Week 13 round up
Week thirteen of the England Korfball Premier League took place on Sunday 09 February 2014, however we start our regular weekly round-up with the rearranged Birmingham City vs KV match from the previous weekend.
BIRMINGHAM CITY (12) v KV (16) – Referee: Sam Billington
KV kept their hopes alive of reaching the end of season league play-offs with a hard fought victory over Birmingham City at Bromsgrove School’s Sports Centre on Sunday 02 February.
The match was originally scheduled for 05 January ‘14. James McDonald, player/coach from KV top scored in the match with seven goals, taking his total goals scored tally for the season to 63. McDonald also received a yellow card for dissent from referee Billington. The win for KV moves the team from Kent onto 14 points in the league, just two points outside the playoff places.
BEC (19) v NOMADS (13) – Referee: Paul Jeanes
The opening match of the England Korfball League on Sunday 09 February was between Bec, currently in 2nd place in the league, and Nomads, in 3rd place.
Five goals from Nomads’ Sytze Bijker and four from Ean Irwin wasn’t enough to stop the yellow machine from notching up another victory.
TROJANS (30) v KV (14) – Referee: Azi Seiber
Trojans hosted KV in the second match of the day. Trojans’ coach Gary Brooks was back in the dugout following the decision to overturn the extended ban.
KV’s James Woolmer scored five for the side from Kent, however this was more than matched by Trojans; Sam Brooks top scored for Trojans with six goals, with Kathryn Goodridge and Carly Holness contributing five open play goals each.
Holness was awarded the Most Valuable Player award for her outstanding contribution during the match.The win for Trojans keeps the club at the top of the England Korfball Premier League on 24 points along with Bec, who have played one more match.
KINGFISHER (23) v BIRMINGHAM CITY (12) – Referee: David Bond
It was 7th verses 8th in the third match of the day and Kingfisher’s first match after their European adventures at the Europa Shield in Catalonia in January.
Kieron Hicks top scored for Kingfisher with seven goals which helped the team from Kent to back-to-back victories in the league. Unfortunately for Kingfisher both Liam Kirby and Tom Woolmer have been ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury.
The result means that Kingfishers remain in 7th place (12pts) and Birmingham City in 8th (4pts).
TORNADOES (19) v NORWICH KNIGHTS (15) – Referee: Steve Jones
Tornadoes made it three consecutive wins in the league with a 19-15 victory over 4th place Norwich Knights. Owen Bailey top scored for Tornadoes with five goals.
CROYDON (15) v BEARSTED (18) – Referee: Dean Woods
The final match of the day was between 9th and 10th placed teams in the league; Croydon vs Bearsted. In a tense match it was the visitors that played their best korfball of the season to secure a deserved 15-18 victory.
The win doesn’t change the league positions, however it does give Bearsted their first points of the season, which may prove a valuable confidence booster going into the final few weekends of the season.
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The England Korfball League returns next weekend (15/16 February 2014).