ADO for Expats travels with the fans to Groningen tomorrow

I do get asked how can I say how safe it is for an expat to be at ADO games? Especially as I sit on the pitch away from the supporters. Well tomorrow ADO for Expats will going with the Auto combi for the long drive to Groningen.

So there will be no match photos, but there will be a write up on what it is like to go away with the ADO support. I will be in the away end (Uitvak) so not on the pitch and away from them all. I am looking forward to it. Hopefully after you read of my experience, you may then believe how good it is to be a supporter of our local football team.

ADO ladies destroy PEC Zwolle

After suffering the humiliating 1-6 defeat to Ajax last Tuesday the ADO ladies team faced PEC Zwolle away on Friday night. What an amazing turn of fortune as they romped home with an amazing 1-9 victory. Renate Janse hitting four and Lineth Beerensteyn scoring three, a great night for the forwards.

Scorers: 4. Renate Jansen 0-1, 22. Michelle Vrieling 0-2, 42. Lineth Beerensteyn 0-3, 43. Franca van de Kuilen 0-4, 44. Renate Jansen (penalty) 0-5, 56. Lineth Beerensteyn 0-6, 66. Lineth Beerensteyn 0-7, 74. Renate Jansen 0-8, 86. Joyce Mijnheer 1-8, 87. Renate Jansen 1-9


ADO team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil, Hélène Heemskerk, Paola van der Veen © (56. Marelle Worm), Yvette van der Veen, Nadia van Beerschoten, Lineth Beerensteyn (72. Maartje Looijen), Renate Jansen, Tessa Oudejans, Franca van de Kuilen, Michelle Vrieling, Sharona Tieleman (84. Jessie van Leeuwen)

The next game for ADO ladies is a home game on Friday 13th March in the Cup against, PEC Zwolle. Could be interesting.

Weekend fixtures for ADO

This weekend the men’s and ladies teams of ADO Den Haag are in action.

The men travel the long journey to Groningen. Still yet to win away this season, ADO are hoping to break that run. In recent games ADO have showed a lot of fighting spirit. Fans are backing the players well and a large number of tickets have already been sold.

The ADO ladies are playing away on Friday. They travel away to PEC Zwolle. After the manner of defeat against Ajax on Tuesday night, they will be looking for a big improvement.

ADO ladies hammered by Ajax

On Tuesday night, ADO ladies took on their biggest rivals, Ajax ladies of Amsterdam. A good sized crowd for the ladies game gave the teams a great welcome as they came out of the tunnel. Sadly for the ADO ladies, that was to be the best thing to happen to them.

The game got off to the most disastrous of starts. Three minutes played and the ADO keeper Denise Koorevaar misjudged the flight of the ball and lost control, the ball fell out of the penalty and her natural keepers instinct to prevent a goal was to handle the ball outside her area. The referee had no choice but to show the keeper the red card and send her off. From the resulting free-kick, former ADO player Tessel Middag got the final touch to score, beating the replacement keeper, Isa Pothof who was making her debut, 0-1.

Everybody knew it was going to be a hard fight, but ADO held their own for a long period, it wasn’t pretty, but they worked hard for each other. In the sixteenth minute Lineth Beerensteyn made a strong run down the right wing, cut inside and slid the ball across the goal mouth where Tessa Oudejans was waiting to slide the ball home, 1-1.

Ajax then began to take control. They stretched ADO across the midfield and the home side were forced to sit back and just try to defend. Pothof was making a confident start, she was timing her runs, her handling was good, could ADO make it to the break with no further damage? The answer was no, on the stroke of half-time Chantal de Ridder put Ajax back in front, 1-2.

The second half started with Beerensteyn forcing a good save from the Ajax keeper at her near post after forty seven minutes. After that it was one way traffic as Ajax just attacked in waves. It was all too easy for them. The heads of the ADO players dropped, even at just one goal down, yet the body language already showed they were beaten. Captain Paola van der Veen did her best to motivate her team mates, shouting and goading others into action, but the response she craved was not there.

Ajax increased their lead in the fifty fourth minute, a goal by Loïs Oudemast. The goals then began to flow. Sixty two minutes Anouk Hoogendijk made it 1-4. After seventy seven minutes it was Kelly Zeeman who made it 1-5, with two minutes remaining de Ridder got her second and Ajax’s sixth. Thankfully the final whistle went soon after, 1-6.

Why ADO played with so little passion is a mystery, it happens to every team at least once a season, and this was ADO’s turn. Maybe the fact that four of their team mates and first team players all suddenly left this week that left them disorganised? Who knows? But they need to work hard to put it right before their next game away to PEC Zwolle.

Attendance: 1,527

ADO ladies team: Denise Koorevaar, Hélène Heemskerk, Paola van der Veen ©, Yvette van der Veen (64. Marelle Worm), Nadia van Beerschoten (73. Jessie van Leeuwen) , Lineth Beerensteyn, Renate Jansen, Tessa Oudejans, Franca van de Kuilen (4. Isa Pothof), Michelle Vrieling, Sharona Tieleman.

ADO kids interview their heroes

I happened to be in the Kyocera stadium this afternoon and came across a special little event being held. It is currently the school holidays and some boys and girls got the chance to interview the new Ukranian winger Aleksandr Iakovenko, manager Henk Fraser and other member of the coaching staff.

It was great to see the kids asking their questions, the ADO professionals obviously enjoying the questioning as lots of laughing could be heard. A great experience for the youngsters and a great way to catch them as fans and keep them supporting their local club.

ADO ladies v Ajax tomorrow night

The kids are off school, you need something to entertain them, so why not bring them to the Kyocera stadium to watch ADO ladies v Ajax? No matter if this game is between the men’s teams or the ladies teams, there is always a bit of extra spice to these games.

There are few surprises in store to make it a bit more of a special atmosphere. So why not, come and visit the stadium and enjoy the football.