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Croydon 1 get National League wake up call against KV

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Final Score: Croydon 1 7 vs 25 KV Korfball 1


A Bovey
(2)

N Hudspith
(1)

M Brazzill
(0)

S Gooch
(0)

A Withers
(0)

Z Omar
(0)

K Bradford
(1)

E Swygart
(1)

K Swygart
(1)

K Munro
(1)

H Robinson
(0)

Submitted by Kathy | Scoring Breakdown |

Nomads 3 gain revenge as Croydon 2 can't find their rhythm

Croydon 2 came into their first home game of the season on the back of a win against their same opponents just a week prior at Epsom College. In first attack Simon Mills (c), Hannah Robinson, Adam Stevens and Sarah Withers teamed up again, while the first defence saw 2 changes with Nigel Hudspith replacing Ed Chaney and Laura Nicholls in for Kim Munro to link up with Simon Pavey and Ren Williamson.

An early exchange of fire saw both teams quickly make their mark on the score sheet and as the first phase of the game progressed it was clear the game was going to be another tight one. Nomads managed to edge themselves and from that point Croydon were always playing catch up.

Croydon were struggling to adjust the changes in one end, while the other although defending stoutly were having too many one shot attacks. The game fell into the pattern of you score, we score and as the team drew their breath with the half time whistle it was the visitors who found themselves 3 goals ahead.

After some wise (and some frank) words from coach Boys, Croydon emerged for the second half pumped up and ready for action. They made a positive start and after scoring the first goal, things were looking up as the hosts sought the initiative. Nomads however were stirred back into action and were providing fierce resistance as again both teams begun trading goals.

As the half wore on the team fell back into bad habits from the first half and were again making hard graft of it, Nomads sensing their opportunity turned up the heat and with a couple of quick fire goals, hope was quickly fading for the blues. Each section continued to toil, Pavey was doing his best to cover every inch of his section and Hudspith was growing frustrated by an uncharacteristic lack of goals - down the other end Mills who continued to find the basket as he has done this season, also found the floor after a painful collision with young Stevens elbow.

As the game drew towards its close, the scoreline seemed beyond reach and as the seconds ticked out and the final whistle blew, it confirmed a miserable first home outing for the team, suffering defeat by 20 goals to 13.

The team will be disappointed to have come away with nothing after beating their opponents before, they know they can perform better and will need to drive on in training and in matches to ensure they can match up in their next outing against last seasons champions Trojans.

Match Report by Simon
  
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Final Score: Croydon 2 13 vs 20 Nomads 3


S Mills
(6)

S Pavey
(2)

N Hudspith
(1)

A Stevens
(0)

L Williamson
(2)

L Nicholls
(1)

S Withers
(1)

H Robinson
(0)

Submitted by Simon | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 3's sublime second half kills off Nomads 4

Croydon 3 were back to a more familiar line-up this week in their game against Nomads 4 with el capitan Dom Bradford, juror-extraordinaire Steve Wright, rumbustious Anna Jeanes and yummy mummy Jane Hudspith in attack with Zoe Bowie Shewell, Susan Wright-stuff, (gosh what have I started here?) Ed Don't-Yank-My Chaney and err Andy Withers in defence. Nomads 4 were their usual mixture of youth and experience.

Croydon scored with their first attack which set the feline in amongst the aviary but from then on it was a fairly dour affair with Croydon's front defence smothering the life out of the visitors but their attack unable to get the blue and yellow thing through the yellow posty thing. Plus ca change (nous sommes Paris). Half time was a stunning 5-1, not quite the comfortable win the captain had like a champion jockey asked, neigh, demanded.

The 2nd half was a different affair, well for some of the team. The weather was bitterly cold but fair outside and Withers continued to blow cold cold cold but otherwise inside there was some sort of Korf el Nino, yes it was raining goals. Mostly from the hands of Susan Wright down one end and from the hand of Bradford and hands of Jeanes down the other. Meanwhile Steve Wright was puffing, he was doing a great job of keeping Nomads main attacker, Richard Burrows, quiet, and this he did all match, whilst still managing to bag 3 goals, the best of which was disallowed, I believe, for being too classy (the crazy rule changes will never cease).

