Zeskamp 1972-1973
Dutch Domestic Series

Presenters:
Dick Passchier
Barend Barendse

Referees:
Unknown

Designer:
Arnold Kroon

Producers:
Bernard Prins and Dick Van't Sant

Director:
Matthias Meuser

An NCRV Production

Key:
Domestic Heats
 l = Qualified for Domestic Final
Domestic Final
l = Gold Trophy  l = Silver Trophy

l = Bronze Trophy

 

Zeskamp 1972-73 comprised 9 teams

Teams for Zeskamp 1972-1973:

Geleen, Heusden-Altena, Hoogeveen, Kapelle, Ooststellingwerf,
Raalte, Ten Boer, Winterswijk, Zandvoort

All 9 teams played each of the three Round 1 Domestic Heats. Qualification from this Round was on aggregrate points scored and the bottom three teams were eliminated after Round 1 Heat 3. In Round 2, the remaining 6 teams faced each other in a further three competitions, with the Top 3 aggregate points scorers reaching the Zeskamp Final.

 

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Zeskamp 1972-1973

Round 1, Heat 1

Event Staged: Saturday 7th October 1972
Venue: Sportspaleis 'Ahoy' (Ahoy Sports Palace), Zuidwijk,
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 7th October 1972, 8.20-9.35pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Geleen v. Heusden-Altena v. Hoogeveen v. Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) v.
Ooststellingwerf v. Raalte v. Ten Boer v. Winterswijk v. Zandvoort

Team Members included:
Heusden-Altena (NL) - Wem Kok (Team Captain) and Okta Kok;
Hoogeveen -
Gerrit Nienhuis (Team Captain), Jannie van Wezel-Duhoux (Team Coach), Klaske Bakker, Alie Breukers-Dijkstra, Aly Kerssies, Henny Kleinman, Anneke Seinen van der Kolk, Koosje Stoter, Hilly Lip, Jan Beumer, Rieks Bos, Raoel Coppens, Johann Dornbos, Ever Everts, Look Haandrikman, Johan Prins, Reinder Strijker, Bert Sehotenboer, Johnny Wildeboer;
Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) - Gerard de Jong, Ade de Schieper and Jan van Houden;

Ooststellingwerf - Jaap Wemer (Co-Team Captain), Joop Bolt (Co-Team Captain), Henk Harten (Team Coach), Lammie de Goede, Jellie Sierksma, Jellie Lemstra-Sytsejna, Pytsje Siegersma, Aly Wolters, Afke Reienga, Martha Zeilstra, Jacob Mulder, Pieter Haamstra, Fokke de Jager, Koert Vondeling, Henk Gorter, Philip de Vries, Jan Pieter Berghuis, Gerard Vennis, Wim Oosterloo;

Ten Boer - Jannes Nijboer (Team Captain), Harm Jan Havinga (Team Coach), Gerda Olthof, Janny van Kampen, Marga Pit, Elly van Dijken, Anneke Moesker-Vos, Greet van Dijken-Klok, Froukje Havinga, Jan de Vries, Jaap Koenes, Henk Reinders, Klaas Sminia, Gerard van der Deen, Beanie van Huis, Luppo Dubben, Tinus Werkman, Enne Huinenga;
Zandvoort - Wim Buchel Sr. (Team Coach), Fekke Boukes, Dick van der Nulft and Dries Zonneveld.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
5th
7th
7th
9th

 H-A • Heusden-Altena
 KKapelle (Zuid Beveland)
 OOoststellingwerf
 R Raalte
 G Geleen
 Z Zandvoort
 TB Ten Boer
 W Winterswijk
 HG Hoogeveen

35.5
33.5
33
32.5
31.5
31.5
25
25
22.5

The Host Town

Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland

Rotterdam is the second largest city in Netherlands with a population of around 630,000 inhabitants. It is located in the Zuid Holland province on the Nieuwe Maas river, 21km (13 miles) south-east of Den Haag, 57km (35½ miles) south-west of Amsterdam and 98km (61 miles) west of Arnhem.

The port is the largest cargo port in Europe and the 10th largest in the world. Its logistic success is based on its strategic location on the North Sea, directly at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas permitting waterway access into the heart of Western Europe, including the highly industrialised Ruhr region.

