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09-25-2015, 03:52 PM
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BeNe League

So the league, composed of Belgian and Dutch teams, starts today. Sadly, I guess there is almost no interest in this tournament and the quality is also low. But anyway, just wanted to leave it here, so maybe some Dutch or Belgian friends can shed light on this newly-founded league.

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09-27-2015, 02:10 PM
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Thus is going to be strange with Tilburg joining the German league

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What clubs are joining this Belgain-Dutch League?

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What clubs are joining this Belgain-Dutch League?
Belgium
Antwerp, Heist-op-den-Berg, Leuven, Herentals*, Turnhout and Liège

Netherlands
Limburg*, Eindhoven*, Tilburg, Nijmegen, Heerenveen, 's-Hertogenbosch, Amsterdam, Zoetermeer, Den Haag, Dordrecht

*Former Eredivisie


All the Belgian clubs are from the former Elite League, they lost out on Hasselt who choose to drop down to the National League due to results they had during the play-offs last season. Figured they were too outmatched against Antwerp, Leuven and Liège so thought it would be best to try later. The Tilburg club is the second unit, the main one, which forced the change in the two countries, is now in the Oberliga.

Currently the clubs are split into two Groups, if everything goes according to plan, the BeNe-League will split into two leagues after this season.

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10-25-2015, 05:55 PM
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Currently the clubs are split into two Groups, if everything goes according to plan, the BeNe-League will split into two leagues after this season.
Why split the league? Does the two nation league not help Belgium and the Netherlands' player development or something?

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10-29-2015, 05:08 AM
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The difference between the strong and weak teams is too big as of now.

The plan is to divide the strong and weak teams next season to create more interesting games.

Players don't develop when they win games with 10-0.

Don't get it wrong, there will still be Belgian and Dutch teams in the top league, but only less, the plan for 2016-2017 season is 8 at the moment (the top 4 of each group), but there will be an evaluation in January.

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11-01-2015, 09:26 PM
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The difference between the strong and weak teams is too big as of now.

The plan is to divide the strong and weak teams next season to create more interesting games.

Players don't develop when they win games with 10-0.

Don't get it wrong, there will still be Belgian and Dutch teams in the top league, but only less, the plan for 2016-2017 season is 8 at the moment (the top 4 of each group), but there will be an evaluation in January.
I see. Thanks for clarifying.

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A small update:

Almost halfway through the regular season (teams play 22 matches in the regular season, 14 against teams from the same group, 8 against other group)

Group A
Heerenveen, Herentals and Den Haag are likely to take the first 3 playoffs-spots, with Herentals looking to be the title favorite. There is an interesting fight for spot 4 between Zoetermeer and Amsterdam.

Group B
Tilburg II and Limburg have a strong lead, but the gap between the third and sixth team is only 3 points.

Full standings and stats available on Eliteprospects:
http://www.eliteprospects.com/league...p?leagueid=703

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02-18-2016, 07:21 AM
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Update: the BeNeLiga will continue in its current form in season 2016/2017, altough groups might be rearranged and there could be a few team changes. No split of strong and weak teams as was originally the plan.

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Is this a pro league?

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Got to see Geleen/Limburg play Dordrecht in October, was a surprisingly close game considering Dordrecht's record and on ice talent. To say it's a pro league is an awful stretch. The top teams like Geleen certainly look like a low end pro team, but Dordrecht on the opposite end looked like a team my beer league team in Canada could play tight.

With everything that has happened to Tillburg in the last year I'm still very interested in watching how Dutch hockey, and this league as a whole, continues to develop.

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How good is turnhout? Anyone know?

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Turnhout is a decent club, but they didn't really deliver this season.
The rink that they use for home games is also closing this year so no idea what will happen with the team. Maybe use the facilities of Herentals (HYC).

I found this topic way too late, but I went to see all the home games of Leuven ( Chiefs) and have to say that the BeNe league was really good fun. Some good games, some better games and if we can keep on developing hockey like this I will become a very enthusiastic season ticket holder.

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BeneLiga 2016-2017

Update: Info has come out for next season

- There will be 14 teams instead of 16
- 3 teams left: Turnhout, Heist op den berg and Dordrecht
- 1 new team: Groningen
- There will be two groups of 7 with a bit of shuffling compared to previous season (in bold the teams that switched from group):

Group A: Antwerp, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Herentals, Nijmegen, Tilburg, Zoetermeer
Group B: Den Haag, Groningen, 's-Hertogenbosch, Heerenveen, Leuven, Liege, Limburg.

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