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05/10/2020
Maxime's highlights - Ladies team : HC Lux - Louvain-La-Neuve : 7-0
14/10/2020
Maxime's highlights - Men team : Lynx - HC Lux : 0-5
14/10/2020
Hockey Camp - All Saints 2020
06/10/2020
Maxime Halflants joins HCL as new technical director
05/10/2020
Maxime's highlights - Ladies team : Ombrage - HC Lux : 0-7
05/10/2020
Maxime's highlights - Men team : Stix - HC Lux : 3-2
05/10/2020
Maxime's highlights - Ladies team : HC Lux - Namur : 2-1
21/09/2020
Maxime's highlights - Men team : HC Lux - Jaguar : 4-0
21/09/2020
Maxime's highlights - Men team : Tournai - HC Lux : 4-3
14/09/2020
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Corporate League Season Standings 2020-2021
  GP W D L GF GA GD PTS
Van der Valk 5 4 1 0 9 3 6 13
Vandenbulke 5 4 0 1 19 7 12 12
Everfit 6 2 2 2 22 21 1 8
PWC 6 2 1 3 18 18 0 7
Taleo Consulting 5 2 0 3 10 17 -7 6
Pure Capital 5 0 0 5 6 18 -12 0
Saturday October 3
 
U9 Girls : Hannut - Luxembourg : 3-2
U9 Boys : White Star - Luxembourg : 1-11
U11 Girls : Embourg - Luxembourg : 5-0
U12 Boys : Luxembourg - Léopold : 4-1
U12 Boys : Léopold - Luxembourg : 4-2
U16 Girls : Luxembourg - Huy : to be rescheduled
U16 Boys : Luxembourg - Ixelles : 1-2
U19 Boys : Luxembourg - Embourg : 3-5
 
Sunday October 4
 
Men (Belgian League) : Luxembourg - Zaid : 1-2
Ladies (Open League) : Embourg - Luxembourg : 0-5
 
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Saturday September 26
 
U9 Girls : Luxembourg - Jaguar : to be rescheduled
U11 Girls : Luxembourg - Huy : 5-0
U12 Boys : Léopold - Luxembourg : 4-1
U16 Girls : Luxembourg - Huy : 2-1
U16 Boys : Louvain-La-Neuve - Luxembourg : 2-3
U19 Boys : Lara - Luxembourg : 5-0
 
Sunday September 27
 
Men (Belgian League) : Stix - Luxembourg : 3-2
Ladies (Open League) : Ombrage - Luxembourg : 0-7
 
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Saturday September 19
 
U9 Girls : Luxembourg - Racing 2 : 7-1
U9 Boys : Luxembourg - Hannut : 6-5
U11 Girls : Namur - Luxembourg : 8-0
U12 Boys : Luxembourg - Louvain La Neuve : 12-2
U16 Girls : Luxembourg - La Rasante 2 : 4-1
U16 Boys : Primerose - Luxembourg : postponed
U19 Boys : Luxembourg - Orée 3 : 4-1
 
Sunday September 20
 
Men (Belgian League) : Luxembourg - Jaguar : 4-0
Ladies (Open League) : Luxembourg - La Rasante : 2-1
 
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Saturday September 12
 
U9 Girls : Racing - Luxembourg : na
U11 Girls : Luxembourg - Jaguar : 5-5
U12 Boys : Jaguar - Luxembourg : 0-2
U14 Boys : Louvain-La-Neuve - Luxembourg : 1-1
U16 Boys : Luxembourg - Jaguar : 4-1
U19 Boys : Luxembourg - Huy : 3-7
 
Sunday September 13
 
Men (Belgian League) : Tournai - Luxembourg : 4-3
Ladies (Open League) : La Rasante - Luxembourg : 0-8
 
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Saturday September 5
 
U9 Boys : Luxembourg - Huy : 3-3
U16 Girls : Luxembourg - Waterloo Ducks : 11-1
U16 Boys : Leopold - Luxembourg : 4-1
U19 Boys : Verviers - Luxembourg 3-0
 
Sunday September 6
 
Men (Belgian League) : Luxembourg - Taxandria : 1-1 
Saturday October 17
 
U11 Girls : Jaguar - Luxembourg : 8-1
U16 Boys : Jaguar - Luxembourg : 0-1
U19 Boys : Huy - Luxembourg : 5-0 (forfeit)
 
