1 February 2014

EKA Staff

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Rhienland Korfball Cup 2014

Three of England Korfball’s International youth squads are in action this weekend (01 and 02 February 2014) in Cologne, Germany for the Rhienland Korfball Cup.

England Under 14 Coach Sytze Bijker said “We expect to push on from our last tournament in Belgium where we showed some great performances. We have been working hard the last couple of months on tactics, creating chances, and scoring goals. With an excellent squad taking out to Germany I believe we can make it a hard game for any team playing us, and therefore I expect to walk away with some wins”

The England Under-14 will play against two regional teams from Germany, a regional team from Belgium and a region from the Netherlands.

Under 19 Coach Davesh Patel speaking before leaving for the tournament said: “This tournament has great bearing for the U19s in the lead up to the U19 World Cup. With places still up for grabs for the final cut, it provides another opportunity for the players to stake their claims and show why they should be heading to the World Cup. With Germany using this as preparation as well, England will face tough games but we’d like to see the players putting into practice that which has been worked on during the training sessions and for the players to stand up and be counted.”

England’s under-19s face two German regional sides and a regional side from Belgium.

Danny Miles, England Under-16 coach said: “The main focus of this trip is for the squad to gain more experience and preparation ahead of the U16 World Cup in March ‘14, the chance to play well organised German and Belgian teams will give us an idea of how far we have come up to this point in terms of our development, it will also give the players the chance to show us in match conditions what they can do and just how much they want to be part of the squad selection heading to the World Cup, I’m looking forward to the challenge of the tournament and I know the players will do their country proud”

On Saturday, England U19 will play against two German regional teams and once against a team from Belgium. On Sunday England have just one further match against Belgium.

Results of the matches will be updated when available on England Korfball’s social media sites (www.twitter.com/EnglandKorfball and www.facebook.com/EnglandKorfball).

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