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London finish third in the senior inter-area

The London team have finished third in the senior inter-area tournament held in Bristol on Sunday 15 May.

In the morning pool, London won four matches out of four with victories over South Midlands, West Midlands, South West and Yorkshire. This put London into the top pool for the afternoon.

In the afternoon, London drew with Norfolk and defeated West Midlands and South West. If London could have managed a convincing win over Kent in the final match, London would have won the title but Kent ran out 11-9 winners. As a result, the London side finished third.

Thanks to coach Dinos Tritsarolis, manager Eiti Laure Stein and all the London players! Thanks also to the EKA for organising the event.

London senior team

 

Trojans retain the England national title

Congratulations to Trojans on retaining the England Korfball League title after a nail-biting 21-20 win over Bec in the final at Whitgift School on Sunday 1st May. In a very close game, the lead changed hands on numerous occasions.

In the semi-finals on Saturday 30th April, Trojans defeated Nomads 28-18 while Bec beat Kingfisher 22-13. Nomads were then beaten 23-19 by Kingfisher in the 3rd/4th play-off on Sunday.

Well done to all the teams!

 

 

Under 19 inter-area tournament report

The London U19s were in action at the inter-area tournament in Kent on Sunday 24th April. A report from coach Ben Rivers is below. Thanks to everyone who played or helped out!

Following last year’s success, London u19s headed to Kent to defend their title. The majority of last year’s team had reached an age meaning they could no longer participate which gave the team a new feel and the chance for some players to step up. 

The first match was a repeat of the top two last year, Kent vs London. The game started positively for Kent with them scoring 3 goals to 1 in early stages. However as the half wore on it was London who upped the scoring ante and at half time scores were level. The 2nd half continued with London on top leading to a 7-5 scoreline in favour of London. A timeout was called to ensure London focused on to the end of the match with their lead intact. Unfortunately London couldn’t quite hold on with Kent finding their shooting from range and pulling out a 4 goal lead by the end of the match. A disappointing loss but some good performances especially on the defensive end against two of the strongest boys in the competition.

The rest of the games would now need to be won to ensure a passage into the final.

The 2nd game was against a well drilled Cambridge side boasting some very talented young players. It was a high scoring and tense encounter! Unfortunately Cambridge in the end ran out 13-12 despite again London leading well into the 2nd half. On this occasion it wasn’t Cambridge who found their long range shooting but London whose penalty taking had deserted them. This result made it now very tough for London to reach the final.

The next match was a chance to gain a first victory against a plucky South Midlands team who despite their smaller stature had scored some very good goals against all the teams. The first half took a while to get going with both teams playing slow korfball and the scores being close at half time. The 2nd half London finally awoke and begin to move at speed. In the end London ran out winners but not by the margin many had thought it might be.

The final match would take place against Norfolk who would be looking to secure a place in the final with the victory. The game took a similar pattern to the games throughout the day. High quality goals were scored and any mistakes were  punished. Again London had built a slender lead by midway through the 2nd half. Unfortunately as per previous games the lead couldn’t be held and Norfolk triumphed by 2 goals.

A tough day for London as in all games we had victory in our hands but didn’t convert those winning positions. As ever a great team performance from the whole squad with every player contributing in attack and defence.

Big thanks to Lisa and the support hopefully next year my winning touch can return. 

Special mention goes to impressive captain Chloe Swain! Mark and Billy should be proud of their performances throughout the day more than matching the best opposition boys. Whilst Eva also performed admirably in attack and defence despite sporting an injured quad.  Also to Ellis who in one match scored 5 goals, 1 penalty and 1 free pass. 

Goal Scorers:

Billy 7                                                                               Chloe 2

Mark 6                                                                             Jessica 2

Alex 6                                                                               Jessie 1

Ellis 8                                                                                Eva 2

Stephen 3

London U19s

London league round-up

27 teams, nine clubs, three leagues – the London korfball league has drawn to a close after another exciting season. Congratulations to Trojans 2, Bromley 1 and Croydon 4 on winning their respective leagues.

London Regional League

Winner: Trojans 2

Top male scorer: Terry Forde (Nomads 2) – 67

Top female scorer: Bethany Penhaligon (Bec 2/3) – 43

It was a final day top-of-the-table clash which decided London’s top league – Bec 2 played Trojans 2, with the winner taking the title. And it was Trojans who pipped Bec to the crown with a 24-22 win.

Nomads 2 and Highbury 1 made up the rest of the top four, both losing just four matches during the season. Highbury as the top placed 1st team in the league will compete in the England Korfball League Promotion Division next season along with Croydon 1 who drop down from the Korfball Premier League.

Croydon 2, Supernova 1, Nomads 3, Bec 3 and Mitcham 1 completed the Regional League line-up.