The city dates from at least AD 900 with a settlement at the lower end of the fen stream Rotte (or Rotta, as it was then known, from ‘rot’ (muddy) and ‘a’ (water), thus 'muddy water'). Around 1150, large floods in the area ended development, leading to the construction of protective dikes and dams along the northern banks of the present-day Nieuwe Maas. A dam on the Rotte or 'Rotterdam' was built in the 1260s and was located at the present-day Hoogstraat (High Street). On 7th July 1340, Count Willem IV of Holland (1307-1345) granted city rights to Rotterdam, which then had approximately 2,000 inhabitants.

 

An aerial view of the bustling shipping port of Rotterdam

 

The port of Rotterdam grew slowly but steadily into a port of importance, becoming the seat of one of the six 'chambers' of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC), the Dutch East India Company. The greatest spurt of growth, both in port activity and population, followed the completion of the Nieuwe Waterweg in 1872. The city and harbour started to expand on the south bank of the river.

During World War I (1914-1918), the city was the world's largest spy centre because of Dutch neutrality and its location in between England, Germany and occupied Belgium. During World War II (1939-1945), the German army invaded the Netherlands on 10th May 1940. Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) had hoped to conquer the country in just one day, but his forces met unexpectedly fierce resistance. On 15th May 1940, the Dutch army was finally forced to capitulate, following Hitler's bombing of Rotterdam the previous day and his threats to bomb other Dutch cities. The heart of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed by the Luftwaffe. Some 80,000 civilians were made homeless and 900 were killed.

Rotterdam was gradually rebuilt from the 1950s through to the 1970s. It remained quite windy and open until the city councils from the 1980s on began developing an active architectural policy. Daring and new styles of apartments, office buildings and recreation facilities resulted in a more 'liveable' city centre with a new skyline.

One of the two most popular tourist attractions of the city is the Zomercarnaval (Summer Carnival) which takes place annually in late July or early August. The first carnival was staged on 4th August 1984 and it offers residents and tourists, the opportunity to experience a taste of those celebrated in Latin America and the Cape Verde Islands albeit some what dampened down by the cooler north European climate. Although the street parade attracts the most visitors, the carnival is a multi-day event and attracts almost one million people a year to the city. On Saturday, a week prior to the parade, a new Carnival Queen is elected at the Cruise Terminal Building on the Wilhelmina Pier. The following Thursday, a Beach Party is held at the Strand aan de Maas, an large open area on the opposite side of the Nieuwe Maas river to the Cruise Terminal Building, at which several brass bands, DJ's and the newly chosen Queen attend. On Friday evening, the Battle of Drums is staged, an event in which several brass bands compete to be named the official Zomercarnaval brass band and earn a spot in the street parade, as well as being invited to take part in the famous Notting Hill Carnival in London during the August Bank Holiday weekend. The parade, which is held on the Saturday and is the culmination of the week-long celebrations, includes brass bands and thousands of dancers and two ‘live on stage’ concerts at the Coolsingel and the Churchillplein until late in the evening.

The second of the top attractions is the Diergaarde Blijdorp (Blijdorp Zoo) which was designed by architect Sybold van Revesteyn (1889-1983) following damage sustained to the old zoo building during bombing raids on 10th May 1940. Constructed slightly north of its original location, street names such as Diergaardesingel (Zoo Lane) still recall the old zoo. Despite current trends for animal rights, the zoo houses a vast variety of animals and birds from all over the globe. However, with funding from the city being reduced annually, its survival is in jeopardy.

The Venue

Sportspaleis 'Ahoy'

This heat was staged at the Sportspaleis ‘Ahoy’ (part of the Ahoy Rotterdam complex), an indoor sporting arena standing in the Dijkzigtterrein, part of the reconstructed Rotterdam port area which had been severely damaged by bombing in the Second World War (1939-1945). The site had been home to an exhibition hall which had been built to celebrate the reconstruction work with a special 'Rotterdam Ahoy!' exhibition. Amusingly, for some years after, when the dot of the exclamation mark had dropped off the sign, the exhibition hall became known as the Ahoy-Hal and no-one seemed to mind. The hall staged many national and international events, including a notable exhibition of the work of celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). It also proved its worth as a reception centre for the victims of the North Sea flood, a major natural disaster on the night of Saturday 31st January 1953 that affected the coastlines of the Netherlands, Belgium and England, claiming over two thousand lives and displaced thousands more.
 

