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Mon 14 Oct 2019: Debuts and returns

The new season is warming up nicely now; new line-ups are stepping onto the red carpet, turning heads, striking poses, signing autographs, talking down chances of success, rubbishing lucrative transfer rumours and denying tabloid tittle-tattle. The game is afoot!

T5 voyaged into the unknown on Friday evening, diving deep into fenland, all the way to lovely Littleport and its even lovelier new sports centre and wide open korfing expanses. Old partnerships were renewed as Husband of the Year Adrian, Consistent Caroline, ‘Pass it to’ Jenny Pillinger and ‘Big’ Nick nodded knowingly and swapped secret handshakes with each other. They were glad to be back and feeling the buzz of the game and the smell of the locker room. New partnerships were tried out too: Lively Leo of training became laser-like Leo in the game; local lass and Nottingham-graduate Claire Wood made her debut and planted a metaphorical flag at each post; Billy and Tommy got to know each other better too – in a korfing sense anyway (mother and son being pretty well acquainted already.) It was goals, goals, goals for pretty much everyone bar the chief begetter of goals herself, Claire. Her time will come. 12-5 the margin of victory there and signs are good this season.

Elsewhere, the Artists Formerly Known As T2 (but now known as T4,) lined up for their first match of the season against a strong City 2 team on Sunday. On the back of strong performances last season, Consistent Caroline Flux (her again) and Little Nicky Armitage were allowed into the team – daughter Ella needed a lift anyway – while new girl Holly Rowland, sister of the world’s only roller-hockey-playing korfballer (ex-Tiger and now full-time uni student Jude Rowland,) made her debut and showed that the korfing gene is strong in the Rowland clan (let’s hope the roller hockey gene is less strong in this one.) Old T2 heads Billy (again) and Sarah were there, running their little legs into the ground, while the SAMba rhythms pulsated like their throbbing foreheads – no, not Neymar and Ronaldo but Sadat and Oldham – the shiny Tigery gloss to a solid Irish undercoat. Naturally, City 2 put two of their wiliest and sharpest old foxes onto these two danger boys. The rest of the opposition were young and tough or big and grizzled……and clinical from six yards. It was a high-scoring encounter, with a 9-7 half-time deficit turning into a 23-15 defeat come the end. There’s no shame in that at all – an evenly-matched game in all areas and a good learning experience for many. 5 for Nick and 4 for Sam S led the way, with some nice goals for Sam O, Holly and Billy and good endeavour from Ella, Sarah and Caroline. Excellent coaching from a bandaged-up, Chris ‘The Mummy’ Rhodes and some fine vocals from West and Harcourt on cheerleading and media duties on the sideline. Plenty in this performance to suggest T4 can stay up this season.

Remember! There’s no training this Wednesday but there is ice-skating instead for those who are interested. Check your emails. After that….T6 is up!


Sun 20 Oct 2019 19:00 Tigers 6 Phoenix 2 Perse School for Boys
Sun 27 Oct 2019 12:45 Tigers 1 Bristol Thunder Perse School for Boys
Sun 27 Oct 2019 14:15 Tigers 2 Norwich City Perse School for Boys
Sun 27 Oct 2019 19:00 Tigers 3 City 2 Perse School for Boys
Sun 27 Oct 2019 20:00 Tigers 6 City 4 Perse School for Boys