Europa Shield 2016: BEC into SEMI-FINALS with 100% win record
BEC KORFBALL CLUB from Tooting, South London have made it into the Semi-Finals of the IKF Europa Shield after an impressive second day.
Dave Buckland, BEC Korfball Club’s head coach said: “In our first match it was a very strong performance against a very good young Hungarian side. They played rebound defence which we took control of and scored some very well worked goals.
“After the game yesterday and only getting 2 points it was vital to get maximum points from both matches today.
“Game 3 was against Castellbisbal from Catalonia which was a great game for korfball, both teams scoring goals.
“We started very well and kept the lead for the whole game. It was very tight at the end but we controlled the play well and finished 17-15 winners.
“Two great squad performances and tomorrow onto the semi finals!”
Bec’s first match on Day 2 of the Europa Shield was against 1908 SZAC KSE who had surprised many people with their opening day win against Castellbisbal 15-17.
The first half was relatively low scoring. BEC went into the halftime break leading 5-2. The scoring picked up during the second half with Bec scoring another 10 goals. At the end of the game, the final score was 15-7 in favour of BEC.
Joe BEDFORD top scored for Bec with five goals. Helen WEST was Bec’s top scoring female player with three.
The second match of the day for Bec was against Castellbisbal from Catalonia. Bec knew
that they had to win the match if they wanted to progress into the semi-finals as group winners.
It wasn’t the best start for Bec as they found themselves two goals down within the first two minutes.. then the fightback started courtesy of two goals from Blake PALFREYMAN.
This was then followed by 3 more BEC goals (Bedford, King and Palfreyman again).
At the halftime break Bec were ahead [8-10]. Castellbisbal fought back in the second half and equalised [13-13] on 19 minutes.
In the last minute of the match BEC were ahead [15-16] and were awarded a penalty… up stepped captain Davesh PATEL. He scored to restore Bec’s two goal advantage.
End of the game. Final score 15-17 in favour of Bec Korfball Club.
Bedford again top scored for BEC with 5 goals, followed closely by Patel and Palfreyman with four of their own.
Bec’s opponents in Sunday’s semi-final is Schweriner from Germany. The match starts at 08:50 GMT.
Good luck BEC!