Premier League round-up
Week 12 of the 2013/14 England Korfball Association Premier League included two local Kent derbies, with one match on Friday 17 and three matches on Sunday 19 January and a league record breaking 40 goal haul by Bec Korfball Club from London.
KV (10) v TORNADOES (15) – Referee: Paul Jeanes.
KV hosted Tornadoes on Friday evening at Aylesford Sports centre in a relative low scoring England Korfball League match it was the ‘away’ team that took both points with a 10-15 victory. The result brings to an end KV’s winning streak of three games. Tornadoes player/coach Corinne Buckland said after the match “it was a great tactical performance from us tonight. Two more points help us move up the league table. James Summers top scored for the home side with four goals (one penalty), with Tornadoes Owen Bailey scoring six including one penalty.
BEARSTED (9) v KINGFISHER (24) – Referee: Gary Cole.
Kingfisher ended their drought of wins with a 24-9 victory over Bearsted on Sunday morning, which was a welcome boost for Kingfisher coach Chris Martin ahead of the IKF Europa Shield tournament in Barcelona this coming weekend. Ryan Medhurst top scored in the match for the visitors with seven goals.
NORWICH KNIGHTS (24) v BIRMINGHAM CITY (4) – Referee: Toby Parsons.
“Vogwill set the tone for the day scoring in our first two attacks. Continuing at a frantic pace we showed no sign of repeating last weeks nervy start as we raced into an 11-1 lead. During the second half we made a couple of changes, strength and competition in the squad is high. And the attacking structure flowed smoothly, creating chance after chance. Defensively we conceded two goals in each half to a spirited Birmingham side that fought until the end. 24 goals scored, 9 different scorers, 9 for Vogwill, 4 points clear, What a difference a week can make.” Norwich Knights coach Joe Stirling.
“It was a good result for us today, we got off to a great start scoring the first six goals in the match – we just didn’t allow Birmingham to get into the match. Our defence today was superb” Norwich Knights and England International, Charlie Vogwill.
CROYDON (12) v BEC (40) – Referee: Peter Allan.
Bec today became the first side in recent history to score 40 goals in a England Korfball League match! Bec’s conversion ratio was equally as impressive, scoring 37% of their shots. Bec coach Dave Buckland “Final score 40-12, Half-time 22-6, we scored just three running in shots and four penalties in the whole match, with the rest from open play. It was a great team performance – I’m espically pleased with how the girls have stepped up this season considering their relative inexperience in the Premier League. Joanne Wilson scored five and Claire Dique scored six. The partnership of Bedford and Patel was an ever dangerous attacking force. In the other section, King and Hall contributed eleven goals. Joanne Wilson scored the 40th goal in the final few minutes of the match.”
Croydon player/coach Ross Carr-Taylor speaking to England Korfball after the match said “We tried different tactics today defensively. We’re now concentrating on our upcoming must wins games against Birmingham and Bearsted. Bec were in fine form today and scored some great goals but overall I’m not overly disappointed”