And that was that, Nomads doubled their half-time tally but Croydon tripled their's, final score 17-2. Boom.


Match Report by Andy | Updated by Andy
  
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Final Score: Croydon 3 17 vs 2 Nomads 4


D Bradford
(4)

S Wright
(2)

E Chaney
(1)

A Withers
(0)

S Wright
(6)

A Jeanes
(4)

J Hudspith
(0)

Z Shewell
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 4 finally beat Trojans 3 in goal fest!

Another week and another line up! Thoughts were this was going to be a hard game as Croydon 4 have rarely beaten Trojans 3. Trojans 3 however also had a very different looking line-up which was full of youth but maybe lacking in experience? They did have one first team player (one of the Brooks') guesting which we didn't find out until we had been playing for 10 minutes.

In first attack was Phil, Adam C, Sarah H and Dawn leaving defence as Craig, Jon, Laura and Annie.

Scoring started quickly with Sarah scoring a very nice long shot quickly followed by Adam's first goal. Annie then started with the first of her six goals with a well worked runner literally from the halfway line, quickly followed again by an almost identical goal; 4-0. Trojans replied with a a goal, Adam bagged his second and with the change came Annie waiting on the halfway line to get another runner. The rest of the half was much the same with either Adam or Annie scoring whilst Trojans continued to chip away. Phil squeezed ion a goal before half time.
Jon was having a hard time in attack being kept quiet by the 1s player but still managed to put a couple of shots up. whilst at the other end Dawn was working hard collecting around the post on numerous occasions.

So 9-6 to us at half time, I felt we let Trojans back in a little after being 6-1 up. The talk was to make sure we worked the ball around in attack waiting for the right opportunity to score. Fortunately the 1s player for Trojans had to leave so we started the second half playing against 7 with Jon and Craig deciding to share who could shoot (after informing the ref, obviously!)
With some sound advice from Anna on the sidelines Craig started the half with a well worked runner - Jon doing a great job in collect/feed with no player marking him. It then took another 9 minutes for the next goal from Adam, to which Trojans replied immediately (poor marking by me I think). It was now Laura's turn to get involved, she had seen how well Annie had done with her runners and followed suit, scoring 3 excellent runners in the half.
Adam continued his scoring rout from then on with a mixture of runners and long shots. Annie scored another couple in the half too. Trojans were looking quite demoralised come the end of the game where experience (age at least) was victorious over youth. A really strong second half which had us 11-1 for the half.
Jon and Dawn both worked tirelessly in the game with collecting which helped sustain attacks.

It was also positive to see we played well against their 7 in the second half, on occasions that has left us a bit confused (easy I know) on how to play but I felt we more comfortable with it, Andy W also gave some good advice from the sidelines on this.

Bring on next week!

Match Report by Craig | Updated by Craig

Final Score: Croydon 4 20 vs 7 Trojans 3


A Champion
(8)

P Aish
(1)

C Stevens
(1)

J Dean
(0)

A Campbell
(6)

L Lambird
(3)

S Hole
(1)

D Aindow
(0)

Submitted by Craig | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 5 just miss out in top of the table clash!

