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Edinburgh City Korfball Club compete in the Scottish Korfball League. We are Scotland's oldest korfball club and 6 time champions.

Ed City’s signing spree continues

Edinburgh City are delighted to announce the signing of Ella Fisher from Saint Andrews for an undisclosed fee.

Another product of the fantastic academy over at Saint Andrews, Ella becomes the 3rd signing from the Fife based club this transfer period following moves for Nina Murdoch and Heather Mackintosh.

Ella had already been training with the club over the past week whilst the deal was finalised and was quoted as saying “Training has gone well so far, the rest of the team have been lovely and I’m glad to be training hard. I can’t wait to take to the court and start playing for Edinburgh City.”

Coach Pratt added “Having seen Ella come through from the reserves into the Saint Andrews starting line-up over the past couple of seasons I’m delighted she has chosen Edinburgh City. The development she’s shown in a short period of time is exciting and I’m really looking forward to being able to help her continue to improve.”

 

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Ed City secure Anna Thomas

Edinburgh City today announced the signing of Anna Thomas from Highbury KC.

Anna joins the Citizens after spending a short time at the London based club and is very much looking forward to the prospect of continuing her development at ECKC.

This is the latest in a number of signings for City with coach Pratt looking to rebuild the club after losing out on the SKL1 title last year. He had this to add during the unveiling “I’m delighted we’ve managed to capture another signing, during this transition period it’s important that we have a number of players pushing the established players hard and helping to improve the overall level here at City.”

The player herself wanted to play down any expectations when asked what she wanted to achieve, simply stating “I’m just trying my best at trying my best.” That positive attitude should serve her well, with Pratt expected to hand her a competitive debut this coming Saturday.

 

The seconds keep up their winning ways

Edinburgh City hosted their first home games of the season with the reserves taking on Saint Andrews 2 & Edinburgh University 2.

Another two wins kept the early season momentum going, but they had to fight a lot harder for these than last week’s encounters.

Edinburgh City (11-1) Saint Andrews

ECKC faced off against Saint Andrews for the second time in as many weekends, with a slightly different line-up City handed a debut to new signing Kitty Dutton, with Pip Hardy also making her first appearance of the season.

The game started very slowly with City playing extremely well in defence but struggling to adapt to a ‘3-1’ system. With much of the first half gone and only the one City goal on the board coach Pratt asked for a more fluid attack and it paid dividends immediately. Nina Murdoch was very much the catalyst for the offence, scoring a game high 5 goals against her former club and deservedly taking the MVP.

Scorers: Nina Murdoch (5) John Bagnall (2) Andrea Kinver, Finlay Hannah, Bob Mather, Laura Powell (1)

MVP: Nina Murdoch

Edinburgh City (8-5) Edinburgh University

The Citizens faced their hardest test of the new campaign against a hungry University side keen to replicate the 1st team result earlier in the season. Edinburgh University rushed into a 4-2 lead and threatened to open the gap further with many of their attempts coming agonisingly close. Finlay Hannah took the game by the scruff of the neck, first scoring from the penalty spot before converting a tough chance behind the korf.

The game was evenly poised but an unfortunate injury to University’s Lasse Bullerbuyn swung momentum City’s way, with the home side scoring three unanswered goals to take the points on this occasion. A hard fought match from both sides and neutral fans will be looking forward to the next time these sides play.

Scorers: Finlay Hannah (3) John Bagnall (2) Laura Powell, Michael Garbutt, Andrea Kinver (1)

MVP: Michael Garbutt

 

City 2 start as they mean to go on

Edinburgh City’s second team began their defence of the SKL2 title against hosts Dundee and also took on Saint Andrews.

Two big wins and plenty of goals for City debutants meant that the season began as successfully as possible for the Citizens reserve side.

Edinburgh City (21-2) Saint Andrews

City gave debuts to Heather Mackintosh and Caspar Volker who were both facing their old side first up, with Anna Stewart also making her first appearance after signing from Edinburgh University.

As the scoreline suggests, the Citizens dominated this matchup with the City girls doing the damage. With 12 goals between them Anna and Heather proved too much to handle for the Saints.

Cameron Schoettle managed to score a couple of consolation goals for Saint Andrews but with City keeping the scoreboard ticking over this was never in doubt for last year’s champions.

