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Croydon return to the National League with defeat to Bec

Croydon made their long awaited return to the pinnacle of English Korfball with a match against Bec as part of a day of korfball at the roasting Medway Park in Kent. Croydon started with Luke James, Anna Jeanes, Jane Belfourd and Andy Withers in attack with Vernon Ellis, Grace Stimpson, Sue Baker and captain Nigel Hudspith in defence. Bec seem to be missing a few of their girls from last season but featured stalwarts Dav Patel down one end and Stuart Ironmonger the other.

The teams got under way after a slight delay and for the first 9 minutes it was honours even as neither side could find the basket. Croydon were playing competitively under the shot-clock for the first time in their history, and this may have been the cause of some of their attacks looking a bit hurried at times, but their defence was solid and Bec were unable to make their experience show as they often "timed-out" in attack.

Croydon won a couple of free-pass chances but the chances weren't taken. The poor spectators were finally rewarded with a free-pass goal and then penalty from Bec. Over the next 5 minutes Bec finally found their range and by 18 minutes they had stretched out a 7-0 lead. Croydon continued to battle hard and not for the last time in the match they rued their luck as Ellis' shot rolled around the basket before coming out. Ironmonger's penalty technique was a sight to behold but it was effective for him as he scored the first of 2 penalties for the match before Belfourd was awarded a slightly dubious penalty that James stepped up and converted. The hall was stiflingly hot, 30C at least and this was taking its toll on referee Morgan, and he had to be replaced after 25 minutes by Adam Dibble. The half ended with the impressive Patel showing from range, half time Bec 9, Croydon 1.

The 2nd half started with James conceding a penalty, and with some dissent, which the ref was quick to get on top of. Nonetheless Ironmonger scored his 2nd penalty, and followed up 7 minutes later with a long shot. Croydon though were keen to show more in the 2nd half and went straight down the other end and Jeanes scored a runner. Stimpson was fouled so Ellis scored a penalty but the pair of them were shortly replaced by Hannah Driver and Zak Omar respectively with 20 minutes left to play and the scores at 12-3. Matt Brooks came on for Bec and immediately made an impact with a long shot after a silky veer.

With 12 minutes remaining Mark Fenton replaced Bracey and Croydon were starting to look a bit weary, a pass out from defence led to a penalty which Patel missed but Fenton scored from the rebound. Down the other end, Bec's girls were getting on top with 2 quick running-in shots but James scored one of his own and Withers scored after dropping off from a rebound. Bec had the last laugh with a 6th goal for Ironmonger before time ran out.

After a nervy first 10 minutes, a comfortable win for Bec but Croydon will take some heart from the defensive pressure they were able to exert at times and for the experience gained from playing under the shot-clock and in front of the MGV crowd, and whilst they have plenty of areas to improve, they will have enjoyed getting back on the big stage again. Final score: 18-5.


Match Report by Andy | Updated by Andy
  
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Final Score: Bec 1 18 vs 5 Croydon 1


L James
(2)

A Withers
(1)

N Hudspith
(0)

V Ellis
(1)

Z Omar
(0)

A Jeanes
(1)

S Baker
(0)

J Hudspith
(0)

G Codd
(0)

H Robinson
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Scorching Croydon 3 draw at Supernova

Croydon 3 opened their account for the 2011/12 season on a record breaking October weekend. With the mercury at a lifetime high we ventured to Millwall to take on Supernova 3.

Croydon started with Steve C, Steve W, and Lorna making her long awaited return from injury as 1st attack. 1st defence was made up with Steph, Simon, Sarah and Pete. As the keen eyed amongst you will notice we started minus one girl……

The hall at Millwall is a tad on the small size in act I was thinking of offering to play the game on the back of a postage stamp in my wallet. We started with our line up hoping that with the 4th team due to arrive soon our guardian angel would arrive soon with them. There was a gritty performance for 20 minutes but Croydon were a couple of goals behind (we won’t mention the penalty miss by Steve W!) Our hopes for our guardian angel were answered in the form of Susie Davis who made her debut for Croydon 3. A little bit shocked to be told upon her arrival to get kitted up she dutifully did and it was the lift CKC 3 needed. Details are a little bit sketchy but suffice to say we lifted our game further and brought the fight to Supanova, and from memory stopped them scoring as we started to cut the deficit unlike the coalition.

Not sure what the half time score was however with an uplifting half time team talk whilst trying to replace fluids we were confident that we could continue to perform and how right we were!

Both sections battled hard and fought for everything, we were rattling the basket but not always with the ball falling through unless it was Sarah who had a shot that bounced all around the basket before happily falling through. Despite drawing level and then falling behind Croydon 3 should true grit and determination and went a goal ahead with a few minutes to go. Three of the boys where given a stern talking to by the ref as the tension and temperature rose. Sadly not everything was to go our way and Supanova showed they never know when to quit and drew level to leave the score and 7 – 7.

Everyone in the team performed really well, encouraged and supported each other throughout. Croydon 3 showed that they have the potential to do well this season if sections are allowed to develop their understanding of each other with a settled team. Our defensive work was excellent all be it my section spent a lot of time there! The attacks improved as players got used to each other and thanks to Sarah being top goal scorer we got a well earned point. As for MVP it has to go to Susie she, had a great game with interceptions, collects, good passes and being unlucky to score shows she could do rather well !!


Match Report by SteveC | Updated by Andy

Final Score: Supernova 3 7 vs 7 Croydon 3


S Mills
(2)

S Wright
(1)

S Chadd
(0)

P Lindsey
(0)

S Hole
(3)

L MacKay-Elliott
(1)

S Robinson
(0)

S Davis
(0)

Submitted by SteveC | Scoring Breakdown |

A Champions start to the season for the 4ths!!

The 4ths started the season with a run out against Supernova 4 at the Lion Centre next to the New Den in Millwall. Millwall of course famous for it's chant "Nobody likes us and we don't care". Well everyone loves Croydon!!!

Starting out in attack were Vicky, Sarah, Martin and Phil. At the other end were Julia, Susie, Mark and Javier. Despite the heat and a hall that can only be described as cosy, Croydon were fired up for the first match of the season, so much so that Sarah and Susie couldn't contain themselves and they had to run out for the 3rds before hand when they were short.

Now I'd love to tell you how the match went, but I was too busy keeping my giant opposition player out in no man's land and as far away from the post as possible, as he was a clear foot or so bigger than me and had no problems in collect. What I do know, was that the goals came thick and fast, so much so that by half time, supernova's score board operator had given up and went home, leaving the score some way short of Croydon's tally.

At half time and quick check with the ref confirmed that the score was 8-1. Croydon 4 were cruising and their only concern was to take on enough water in the hot hall and stopping Sarah from scoring any more, until the rest of us had bagged a few more.

The second half brought changes from Supernova, with stronger players being brought on. But this did not faze Croydon who continued to dominate, putting up shots and running their players. After scoring two running in shots I commented to Sarah that "Steve's training was clearly paying off!!" so much so that Sarah went on to score a runner herself, without stopping part way through her run as she often does.

As the heat took it's toll, and with the stronger players Supernova claimed 3 goals, but Croydon were over the hills and far away by then. The game ended Croydon 16 - 4. A champions start to the season indeed!!



Match Report by Phil | Updated by Andy

Final Score: Supernova 4 4 vs 16 Croydon 4


P Aish
(3)

J Plaza
(3)

M James
(1)

M Wright
(1)

J Johnson
(4)

S Hole
(3)

V Goode
(1)

S Davis
(0)

Submitted by Phil | Scoring Breakdown |
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