Sunday October 18
 
Men (Belgian League) : Neo - Luxembourg : 0-11
 
 
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Saturday October 10
 
U9 Boys : Huy - Luxembourg (match 1) : 1-2
U9 Boys : Huy - Luxembourg (match 2) : 1-0
U16 Girls : Waterloo Ducks - Luxembourg : 3-2
U16 Boys : Luxembourg - Léopold : 1-1
U19 Boys : Luxembourg - Verviers : 3-2
 
Sunday October 11
 
Men (Belgian League) : Lynx - Luxembourg : 0-5
Ladies (Open League) : Luxembourg - Louvain-La-Neuve : 7-0
 
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Saturday October 3
 
U9 Girls : Hannut - Luxembourg : 3-2
U9 Boys : White Star - Luxembourg : 1-11
U11 Girls : Embourg - Luxembourg : 5-0
U12 Boys : Luxembourg - Léopold : 4-1
U12 Boys : Léopold - Luxembourg : 4-2
U16 Girls : Luxembourg - Huy : to be rescheduled
U16 Boys : Luxembourg - Ixelles : 1-2
U19 Boys : Luxembourg - Embourg : 3-5
 
Sunday October 4
 
Men (Belgian League) : Luxembourg - Zaid : 1-2
Ladies (Open League) : Embourg - Luxembourg : 0-5
 
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Saturday September 26
 
U9 Girls : Luxembourg - Jaguar : to be rescheduled
U11 Girls : Luxembourg - Huy : 5-0
U12 Boys : Léopold - Luxembourg : 4-1
U16 Girls : Luxembourg - Huy : 2-1
U16 Boys : Louvain-La-Neuve - Luxembourg : 2-3
U19 Boys : Lara - Luxembourg : 5-0
 
Sunday September 27
 
Men (Belgian League) : Stix - Luxembourg : 3-2
Ladies (Open League) : Ombrage - Luxembourg : 0-7
 
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Saturday September 19
 
U9 Girls : Luxembourg - Racing 2 : 7-1
U9 Boys : Luxembourg - Hannut : 6-5
U11 Girls : Namur - Luxembourg : 8-0
U12 Boys : Luxembourg - Louvain La Neuve : 12-2
U16 Girls : Luxembourg - La Rasante 2 : 4-1
U16 Boys : Primerose - Luxembourg : postponed
U19 Boys : Luxembourg - Orée 3 : 4-1
 
Sunday September 20
 
Men (Belgian League) : Luxembourg - Jaguar : 4-0
Ladies (Open League) : Luxembourg - La Rasante : 2-1
 
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Saturday September 12
 
U9 Girls : Racing - Luxembourg : na
U11 Girls : Luxembourg - Jaguar : 5-5
U12 Boys : Jaguar - Luxembourg : 0-2
U14 Boys : Louvain-La-Neuve - Luxembourg : 1-1
U16 Boys : Luxembourg - Jaguar : 4-1
U19 Boys : Luxembourg - Huy : 3-7
 
Sunday September 13
 
Men (Belgian League) : Tournai - Luxembourg : 4-3
Ladies (Open League) : La Rasante - Luxembourg : 0-8
 
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Saturday September 5
 
U9 Boys : Luxembourg - Huy : 3-3
U16 Girls : Luxembourg - Waterloo Ducks : 11-1
U16 Boys : Leopold - Luxembourg : 4-1
U19 Boys : Verviers - Luxembourg 3-0
 
Sunday September 6
 
Men (Belgian League) : Luxembourg - Taxandria : 1-1 

 

Sunday October 11, 2020.

 

Ladies 1 :  HC Luxembourg - Louvain-La-Neuve

 

Golden Sunday for the HCL!

Two hundred kilometres away, our men's and women's teams inflicted the same rate on their opponents of the day: a crushing victory, without conceding a single goal!

Our ladies continued their faultless pursuit of their championship. Impressive since the beginning of the season, the Luxemburgish players once again offered a marvellous and clearly superior hockey to their opponents of the day, namely Louvain-La-Neuve.

