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Edinburgh City Korfball Club

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

City 1 and 2 both take second in SKL1 and SKL2

Edinburgh City had both teams playing this weekend, with all Scottish clubs being hosted at Oriam for the final day of the season.

With 12 matches happening across 4 hours, league winners, top scorers and final positions would all be decided in a festival of korfball.

The 1st team played reigning champions Mavericks and close rivals Glasgow, with the possibility to finish anywhere from 2nd to 4th in the final standings. Whilst the 2nd team would face Edinburgh University and Dundee with 2nd place already guaranteed due to their head to head record with 3rd placed Dundee.

Edinburgh City 1 v Glasgow 1 (10-15)

City went into their first match knowing that avoiding a 10 goal loss would cement a 2nd place finish for the season having the better head-to-head record against Glasgow. Glasgow have grown into the season and were always going to be a tricky opponent.

The match got underway with a quick goal from Dan Pratt but then Glasgow pulled away quickly, Calum Lindsay has been in great goal-scoring form and would end up with 6 goals at the end of this contest.

At half time the score was 9-4 in favour of Glasgow and it looked as though things could slip out of grasp for the citizens. But a steadier second half helped City to find the scoresheet on a more regular basis whilst slowing down Glasgow to tie the second half, the final moments saw Chris Horsley and Jacky Mo come on and secure runners-up in the 2017/18 SKL1 season.

Scorers: Clive Minshull, Dan Pratt (3), Andrea Kinver (2), Emma Cottell, Finlay Hannah (1)

MVP: Clive Minshull

Edinburgh City 1 v Edinburgh Mavericks 1 (10-16)

The final match of the season for the 1sts was against unbeaten league champions Mavericks. The task in this game was to cause as many problems in defence and let the game flow from there.

The Citizens battled incredibly well, the game going back and forth and at the break the scores were 9-8 in what was one of the most hotly contested matches of the season and the biggest fight that Mavericks had found themselves in all year.

After the break the scores continued to be close, at 9-10 down Dan Pratt broke free for a running in shot and was hauled back before being able to get off a shot but the referee was not placed to see the foul which would have given the Citizens the chance to tie the game. Unfortunately the ball then went straight to the Mavericks attack and Angus Davidson scored to create a gap that was never clawed back. The half closed out with Mavericks finding the korf a couple more times but a thoroughly entertaining game and an incredible performance from both teams was a wonderful way to end the season.

Scorers: Daniel Pratt (4), John Bagnall, Clive Minshull (2), Emma Cottell, Andrea Kinver (1)

MVP: Clive Minshull

Edinburgh City 2 v Edinburgh University 3 (8-0)

The university side were blighted by exam period and food poisoning meaning they were unable to put out a team and the Citizens were awarded an 8-0 walkover win confirming their 2nd place finish above their next opponents Dundee.

Edinburgh City 2 v Dundee 2 (9-10)

This match was tight throughout, with neither side being able to pull more than a goal ahead. The Citizen’s were heavily reliant on Ella Fisher and Kitty Dutton for their goal scoring with 7 out of the 9 goals coming from the deadly duo. City had fought back to level at 9-9 but with one minute left on the clock Dundee were awarded a free pass which they converted to take the points.

A close finish, but a good end to the season with City 2 seeing a whole host of fresh faces come into the team. The fact that they finished runners up having had 9 players new to the club rotate through the team, 4 of them completely new to the sport, is a testament to how well they have performed.

Scorers: Ella Fisher (4), Kitty Dutton (3), Chris Horsley, Lee Brodie (1)

MVP: Ella Fisher

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Two tough matches for City 2

On Sunday 1 April 2018 Edinburgh City second team had their penultimate match
day in SKL Division 2 2017-2018. Both matches were expected to be challenging
given the Glasgow are undefeated in SKL Div 2 and Edinbugh Uni two are a Uni
team at the peak of their abilities, having recently returned from BUCS.

