Posts Tagged ‘Premier league’

Another farewell

(3 maart 2016)

Last Sunday I played, much to my regret, my last match for 1. BV Mülheim. In the décor of the Yonex German Open, which is played this week in the RWE Hall in Mülheim and where I participated myself last year, I was eager to score the first point for my club. Together with Marcus Ellis, who was also playing his last match, I did what I had planned to do: winning.

During the past four years Marcus and I have taken the majority of the men’s doubles for our account and we were a very good pair. It’s a pity that this is history now. All these years the first team of BVM was a close and well attuned group both during matches but also beyond. I like to thank my teammates, among whom also Judith Meulendijks who left the team earlier this season and our coach Boris Reichel, for a wonderful and memorable time.
Last but not least I want to thank all volunteers and fans of 1.BVM who have supported and assisted the team as well as myself personally during the past 4 years. 1.BV Mülheim is a fantastic club!!

As I very much like to continue playing badminton I sincerely hope I will be able to find a new club to which I can devote myself again. I keep you posted.

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A creative approach, desire and progress

(7 december 2015)

When you have been running with a racket behind a shuttle day in day out and for more than 15 years, you know the ins and outs of the badminton world better than anyone. Although I think you should never forget where your roots are, it’s sometimes nice to peek into somebody else’s backyard.

And that’s exactly what I am doing since last week! Fortunately, this backyard is also focussed on a sport because sport is in every bone of my body and really belongs to my DNA! With my top-level sport background and my sports marketing education at the Johan Cruyff University this ” transfer ” may not be entirely unexpected, but it definitely is not ordinary! I am pleased, proud and highly motivated to have started my new job at the Dutch Premier League Football club ADO The Hague. And I haven’t been contracted as a second goalie, but as an account manager at the commercial department. I am taking up this challenge with a lot of fighting spirit and passion!

Moreover, this does not mean that I will get out of the badminton world. Of course I still play with a lot of pleasure for 1.BV Mülheim in the German Premier League and I will continue, whenever possible, to coach and train badminton teams and to give clinics, demonstrations and continuing training. All this because I still love the badminton game and I want to pass on all the knowledge and experience I have gained over the years.

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Good kick off with Mülheim!

(30 augustus 2012)

After so many weeks of just training it was Tuesday finally time for the first match of the new season and this year in the German Premier League. With my new club 1. BV Mülheim I travelled to Gifhorn for the first encounter with BV Gifhorn.

But first I met my team mates, got the team outfit and than a lot of photo’s were taken for the official presentation. I already knew all my teammates from the international circuit. Our first man is Zavadsky who is the number one of Ukraine and he participated in the London Olympics. The second men’s single player is Alexander Roovers who has been playing for Mülheim quite many years. My partner in the men’s doubles is Marcus Ellis from England. We have played against each other very often but it is fun to play with him this season. Our playing styles fit well together. Our first lady, Judith Meulendijks, I have known for years already. After having played in Denmark for quite some time she now makes her entrance in the German Premier League. Last but not least is Johanna Goliszewski, our ladies doubles/mixed doubles player. She also plays in the German National Team. So altogether a strong but also a very sociable team!

The match itself was not very exciting. Our team was too strong. Marcus and I won our men’s doubles in two games and so did the ladies doubles. Zavadsky was still bothered by the aftermath of his honeymoon and he had to allow Raul Must of Gifhorn win the first men’s single in two games. But that was the only point we lost this evening. The second men’s single and the mixed doubles were won by Mülheim and Judith Meulendijks didn’t have to play as her opponent Carola Bott was injured and stayed off court. Final score: 5-1.

The coming weekend the next two matches are scheduled. On Saturday we play in Berlin versus SG EBT Berlin and Sunday afternoon is our first home match when we’ll meet PTSV Rosenheim in our own RWE hall. So on to the next good result!!