Guide to Tourments
Reports: Bristol : Gloucester
pre-7am alarm on a Saturday is never a welcome occurrence, but the
sight of a clear blue sky for the Gloucester tournament lessened the
blow slightly. And so 11 intrepid Korfers - the most we've sent to any
tournament for a very long time - made the traditional journey up the
M5 and successfully negotiated the pre-tournament Gazebo assembly IQ
Whilst endeavouring to do a team selection - a tournament
novelty, usually this part involves grabbing any warm bodies to fill
the remaining places in the team - we were accosted by Sam, hunting for
players for his Exeter Eagles (university alumni) team, and a Didcot
team with only 3 players, effectively making them the scratch team
"Scratchcot" for the day. Therefore everyone got an early run around,
including Reece, whose plan not to play lasted about 30 seconds as he
kitted up and played for Scratchcot! The real Exeter team were
comprehensively run-around by Abingdon Atoms, losing by several goals
to one, although Exeter Eagles gave a few of our players some early
The second match in the morning pool pitted us against
Cardiff University, who were excellently kitted out as lifeguards and
already well into the beer/cider! We ground out a solid 1-0 win, much
to the annoyance of the divisions who spent the entire match in
defence. At this point, we welcomed Hazel's boyfriend Rob S into the
squad, and thought that his zero Korfing experience prepared him
excellently for a starting position against Bristol Thunder. We also
allowed Thunder to borrow Rosie, who promptly scored against us and was
instrumental in Thunder's win, leading to a permanent transfer request
via twitter. No.
After a brief lunch break, the afternoon pool
games began against Southampton Spartans. Despite some "interesting"
refereeing from a Cardiff Uni player with beer-in-hand, we had a solid
7-3 win, including 2 goals from Rob S. Next up were Oxford City, and a
narrow defeat was over-shadowed by the days worst injury - a stamp on
James' hand from a studded boot, as if his bike crash last week wasn't
enough! Scratchcot then briefly became Exe-cot, as 5 players joined
them for their match against Abingdon, and promptly won - a nice
revenge for the defeat Exeter suffered in the first match of the day!
final afternoon pool match gave Exeter a brilliant 5-0 win against
Bristol University, who were far too sober for students. After some
maths, which I'm fairly sure no-one understands, this left us in the
playoffs for 9th-12th place. James and Ian decided to abandon Exeter
and play for Scratchcot again, who narrowly lost their match 3-2
against Exeter University. This means I can't report on how the real
Exeter team lost to Cardiff University, who we'd beaten earlier in the
day and were surely much more drunk by now...
And so the
all-important 11th-12th place decider pitted us against a familiar foe
Bristol City. Despite a bit of end-of-day apathy/tiredness from both
teams, Exeter won an entertaining match 4-1, sealing our position at
the top of the bottom half of the table. Matt also played for Abingdon
in the knockout stages, helping them to an overall 3rd place finish.
Some great play from everyone all day, bring on Bristol in 2 weeks time.
Squad: Hazel, Lisa, Rosie, Helen J, Anienke, James, Ian, Rob K, Will, Matt, Reece, Rob S
decided that the novelty of having more than a team's worth of players
in Gloucester was too bizarre for a summer tournament, we entered a 2nd
team for the Bristol tournament, but ended up taking the same number of
players! The 12 of us were to be in for a busy day. As a consequence of
playing 14 games virtually non-stop, combined with the absence of any
mobile phone signal in Bristol to tweet results as they happened, what
follows is largely a work of fiction, combined with the few memories I
have of the day - apologies to anyone whose personal moment of glory
left the sunshine of Exeter behind and arrived in Bristol to dark but
dry skies. Gazebo assembly was deemed sufficient warm up and we took to
the pitch for our opening game against the hosts, Bristol City. And at
that moment, the inevitable happened and the rain started to fall.
Despite still being half-asleep, we put in a decent display and only
lost by a couple of goals to a Bristol team consisting mainly of
regional league players. Immediately after, the "other" Exeter team
opened up against Cardiff Raptors, also suffering a narrow defeat.
everyone had had a run around to warm up, we could actually start
playing some Korfball. We think we drew 1-1 with Supernova (the overall
runners-up), and were frankly unlucky not to win. We then had a good
win against one of the Horfield teams, before promptly losing to their
other team. Next up was the international section of the day. A narrow
defeat to Mauritius (the overall winners) preceded a good win over
Canada. And then the mighty Exeter City managed something that the
combined forces of NATO and middle-eastern governments have thus far
failed to do: we defeated Isis...
finished the morning on a high, defeating the scratch team and Didcot,
but the morning had not been without incident. Rob K mangled his other
ankle, leaving us with 4 guys to fill 2 teams, forcing us to dragoon
Dean (playing for his other university team) into a green shirt for a
couple of games. And as we were recovering in the lunch break,
wondering how we were going to manage in the afternoon and in need of a
saviour, Alan appeared!
the 24 teams in the morning pools, the draw was split into 3 sections
for the afternoon knock-out stage. Based on the morning results, Exeter
"1" were placed in the middle third and Exeter "2" were placed in the
bottom third. The rain had also stopped, which led to a puzzling
opening encounter of the afternoon against Taunton, as the ball was no
longer slippery and actually catchable! Exeter 2 had an excellent
afternoon beating Taunton and Canada, and Isis for the second time in a
day. The war on terror was firmly won, as Exeter 2 finished top of the
bottom-third, 17th overall.