Edinburgh City 2 5 – 13 Edinburgh Uni 2
Undeterred the team took on Edinburgh Uni two in the first match, in-spite of an early
loss of three goals the club did keep up their challenge and the end of the first half
ended up closer, whilst the second half saw them scoring more goals and conceding
fewer. Unfortunately it was not enough to catch their opponents.

Goals: Chris (2), Lee, Jacky, Natalie

MVP: Chris

Edinburgh City 2 8 – 28 Glasgow 2
The second match did not start well for city, again going a number of goals down
many of which from penalties. The team battled on however and did put in a
respectable number of goals from runners and long shots across the team. Although
special mention to Andrew who made his SKL debut at the matches and scored
against Glasgow.

Goals: Chris (2), Simon (2), Lee, Lauren, Ella, Andrew

MVP: Chris
Ultimately city made a good account of themselves against arguably the two best
teams in the Division, which should see them playing confidently at the SKL finals
weekend 7 April 2018

City 1 move to second in the table

Edinburgh City were back in action against Edinburgh Mavericks 2 & Dundee 1. The previous two meeting against the Mavericks have seen close contests and it was expected to be another battle to secure the points, but battle they did and the Citizens came up with 2 great wins to move up to 2nd in the SKL1 league table.

Edinburgh City 1 (12-10) Edinburgh Mavericks 2

After close results against this team at the last two attempts, this one was no different. The citizens pulled back a deficit in the last 10 minutes, scoring 5 out of the last 6 goals to grab the win.

The game started with goals being traded between the sides. City scored 3 goals early on only to be pegged back each time. It was Mavs who created some space first, pulling away to a 4-6 lead with back-to-back goals from Jean Fourie. But the Citizens remained in the game with a couple of goals from Andrea Kinver sandwiching a difficult running-in shot from Dan Pratt.

With Mavs maintaining their 2 goal cushion with a smart drop-off shot from match MVP Jena Connolly and only 10 minutes remaining, the Citizens could have been forgiven for getting nervous but a Heather Mackintosh goal forced Mavs to blink first as they called a time-out to calm things down. The break gave the squad a chance to talk things over and the game plan was to take more shooting opportunities on the move. Straight from the restart City executed perfectly and Katrina Caldwell scored a great shot moving away to the right to give the home side their first 2 goal cushion of the game.

It was the catalyst needed to close the game out as only a late consolation goal from Owen Shea troubled the away team’s scoreboard after the decisive time-out. The whole squad showed great patience and confidence coming from behind to win.

 Scorers: Clive Minshull (3), Dan Pratt, Andrea Kinver, Katrina Caldwell (2), John Bagnall, Ailith Ewing, Michael Garbutt (1)

MVP: Emma Cottell

Edinburgh City 1 (11-4) Dundee 1

The second of two matches was a less dramatic affair, with City coming out comfortable winners to end the weekend’s fixtures 2nd in the league.

A very cagey first half started with Dundee opening the scoring, but a couple of quick goals from Dan pushed City ahead before former Citizen Stella McNulty replied for the visitors. A couple of goals from Clive Minshull before the break left the scores at 5-2, which despite the amount of possession City had enjoyed was probably a fair reflection of the game so far.

In the second half, City began to find their feet and pulled away. Graham Robertson, another former Citizen joined Stella on the scoresheet for Dundee but a second-half hattrick from John Bagnall was more than enough to see of the challenge.

Scorers: Clive Minshull, John Bagnall (3), Dan Pratt (2), Elly Gaunt, Michael Garbutt, Heather Mackintosh (1)

MVP: Elly Gaunt

 

Thrilling fixtures for both teams to kick off 2018

Edinburgh City 2 faced up against Edinburgh University 3 and Glasgow 3 on Sunday taking away two victories to keep themselves in the SKL2 title race.

