Top Ten of 2003
Marc Lammers, coach of the Dutch women’s team, is one of the most respected figures in the game. Present at most major tournaments, he names his best players of 2003 stressing they are in no particular order.
LUCIANA AYMAR (ARG)
The most skilful women’s player in the world. Lots of speed and beautiful to watch with her vision. Argentina’s key player.
MINKE BOOIJ (NED)
The best and strongest defender in the world, and excellent in a one on one situation. Gets down low and is quick and aggressive. A strong personality and a born winner. You can’t see it but she is so important in the Dutch side and the motor of the squad.
MIJNTJE DONNERS (NED)
She was really strong in the Dutch team and had a huge influence on her club side, Den Bosch, as they captured their sixth successive national championship. Quick, with a hard hit on goal and a top scorer of important goals. Mentally tough who carries the Dutch team in attack.
JULIE TOWERS (AUS)
Skilful and quick attacker and always drives directly on goal. Free scoring player and very dangerous in the circle.
NIE YALI (CHN)
Big, strong goalkeeper who played superbly for China in 2003. Was outstanding at the Champions Trophy in Sydney and very good at saving penalty corners and strokes.
WASEEM AHMED (PAK)
Great player to watch with lovely skills and always going forward. Good vision.
SANTI FREIXA (ESP)
Spain’s goal-getter. Strong and fast and prolific goal scorer.
TEUN DE NOOIJER (NED)
He is the best. Quick, skilful and with lots of vision.
DILIP TIRKEY (IND)
Another player I love to watch. Very unpredictable and hard to defend against with his pace and close skills.
MATIAS PAREDES (ARG)
A key player in his team with his good vision and passing game. Also has an excellent temperament.
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