Buma returns to boost hosts at Holland Cup

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 April, 2008, 12:00am

Olympic winner Jaap Derk Buma will return to the fold with Dutch Hockey Club for the annual season-ending Rabobank Holland Cup which gets under way with eight first-round games today.

Buma, who recently became the father of twins, represented the Netherlands at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney when the Dutch won the gold medal. He began the league season as the Dutch Hockey Club made a return to the top flight after a seven-year absence.

But work and home commitments saw the striker miss a number of games and consequently his team finished sixth in the eight-team premier division. But hopes are once again high that Buma's return will revitalise the side for the Holland Cup which they organise.

'It was a tough end to last year, becoming a father and getting my company running, so my hockey came in low on my priorities. My chances to play were limited. Now things have settled down at home and the company is doing well and I'm fit and raring to play again,' Buma said.

The Dutch will begin their knockout campaign against Khalsa A at King's Park. All eyes will be on Buma to steer the hosts of the tournament to victory today, and hopefully a place in the finals on May 17.

'We are hoping for a good run in the Rabobank Holland Cup and are pinning our hopes on our talismanic Olympic winner, Jaap Derk Buma,' said Joe Donald, a member of the club and organising committee of the Holland Cup, which is one of the oldest tournaments in Hong Kong having started in 1955.

Runaway league champions Shaheen, who are intent on securing the double, will open their campaign with a game against Pakistan Association B, while their A side - the defending champions - will meet KNS. Both the games are at King's Park.