A comfortable victory over the hosts Edinburgh University, before an absolute thriller against Glasgow ended with the winning goal coming in the last minute of the match.

Edinburgh City 2 (10-1) Edinburgh University 3

With the first match back after the Christmas break, it would have been forgiven for City to start slowly but the team got out of the blocks quickly and never looked back.

The Citizens handed a competitive debut to one of their new recruits Jacky Mo and he looked a natural on-court with strong rebounding and defensive play throughout. A season debut for Craig Stephen was also hugely welcome with his play across the day helping City on both ends of the court.

City’s girls dominated the game in attack with Nina Murdoch getting herself a first half hat-trick and MVP before being substituted at half time. The game was a good warm up, but the toughest test was to come.

Scorers: Nina Murdoch (3), Craig Stephen, Kitty Dutton, Andrea Kinver (2), Lauren Halkerston (1)

MVP: Nina Murdoch

Edinburgh City 2 (10-9) Glasgow 3

The second match of the day for ECKC2 was a much tougher affair, starting the game by allowing Glasgow 3 to a 0-4 lead it was going to take time to edge their way back into the game. Nina Murdoch started the scoring for City and by halftime the score had narrowed to 3-4.

The second half was a real battle but with Bob Mather getting himself a hat-trick to inspire the Citizens to a lead it looked as though momentum was well and truly with City but Glasgow were not ready to give up on the game and whenever City took a lead Glasgow would hit right back.

With the scores locked at 9-9 and time running, Lee Brodie raced past his defender to score with only a minute left on the clock to score the winner and ensure City left with all of the points.

Scorers: Bob Mather (3), Craig Stephen (2), Ella Fisher, Lauren Halkerston, Lee Brodie, Kitty Dutton, Nina Murdoch (1)

MVP: Bob Mather

 

Edinburgh City 1 were defending the Broughton fortress this weekend with visitors Glasgow 1 and Dundee 1 hoping to be the first teams to take points away from City’s home venue this season.

There was slight rearrangement in the fixtures after Dundee were delayed with a motorway accident holding their team up. City managed a last second equaliser against Glasgow before beating an ever-improving Dundee side to end an entertaining day’s korfball.

Edinburgh City 1 (12-12) Glasgow 1

With Dundee delayed, Glasgow were up first in City 1’s first match of 2018. With a number of players ruled out with injury and illness including both captain Clive Minshull and vice-captain Emma Cottell there were 1st team debuts for Casper Volker and Ella Fisher in this matchup.

Glasgow started the scoring and despite City finding the basket regularly the visiting side were edging out to a comfortable lead. With a little Dutch influence, Glasgow were vastly improved since the last meeting showing a new attacking style that was working for them well. The quick ball movement left City’s defence struggling and Glasgow pulled out to a 5 goal lead with penalties and free passes.

City began a comeback though, a hat-trick from Heather Mackintosh brought the Citizens closer and Dan Pratt scored a tough chance to make it 10-12 however it looked as though a result was out of reach with the timer showing only 1m43s left of the game.

A quick goal in attack gave City hope and then an interception from Dan gave the Citizens hope of a dramatic finish. With less than 20 seconds to go the home side were being encouraged to shoot from the raucous crowd. A shot hit the basket but Finlay Hannah brought in the rebound and found Casper Volker in space, from around 6m Caspar steadied his feet and took aim, the shot dropping through the basket to ensure City remain unbeaten at home so far this season. The final whistle went right after the restart and the team celebrated a fantastic result.

Scorers: Dan Pratt (4), Heather Mackintosh (3), Finlay Hannah (2), John Bagnall, Caspar Volker, Elly Gaunt (1)

MVP: Heather Mackintosh

Edinburgh City 1 (15-12) Dundee 1

After the excitement of the first match, it would be difficult to maintain a high level in the final game of the day but City battled well throughout this one.

Dundee have also improved dramatically since the sides last met, with ex-Citizens Graham Robertson and Stella McNulty proving to be thorns in the side of their former club scoring 7 goals between them.

