Edinburgh Uni Bbz took to the court for what would be some of their final games before Club Championships in Cardiff beckoned only a few weeks in the future. After some momentary panic over the arrival of both coaches and John and Jena, the team assembled with minutes to spare before the first game against Dundee. The divisions lined up with Owen, Graham, Jena and Joanna in attack and a defensive back four of Jill, Fran, Mike and John. The game got off to a fast paced start and it wasn’t long before Bbz took the lead through Jena sinking in a mid-range veer. A slight lapse in concentration in defence allowed Dundee to nab an equalizer but this would be short lived as Uni never really looked back. A Fran running in shot put Uni back in the lead and allowed us to push on for a convincing victory. Further goals from Owen, Jena, Mike, Jill, Joanna and Graham proved Bbz’ increasing improvement on court with a range of good attacking moves creating plenty of opportunities. John was also able to take advantage from the penalty line as he scored a hat-trick of penalties to further the distance between the two sides. The half time score of 6-1 was matched in the second half meaning that Bbz ran out 12-2 winners overall.
The second game was against Saints 2 in what many expected to be a much tougher game. However, Bbz were able to fuel of the adrenaline created by the first victory and quickly got out of the blocks. Some clever attacking moves carved an early opening for Mike which he duly dispatched in the opening minute of the game. This was then soon followed by another John penalty which led to an early 2 goal advantage in the first half. From here Bbz again, never really looked back. The alternative division, not to be outdone, quickly responded with 2 goals of their own from Jena and Owen before a second goal of the game for John put Bbz 5-0 up at the break. An early Saints goal in the 2nd half proved to be the only breach in an otherwise solid defensive performance. Further goals from John, Owen and Jena increased Bbz lead to 10-1. In the final 5 minutes of the game, Mike duly dispatch a penalty of his own for his second of the game and Jill wrapped up the scoring with an excellent long range effort, a fitting way to cap off an excellent afternoon of Korf for Edinburgh’s resident Bbz’.
A further special thanks has to go to the Holligan family, who turned out in large numbers to give the team some excellent support for the afternoon. Grandma Holligan named Owen her favourite player and so increased demand for the ‘Shea, 12’ jersey is expected in the future. Further thanks must then be given to the whole Holligan family who very generously opened there home to the team after the game for Fajitas which were superbly delicious and were hence devoured a much appreciative manner!
Saturday the 11th of January saw Edinburgh University’s second team raring to go with a trip down to Newcastle to face newcomers to the korfball scene, Northern Storm. Storm 1 were scheduled first and from the offset it was clear just how tight this game would become. Kyle Crombie, a former Ed Uni player, succeeded in slipping one past Uni defence to put Storm in front. He went on to secure another korf, putting Edinburgh on the back foot. Owen Shea managed to pull one back before half time bringing the score up to 2-1. Other highlights from the first half included Jill’s victorious show of skill and talent with a blam, sweeping the ball away from her opposing player.
An inspirational team talk from Second team captain, Mike Garbutt, spurred Uni players into action, with Edinburgh proving the more dominant team in the second half. An impressive array of close shots were put up by Uni but failed to hit the mark for the important equaliser that they so desperately seeked. As the match drew to a close, Edinburgh Uni’s defence stepped up a notch in an attempt to get the ball back into the attacking half to equalise the game. However, Storm held good possession in attack. An intercept at the half way line in the dying seconds of the game by Graham Campbell allowed a quick pass to a waiting Owen Shea under the korf. This was all he needed to score his second korf of the day just before the whistle blew for full time. A two all draw marks a promising start for Edinburgh University in the New Year.
Now warmed up, ready for action and safe in the knowledge that “the korfs really were that high before Christmas” Edinburgh set up to take on Storm 2. Gameplay flowed well and the experience of the Uni players showed with numerous shots taken and a great percentage adding to the score. A minor lapse in concentration saw Storm 2 enter the scoring sheet but was not enough to deter University from further scoring to obtain a more dominant position. John Bagnoll announced his retirement from the dutch sport mid-match after a golden half way shot which further strengthened Uni’s lead. EUKC wishes John the best of luck in any other future sports he embarks. Solid defending from Edinburgh along with strong attacking play meant that the Newcastle team were the ones feeling the Storm with goals from Mike, John, Owen, Jill, Joanna, Graham and Jem. The final score of 8-1 was a promising victory for Edinburgh University as well as allowing good game time and experience for the players of Northern Storm.
Special thanks should also be said to all the people of Northern Storm, most especially Lee, for their hospitality and we look forward to meeting them again at the EIKT later this month.
On Sunday 24th November Edinburgh Uni 3 travelled to Sighthill to play two matches one against Mavs 2 and another against Dundee 2 (although I have been informed that there were a few first team players playing!)
