National Korfball Tournament

7th July 2019

National Youth Day Korfball Tournament 2019

On Sunday 14th July the annual National Youth Day Korfball Tournament brought teams from Norwich, Kent, London and Cambridge to compete in Beckenham. Many thanks to the players from Sprowston Junior who all worked so hard throughout the day and showed brilliant sporting behaviour, and also to their parents for their support.

Kelsey and Matthew played in the U9s age group, and Jack, Mia, Mireia, Ava and Archie played for the U11s.

The U9s Dragons team played so well all day, winning all their games. Their semi-final saw them in a re-match against Kent side Tornadoes who they had beaten 2-1 in their first match; this game showed how they had improved during the day as a team as it was a much more convincing 5-2 win. The final was against Cambridge Tigers (who had beaten the very impressive Hayes side in a penalty shoot out.) Dragons scored an early goal, but Cambridge came back with the next 2; with under a minute to go Patryk scored a fantastic goal to finish the game 2-2. The penalty shoot out started with a miss from Cambridge Tigers, then Evie and Kelsey took their time with their shots to score brilliantly. There were more misses for Tigers then Matthew scored again for Dragons, so with a 3-0 penalty shoot out win the gold medals were theirs.

U9 Results -

Tornadoes v Dragons 1-2 Kelsey, Matthew

Bromley 2 v Dragons 1-7 Evie, Kelsey 3, Patryk 3

Hayes v Dragons 5-7 Kelsey 4, Matthew 2, Patryk The experienced referee was very impressed by the fast passing, number of shots and different shooting techniques both sides displayed in this game.

Bec v Dragons 1-4 Evie, Matthew 2, Kelsey

Tornadoes v Dragons 2-5 Patryk 2, Kelsey 3

Cambridge Tigers v Dragons 2-2 Kelsey, Patryk Penalties 0-3 Evie, Kelsey, Matthew

In the U11s the same fast paced 4v4 Korfball was played at this tournament. Team 2 consisted of mainly Y5 players and they were so unlucky with their results in the morning - they had more possession than their opponents but were very unlucky with their shots. This meant they were playing off for the 9th-12th positions in the afternoon. They continued to play even better and, with everyone scoring, finished with 3 excellent victories.

Team 1 had mostly Y6 Norfolk players and, with 3 convincing wins in the morning, progressed to play against the other top teams in the afternoon. 3 much closer games followed with a win needed in the final game for them to be the gold medallists. With the score 5-5 until the final minute, Dragons were awarded a penalty which was missed, but then Eva collected the rebound, shot and scored. Such an exciting ending to a great day.

Our thanks to Liz Williams for the Report.