Another big performance from Heather Mackintosh eased City through this game and earned her a second MVP of the day, with John Bagnall leading the scoring at the other end to give both sections reliable attacking options. Ella Fisher also came off the bench to score her first goal for the 1s with a trademark one handed runner.

The game was tight throughout, but City’s composure held out and a couple of late goals ensured the win.

Scorers: John Bagnall (5), Dan Pratt, Heather Mackintosh (4), Ella Fisher, Ailith Ewing (1)

MVP: Heather Mackintosh

 

Beginner’s Session a Success!

Edinburgh City hosted a Beginner’s Session on Saturday 6th January, with plenty of new faces coming along and trying korfball for the very first time!

The session focused on scoring goals, defending and lots of match play to introduce the new players to our fantastic sport. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the club hosted a social get together in the evening to celebrate.

With some drinks, food and a generous helping of great company the evening went just as well and those with a competitive spirit even managed a few games of table tennis too!

ECKC offered all of the beginners a chance to register for a prize draw with the lucky winner being given a year’s free membership to the club. A random draw was completed and congratulations to Natalie Court who has won herself this top prize.

A big thank you to all of the volunteers who came along to help run the session, including ex-Citizen Stella McNulty who it is always a delight to see.

Edinburgh City as well as welcoming some new faces, also had to say goodbye to one player.

Laura Powell has been with the club for many years, but is off for a year’s adventure in Australia and all of us at ECKC would like to wish her the very best of luck.

The session was a great success and we hope to see many of the attendees at training over the coming weeks. If you are interested in coming along to give korfball a try, we offer 3 free training sessions to new members so there’s no reason why you can’t try a new sport in the New Year!

 

Free beginner session!

Edinburgh City Korfball Club will be holding a FREE beginner’s session on January 6th 2018.

The session will teach the basics of korfball, a fun and dynamic mixed-gender sport which was designed with equality and inclusivity at its heart.

For a quick introduction into the sport, this video is a good place to start:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUtJB5jBOis

The session will be held at Broughton High School between 12:45 and 15:45 and directions can be found below.

Beginners who register their interest by emailing edinburghcitykorfball@gmail.com before the 5th January will automatically be entered into a prize draw, with the winner receiving a year’s free membership to the club.

After the free beginner’s session, Edinburgh City members will be hosting a social event at Akva in Fountainbridge. The event will begin at 19:00 and go on throughout the evening with some light buffet food provided.

Address & Directions:

Broughton High School – 29 East Fettes Avenue, EH14 1EG

Free parking available at the venue

Nearby bus routes: 19, 24, 29, 37, 47, 113

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Akva | Boda Bar – 129 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QG

Some parking nearby or Thistle Car Park next door

Nearby bus routes: 1, 10, 27, 34, 300

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City 1 take on cross-town rival Mavericks

Edinburgh City’s first team headed out to Musselburgh for another all Edinburgh clash, this time against city rivals and current league champions Mavericks 1 and 2.

City had lost the opening fixture to Mavericks 1 back in September and were keen for payback. However, the close encounter between the two sides only two weeks prior meant that Mavericks 2 were going to be no easy pushovers and the Citizens knew they were in for two very difficult games.

Superb team spirit and attitude saw City come from behind to take a victory in another tight affair against Mavericks 2 but the strength of Mavericks 1 proved too much and the league champions were able to claim the win.

Edinburgh Mavericks 2 (9-11) Edinburgh City 1

Injury and illness meant that City had to start without this year’s club leading scorers. A damaged finger forced Dave Ewing out of the fixture while illness meant that Daniel Pratt was only fit enough for a place on the bench. This meant that Rob Stone made his City 1 debut starting the game in attack. Mavericks were able to take advantage of the inexperienced City side and ran into an early four goal lead. The match became a bit frantic as City looked to get back in the game but a well taken time out and the introduction of Dan from the bench, helped steady the side.