Edinburgh Uni 3 v Mavs 2
In the first division was Fi, Jess, Nik and Philip and forming the second division was Max S, Graham, Priya and Francesca. With four members having never played in a match before, we knew this would be a tough match. The first half consisted of a lot of goals for the Mavs and Edinburgh Uni finding their feet. Our first goal came from Nik who placed an impressive long shot, this was just want Edinburgh Uni needed to lift our spirits with the score at half time being 1-14 to Mavs. During the second half Edinburgh Uni had made a substitution, Rebecca came on for Fi. By this point Edinburgh Uni had found their feet and were defending solidly whilst putting up shots, however without success. Later a foul was made and Francesca took a penalty and scored! (First goal in a match!!). Unfortunately one more goal was not enough to beat the Mavs with a final score of 2-20 despite the amazing effort everyone on the team put in.
Edinburgh Uni 3 v Dundee 2
For the second match we mixed the divisions up a little and the first division consisted of Fi, Priya, Philip and Mike and forming the second division was Max S, Nik, Rebecca and Francesca. Despite having just played a match, and then playing straight away against Dundee 2, everyone was full of energy and was very enthusiastic. In this match Edinburgh Uni put up a huge number of shots, both long shots and runners, unfortunately without much luck at scoring. Even though defending by Edinburgh was good Dundee still managed to score a number of goals. About a quarter of the way through the match Philip put up a shot with those long arms of his and scored! The score being 1-8 at half time. During the second half Jess was brought on for Francesca. Defending got tighter and Edinburgh Uni were forcing Dundee to take more and more long shots which I have heard is not what they like doing! Nik put up lots of shots and eventually scored 1 and as the second half was coming to a close Jess put up an amazing long shot and scored! Again, despite our best efforts we were not victorious with the final score being 3-15 to Dundee.
Well done to everyone that played and all the effort they put in!
In what can only be described as classic Scottish weather, the Ed Uni 3rd team made their way to Broughton High School. The first contest was between Ed Uni 3 and Mavericks 2. Philip, Paul, Tasmin and Charlotte formed a division. Owen, Anna, Francesca and Nik formed the second division. The second division started the attack and quickly were in the lead. Mavs quickly equalised. During the switch over, Mavs scored but Edinburgh Uni quickly equalised bringing the scored 2-2. The next switch over again Edinburgh and Mavs scored, the game was now hanging in the balance. During the half time, one substitution was made – John was brought in. The second half was crucial, the Mavs were gutting frustrated as evident by the anger shown by Anna’s marker. Ed Uni 3 and Mavs scored two each quite early in the half. Despite the first divsion’s efforts and really close misses, we just couldn’t get the crucial goal. Overall, the game ended 5-5, however, it must be pointed out Mavs received 4 penalties of which they only scored one.
MVP – Philip
Highest Scorer – Nik
Game 2 – Ed Uni 3 was up against the Saints 2. The first division was made up of John, Nik, Anna and Tasmin and the second division was made up of Owen, Francesca, Charlotte and Philip. Ed uni 3 scored the first 3 goals and St. Andrews 2 were starting to be evidently no match for Edinburgh. However, St. Andrews only focused on their feed and never attempted any long shots which was a major mistake as runners well defended. In the half time Edinburgh was well ahead. Paul was brought in during half time. The half started well for Edinburgh with good defending, switches and shooting. The game was filled with
Edinburgh taking a combination of long shots (Paul scored two) and runners. As the final whistle blew the scored stood 14 -6.
Highest Scorer – Tasmin
On October 20th, up to Dundee
Went nine splendid fellows of EUKC.
By train or by car, squeezed in like cattle
They all sallied forth, prepared to do battle.
Against both our hosts and Glasgow’s team two
Who put up their players, the old and the new.
To warm up, some shots, a throw and a catch
We knew we were in for a helluva match.
PEEP goes the whistle and Glasgow attack,
Firing off shots that we couldn’t hold back.
That said, we scored also if only a few
From Jena and John and Owen Shea too.
But at 7-3 we tasted defeat
And that taste will linger until we next meet.
So Glasgow beware, our players were seethin’!
Next time we play, oh we’re bound to get even.
Dundee we liked a little bit more
One pass all it took, for Graham to score.
Amazing, just as the game had begun
Then he put in another and Owen scored one.
Jena got two, and we were all wowed
The ref decreed all of the rest disallowed!
A shocking performance, we all agreed
But then again Dundee 2 were in some need.
Nobody knows who got MVP
Perhaps it was John, the lad who scored three.
Yeah, Dundee got one, but only by fluke.
T’was 8-1 by match’s end, victory took.
By Mike, aged 20 and 2/3.