1 however lost to Cardiff dragons and were preparing for a penalty
shoot-out against Horfield when sadly they scored with seconds
remaining. The final game of the day resulted in a draw against Cardiff
Uni, and so we got to finish the day with a penalty shoot out for the
honour of not being bottom of the middle-third. Many congratulations to
everyone who had the guts to step up and take one. Sadly Cardiff scored
more of theirs, but it should merely be said that Rob K and Ian missed
more penalties under much less pressure in the opening 2 games of the
day than were missed in the shoot-out!! Given both teams consisted
mainly of the same players all day, it seemed appropriate that Exeter 1
finished 16th, just ahead of Exeter 2!
few individual moments of glory: Rach J put in an excellent performance
against a Welsh international; Rosie had an awesome couple of games
including some goals during the morning; Helen J was brilliant in
collect during some of the heaviest rain of the day; Annabelle scored a
hat-trick of running in shots in the early afternoon; Hannah still owes
3 burpees for a bounce pass(!); Lisa and Alan actually played some real
Korfball during the afternoon; Claire chipped in some vital goals at
various points during the day; James D scored the best goal of the day
which was outrageously disallowed by the referee; Rob K spent the
afternoon lying down; Ian scored a hat-trick in 5 minutes after subbing
on for Rob K; Will played on through several injuries and didn't want
to stop, playing for Exeter Uni at the end of the day; Sam put in three
excellent auditions for a 1st team place against his new club; Dean was
there in our hour of need with a couple of solid performances. Well
Finally, thanks to Sam, Ian, Claire, Rach J, Helen and Alan for helping out with our massive refereeing commitment for the day.
Squad: Sam, Ian, Will, James D, Rob, Alan, Dean, Claire, Lisa, Rosie, Annabelle, Hannah, Helen J, Rach J
and other essentials - a
quick guide to tournaments
In the summer korfball
outside as clubs across the region, and further afield, host
Most tournaments start at 10am, so an early
departure from Exeter on Saturday morning is on the cards to allow for
traveling time. Tournaments vary in size from half a dozen teams to 25
or more. The number of teams taking part will influence how
long each game lasts but typically they are 20-30 mins
long - much shorter than a league match of 60 mins. How
many games we play will also depend on the number of teams and the
format of the competition. About 6 - 8 games seems average. If
you're keen you will normally have no difficulty playing extra games
for teams who are low on numbers, or as part of a 'scratch'
side to replace a team which hasn't been able to show
up, for whatever reason. There will also be a fair bit of time sitting
off in between games. This may be spent nattering, eating Haribo sweets
or watching the other teams, as personal preference dictates.
Volunteers may also be required to referee.
At the end of the day there is almost
always a BBQ followed by a disco/assorted revelry. A charge in the
region of £5-10 may be made for attending the BBQ/social. Many
people wisely chose to camp overnight if they're planning on
having more than the odd drink.
Playing outside is a little different to
playing in a sports hall. The grass surface means that studded
boots are a very good idea! If the grass is wet, then
running-in shots can be difficult even with studs. Long shots
will also be hard if there's any significant wind. As a result, games
played outside are generally lower scoring than those inside. This
means every goal counts during the game. However
the pitches tend to be larger outside (the proper size for a
korfball pitch is 40m x 20m which is rarely achievable in a UK sports
hall) so there is more space to escape your defender, if you can use it.
should I bring?
Studded boots (astro-turf
football boots are fine)
snacks (better to have too much than not enough)
Drink (at least a litre)
Money for social or snacks
during the day
- Towel and shower stuff
- Clean clothes for social /
- Book / iPod / camera
- Camping kit + torch if
- Petrol money for whoever gave you a
- Rug / camp chair
- Energy replacement tablets (Haribo
sweets or Jelly babies seem to work particularly well. High level
research is continuing into yogurt covered raisins...)
If you pay your club fees by direct debit
you are entitled to free entry in the
tournaments listed at the top of the page
. If you are on pay-as-you-go, please see the club treasurer; the cost
is likely to be about £4 per event.
No one seems to understand tournament
formats, including the people organising them. Often however there will
be a series of group matches played in the morning with the results of
that initial stage informing the fixtures in a second group stage or a
knock out stage, or both, in the afternoon. This means that the
afternoon games are generally more competitive
and evenly matched, as inexperienced teams are less likely to
meet experienced ones. The semi-finals and final are usually
played as knock outs.
Well why not? Tournaments
are a great way to feel part of the sport, meet other korfers
and play as many games as your legs will take in the fresh air.
Plus there's beer afterwards!