Scorers: Anna Stewart (7) Heather Mackintosh (5) Laura Powell (4) Finlay Hannah (2) Caspar Volker, Bob Mather, Michael Garbutt (1)

MVP: Heather Mackintosh

Edinburgh City (22-7) Dundee

After a great first game, City again got off to a quick start. Bob Mather who had provided countless assists in the previous match turned goal scorer in this one and has beaten his tally from last season already.

City were supported well by Michael, Caspar and Finlay who top scored with 6 goals. It was Anna who got MVP in this match though, with some inspired rebounding to go along with what has to be a block of the season contender.

A great trip to start the new season and one that City 2 will hope to build from.

Scorers: Finlay Hannah (6) Bob Mather, Michael Garbutt (5) Caspar Volker (4) Anna Stewart (2) Laura Powell (1)

MVP: Anna Stewart

City 1 head to St Andrews

Edinburgh City travelled to the East coast of Fife to take on Saint Andrews and Edinburgh University.

After a good win against the Saints, City suffered defeat to a gritty Edinburgh University side who showed great determination despite being reduced to 7 players.

Edinburgh City (19-7) Saint Andrews

The first of two fixtures saw Nina Murdoch make her City debut against her old club, and as with City’s debutant last weekend also bagged herself a goal to kick-start the season.

Both sides began tentatively in this game with a slow start on the scoreboard, but once Dave Ewing found his range he was largely unstoppable ending the game with seven goals to add to his haul from last week.

Saint Andrews showed good spirit and solid games from Billy Brown and Andrew Thirlwell will give the hosts confidence going forwards as their star players will be critical over the rest of the season.

Scorers: Dave Ewing (7) Dan Pratt (4) John Bagnall, Emma Cottell (2) Clive Minshull, Katrina Caldwell, Finlay Hannah, Nina Murdoch (1)

MVP: Dave Ewing

Edinburgh City (10 – 14) Edinburgh University

City faced off against Edinburgh University and saw the return of Ella Paul who has joined the University side on loan for the season. Edinburgh University suffered an injury to key player Philip Cisneros in the warmup and were unable to replace him leaving them to play with 7 players.

The early exchanges were dominated by City, with Dan Pratt taking the rebound easily with no opposition. City lead 8-3 and were looking comfortable at the break but Edinburgh University came out fighting and with Ella and Thijs Lepelaar in particular playing incredibly smart, tactical korfball in defence which limited the chances in attack for City.

With the Citizens struggling to score, Edinburgh University made a spirited comeback to take the win which they thoroughly deserved.

Scorers: Clive Minshull (3) Dave Ewing, Emma Cottell, Katrina Caldwell (2) John Bagnall (1)

MVP: Emma Cottell

Firsts open the season against Dundee and Edinburgh Mavericks 1

Edinburgh City started the 2017/18 season with a set of fixtures that saw them face Dundee as well as last year’s champions Mavericks.

Some good performances saw ECKC split the games with a strong win against Dundee followed by a loss to a Mavericks side in good form.

Edinburgh City (18 – 4) Dundee

The first match of the new season was against Dundee and a return for Stella McNulty to the SKL, with the former Citizen moving back from London and lining up against her old club.

New signing Michael Garbutt made his debut which he marked by scoring his first goal in the black and red of Edinburgh City. A fast paced start from City meant that the game was over as a contest early on after racing to a 7-0 lead, Dan Pratt and Dave Ewing proved too much for the Dundee side scoring 11 goals between them in limited minutes. A solid start to the season for the Citizens and one that lays the groundwork for a long season ahead.

Scorers: Dave Ewing (6) Dan Pratt (5) John Bagnall (2) Finlay Hannah, Michael Garbutt, Andrea Kinver, Clive Minshull, Emma Cottell (1)

MVP: Dan Pratt

Edinburgh City (7 – 25) Mavericks

The second of two matches in this fixture round matched up last season’s top 2 teams. Last year’s champions Mavericks are again highly fancied for a repeat this season after a couple of high-profile signings.

Both teams started the contest strongly with back and forth scoring, City looked to apply as much pressure as possible but pushed too far as Dan Pratt got into a clumsy challenge for the ball that left Maverick’s Adam Luto bloodied and unable to continue.

