Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1920, Antwerp: The "Hollandsche Dames Zwemclub"

Article by Tony Bijkerk about the Women’s Water Polo exhibition match held during the Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games, (cont.): I found another clue in the State-Archives in the form of newspaper clippings from the newspaper De Telegraaf, which stated: “Antwerp, 29 August, The last day: Next two ladies’ teams from Holland  played a demonstration match of water polo, which was very much to the liking of the public in attendance. In Belgium, women’s water polo is not played at all. The intention for this demonstration match was, to try to get women’s water polo on the program for the next Olympic Games. ” The teams were composed as follows: Team A: T. Nijland, Helweg, Wijninck, Van Laar, Maria M. Beisenherz, G. Klapwijk, Knuyt. Team B: C. van Stok, T. Nyland, Van Tol, Evelein, Duykers, Hoogakker, A. C. Bolten. The referee was Mr. Delahaye. The result of the match was a 2-2 tie.”
Source: Citius, Altius, Fortius, Vol 2(2), article by Tony Bijkerk.