The perfect mix of experience and youth was still working perfectly on Sunday on the Konen field! While the strikers were having a great time in the Leuven circle, the local goalkeeper didn't touch a single ball in the first half! The opposite of Fenne (deflection on PC), Aoife (rebound from PC), Diane Krüger (powerful backhand in the side net) and Maude De Cooman (combination with Elisa) who all four comfortably protected their team from an unpleasant surprise.

After the break, the Luxemburgish players managed their lead perfectly by completely dominating the visitors, even allowing themselves to take their goalkeeper out to play with eleven players on the field! In the 42nd minute, Aoife (again) dribbled through the defence before lobbing the goalkeeper with a precise cop: Superb! At the end of the match, Romane Wilmotte made her weekly contribution by inflicting a nice "double" on Louvain-la-Neuve. On penalty stroke first, before adding to the score with a flat shot after a perfectly controlled free kick.

Our ladies are showing impressive results week after week, proving that they deserve to move up to the next division next year!

 

Sunday October 11, 2020.

 

Men 1 :  Lynx vs HC Luxembourg 

 

Golden Sunday for the HCL!

Two hundred kilometres away, our men's and women's teams inflicted the same rate on their opponents of the day: a crushing victory, without conceding a single goal!

Our men travelled to the suburbs of Brussels to cross swords with the Lynx club. Determined, they played an ultra offensive tactic by putting a high pressure on their opponent of the day. The strategy quickly paid off, as by half-time the blue and white team were already leading by three goals. Gratien Kangulumba opened the scoring with a sharp backhand in the 5th minute, followed by the inevitable Milan Dans who found the opponent's net twice, first with a subtle tip-in, then by dribbling the goalkeeper before pushing the ball into the empty goal. The hardest part was done after thirty five minutes of play.

The second act was to be a formality for Luxembourg. But it was not! In difficult playing conditions and against a tough and aggressive team, the events took an incredible turn. Within five minutes, the Luxembourgers were (undeservedly) given two yellow cards and even a red card for permanent expulsion! At 8 against 11, the visitors had to rely on their excellent goalkeeper who masterfully saved a penatly stroke to maintain the comfortable lead of his team!

After this period of hesitation, the Hockey Club du Luxembourg regained control of the game and scored twice more, with the same two players as in the first period! Kangulumba found the ceiling of the goal with a powerful sleep before Dans imitated him with a deflection on PC. (0-5)

Thanks to this victory, the HCL is back in the good positions of the rankings, before consolidating its position during a trip in a few days time to the Neo Club, currently last in the championship.

 

Maxime Halflants

 

Luxembourg Hockey Club appoints a new technical director

 

By recruiting Maxime Halflants, the Luxembourg Hockey Federation and the capital’s club are demonstrating their ambition, on both a sporting and educational level.

 

It’s the 6th of September 2020, at the dawn of the new season, and the blues and whites are showing faultless determination under the watchful eyes of their new coach. In sport, as with most other meaningful human endeavour, it is total commitment which drives results that even if not translated into the score line, develop the individual and group spirit. Joining the defensive line for the last 5 minutes of the match, in order to consolidate a good draw (1-1 against Taxandria), M. Halflants demonstrates that, also with a stick in his hand, he has lost none of his touch…

 

 

“Sport has always been an integral part of my life,” says the new sports director and coach. “From the age of 5, I started playing hockey with a lot of enthusiasm. Competitiveness and passion are the driving forces that led me to emerge into the honour division with Racing (Brussels) and to achieve national selection in the under 21 age group. That was a great experience that enabled me to develop alongside the golden generation of the Red Lions, who later shone at the Rio Olympics".

 

 

You may be thinking that M. Halflants could harbour some legitimate regrets for not having continued with the Belgian national hockey team, but other sporting successes have punctuated his unusual career. Selected by the Belgian tennis federation, he has spent the last 6 years in the highly respected Serie A club (Belgian top 30) and what’s more, only 4 years after taking up the sport, he plays golf off a handicap of only -2! The icing on the cake, these achievements - which many sportsmen specializing in only one of the three disciplines would be delighted with - were obtained whilst simultaneously carrying out law studies and an internship at the Brussels Bar ...