The injury seemed to galvanise the hosts and they proved too strong for ECKC, scoring heavily in the last 10 minutes to stretch the goal difference. There were encouraging signs for City throughout the match but inconsistency at this early stage of the season cost them dearly.

Scorers: Dave Ewing, Dan Pratt (3), Finlay Hannah (1)

MVP: Dan Pratt

Season preview with head coach Dan Pratt

Edinburgh City head coach Daniel Pratt sat down with the Associated Press this week to discuss the club’s early season form, new training schedule and how his new signings are settling in.  Arriving at their training centre, the ‘Citizens’ coach seemed relaxed and in a very talkative mood as he discussed a number of topics in this wide ranging press conference.

Asked about how the training schedule has changed things at the club, Pratt responded “I’m delighted the club were able to double the number of training sessions this season, the extra time available has meant that we can focus more on specific training needs with players as well as the more traditional game-play, tactical aspects. With more regular training sessions, we have seen players pick up new skills far quicker than in previous seasons and the progression being made is good to see.”

 The first team have had a mixed start to the season, with wins against Saint Andrews and Dundee being offset by losses to last year’s champions Mavericks and a surprise loss to Edinburgh University. Pratt was asked how he felt the side had started this season and if he had any concerns with the results. “I’m not overly worried with the start to the season, we are going through a transition period at the moment and it was always likely that it would take some time to adapt. We’ve brought in some new players and it can sometimes be hard to settle in to a new system and style of playing but I’m really pleased to see the effort and application all players are putting in.”

The coach was quick to remind those attending that although the firsts had started slowly the reserves had begun the defence of their SKL2 crown in some style last weekend. “It’s always been a huge positive for the club to have strength in depth and with the second team you can see that clearly. After winning back-to-back titles, they have come out quickly again this season winning their opening games by large margins and showing some great promise. It’s important that during a rebuilding process that you have a good foundation and the club clearly has the right base to build from.”

The offseason saw a number of new faces join the club with City’s transfer spending continuing long after the season opener last month. There are whispers around the training facility that ECKC may still have another couple of signings to make in the coming weeks. With this, Pratt was pressed on how the new signings were fitting in and whether we could expect to see yet more players join the roster before the window closed.

“I’m pleased that the club has managed to get deals negotiated for a number of high-calibre signings, we lost a few key players in the off season and it was important that we looked to replace them as well as build on the existing squad we have.”

Last season’s top female scorer Ella Paul has joined cross town rivals Edinburgh University on loan for the season, along with Mark ‘Goose’ Goosens taking time out of the game for family reasons. On top of this, ECKC lost Daniel van Amersfoort to a career-ending injury just before the season started.

“The players the club have brought in are great signings” Pratt continued “They have some experience of playing in the league already and are all at the stage in their careers where they will grow and develop very quickly. The desire to learn in training has been refreshing and it’s exciting to be able to see them improve as the season goes on.”

 Edinburgh City made a number of young signings, with Kitty Dutton, Alex Johnston and Michael Garbutt transferring from Edinburgh University and the dynamic pairing of Nina Murdoch and Heather Mackintosh from Saint Andrews over the summer. Coach Pratt explained what it means for the club to have these players join “For me it’s essential that we brought in young players who are hungry. We have a lot of experience at the club and combining that with the raw energy the new players bring should make for an exciting blend this year.”

With the transfer deadline closing in, a number of journalists were keen to find out who the Citizens coach was looking to bring in after speculation had been growing over the past few days. Pratt responded delicately saying “I don’t like to talk about players who have not yet signed. Until they are a part of the club then it’s important not to get carried away with the rumours but I can say that the club is very close to bringing in perhaps two more players. I’m afraid that you will have to wait for the news along with our fans for who they are.”

As the press conference came to an end, the enigmatic coach was asked about his predictions for the rest of the season. He declined to speculate on who would take the title and where City may end up this season but did give some views on the league “I think it’s going to be a competitive season, Glasgow have made a number of good signings and have Calum Lindsay back from injury which will be a boost. Dundee have brought in McNulty to team up with Robertson (both ex-City players) and will look to improve on last year. I think after last season it’s always going to be difficult to look past Mavericks as front-runners especially after signing international stars Angus Davidson and Miriam Kleen. The whole league looks to have gained on where they were at this point last year so it’s exciting to see it play out over the next few months.”

