Another high day for Gantoise: “Two weeks ago we were just barely declared dead, now we are playing the final for the national title” (Ghent)

Another high day for Gantoise: “Two weeks ago we were just barely declared dead, now we are playing the final for the national title” (Ghent)
Another high day for Gantoise: “Two weeks ago we were just barely declared dead, now we are playing the final for the national title” (Ghent)
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Hockey Women and Men Final play-offs

Emile Esquelin (right) played an important role in the Ghent victory against Léopold. — © Belga

Ghent

Gantoise can prepare for two playoff finals for the second year in a row. The men defeated Léopold in the semi-finals, the women kept Waterloo Ducks in check. The final battle will take place in Antwerp on Saturday and Sunday.

For two weeks, Gantoise’s men were not certain about a place in the last four and there was no talk of a failed season. But after the ‘miracle of Uccle’, the Ghent men are actually in the running for a second consecutive national title.

In the semi-finals, Gantoise remained in control of Léopold, the leader after the regular competition, in two matches. Coach Pascal Kina’s team won the home game 2-1 and also won the return match at Léopold on Sunday (2-3). The Ghent collective is clearly there at the moments of truth. Emile Esquelin scored the 2-2 and played an important role in Ghent’s qualification. “Two weeks ago we were just barely declared dead, now we are playing two finals for the national title. It is indeed a bit crazy, but it is well deserved. If you can beat the leader of the competition in two matches, then we deserve that place in the final. I perhaps scored one of the most important goals in my career,” says Esquelin.

Next weekend the Waterloo Ducks will have to be measured in two games. “We lost 3-4 and 3-0 against Waterloo Ducks in the competition, but playing a final is completely different,” Esquelin adds.

The qualification for the final was of course greatly celebrated.

The qualification for the final was of course greatly celebrated. — © Belga

Sixth national title for the women?

The women of Gantoise also smell the national title again. In the semi-finals, Waterloo Ducks were defeated twice: 4-1 and 3-1. For the first time in three years we won’t get a final between Gantoise and Dragons. Braxgata will be the opponent of Alix Gerniers and co. The women of Gantoise are reaching out for a sixth national title, the fourth in a row.

The article is in Dutch

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