IKF World Championships 2019: England v Suriname
Monday, 5 August 2019
A four goal lead after five minutes was the result of a determined start for the Pan American champion, before Charlie Vogwill opened the scoring for England.
Missed penalties by England looked likely to prove expensive, particularly as Gerald van Dijk and Vikash Missier were putting them away comfortably at the other end.
As the half wore on, England found a little more rhythm and managed to haul three goals back as the half drew to a close, only for Suriname captain Ivan Karsters to score a spectacular running in shot less than one second before half time to make the score 8-12 at the break.
With England having the better of the start of the second half and drawing level, a time out called by coach Dico Dik stopped the rot for Suriname and within two minutes they had restored their four goal lead.
Vogwill’s hot hands kept his team in touch, though the personal duel between him and Karsters was probably edged by the latter, and Suriname managed to run down the clock, protecting their lead more effectively than they had against China in the showstopper between the two on Friday.
Final score: 18-22.
For Suriname a win today [against England] means qualification for World Games 2021, Birmingham, USA, an outstanding achievement for a federation only formed two years ago, and another important step towards their goal of re-establishing korfball in their own country, with the support of the Surinamese communities in the Netherlands from which the players in this squad are drawn.