Her hockey and study period in the United States abruptly ended in March of last year due to the spread of the Coronavirus. Meanwhile, Orange Road goalkeeper Sarah Senk (20) has put her life in the Netherlands back on the right track completely. She won the competition in Women 1 with a goal from Saskia van Dauphineboden and last Sunday reserved her first full match in the Grand League.
When did you hear from your coach Stefan Duyve that he had chosen you as the first goalkeeper for Orange Road?
“In our last demo game two weeks ago. Things went very well in preparation for the reboot. I always kept zero, but it was still exciting.”
Last Sunday I played a full league match for the first time; In Amstelveen v. Hurley. Didn’t your debut become memorable?
“No, within a minute we were 1-0 down due to a bloody goal, although I didn’t feel like I could do much about it. I’m glad I stayed calm after that and also stopped for a few. Unfortunately we lost 1-0. On Saturday we’re going to play.” Against the leader Amsterdam. I hope I can keep the zero. “
In the summer of 2019, you left for Northeast America to combine your studies with hockey there. Why?
“I wanted to go to America for a long time. After I went to have a look, everything accelerated. I got offers from different schools and chose Syracuse University in New York State. There I was able to continue my industrial design studies that I started at TU / e.”
We often would exercise at six in the morning
How was the level of hockey?
“The level is much lower than it was in the major league, but honestly, I thought it wasn’t that bad. What’s special is that they trained really hard. We often would train at 6 in the morning. She was very professional. Especially the first leg matches were a party. Then. We flew to California and slept in a luxury hotel. It felt like a little vacation. “
Then on March 20 it was all of a sudden …
“I woke up and received ten missed calls from my father. My mother had booked me a ticket to the Netherlands for the next day. President Trump announced the first travel restrictions. Hurry, I emptied my apartment and packed my hockey gear. I didn’t have time to say goodbye to my various coaches and colleagues.”
I didn’t have time to say goodbye to my various coaches and teammates
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