 

 

"Maxime's profile is most bespoke", confirms the President of the Luxembourg Hockey Federation, Francis Parisis. “So, we have taken the opportunity to tailor-make his outfit (laughs). For more than three years, we have been working to develop synergies between the Federation, the Olympic Committee and the Luxembourg hockey club, with a clear focus on youth development. Our ambition must, however, conform to strict and sound budgetary management and that means we need to be very selective in the positions we fill. This is the reason why a profile of a lawyer with a deep knowledge of elite sport seemed really interesting to us, in order to work in tandem - for the facilities and youth development programme - with Ignacio Gomez. Beyond the very encouraging first results, we share a management vision that places the individual at the centre of the system”.

 

 

"It is obvious that finding each person’s place within the structure of a team requires an individual approach", replies M. Halflants. “As such, I am particularly attentive, wearing my coaches hat, to the human and athletic development of our players. Sooner or later the newly acquired skills of an individual spill over into the group. In my new professional environment, I rely a lot on the experience acquired with my previous professional exposure. By following Arthur De Greef (110th player in the world) for a few months on the ATP circuit, during 2019, I felt with particular acuity how much the mental aspect transcends technical and physical parameters. It may seem obvious but, in our results-oriented and competitive society, we often forget that emotions govern our destinies. Also, the understanding that we have of ourselves, our capabilities and limitations, are strongly anchored but not unchangeable ".

 

 

It would be very premature to make any predictions already, however the home crowd who savoured the victory in the third league game were not mistaken: the mood was, like the weather, radiant. No doubt the 4-0 defeat inflicted on Jaguars was a big contributor to the party atmosphere that reverberated around the club during the post-match barbecue. Obviously M. Halflants feels good in his conductor’s costumery. Long may it hold together and develop into a game-changing asset for the Luxembourg Hockey Federation and the bourgeoning club of our capital.

 

 

Sunday October 4, 2020.

 

Ladies 1 :  Ombrage vs HC Luxembourg 

The Luxembourgish team faced their Brussels-based rivals on the latter's home turf on Sunday.
 
With their minds on keeping their first place in the ranking, the Luxembourgish team were eager to keep up their performance at the start of the season.
 
The team found a better rhythm this week than in their last game, and were on target from the first minute of the game. Five minutes in, Jimena Perez scored the first goal of the match. The blue and white Luxembourg team controlled the first half of the game with ease, with the scoreboard reading 0-4 at half time.
 
Heather Yanusas, Maude De Cooman and Fenne Brekelmans all performed admirably throughout the game. The second half of the match was essentially a formality for the visiting team, with Hannah Eishen scoring their fifth goal. This was followed by a further two goals scored by Aoife Sheehan.
 
The team now proudly sits at the top of their division and seem untouchable from the beginning of the championship.
 
Congratulations to them, and let's hope it lasts!
 
Maxime

 

Sunday October 4, 2020.

 

Men 1 :  Stix vs HC Luxembourg 

 

The tension was palpable as the two teams made their entrance on the Stix field in Hasselt, Belgium.
 
And for good reason: the 22 protagonists were going to compete for a place at the top of the championship.
 
The historic first victory for the club from Luxembourg had been digested by now and HCL started the match with a bang.
 
Eager to continue their good form, the blue and white team put their opponents under pressure and quickly found the breakthrough via the talented Milan Dans. The Belgian striker reinforced his position as top scorer of the championship by taking a cross pass from Gratien Kangulumba (0-1).
 
By the quarter hour, the battle became more balanced. The Limburgers, through the interplay of their new Hispanic recruits, emerged out of their lethargy and proved that pole position in N3 was not at all solely down to luck.
 
In the 27th minute, taking advantage of a defensive mistake, Stix were able to equalise with a heavy strike on the side board (1-1).
 
The goal, against the run pf play, destabilized the visitors who then conceded two more goals just before the break (2-1 then 3-1).
 
The Grand Ducal club, who came out firing after the break, were showing every intention of coming back in the match. The young team's burst of pride was a joy to behold.
 
Showing strong mental resolve, they besieged the Stix goal for the whole of the second half, but, lacking experience, the Luxemburgish team was unable to break through the strong Limburg defence.
 
With 5 minutes to go, Pierre Tailleur gave the his teammates hope by hitting the net in a PC phase (3-2).
 
HCL tried everything to get a draw, but the last attempt by Milan Dans was snaffled by the Stix goalkeeper, who managed to keep the Grand Ducal team at bay.
 