London League Two

Winner: Bromley 1

Top male scorer: Mark Drew (Bromley 1) – 48

Top female scorer: Susan Wright (Croydon 3) – 37

Three teams were in the running right to the final few weeks of the season. It was Bromley 1 who beat the competition from Highbury 2 and Croydon 3 to top the table and take a place in the Regional League for next season.

There were some exciting matches played between the top three with Highbury beating both Bromley and Croydon away but losing to both sides at home; Bromley and Croydon playing out an exciting draw, and crucially Bromley beating Croydon 14-9 earlier in the season.

Supernova 2 also performed well, finishing in 4th place – just above Supernova 3. The two teams new to the division, Highbury 3 and Croydon Swans, will be pleased with their placing – finishing 6th and 7th respectively. Nomads 4 and Bec 4 completed the line-up in 8th and 9th.

London League Three

Winner: Croydon 4

Top male scorer: Richard Burrows (Nomads 5) – 34

Top female scorer: Dawn Aindow (Croydon 4/5) – 23

Croydon 4 topped London League Three, sewing up the title with a few weeks of the season still to go. In an evenly matched and unpredictable league, Nomads 5, Croydon 5 and Mitcham 2 made up the rest of the top four.

With just six points separating 2nd place and 7th – Bec 5 in 7th, Supernova 4 in 6th and Bromley 2 in 5th will be confident of challenging nearer the top of the table next season.

Highbury 4 and Trojans 3 completed the table in 8th and 9th respectively.

London senior team selected

Coach Dinos Tritsarolis has selected the following squad to represent London at the senior inter-area tournament on 15 May:

Anke Robijns

Eiti Laure Stein

Hannah Lorrimer

Leah Palfreyman

Maaike Ponjee

Niccola Hyslop

Sarah Halpin

Andy Bovey

Billy Ashby

Blake Palfreyman

Jamie Miller

Rob Wilson

Tiago Almeida

Dinos Tritsarolis

Good luck to the squad and thanks to everyone who attended the trials!

LKA juniors tournament – 17 April

Teams from Bec, Bromley, Hayes, Nomads and Trojans were in action at the LKA juniors tournament on Sunday 17th April. Under 9s and under 11s were in action.

Well done to all players and organisers!

EKA consultation on membership structure

The England Korfball Association have produced a consultation paper on their membership structure. In particular, this discusses the option of moving to a system where individuals are members of the EKA, not clubs or areas. This would affect how membership fees are calculated. They have requested responses by 2nd May.

For more details, please see here.

Under 19 inter-area tournament – Sunday 24 April

The under 19 inter-area tournament will be held on Sunday 24 April at New Line Learning School, Broughton Lane, Maidstone, ME15 9QL.

If you are interested in playing for the London team at this event, please contact Lisa Swain at lisa.beckorfball@gmail.com.

Level 1 coaching course – Saturday 26 March

England Korfball are running a Level 1 coaching course on 26 March 2016 between 11am and 5pm. This will be held at Monks Hill Sport Centre, Farnborough Avenue, Croydon, CR2 8HD.

The cost is £70 for members of EKA-affiliated clubs or £80 for non-members. You can enter here.

The LKA will subsidise £30 towards the entry cost for any member of an LKA club or anyone connected to the juniors programme of an LKA club. If you wish to take up this subsidy, please pay the full cost of the entry fee using the link above and then e-mail Mark Paxton, the LKA treasurer, at treasurer@londonkorfball.com requesting the subsidy. The £30 subsidy will be paid once the course has been run.

Refereeing rules exam – 2 March

The second part of Bec’s refereeing theory course will be on Wednesday 2nd March.

People attending will have the opportunity to take the refereeing exam which is part of the requirements to become a qualified referee. This session will last between 7pm and 8pm.

The venue is Whitgift School, Haling Park, London, South Croydon CR2 6YT.

If you are interested in attending, please email Lisa Swain at lisa.beckorfball@gmail.com.

 

 

London and Harrow teams in action in the junior inter-area event

Both London and Harrow were represented at the junior inter-area event held at Harrow Leisure Centre on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January.

On the Saturday, the under 13s and under 17s were in action. The London team finished 5th in the under 13 competition with the Harrow sides finishing 7th and 10th. In the under 17 competition, the London side finished 4th.

On the Sunday, it was the turn of the under 11s and the under 15s. The London under 11s were seconds away from winning the tournament until a very late goal by Norfolk in the final game meant that the London side had to settle for third place. The Harrow under 11 team finished ninth.

In the under 15s, the London side were fourth while the Harrow team finished seventh.

The LKA would like to thank all the players, coaches, referees and organisers!

A few action photos are below.

London under 11s action

 

 

Harrow under 13sLondon under 15s actionLondon under 17s action

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