

Waasdorp: ‘There was more audience than the first pot. It was three rows thick. A warm day and a very sticky field. I have seen some pictures before this interview. We didn’t even play well. But in Rotterdam it was less than that. They were really in a crisis. Their coach was fired after that first match. They played very anxiously, they gave a lot of balls.

Rotterdam took the lead, but after the break, playing “towards the club”, De Terreurs turned the tide. Bass and Pauline Slinger led 2-1 with 12 minutes remaining. “Then came the penalty,” Bass recalls. Waasdorp takes pictures and hits play at the 65th minute. “I’m feeling nervous again,” Bass says, as she sees herself score from a penalty kick. “I remember it getting solid in the left crossover. It’s really just a soft ball. Admiral: Hahah, hold on to that thought, lik. Look how quickly we get back to midfield. We really had no idea, right?”

The Christmas striker and the coach who had to play hockey

The rest is history. The dogs persevered and completed this remarkable story. It was a party in the dugout, – indeed – a former bus shelter. Bass: “Everything passed in a mist. We stood on the porch and sang to me. Yes, of course it was my birthday. Duff, did we take a shower? I think so. That afternoon, we went in a flat cart through Heiloo. I entered our village football club. Jumped Back in that wagon. We ended up at our favorite pub. I just sat there and got devastated. And it’s still birthday.

He ponders: “I would love to experience everything again from a distance, to see it all again. All day from the balcony.

Waasdorp: ‘The first ones were up already at 5:30 in the morning. Messages arrived again. Admiral: “And after that we had no children.”

There is a nice anecdote about Waasdorp itself on that Sunday. After the massive stunt against Rotterdam, he quickly disappeared from the party crowd. “Haha, yes that’s right,” the coach admitted. “I still had to play with Herren 1. They played after us and had to maintain their position in the second division.” All goes well. “I scored two penalties. I was more in glory.

Next week: Part 2 – How did it go after the upgrade

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