The first two weekends of November have been poignant affairs. The sport remembered Frank Sieber, a great driving force of korfball, friend, coach, servant to the sport, who passed away recently and will be greatly missed indeed. Frank laid the foundations for a very successful youth structure, from which Tigers have in no small part benefited and continue to play a leading role. It is perhaps fitting that on Rememberance weekend itself we had nine of our very own young players lining up for various England sides in the annual International Flanders Youth Tournament: Lizzie Francis, Lavinia-Marie Harlow, Gracie Lewis, Martha Llewelyn, Molly Rodgers, Ollie Francis, Tommy Hindle, Jonny Potter and Joseph Rodgers flew the Tigers banners and travelled to Belgium to take on Belgian and Dutch sides. Well done to them and their success is a testament to the work of Frank and many others who continue to drive youth korfball forward in the country.
Life only goes forward,though, and so shall we. It’s been a while since we have had a few reports so there’s ground to cover – starting with T5, who tried to spook Phoenix 2 with our Halloween-themed pumpkin-coloured shirts, Adrian’s superb Mummy-style leg bandaging, Leo’s Thriller-style moves on the floor and Tommy’s bat like swooping behind Phoenix backs and under legs. Reports coming from this match say that we went toe to toe but they took their shots better. We had a good spell of dominance in the second half, had a record number of defended calls against us, lots of energy from the young lads, super rebounding from Clare, Billy, Caroline and Nick F. The fluidity was much improved throughout the game and the consensus was that T5 should be able to take some big scalps with only a few more games practice: a 15-9 defeat there. There were no big scalps in the next game a few days later – just plenty of big brains for T5 to tease as 10 Uni 2 lambs showed up for slaughter an educational experience. As is usually the case early each season, the jovial, polite, bright young students, lacking in experience but overflowing with energy were given a lesson of the Korfing kind by their more experienced (13 and 14-year-old) T5 opponents. T5 took the opportunity to try out some new divisions, having played with the same set up for the prior two games. Sam Sadat (not 13 or 14 years old, as his beard will attest) kindly remained after his T4 game to provide a boy sub. He also managed to sneak a cheeky penalty for the 10-15 mins he was on court (Korf-Addict alert! Korf-Addict Alert!) Reuters News Agency report that the rotations worked well and each was “able to find nice attacking and defensive grooves.” Leo got a hat-trick and Claire W got her first Tigers goal. Apart from that, there was lots of hustle and nice play throughout from both sides. The 13-2 scoreline will be (marginally) closer in the return fixture.
T6 were on show too and had a good result away to Lions 2. Twitter almost crashed with the volume of messages on this one: “Lovely mix of young and old,” “Liv didn’t score bcse she was srsly playing it down and didn’t shoot 4 whole match,”” Txtbk pens frm every1 and none missed,” “Lovely runner from Phoebe.” Indeed, #runphoeberun has now replaced #roadrunnerleo as the top trender on social media. Talking of Leo, reports say that he ran rings around his players and was popping them in like sweets – six sweets in fact (alas, none of them gobstoppers.) Max even remembered to shoot! And scored a lovely long shot! Fancy that! Max took a break from setting everyone else up to score to turn selfish for a second. Seems like pretty much everyone helped themselves to a penalty in this one too in a 14-6 away victory.
