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Croydon 1 pull off a surprise win against KV1

The only way that Croydon could drag themselves out of the automatic relegation place, was to win one of their remaining matches. So it was with this in mind that they travelled down to Kent to take on 7th placed KV.

Croydon started with Oosterling, Ellis, Driver and Jeanes in first attack, and Stimpson, Wright, Champion and captain Hudspith in defence. If Croydon were looking for the perfect start then that is what they got. With Oosterling holding the collect, Jeanes took the first shot of the game, and scored. The visiting team looked a little surprised, but this goal put them in the lead, and from then on in, although KV pulled level, Croydon never went behind.

Within the first 15 minutes, Champion, Wright and Jeanes had all scored and Croydon were 4-1 up. The defence was good, and the Croydon girls were sticking to the plan of marking their players tightly, and looking to block the passes as well as the shots.

Hudspith and Champion were combining well, and preventing the normally rampant McDonald from scoring the goals he is used to. Oosterling was having a fiesty time of it, but he worked out exactly how to defend his player and KV's normally free-flowing play was disrupted.

By half time, KV had recovered slightly, and the score was 7-6 in Croydon's favour, and there was all to play for.

Apologies to the coach, but I can't actually remember what he said at half time, but it must have had the right effect, as Croydon came out and notched up 4 without reply! It's probably fair to say that there were those within the team who couldn't quite believe the position the team was in, being ahead during a game was somewhat of a novelty! But confidence was high and Croydon wanted that win.

In the middle of the second half, KV had a mini-revival and Croydon faltered. The score became closer, much closer; there were only 2 goals in it. Croydon had to act, to gain the momentum again, and they did precisely that. Another 4 goals without reply, saw Croydon go into a 6 goal lead ... yes you read that right, a 6 goal lead. With 8 minutes to go, the Croydon players actually began to believe that a win was going to be possible. By this time, Hudspith J had replaced Wright.

Croydon relaxed. That was a mistake. A big mistake.

KV started scoring. They dug in and minute by agonising minute brought the scores closer and closer. Croydon tried to keep them out, but it was hard work. Hudspith N scored a peach of a drop off, but that was the last of the Croydon goals. 17-11, 17-12, 17-13, 17-14, aghhh, what was happening? Was Croydon going to let the win slip through their hands? 17-15, 17-16 ... time for a time-out. Coach Paul Jeanes was clear in his instructions, the team had a job to do.

And do it they did. No silly shots, running the shot clock down, and finally, there it was, the final whistle, and Croydon had pulled off a vital win.

Now it's a nail-biting wait to see if Bearsted can follow suit. If Bearsted can take a win from one of their last 3 games (Nottingham, KV and Tornadoes) they will go back above Croydon; if not, Croydon will be heading for the Champions Trophy instead.





Match Report by Anna

Final Score: KV Korfball 1 16 vs 17 Croydon 1


A Champion
(4)

N Hudspith
(4)

V Ellis
(2)

J Oosterling
(1)

A Jeanes
(3)

G Codd
(1)

H Robinson
(1)

S Wright
(1)

J Hudspith
(0)

Submitted by Anna | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 2 pull back from 1-5 down to complete perfect day for Croydon teams

Croydon started against Supernova 2 looking for a win after their recent defeat. Another changed lineup started Paul Jeanes, Julia Johnson, Dom Bradford and Sarah hole in attack while defence comprised of Ed Chaney, Captain Jane Hudspith, Kathy Bradford and coach/player for the day Zak Omar. Becky Dean, Simon Mills and Steve Wright stayed on the bench and shot clocked as well. Ian De la Motha, Nigel H, Susan Wright and Lynda cheered/provided words of wisdom from the bench.
The game started with Supernova bolting out of the stocks and nailing 5 goals in quick succession. It felt like every time they shot, they scored and this was indeed what was happening. Croydon, though shaken were not stirred and reacted slowly and calmly. The team replied with a goal of their own. The divisions were gelling and playing to the game plan highlighted during team talk. As the half progressed, Supernova found that whatever the coach had fed them earlier had evaporated and the nitro boosters were well and truly extinguished, Croydon started to claw their way back to 5-5. The opposition coach called a time out with 7 minutes to go in the half and this gave Croydon a chance to collect their thoughts and bring Simon Mills on for coach Omar. With parity restored in the division Omar called another time out just 30 seconds before the end of the half. This was to refocus the team on the importance of sticking to the game plan.
The second half saw Croydon slowly suffocate Supernova 2 breaking down their attacking play and their collecting ability to the point where it felt like whatever they did was already countered by a Croydon team playing in sync and thinking as a unit. Croydon posted another 7 goals in the game keeping possesion while Supernova contributed with 2 more.
There were times when the team panicked a little and it looked like there was going to be a return to the old ways of free for all shooting. On one such occasion the ball was turned over by the attack twice within two seconds of it coming over into the division through bad passing and this was just after the opposition had scored. Another timeout from the coach to refocus the team seem to bring them back to the game-plan.
The movement at times within the divisions was excellent which brought about some spectacularly yet unstoppable goals.
The final whistle went and Croydon knew that this victory was a well executed one. The most important things to come out of the game for the spectators is the trust, communication and structure that this team continues to encompass even as it rotates players every week.
My thanks to Steve and Susan Wright, Becky Dean, Nigel, Ian and Lynda for their support. A hard fought victory well earned!

Match Report by Zuton

Final Score: Croydon 2 12 vs 7 Supernova 2


E Chaney
(3)

P Jeanes
(3)

D Bradford
(2)

S Mills
(2)

Z Omar
(0)

S Hole
(1)

J Hudspith
(1)

K Bradford
(0)

J Johnson
(0)

Submitted by Paul | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 3 win the game comfortably but we did have 9 players on the pitch!

Starting in attack we had Becky, Ian, Martin and Vicky with defense of Emma, Julie, Pete, Steve and I arrh you think how did we have 5 in defense? well Pelham came an hour early so one of their girls had to go so Julie kindly played for them. We also had World Cup ref Steve Jones who stepped up to ref as Zu was running late, thank you and I wonder if any of our game was similar to Holland vs Belgium?

So the goal scoring section started and could they score? Nope! we were defending hard, our attack was trying hard but with no goals... roll up Martin and then I do believe the first of Vicky's hat trick (hmm maybe she shouldnt play in the same section with Mark) all change. I know I then got a running in shot but really it was going to fall short until Pelhams Nigel nicely moved the post and it dropped in, tee hee. Drum roll please as Emma was awarded her own penalty and she took it and she scored it!!! yeah !!! the pressure was on her to score as she's played all season and not scored (she did score in the fourth game but we'll forget about that).

Here I go into general mode as after our initial struggle we settled and played and played well. Lovely to see and we all played for each other which is an important thing. Ben came on half time for Steve and slotted with Pete easily and the other section were looking primarily for the girls as well as their own shots. Emma put into practise what we practised and she got chance after chance which was fabulous. Becky more training but it hard to score past Annie who has been playing for years.

All in all I'm very proud. Ben had posted we needed to win for the league and we did! We passed the ball around and thought about trying things in the game which worked out, sorry I cant play in the last game of the season x

Match Report by Lorna | Updated by Lorna
  
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Final Score: Croydon 3 12 vs 2 Pelham 1


M James
(3)

I de la Mothe
(1)

P Lindsey
(1)

B Walsh
(0)

S Wright
(0)

V Goode
(3)

L MacKay-Elliott
(3)

E Sturgess
(1)

B Lockett
(0)

Submitted by Lorna | Scoring Breakdown |