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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

LKA juniors tournament – Sunday 24 January

The next LKA juniors tournament will be at Oasis Academy, Coulsdon on Sunday 24 January between 2-4pm.

Competition committee minutes

The minutes of the competition committee meeting on 12 December 2015 can be found here.

National junior inter-area tournament

The national junior inter-area tournament will be at Harrow Leisure Centre on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January. The under 13 and under 17 tournaments will take place on the 23rd with the under 11 and under 15 tournaments on the 24th.

The under 19 tournament will be held on 17 April.

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