| Gloucester: Bristol
After managing to avoid the long drive all season, 0730 beckoned for a
trip to Gloucester.
The morning games went pretty well: beating the hosts 3-0, coming back
from 3-0 to draw 3-3 against Bristol City and drawing 1-1 with one of
the Cardiff teams.
However the reward for an unbeaten morning was an afternoon of hard
Our esteemed chairman, James, forgot to send an intelligence report on
Birmingham City who scored many, very many, to our two.
Cardiff City are always a hard team to play and with seconds to go it
was 4-4. I'm pretty sure Ferguson time was used for this game as the
last throw of the match pretty much made it 5-4, not to us.
The final second group game saw us play really well, although I've
always said "the score board lies"
All day Exeter City had really been Exe-field, and Horfield had really
been playing as Horf-eter. The inevitable happened for the first round
of knock out games. The race was on with Rob K and Horfield's Emily
re-enacting a scene from Dragon's Den at Bristol Thunder's gazebo vying
for the highest quality ringers. In a confusing game, as most of us had
been team mates all day, the purple team (+ some blues) beat the green
team (+ blue and + red).
That left us with one game to go, the 7th/8th play off against another
team from Cardiff. Unfortunately Horfield were playing at the same
time, but Birmingham's Andy, and Jo, who I have no idea who she plays
for, came to the rescue. For the record, 2-0 up isn’t enough, and it
ended 2-2, needing a penalty shoot out to decide. It ended 2-1 on
penalties, which pretty much decides what we are doing at training on
Tuesday (given a game I refereed was won 6-5 on penalties :) ).
We played really well all day - finishing a deserved 8th place.
Thanks to all our ringers!
The only thing I can’t report on is the level of hangover our Social
Committee had after camping out overnight.
Squad - Rob K, Gav, Ian, Claire, Debs, Helen, many others
The Bristol tournament this year provided a whole range of challanging
weather conditions for playing korfball in. The wind kept up for most
of the day, which made shooting tricky and keeping up gazebos even
For the first few matches the sun was out and the suncream on. We
played Supernova 2 (who seemed to be mostly Bristol City), Thunder 1
and Cardiff dragons. These were all low scoring matches, which ended in
Early on in the morning we gave up the fight with the gazebo, as the
guy ropes did not reach the ground, it didn't stand a chance in the
wind. Once the rain started we moved into the Reading Old Boys gazebo
next door in a futile attempt to stay dry.
The next two games were played in the pouring rain. We lost both and
narrowly avoided hyperthermia. The club house provided warmth and cakes
to restore our spirts. After a few games of 'Guess Who', which Alex won
with a dubious questioning method, we were ready to face the afternoon
The first was against Bristol City. At full time it was a 0:0 draw, but
we won 4:3 on penalties. That training paid off!
We then played Supernova 2 again, this time one of their divisions was
actually Bristol thunder, but this time we bet them 2:1. We were then
on a roll and also won our final game against Supernova 1.
We ended the day 17th out of 24! Thunder 1 went on to win the
tournament - as we had held them to a draw earlier in the day - maybe
we weren't as bad as our placing suggests??
Steve P, Rob K, Alex, James, Helen, Michelle, Hannah + various ringers
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!