Eredivisie pioneer Barbara Lorsheyd back with more experience

After two years at  Telstar and one season at FC Twente, Barbara Lorsheyd returned this summer as an experienced keeper to the club with which she debuted in 2007 as a 16-year-old player in the Eredivisie Women. “I have had seven amazing years here, so ADO  Den Haag is my club.

Of all the pioneers who came into action for the six clubs in the Eredivisie Women ten years ago, there are now no more than ten at the highest level at home or abroad. “I still like the game because I can combine my football with my work as a swimming instructor,” explains Barbara why she stays in goal. Remembering the first Eredivisie season, she still knows how she got used to it as a beginner. “The young girls who are starting now will be learning. The advantage of my 10 years experience is that I know what is expected of you. That’s what you’re trying to give to the youngsters, so they are more free on the pitch.”

When Barbara left the club three years ago, she hoped she could go abroad as a professional. After one season at Telstar, the Swiss club Basel seemed to want her join them. “I ran around and everything was actually sorted, but I did not get the tickets to Switzerland.” I later learned that the club had attracted another keeper at the last moment. After another year Telstar, Barbara was about to hang up her gloves. At the last minute she decided to accept an offer from FC Twente. “Another chance to make a squad for the Dutch national team and also play in the Champions League gave me the chance to find the fun in football.”

At ADO ladies she won one league title and two KNVB cups and in 137 games she kept 46 clean sheets. With the Dutch team she made the pre selection for the European Championships. The fact that she was finally dropped from the tournament did not come as a surprise. “Now that Loes Geurts has left, there is now a place.” It was hard after about one week to start preparing with ADO Den Hag again. “A longer rest would have been fine.”

As a result of injuries and because Nadine Noordam and Victoria Pelova were selected for the under 19 European Championships and the departure of Pia Rijsdijk, meant the preparation of ADO ladies was not ideal. “But missing your players does not matter much,” says Barbara. “On the training pitch you just have to get on with it and if young people train hard they may turn out to be a player that can replace those who are unavailable. If you look at our pre-season matches, we have made a lot of progress and picked up the young talent quickly. At least I see good development and you have to aim for the top play-offs.”

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