ADO ladies to lose four top players

Jennifer Vreugdenhil, Jessie van Leeuwen, Hélène Heemskerk and Michelle Vrieling will no longer be playing afor ADO ladies next season. All four players have decided to focus on their own future careers outside of football.

Jennifer Vreugdenhil addresses the application procedure in defense. The 22-year-old goalkeeper played over six seasons at ADO ladies, winning a championship and three cups. She also won the European Championships with the Dutch under 19’s.

Jessie van Leeuwen was 15 years old when she left RKAVV to join ADO ladies. She is already in her fifth season: “ADO ladies will always stay in my heart, but I want to focus on my future career.” Currently, Jessie is employed at ID College.

Hélène Heemskerk can no longer combine her future plans with top sport. In addition to her work, she will follow the accelerated part-time training PABO: “After seven seasons at the highest level, it is time for me to make other choices. Following the bankruptcy of the FC Utrecht Women in January 2014, I switched directly to ADO ladies where I was received with open arms. With the strong organization for women’s football and the good facilities I’ve had a lot of good times with ADO. For me, after so many years, it has come time to choose my professional career.”

Michelle Vrieling hopes to finish her Master of Intervention Criminology at the VU in December. After that, she will probably leave for India for a longer period to continue the week she started in April. “I look forward to fore-filling my ambitions in my career. Despite that fact, I of course will be missing football at ADO ladies. I played five seasons here and learned a lot, plus having a lot of fun. ADO feels like my second family. So I’m sure to continue to follow them!”  Said Michelle Vrieling.

ADO ladies thanks these girls for their great efforts they have shown in the past few years and wish them great success with their future careers away from football.

ADO ladies lose first play-off game

On Friday evening ADO ladies faced Ajax in the first of eight games in the play-off series. The game was like the atmosphere, mostly dead. This was very unusual for the ADO crowd to be so quiet, not that the game offered up much in the way of goal mouth thrills to get people excited.

The game was a tactical battle from the start, both sides cancelling each other out with ease. As the minuted ticked by ADO began to force the game more into the visitors half. Once again it was the talented Victoria Pelova who was at the creative heart of most that ADO did. She unlocked the Ajax defence with some great dribbling with the ball close to her feet. She took some tough tackles and earned a lot of free kicks. The strikes on goal were off target mostly and crosses were being over hit.

At one point when ADO did break clear, it looked as though Lindsey Keizerweerd was clear on goal with only the keeper to beat. Just before her final run in on goal, the referee pulled the play back for a free kick to ADO? What happened to playing the advantage? Jessie van Leeuwen took the free kick, her aim just slightly off target as the ball struck the bar.

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The second half saw Ajax more on the attack. They opened up the field, creating space for their forwards. Their chances started to come and after a quiet first forty five minutes for keeper Jennifer Vreugdenhil, she was kept on her saves, making some good blocks.

No side looked like making any kind of breakthrough until the sixty first minute. Marjolijn van den Bighelaar scoring with a goal from a cross into the area, burying the ball into the corner of the net, 0-1. Ajax pushed forward again and for a few minutes ADO looked in trouble. Captain Hélène Heemskerk and Yvette van der Veen used their experience to pull ADO tight again.

As the game neared it end, the home side went for Ajax. They pushed forward in numbers and the crosses were worrying to the Ajax defence. Ajax were hanging on, Pelova being the closest to grabbing an equaliser with a shot that just went wide of the post.

At the final whistle ADO looked deflated at the defeat. The evening had been played in a strange atmosphere, not just from the stands, but also on the pitch, it didn’t feel quite right. ADO ladies play at FC Twente next Friday. The next home game is against PSV Eindhoven on Friday 12th May, kick-off 19:30

Attendance: 513

ADO ladies team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil; Yvette van der Veen (80. Anouk Boshuizen), Hélène Heemskerk ©, Jessie van Leeuwen, Priscilla Mesker; Nadine Noordam (71. Michelle Vrieling), Vesna Veltrop, Victoria Pelova; Nance van der Meer, Marthe van Erk (67. Sharona Tieleman), Lindsey Keizerweerd

ADO ladies back in action on Friday night

On Friday night ADO Ladies return to action in the play-offs. The top four sides from the regular season play each other home and away, so six games each to decide the title.

The mini league starts with the clubs having their previous points halved ( when points end with a .5, the point is rounded up), so the league will start with the clubs in the following positions.

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Ajax = 27 pts, FC Twente = 22 pts, PSV = 20 pts and ADO = 20 pts.

So a difficult task for ADO ladies to catch up. Yet with good support, things can change, be there and support your local ladies football team.

Please beware of the following travel problems!

From Friday, April 21 09.00 until Monday, April 24th 06:00 hours the Donau underpass at the light rail stop Forepark will be entirely closed. Visitors are advised to travel to the stadium via the A12 exit Nootdorp.

Basic Fit to sponsor ADO Den Haag again next season

Basic-Fit will again next season sponsor ADO Den Haag. This was announced prior to the home match against PSV via video walls. Basic-Fit will emblazon the shirt of ADO Den Haag during the 2017/2018 season for the seventh consecutive year. The fitness chain is visible on the (LED) and -boarding and in the (print) media of the Hague club. In addition, Basic Fit will again sponsor the second edition of the Stadium Fun Run, held at the start of next season in and around the Kyocera Stadium.

John Verhouden, Sales manager of Basic Fit & Marketing, welcomes the continuing cooperation with ADO Den Haag: “Basic-Fit and ADO Den Haag is a successful combination that has been proven in recent years, we have built up a big reputation, we would not have reached without ADO the Hague. Basic-Fit has six branches in The Hague. In this part of the country our clubs are doing great. Both in terms of turnover and the number of subscribers. we want to keep it that way. ADO Den Hague is the ideal partner.”

Mattijs Manders, CEO of ADO Den Haag, said of the contract extension with Basic-Fit “It is fantastic, especially as this will the seventh year on a row we are partnered with Basic Fit, it is something unique in football today, having one loyal partner. I’m pleased Basic Fit again expressed confidence in us. We look forward to a successful season.”