This top of the table fixture was always going to be a tricky affair, but with our recent run of form against Supernova, we were hopeful of a victory.
In first attack was Bryan, Tom, Hannah and Alice (playing her first game along with Jade – taking half the game each). In defence were Mark, Callum, Lorna and Vicky.
Play began at a fair pace, with both teams attacking and defending well, and it was Tom who scored first, with an excellent long-shot that boded well. However, Supernova showed that they were good on the counter attack, and matched us goal for goal through the first half.
With half-time fast approaching however, Mark and Vicky spurred the 5th team on, both slotting goals in, giving us a modest 5-3 half-time lead.
However, as soon as the second half started, Supernova began their counter attack, and within a short space of time had scored three goals against us, giving then a 6-5 lead. It was then Croydon’s turn to play catch-up, which we valiantly managed to do, matching Supernova goals, as they had done against us in the first half.
In the dying minutes of the game, with the score at 8 each, either side could have snatched victory. But it was Supernova that finally managed to clinch the winning goal, leaving us with a well-fought but ultimately fruitless 8-9 loss.
Although this was a well fought game, I felt that it was lost on two counts. Firstly (and most importantly), we had numerous opportunities to score but could not get the ball to drop. We hit the hoop more times than I care to mention, but our finishing just wasn’t polished enough. Secondly we were up against a team with a player (number 72 I believe) who scored 6 of their 9 points.
I hope this loss doesn’t come back to haunt us, as it was a game that we could and probably should have won. Roll on next week and another victory.


Match Report by Bryan

Final Score: Croydon 5 8 vs 9 Supernova 4


M Wright
(3)

B Burr
(1)

T Raffield
(1)

C Elliott
(0)

V Goode
(2)

L MacKay-Elliott
(1)

H Russell
(0)

Submitted by Ben | Scoring Breakdown |

Swans regret missed chances vs Supernova

Swans V Supernova

Swans hosted Supernova 3 hoping to bounce back from the disappointing defeat the week before. White, Smith, Sheahan and Sturgess started in first defence with Walsh, Yearwood (back from his loan spell in the US!), Palmer and Kelly in first attack. As it has been in recent weeks the Swans struck first with Walsh finding the korf with a simple finish after good work at the post from Palmer and Yearwood. The Swans defence were working tirelessly but Supernova were given a way back in as Croydon old boy Pete calmly slotted home a penalty. Supernova ramped up the pressure on the Swans and hit a quick fire double to extend their lead to two goals. Another Supernova goal left the Swans reeling and searching desperately for a way back into the match. Walsh made some head way into the deficit with his second of the match from another well worked move. White's section then found their attacking rhythm, after a quick ball from Walsh in the defensive half to Sturge in the feed White turned his man on the halfway line, collected the feed to finish a runner straight off the training ground. That meant the Swans went into half time only a goal down.

Optimistic with the way they'd dragged themselves back into the game the Swans started the second half with their tails up. Supernova seemed to change their tactics and began sitting off White and Smith allowing both to get shots away with Sturge and Sheahan working the post really well. After a patient build up White was given room to put a shot up from downtown which to the delight of the home side spun around the korf before dropping in to draw the sides level. This spurred Supernova on and their girls as they did all game continued to rain goals in from long shots, restoring Supernova's lead once again to two goals. White then completed his hat trick from the penalty spot before Supernova scored another. Time began ticking away and the game became a bit frantic as both sides struggled to settle in attack. Walsh then completed his own hat trick with a nice little 4m shot to make it it 6-7 to Supernova with around 5 mins to play. In an attempt to win possession and enable the attacking section to put in some sustained pressure, the Swans sat off their opponents and looked to dominate the post. Supernova kept their cool at this point and retained possession well before engineering two more long shots to pull away just as Nomads had the previous week in the last minutes of the match to run out 6-9 winners.

As in previous weeks the Swans had battled hard and put together numerous well worked attacks that had they managed to put away would have surely seen a different outcome at the final whistle. Both sections seemed more fluid than in previous weeks and the effort and determination put in by all 8 demonstrated the Swans willingness to fight right to the end. With performances like this it won't be long before the Swans taste victory again in this still very new level they are playing at this season.

Thanks to Simon for reffing and for the numerous shouts of encouragement and support from the watching Croydon gang.

Match Report by Roger

Final Score: Croydon Swans 6 vs 9 Supernova 3


B Walsh
(3)

R White
(3)

J Smith
(0)

L Yearwood
(0)

L Kelly
(0)

H Palmer
(0)

C Sheahan
(0)

E Sturgess
(0)

Submitted by Ben | Scoring Breakdown |
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