 At this point Pratt brought an entertaining briefing to a close and made his way over to the training court thanking journalists as he exited the conference room.

 

Summer 2017 Signings

The 2017-2018 season is underway!  Here’s a (slightly overdue) round-up of our summer signings.

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Michael Garbutt – Michael joins ECKC from Edinburgh University having been an influential part of the 1st team squad there for a number of years.

Upon signing, Michael was looking forward to joining up with the Citizens and had this to say “I’m very pleased to be joining City and gaining experience alongside some great players.”

With the season getting underway in September, there is time for our new recruit to get stuck in to training and gel with the squad. Michael added “I’m looking forward to starting training and I can’t wait to step on court.”

 

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Nina Murdoch – Nina had been a highly sought after player during the transfer window, having captained Saint Andrews last season. After looking at offers across the globe including a very tempting contract in New Zealand, she has decided to become a Citizen at ECKC

Nina spoke of her joy about signing for the club “Everyone I’ve met so far at the club has been friendly and welcoming, I’ve enjoyed training greatly and I’m really looking forward to playing.”

Contract negotiations almost came to a halt over image rights, with our new flame-haired recruit concerned over clashes with the bright red kit of Edinburgh City. Luckily for all parties, Nina defied the wishes of her agent and has put pen to paper.

Murdoch has highlighted the 23rd September as her biggest moment for the season ahead, with an emotional return to Saint Andrews where she hopes the home fans will remember the years of service she has given there.

 

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Kitty Dutton – Kitty returns to Korfball after taking a year out of the sport to truly find herself in the northern wilds of Inverness. Kitty has a fantastic and enviable pedigree in the sport having previously been a BUCS medalist while at Edinburgh Uni as well as taking her career as far as Australia.

Speaking on the move Kitty cited the lack of Huntsman spiders as a particular incentive to return to the east coast of Scotland as well as the chance to rejoin some of her old team mates from her days at Edinburgh Uni. When asked to comment further on the move, she could not hide her excitement simply exclaiming ‘Woo!’.

 

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Alex Johnston – Alex too comes back to korfball after a year break and is eager to get back into the sport. Alex achieved success in his Edinburgh Uni days as part of the same medal winning team as new team mate, Kitty Dutton and will bring added steel, determination and strength to the Edinburgh City side.

Alex could not hide his enthusiasm and excitement in joining City this summer and cited some current members of the City squad as being particularly influential in persuading him to make the move.

 

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Heather MacKintosh – Heather finished last season as Saints top female scorer and will fit in well with a City team looking to improve its goal scoring options.
The paperwork has been approved by the SKA and speculation is high that Heather could make her debut for the Citizens as early as this Sunday.

At her unveiling, Heather has this to say to the associated press and fans gathered outside “It really was a no brainer. Nobody looks good in lime green, bright orange or pink. With the change to black and red I’m sure I can bring some sexy korf to ECKC.”

Head coach Dan Pratt was delighted with the signing adding “I gave the club a list of targets before the season started and Heather’s name was right at the top of the list. I’m glad we were able to get this one over the line before the transfer window closed.”

Perfect start

City 1 had the perfect start to the defence of their league crown in the opening set of fixtures for the 2016/17 season as St Andrews University 1 and Edinburgh Mavericks 2 were the visitors to City’s home turf at Broughton.

The Saints game saw City give debuts to both Lauren Halkerston and Finlay Hannah – City scored consistently throughout the match, with both Lauren and Finlay on the scoresheet, and in the second half the experience of the reigning champions shone through and prevented Saints creating scoring opportunities and City ran out 18-7 winners

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A never-to-be-underestimated Mavs 2 made City start very cagily, with the teams level for much of the first half.  City managed to keep applying the pressure throughout the game, with high-intensity defence, good recycling of the ball and regular scoring and came away with a 12-8 victory.

City 2 were scheduled to be taking on division two newbies Strathclyde University and Edinburgh University 3, but unfortunately these matches had to be postponed, so City 2 will have to wait a few weeks to get their title defence underway.

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