Both teams traded another two goals each meaning that Mavericks maintained their four goal advantage heading into the half-time break. However, City had the belief that they could come back and came out for the second half determined to take the game to Mavericks. Both sides traded another two goals but then City’s skill began to show through. Some smart shooting from Clive Minshull and a well taken goal from Michael Garbutt meant that City found themselves level with ten minutes to go. Another goal from Dan was added to by John Bagnall and City found themselves with a two goal lead heading into the final few minutes.

Mavericks ensured a nervous few minutes with a penalty goal but a well worked attack was finished off by Katrina Caldwell to ensure that City would leave with all the points. The team showed excellent fight and mental strength to come back from a four goal deficit and everyone could come off the court pleased with their performance.

Goals: Dan Pratt (4), Clive Minshull (3), John Bagnall, Katrina Caldwell, Michael Garbutt, Emma Cottell (1)

MVP: Dan Pratt

Edinburgh City 1 (6-28) Edinburgh Mavericks 1

The final game of the day saw City come up against current league leaders Mavericks 1. Mavericks had won all nine league games prior to this fixture, scoring an average of 30 goals per game so the City players knew that they would be in for a tough 44 minutes. However, buoyed by the spirited comeback victory in the last game, City went straight on the attack and were able to score from their very first shot of the game through Emma Cottell.

Mavericks responded to this shock by scoring the next three goals in quick succession. City responded with another goal of their own through John Bagnall and for a while threatened that they may have been able to cause the upset. Unfortunately, this was not to be and Mavericks strength showed as they were able to take a comfortable lead into half time.

Mavericks’ greater shooting percentage continued to pay dividends in the second half and they widened the margin. City kept fighting till the very end with John managing to bag himself a healthy tally of four goals in the game. After the game, Coach Dan commended the players on their effort and the citizens left knowing that they will continue to work hard and come back even stronger next time.

Goals: John Bagnall (4), Emma Cottell, Elly Gaunt (1)

MVP: John Bagnall

City march into SKA Cup bronze medal match

Ed City travelled to Dundee for the SKA Cup group stages, having been drawn against Edinburgh University B, Glasgow B, Edinburgh Mavericks A and Dundee Dragons.  With a mix of players across both Ed City squads playing on the day, the fans were eager to see how quickly this untested line up would gel.

The Citizens started the day against a young and energetic Edinburgh University side, who were keen to jump out to a fast start and take advantage of the shortened cup-style matches.  However, Edinburgh City’s experience and cool heads shone through as they always looked comfortable on their way to a 9-2 win.

Next up was an older (and debatably wiser) Glasgow B side, sporting a mix of seasoned veterans and fresh-faced beginners looking to keep their tournament hopes alive after a loss to Dundee in the first match.  However, another strong defensive display saw Ed City hold Glasgow to 2 goals, resulting in a 6-2 win and an impressive tally of only 4 goals conceded in the first 40 minutes of play.

Lying in wait for the third game of the day were tournament favourites Edinburgh Mavericks A, who were looking to build on their very strong form in the league.  Mavericks jumped out to a lightning-paced start, scoring 4 goals in the first two and a half minutes.  Edinburgh City showed good composure and began to find their feet in the match, however Mavericks were too strong and ran out 10-4 winners.

The loss to Mavericks took Ed City out of contention for the gold medal match, however it did mean that the final fixture against Dundee Dragons would decide who took second place in the group and entered the bronze medal fixture.  Dundee came into the game in high spirits after a strong showing coming within 3 goals of Mavericks A earlier in the day but it was Edinburgh City who jumped out to a quick lead, scoring 4 unanswered in the early stages of the game.  After this rapid start the scoring slowed, however City remained composed and kept a stranglehold on the game on their way to a 7-4 win, booking themselves a place in the 3rd/4th playoff.

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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