Despite the disappointment of the defeat, the Luxemburgish team continues its progression in this exciting championship.
 
Next match: next Sunday, at home, against Zaid, from Brussels.
 
Maxime

 

Sunday September 20, 2020.

 

Ladies 1 :  HC Luxembourg vs Namur

 

In bright spirits following their convincing first victory at La Rasante (0-8), the Luxembourg women's 1st team welcomed their rivals from Namur this afternoon with the firm intention of convincingly establishing their dominance in this local rivalry.

 

Under a beating our players prepared for the game perfectly. The girls from Namur though arrived on the pitch just moments before the initial whistle, and the white and blues established a high tempo between their key players to open the scoring after just a few minutes of play. Maude De Cooman and Valentine Assenmacher combined perfectly in the back of the opposing defense before the former propelled the ball into the corner of the goal(1-0).

 

Well organised, the Luxembourgers mastered the debates during the first quarter of an hour, without however being able to capitalise upon the opportunities they had created for themselves.

 

With Romane Wilmotte off the field for a recovery period, her teammates missed here presence in the middle of the field. A few moments of hesitation followed, resulting in the equalizer in Namur on her first penetration in the opposing circle. (1-1)

 

The players of the Grand Duchy had a hard time rediscovering their initial rhythm in a disjointed match. The score did not change until five minutes from time. That was the moment for the Luxembourg club to give a last great hurrah and finally find the hole in the red and black wall! In utter confusion, Romane Wilmotte delivered the coup de gras through a PC with a powerful shot. (2-1)

 

Intelligently managing their lead, Luxembourg would not be surprised a second time. The outcome of the game was sealed and our women's team could breathe. Lacking inspiration, they showed patience and self-sacrifice to extricate themselves from a perilous situation, and see off a tough and persevering Namur team. The basics in the bag, our ladies maintained their perfect record. In addition, they perfectly launched their male counterparts who followed them on to the pitch, in search of their first victory of the season ...

 

Maxime Halflants

 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Men 1 :  HC Luxembourg vs Jaguar

 

A substantial home crowd came to support the blue riband team, and Luxembourg was very keen to bring the club the first National League victory in their history. Focussed, diligent and perfectly organised, the home players displayed an impressive level of play from the first moments of the match. Starting in a beautiful shape Gratien Kangulumba received a millimetre perfect aerial from Olivier Willame in the opposing half. The virtuoso threaded a pass through the eye of a needle for Milan Dans who opened the scoring with a scorching reverse stick strike (1-0).

 

The home team redoubled their commitment in the next 15 mins. Having set up defensively at the start of the meeting, they changed the rhythm of the match by bringing in an additional striker, one Nicolas de Charry. The latter used his speed to pierce the Jaguar's defence and centre the ball towards Milan Dans. The Lux striker subtly deflected the ball into the top corner for his second of the afternoon, to leave the team comfortable at the break. (2-0)

 

Mindful of the prize at stake in the second thirty-five minutes, the Luxembourg players returned to the pitch filled with the same intentions as in the first act. Denying the Jaguars a moments respite, they scored two more goals in quick succession. Gratien Kangulumba, delivering another sparkling performance, pierced the poor opposing goalkeeper with a powerful shot that could have been heard from the "Gründ"! Finally, it was on PC that the home team sealed the deal. Our captain, Laurent Nève, slapped it along the deck for Milan Dans who signed a ‘hat-trick’ by diving for a tip-in with the edge of his stick! (4-0)

 

The Grand Duchy fought valiantly to maintain this position until the final whistle. Arnaud Debeaumont masterfully deflected an opposing PC on the line while Matthew Nunes was imperial for his return as goalkeeper. The entire team delivered a game of high quality. The score did not change, despite some nice additional offensive plays. Mass was said and our gentlemen could rejoice: we finally had this first historic victory for the Hockey Club of Luxembourg. Savouring this victory with our supporters, the celebrations were huge!

 

The Luxembourg team are looking great and the club has a bright future ahead of them. We can guarantee that this group will give us some great times in the future. Today, and beautifully aided by their female brethren, they placed Luxembourg on the hockey map. With the explosive growth of this fine sport, it is a perfect time to deliver such a remarkable performance!

 

Maxime Halflants

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