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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.

Second team’s title aspirations dealt a blow

Edinburgh City’s second team faced off against Edinburgh University and fellow title-chasers Glasgow this weekend.

With ECKC having lost narrowly (6-7) away to Glasgow 2 not long ago, they were aiming to turn the tables at their home ground Broughton.

After comfortably seeing off Edinburgh University 3 in the opening fixture, a tight game against Glasgow 2 went right down to the wire but unfortunately a late surge saw City lose out again.

Edinburgh City 2 (12-5) Edinburgh University 3

In the first matchup, the Citizens faced a young University team who though inexperienced were keen to show they could compete. Edinburgh City took a little while to warm up, but Ella Fisher making her debut for the club helped to get the scoreboard ticking over with 3 goals, including one of her trademark one-handed runners.

A goal from the Citizen’s other debutant Robert Stone along with an impressive 4 goal haul from Chris Horsley gave City a comfortable lead that they never looked like letting slip. A late rally from the University side left the scoreline looking a little more respectable but our home team looked prepared heading into their next match.

Scorers: Chris Horsley (4), Ella Fisher (3), Michael Garbutt (2), Robert Stone, Lee Brodie, Laura Powell (1)

MVP: Ella Fisher

Edinburgh City 2 (6-8) Glasgow 2

This match was a back and forth affair, Glasgow began strongly and ran out to a 3-0 lead before City pegged them back to 3-3. Half time came and went with both sides taking turns to lead and then be drawn back. When City levelled at 6-6 it looked as though momentum would swing in their favour but despite a valiant effort Glasgow 2 took the points with two late goals that left the Citizens reeling.

A special mention should go out to defensive stud Michael Garbutt, he was given the tough assignment of keeping Glasgow’s hotshot Pat Merton out of the game and he did not disappoint. The two players had a great duel reminiscent of Patrick Beverley’s gritty performance against Russell Westbrook.

Whilst Mike may have won the battle by keeping Pat off the scoresheet, it is Glasgow 2 who are currently winning the war sitting atop the SKL2 table with 8 wins from 8 and crucially securing the head-to-head tiebreak should the two teams finish level at the end of the season.

Scorers: Chris Horsley (2) Michael Garbutt, Bob Mather, Laura Powell, Ella Fisher (1)

MVP: Chris Horsley

 

 

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A tough weekend for the first team

Edinburgh City had an all-Edinburgh affair last weekend with matches against Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Mavericks 2.

With ECKC having suffered a heart-breaking defeat to Edinburgh University earlier in the season, they were aiming to pick up two wins here and continue their good run of form following two home wins in their last fixtures.

After a disappointing performance in the opening match saw ECKC lose out again Edinburgh University, the Citizen’s managed to do just enough to get pick up a win against Edinburgh Mavericks 2.

Edinburgh City (9-12) Edinburgh University

In the first matchup, the Citizens faced a hungry University team who were keen to build on their victory in the two teams’ previous meeting.  Edinburgh City struggled to get going in attack and found themselves unable to deal with the height and energy levels of the younger University side.

Five goals from Edinburgh University star Robyn Seabright helped to keep the University side in front throughout the game and Edinburgh City struggled to keep composure as the game began to slip away from them.

MVP: Heather MacKintosh

Edinburgh City (7-6) Edinburgh Mavericks

After a disappointing result in their first match, Edinburgh City were determined to secure a win against local rivals Edinburgh Mavericks 2.  The Citizens again struggled to take control of the game in attack and the game remained close as the two teams traded goals.

The second team showed little change from the first as both squads struggled to break down the defence of the other but Edinburgh City were able to retain more composure in this fixture and came out winners by one goal.

Scorers: John Bagnall (3), Andrea Kinver, Heather MacKintosh, Dan Pratt, David Ewing (1)

MVP: David Ewing

 

 

 

Firsts secure first double win of the season

Edinburgh City’s first team hosted their first home games of the season with fixtures against Saint Andrews and Glasgow.

Head coach Dan Pratt was eager to see how the team responded after the club’s Halloween night out the day before and was rewarded with two strong performances and the team’s first double victory of the season.

Edinburgh City (20-7) Saint Andrews

The first match of the day saw Elly Gaunt make season debut, whilst Heather MacKintosh made her first appearance for the first team.

Both teams started brightly, with the scores remaining close through the early stages of the game.  Saints’ Andrew Thirlwell continued his strong start to the 2017-18 season with 4 goals, however City’s experience soon shone through and they ran out comfortable winners with a first hat-trick of the season for Emma Cottell.

Scorers: Dan Pratt (6) David Ewing (5) Emma Cottell (3) Clive Minshull (2) Finlay Hannah, Elly Gaunt, Michael Garbutt, John Bagnall (1)

MVP: Emma Cottell

Edinburgh City (17-6) Glasgow

The next fixture saw City take on a Glasgow side coming fresh off of a bit of a scare in their match against Saint Andrews.

City took control of this match from the very start with a strong defensive display, which saw them shut down Glasgow’s key attacking threats and hold top scorer Calum Lindsay to two goals.  From there the game remained firmly in City’s control, with goals from 10 different players leading to a well deserved victory.

Scorers: David Ewing (4) John Bagnall, Elly Gaunt, Clive Minshull, Dan Pratt (2) Katrina Caldwell, Finlay Hannah, Heather MacKintosh, Ailith Ewing, Emma Cottell (1)

MVP: David Ewing

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.”

 

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

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