The main entrance to the Ahoy Rotterdam
with its iconic red main entrance logo

 

Building work on the Ahoy Rotterdam commenced in 1968 and by 1970, three exhibition halls and the Sports Palace were completed. The first event to be staged at the new facilities was the Femina family fair, held in September 1970. Three months later, on Thursday 15th January 1971, the Ahoy was officially opened by HRH Prince Claus (1926-2002). Audience capacity of the arena was set at 10,000 spectators and the complex's impressive design by architects Van der Stoep and Groosman garnered a number of international awards for the special steel structures used in the arena's construction.

Since the Ahoy's auspicious opening, it has been the venue for the 1975 European Final of the BBC / Transworld Sport programme Superstars (hosted by British Jeux Sans Frontières presenter, David Vine (1935-2009)), the 2007 Junior Eurovision Song Contest and has played host to ATP World Tennis Tour and International Dog Show events for many years. It is also popular as a concert venue and has seen the likes of Elton John, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Alanis Morissette, Rush, Shakira and the popular Dutch singer Lee Towers play and make live concert video programmes there. The Ahoy has been expanded on a number of occasions, including major renovation in 1998 to create today's multifunctional venue. It was renamed Ahoy Rotterdam at around this time and celebrated its 40th Anniversary in January 2011.

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Zeskamp 1972-1973

Round 1, Heat 2

Event Staged: Saturday 4th November 1972
Venue: Rijnhal, Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 4th November 1972, 8.20-9.35pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Geleen v. Heusden-Altena v. Hoogeveen v. Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) v.
Ooststellingwerf v. Raalte v. Ten Boer v. Winterswijk v. Zandvoort

Team Members: as Round 1, Heat 1

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th

 K • Kapelle (Zuid Beveland)
 TB Ten Boer
 Z Zandvoort
 G Geleen
 R Raalte
 H-AHeusden-Altena

 OOostellingwerf
 HG Hoogeveen
 W Winterswijk

42.5
38.5
31
30.5
29.5
29
26
25.5
17

The Venue

Rijnhal, Arnhem

This heat was held in Arnhem’s Rijnhal. The hall is a large multi-purpose arena which has witnessed many major rock concerts, sporting events and themed markets. The arena floor can also be used as an ice-skating rink during the winter months.

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Zeskamp 1972-1973

Round 1, Heat 3

Event Staged: Saturday 2nd December 1972
Venue: Martinihal, Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 2nd December 1972, 8.20-9.35pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Geleen v. Heusden-Altena v. Hoogeveen v. Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) v.
Ooststellingwerf v. Raalte v. Ten Boer v. Winterswijk v. Zandvoort

Team Members: as Round 1, Heat 1

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th

 HG Hoogeveen
 -
 TB Ten Boer
 -
 -
 -
 -
 OOoststellingwerf
 -

-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

Result

 League Table for Qualification:

Heat 1, 2 + 3 Points

1st-6th
1st-6th
1st-6th
1st-6th
1st-6th
1st-6th
7th
8th or 9th
8th or 9th

 G Geleen l
 H-AHeusden-Altena
l
 HG Hoogeveen
l
 KKapelle (Zuid Beveland)
l
 R Raalte
l
 Z Zandvoort
l
 TB Ten Boer
 OOoststellingwerf

 W Winterswijk

62 (+ Heat 3 score)
64.5 (+ Heat 3 score)
48 (+ Heat 3 score)
76 (+ Heat 3 score)
62 (+ Heat 3 score)
62.5 (+ Heat 3 score)
63.5 (+ Heat 3 score)
59 (+ Heat 3 score)
42 (+ Heat 3 score)

Raalte qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières 1973 at Senigallia, Italy:
staged on Wednesday 6th June 1973

Hoogeveen qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières 1973 at Bellinzona, Switzerland:
staged on Wednesday 20th June 1973

Zandvoort qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières 1973 at Chartres, France:
staged on Wednesday 4th July 1973

Ten Boer qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières 1973 at Arnhem, Netherlands:
staged on Wednesday 18th July 1973

Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières 1973 at Bristol, Great Britain:
staged on Wednesday 1st August 1973

Geleen qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières 1973 at Blankenberge, Belgium:
staged on Wednesday 15th August 1973

Heusden-Altena qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières 1973 at Heiligenhafen, West Germany:
staged on Wednesday 29th August 1973

The Host Town

Groningen, Groningen

Groningen is the capital and largest city of its eponymous province in the north-east of the Netherlands. It has a population of just under 200,000 inhabitants and is located 51km (31½ miles) east of Leeuwarden, 85km (52¾ miles) north of Zwolle, 147km (91¼ miles) north-east of Amsterdam and 35km (21¾ miles) west of the German border.