T4 have been busy also, playing two matches – winning one and losing one. There was a fab victory for T4 against defending champs C1 first. With a few missing regulars, there were one or two players drafted up from T5/T6 and one or two who dropped down from T3. It was edge of the seat stuff on the minute-by-minute rolling match report. The ‘vide-printer’ service on the sideline could barely keep pace with the events. 9-7 up with 20 mins to go changed to 10-7 with a Luuk penalty and very unhappy faces on the City side. 10-7 became 10-8. Then 10-9. Then a penalty for City! Missed! Then all hands to the pump! Cue frantic efforts under the post from City and flailing arms flung in the air. Then the final whistle! There were 3 for Luuk, 1 for Lavinia, 1 for Ollie, 3 for Sam S, 2 for Billy and solid outings for Sam O, Mateja, Holly and Nick A. Very impressive result indeed. It’s a pity T4 couldn’t match that result last night against Lions 2. Once more there were a number of new faces drafted up, who played through a recovery from Tonsilitis (Ella) and who had never before played in Division 1 (well done, Phoebs.) Lions were physically stronger and generally more experienced and raced off to a 0-6 lead with some good shooting. And the six goal margin couldn’t be bridged, with the match finishing 9-15. A combative, cantankerous and entertaining display from Sam Sadat against his equally competitive opponent and lots of lovely combinations around the post from Jenny, Phoebe and Nick A. Good running from Sam O and particularly from a fast-learning and fast-running Mateja. Alas, a quick start and size mattered in the end as the six goals, lost rebounds and a few missed penalties from those of us who should really attend training more (cough, splutter, nervous laughter) left us with a Magog Down to climb. We may well prove more competitive in the return fixture, though, as long as we practise hard and attend training more (slapped wrist – Ow!)
T1, T2 and T3 have also been show-ponying around: T1 were pipped 20-18 away to the girl power of KV. Their boys were too busy trying to defend our free-scoring fellas but we had plenty of our own girl power; goals, neat assists, turned-down penalty appeals and lots of quizzical looks from Liv, Gracie and Keira. This game, as with recent match-ups between these two, really could have gone either way but ultimately came down to fine margins and close calls. It was a similar tale in the SERL encounter afterwards, with Alex’s T2 Angels trying to avenge the first team’s loss in the match before. We huffed and puffed and Rob and Alex barked out the orders but it was to no avail, with the team going down 29-13. Goals for pretty much everyone though: Rob, Sian, Rosie, Harry, Caitlin, Jonny and Joseph. Leave it to CKA Division 1 pace-setters and Korfing aristocrats T3, then, to set the example to the rest of the club: a marvellously one-sided encounter away to fellow pace-setters and pretenders-to-the-throne Vikings 1 saw Flanders-deprived T3 bolstered by newbie Catherine Weller, global wanderer Sian Mawditt, canine companion Keira Washtell, deathbed denier Ella Armitage and Korfophile Sam Sadat. Add those pieces to the rest of the T3 furniture (Cozzo, Ross and Luuk) and you end up with a 23-5 victory that really throws down a big orange marker to the rest of the division (a marker that, incidentally, T4 will gladly take up on 24th in the big derby encounter.)
Lots of games coming up, including the Under 14s this weekend.
|Sun 17 Nov 2019||12:45||Tigers 1||Bec||Perse School for Boys|
|Sun 17 Nov 2019||16:30||Vikings 1||Tigers 4||The Hive Leisure Village, Ely|
|Sun 17 Nov 2019||19:00||Tigers 5||City 4||Perse School for Boys|
|Sun 17 Nov 2019||20:00||Tigers 6||Phoenix 3||Perse School for Boys|
|Fri 22 Nov 2019||20:20||Lions 1||Tigers 3||Littleport Sports Hall|
|Sun 24 Nov 2019||12:45||Tigers 1||Nomads||Perse School for Boys|
|Sun 24 Nov 2019||14:15||Tigers 2||Bearsted 2||Perse School for Boys|
|Sun 24 Nov 2019||19:00||Tigers 5||Tigers 6||Perse School for Boys|
|Sun 24 Nov 2019||20:00||Tigers 4||Tigers 3||Perse School for Boys|
|Sun 01 Dec 2019||12:45||Tigers 1||Norwich Knights||Perse School for Boys|
|Sun 01 Dec 2019||14:15||Tigers 2||Norwich Knights 2||Perse School for Boys|
|Sun 01 Dec 2019||16:30||Vikings 3||Lions 2||The Hive Leisure Village, Ely|
|Sun 01 Dec 2019||18:00||City 3||Tigers 4||Impington Village College|