reports by Rob King:
Cardiff : Bristol : Gloucester
Lunch saw us try the "team snooze technique" to get ready for the
afternoon, rather than embarrass everyone else by beating them at the
longest long shot game. Extended sleeping won't feature in my training
plans once we start indoors again.
As ever, the rain started just after the crossing the bridge into Wales
but held off for most of our matches. The first game saw us
on the British Student team, who despite being students and still
relatively early in the morning managed to make me forget all of my
maths skills and I lost count of the score.
However as the morning progressed and the heat rose so did our standard
of play! After a 2nd loss from 2 games, we started winning, including
beating local rivals Bristol City. I've forgotten already all the teams
we played but 2 wins 1 draw and 2 losses springs to mind for our
Results of the morning saw us enter the middle set of ranking games
with a shot at 9th place up for grabs. The first game saw a tense 3-3
draw with Manchester Pirates (who appeared to be neither Pirates nor,
the ones I knew, from Manchester). Knock-out games need a result so a
penalty shoot out followed, best of 3. Michelle and Rob obviously
scored, but I thought I'd rely on the 3rd Manchester shot missing as
well, giving us a 2-1 win.
This set us up nicely for our final game against Highbury. My maths
failed me again, but we played well and scored several goals, with some
attempts at 'the move'. Result, 10th overall of 16(ish).
Well played to everyone, once we got going we played some good korfball
and looks good as the new season is just around the corner.
The squad (every one scored!) :
Helen, Michelle Hannah, Katie
Rob K, Rob O, Gav ,Tom
tournament saw 8 of us standing shivering in the middle of a field in a
gale and sideways rain for most of the day. Yet somehow I appear to
morning's games ended with mixed results. I honestly can’t remember all
teams and scores we played (the fixture list blew away), except that
was called 'multiple - korf-gamsims' , and that we did put on an
defensive display against Bristol Thunder holding them to only 2 goals.
small highlight was watching everyone
else's gazeboes fly away while ours stood firm.
justice however was later served.
afternoon's games saw Exeter start to score, 2 wins and 1 loss.
final game bringing us a 5-3 win over Bristol Uni, which saw Rob
joined by Horfield Rob for some long shot goodness, giving us a 19th
finish, out of 24.
when it mattered, Alan WON the lunch time Killer competition and I
win the evening's Welly Wanging.
Alan, Greg, Steve P, Steve T
Hannah W, Vicky +Several Ringers
all who came
of us went all
the way to Gloucester for their summer tournament.
The morning's games were very successful, building on the bacon butties
procured on arrival.
We won 2, and drew 1. The draw came against one of the Cardiff teams
very experienced players which were kept under control by everyone.
This put us
in the top half of the draw for the afternoon. These games turned out
more of a challenge. First up, a very narrow defeat to Gloucester
finalists). Next, Birmingham, a team full of Ringers from the Welsh
team, beat us 4-2, but in one of their lower scoring game!
came the must win game - Horfield.
Everyone stepped up to the challenge after my pre-match speech
important it was to me to win this game! A 6-2 win; that will do!
(London) beat us in the 5-8 place semi-final, but we did end the game
having a clear 3 foot height advantage against Nick.
game remaining - the 7/8th play-off,
once again versus Horfield. This time it was a much tighter affair -
3-3. In the only penalty shoot out of the day, after five penalties, we
tied 3-3, taking us to sudden death. Please don’t do this to me again
but it was still even after 2 sudden death penalties! This left it to
O'Brien to take a chairman's penalty and give us the win, 6-5 on
The squad :
Rob K, Rob O, Alan, Greg, Alex
Ali, Hazel, Helen, numerous Ringer girls