 

The Festung Boutange is an abandoned fortress
built during the Eighty Years' War

 

The city was founded on the northernmost point of the Hondsrug area (a large ridge of sand on which much of the province and neighbouring Drenthe is built). Groningen was founded around AD 950 at the site of a Roman camp and has a rich history, which can clearly be seen from the old medieval buildings in the downtown area. However, the oldest document referring to Groningen's existence only dates from 1040. In the 13th century, when the city was an important trade centre, its inhabitants built a city wall to underline its authority. The city had a strong influence on the surrounding lands and made its dialect a common tongue. The most influential period of the city was the end of the 15th century, when the nearby province of Friesland was administered from Groningen. During this period (1492), the Martinitoren (Martini Tower) in the market square was built, which loomed over the city at a height of 97m (318ft 3in), making it the highest building in Europe at the time. The city's independence came to an end when it chose to join forces with the Spanish during the Eighty Years' War (1568-1648) in 1594. It later switched sides, joining the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands.

In 1614, the University of Groningen was founded, initially only for religious education and in the same period, the city expanded rapidly and a new city wall was built. That same wall was tested during the Third Anglo-Dutch War (1672-1674), when the city was attacked fiercely by the bishop of Münster, Christoph Bernhard von Galen (1606-1678). Fortunately, the city’s wall resisted and this event, known as Gronings Ontzet (Siege of Groningen), is celebrated with music and fireworks on 28th August each year.

Groningen has been called the ‘World Cycling City’ because 57% of all journeys made within the city are by bicycle and, as is the case with most Dutch cities, it is well adapted to the high number of cyclists. A large network of bike paths make it convenient to cycle to various destinations and, within the city, the bicycle is the most popular means of transportation. Groningen's nightlife depends largely on the population of students studying at Groningen University (28,000) and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (25,000). Its cultural scene is vibrant and remarkable for a city of its size with the Grote Markt, the Vismarkt, the Poelestraat and Peperstraat (the surrounding streets) crowded every night of the week, with most bars not closing until 5.00am!

An absolute must for any visitor to the region is an excursion to the village of Bourtange. Located in the province of Groningen, it is actually 48km (30 miles) south-east of the city centre near the German border. Although it only has a population of 430 inhabitants, thousand of tourists flock to the village each year to see the star-shaped Festung (Fort) Bourtange. It was built in 1593 during the Eighty Years' War (1568-1648) when William I of Orange (1533-1584) wanted to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen which at the time was controlled by the Spanish. The fort was used until 1851, after which it was given up and it became a normal village. However, around 1960, living conditions in the village deteriorated to such a state that it was decided that Bourtange would be rebuilt to its former glory and today it is used as an open-air museum.

The Venue

Martinihal

The venue for this heat was a large events hall known as Martinihal, located adjacent to playing fields which were part of the Stadspark sports facility.

In the late 1960s, the municipality of Groningen revealed that an exhibition complex was to be built on the edge of the Groningen City Park. The Martinihal would consist of exhibition space, meeting rooms and a restaurant. The official opening took place in 1969 and hall had a ceiling height of 30m (8ft 5¼in) in order for it to cater for exhibitions such as boat shows offering sailboats with large standing masts.
 

The original Martinihal, built in 1969,
was renovated beyond recognition in the late 1990s

 

In the early 1970s, the building was extended with a multi-function hall for organizing (pop) concerts and sports competitions. The room was separated by a large open square area which could be used for car parking. The Event Hall had a capacity of about 2,500 visitors (concert) or 3,000 visitors (sports). Before the construction of the television studios in Aalsmeer, popular TV shows were frequently filmed here.

