Home » Dennis Deroey and Knack Roeselare start the play-offs as leaders: “Nothing is at stake anymore, but the match against Maaseik remains a classic” (Roeselare)

Dennis Deroey and Knack Roeselare start the play-offs as leaders: “Nothing is at stake anymore, but the match against Maaseik remains a classic” (Roeselare)

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Dennis Deroey has already secured first place with Roeselare. — © VDB



After the 3-1 home win against Borgworm on Wednesday evening, Roeselare is mathematically certain of first place in the preliminary competition. Dennis Deroey and co are waiting on Saturday evening. the ‘clasico’ in Maaseik – still a prestige match according to the Roeselare libero.

Roeselare took the three points against fourth-ranked Borgworm and did its job properly. Dennis Deroey looks back on the match: “Seppe Rotty was not present due to illness and was replaced on the opposite side by Diego Gonzales. Simon Plaskie was allowed to rest, allowing Jasper Wijkstra to play another full match as a reception corner. Only in the third set did Borgworm make it difficult for us. We started a little less sharply, but Sander Depovere brought us back from behind the service line after a 9-13 deficit. At 24-22 a 3-0 seemed to be in the making, but then things faltered for a while. Proof that Roeselare is not always a machine. Borgworm was able to save the honor with a narrow 26-28.”

“In the fourth and final set we quickly opened a five-point gap and had no trouble closing the match,” Deroey continues. “With two more matches to go in the preliminary competition – to Maaseik on Saturday and then round off at home against Aalst the following week – we will certainly start the play-offs as the leader. You have to ask trainer-coach Steven Vanmedegael whether there will be any rotation or experimentation in those two remaining matches, on which nothing more depends.”

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Maaseik remains dangerous

Although nothing is at stake anymore, a match between Maaseik and Roeselare remains a classic. “Greenyard Maaseik has fallen back even more this season and is now only third,” says Dennis Deroey. “This is due to their lack of experience and because the current number two in the rankings, Aalst, is doing surprisingly well. I do expect that the Limburgers will want to prove themselves again next Saturday. They certainly want to show against their big rival that Maaseik is still Maaseik.”

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