28 April 2017

Dean Woods


Interview with Kingfisher captain John Denton

Kingfisher skipper John Denton believes that his team have nothing to lose when they head to the LFF Grand Finals next weekend.

The Kent-based outfit head to the K2 in Crawley on May 6th and 7th as the fourth placed team for the semi-finals, which means they meet table toppers Trojans, who are hoping to secure a tenth consecutive title.

On paper, the odds look stacked against Kingfisher.

But when asked about his team’s prospects next month, Denton refused to play them down and believes that more pressure is on their opponents.

“It’s a great feeling to reach the finals weekend in fourth place,” he said.

“It’s been a continuous ambition for the club to qualify and push for European korfball season after season.

“[We] understand what it takes”

“Qualifying in fourth puts us up against Trojans, the team everyone will be expecting to win.

“We’ve been here for the last few seasons, so understand what it will take to be successful.

“We have nothing to lose and anything can happen in a one-off games.”

Denton described Kingfisher’s season as “mixed”, adding their home form, which saw them win five games after opening the campaign with losses to Trojans and Bec, have been pivotal to reaching the LFF Grand Finals.

A particular highlight for Denton was the clash against another play-off reaching side, Norwich Knights, which saw Kingfisher come from behind to win.

“It seems we never take the easy road to victory,” he said.

“But that adversary has given the squad an unbeatable attitude and strength, knowing we can rely on each other and challenge each other to be the best we can.

Squad strength

“Our confidence comes from our squad strength, we have proven in the past that we can cause an upset against the best teams.

“Trojans are a great team with the best players in England and going for a tenth title in a row tells you everything about the quality and determination they have.

“But if we didn’t believe we could win, we wouldn’t turn up.”

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