In 1978, the Martinihal Centre became a leading location in terms of conferences, meetings and exhibitions and in the early 1980s several extra rooms were built. In 1988, the name of the complex was change to Martinihal Groningen. The following year, the Martinihal was in need of renovation but this could not be financed by the Municipality of Groningen, so the Martinihal needed to find sponsors. However, there were no suitable candidates. The Martinihal was then transferred to the independent Art and Culture Department of the municipality and a new management team was appointed.

Another major renovation of the complex took place in 2000 with the former centre square being replaced by a new event and sports hall, which meets all international standards for sport. The former Event Hall was converted into the Martini Plaza Theatre and, with a capacity of 1600 seats, made it one of the five largest theatres in the Netherlands. In March 2002, the complex was officially reopened under the name Martini Plaza and later that year the complex was taken over by the Onderwijs Cultuur Sport Welzijn (OCSW) (Department of Education, Culture, Sports and Wellness).
 

The ‘new’ Martinihal, completed in 2002,
offers not only a sports hall but also a shopping plaza

 

The Martinihal became home to professional Dutch basketball club Nationale-Nederlande Donar in 1973, when Dutch company Nationale-Nederlande became the club’s first sponsor. This was to last for nine years after which the company stopped its sponsorship in 1982. Following this, the club reverted back to its original 1881 name of GBV Donar (Groninger Basketbalvereniging), and following several sponsorships between 1986 and 2009, its current name is the GasTerra Flames Groningen, following sponsorship by natural gas supply company GasTerra.

Interestingly some of the area now occupied by the Martiniplaza was host to the Dutch International in 1976.

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Zeskamp 1972-1973

Round 2, Heat 1

Event Staged: Saturday 27th January 1973
Venue: Martinihal, Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 27th January 1973, 8.20-9.40pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Geleen v. Heusden-Altena v. Hoogeveen v.
Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) v. Raalte v. Zandvoort

Team Members included:
Heusden-Altena (NL) - Wem Kok (Team Captain) and Okta Kok;
Hoogeveen -
Gerrit Nienhuis (Team Captain), Jannie van Wezel-Duhoux (Team Coach), Klaske Bakker, Alie Breukers-Dijkstra, Aly Kerssies, Henny Kleinman, Anneke Seinen van der Kolk, Koosje Stoter, Hilly Lip, Jan Beumer, Rieks Bos, Raoel Coppens, Johann Dornbos, Ever Everts, Look Haandrikman, Johan Prins, Reinder Strijker, Bert Sehotenboer, Johnny Wildeboer;
Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) - Gerard de Jong, Ade de Schieper and Jan van Houden;

Zandvoort - Wim Buchel Sr. (Team Coach), Fekke Boukes, Dick van der Nulft and Dries Zonneveld.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

 R Raalte
 -
 -
 -
 HG Hoogeveen
 H-AHeusden-Altena

29
-
-
-
17
16

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NL

Zeskamp 1972-1973

Round 2, Heat 2

Event Staged: Saturday 24th February 1973
Venue: Unknown

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 24th February 1973, 8.20-9.40pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Geleen v. Heusden-Altena v. Hoogeveen v.
Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) v. Raalte v. Zandvoort

Team Members: as Round 2, Heat 1

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd
3rd
5th
6th

 -
 -
 -
 -
 -
 -

-
-
-
-
-
-

Made in Colour • This programme may exist in Dutch Archives

 

NL

Zeskamp 1972-1973

Round 2, Heat 3

Event Staged: Saturday 24th March 1973
Venue: Unknown

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 24th March 1973, 8.20-9.40pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Geleen v. Heusden-Altena v. Hoogeveen v.
Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) v. Raalte v. Zandvoort

Team Members: as Round 2, Heat 1

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd
3rd
5th
6th

 -
 -
 -
 -
 -
 -

-
-
-
-
-
-

Result

 League Table for Qualification:

Heat 1, 2 + 3 Points

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

 -
 -
 -
 -
 -
 -

-
-
-
-
-
-

Made in Colour • This programme may exist in Dutch Archives

 

NL

Zeskamp 1972-1973

Domestic Final

Event Staged: Saturday 19th May 1973
Venue: Unknown

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
NCRV (NL):
Saturday 19th May 1973, 8.20-9.45pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Three from -
Geleen v. Heusden-Altena v. Hoogeveen v.
Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) v. Raalte v. Zandvoort

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd

 -
 -
 -

-
-
-

Made in Colour • This programme may exist in Dutch Archives

 

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