A busy weekend for our Citizens!

Edinburgh City have had a jam packed weekend and we’ll try and give you all of the details that saw the club travel to Glasgow for a beginner’s tournament, training hard across the weekend with the Scotland squad and also having our big bowling social on Saturday evening.


Beginner Tournament

Ella Paul took a group of players to Glasgow’s beginner tournament and, except for the help of Laura Powell, all of the squad had been playing korfball for a year or less! A fantastic achievement for the club to be able to field a squad full of newbies.

The format of the tournament was two pool groups and short 10 minute matches. The team played 5 group matches, winning 3 of them but finishing 4th in the group after the top 3 in the group all took wins from each other. A placing game against Dundee saw a narrow 2-1 defeat before facing Glasgow to play off for 7/8th position. An exciting game ended with Glasgow equalising late on to force a penalty shootout but City stayed calm and Adam Hardy scored the winning penalty to leave the team finishing 7th out of 11 teams competing and winning 4 out of their 7 matches on the day!

Ella said of the day “The team showed real improvement throughout the day and were asking lots of great questions, making the most of an opportunity to learn in a less competitive environment. John McDowell scored a great runner, Jiayi Liu showed fantastic hustle and Alex and Adam really fought hard in the rebound position.”

Ella also thanked Adam and Laura who stepped up to referee some matches at the tournament too.

The day say playing debuts for Anj Gopalan and Matthew Walker and we look forward to seeing how all of our fantastic beginners get on this season!

Full squad: Adam Hardy, Alex Foster, Anj Gopalan, Anna Thomas, Dimitris Kalentakis, Emma Steel, Jiayi Liu, John McDowell, Laura Kitchen, Laura Powell, Matthew Cook, Matthew Walker.


Bowling Social

A great event put on by our social secretaries Christie Smillie and Laura de Nooij saw the club travel out to World of Bowling for some fun, and not at all competitive bowling action!

As well as strikes, spares and plenty of gutter balls, there was also competitions for the highest team and individual scores as well as the most coveted “best socks” award. Matthew Walker got an honourable mention for wearing his lipstick socks over his trousers all evening, but the judging panel decided that they couldn’t choose between Jacky Mo’s Christmas Darth Vader ensemble or Kitty Dutton’s artistic Mona Lisa socks. So it was put to a public vote and whoever got the loudest cheers would be crowned. Causing quite the commotion, the club voted Kitty as the winner of the inaugural sock award whilst Matthew Cook picked up the best individual score with a massive 149 points.

After the bowling, many of the club headed on to Adam Hardy’s housewarming party where we helped him discover his very own Darth Vader merchandise and hopefully helped to warm his lovely new flat appropriately!


Scotland Training

New Scotland coach Colin Boys was up this weekend to take charge of his first Scotland training sessions and it was a great chance for our Citizens to receive some top level coaching as well as try to impress Colin ahead of next year’s European Championships. It was great to have so many representing the club at the training weekend with Dan Pratt, Laura de Nooij, Dave Ewing, Michael Garbutt, Katrina Caldwell, Jacky Mo, Heather Mackintosh, Andrew Goode and Kitty Dutton all joining in.


It’s never too late to try korfball!

In the latest of a series of interviews with our newest Citizens, we’re delighted to introduce Rachel Simpson. We sat down with Rachel this week to talk about how she is settling in and find out a little more about her.

 Hi Rachel, great to see you! Thanks for chatting today, first things first… How did you find out about korfball?

I found out about the club through a former member and university friend. He recently visited Edinburgh and invited me to meet a few team members for a relaxed practice session in the meadows, which was great fun!

You’ve been training for a few weeks now, but what were your first impressions of the club?

Everyone was really friendly, welcoming and relaxed. The group is really varied in terms of both experience and interests, which makes it very inclusive. One of the things that struck me was the spirit of the team; the mixed nature of the sport erases the gender divide, which can often occur in team sports.

It’s great to hear such a positive review of korfball! Have you tried many other sports in the past?

I have always enjoyed getting involved in a variety of sports at different levels. From a young age I swam and played badminton competitively. In later years, I turned my attention to teaching and worked part time as a Swimming Instructor. During my Undergraduate degree, I was also a member of Edinburgh University Swimming and Water Polo Club and enjoy playing tennis in my spare time.

Wow, it seems that you’re a keen athlete! What are your goals and expectations for the season ahead?

In terms of the sport itself, I look forward to improving my play and gaining new skills. The team as a whole are really supportive and Coach Dan is always on hand to help players of all abilities. I’ve also been on a couple of nights out with the team and look forward to getting to know everyone better.

I’m sure the club are also excited to get to know you better too, do you have something interesting that people might not know about you already?

I have had the pleasure of teaching swimming for many years and am regularly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent of many of the young athletes I’ve worked with. They inspire me to try new experiences, push myself outside the comfort zone and explore new opportunities. I am also slightly addicted to cheesecake.

A big fan of cheesecake! Well then, is there anyone at the club would you like to grab some food with?

I wouldn’t want to give too much away but I hear the Tron pub serves great food at 7:30pm every Friday…come along and find out!

We promise we didn’t bribe Rachel for the advertisement there, but it’s a good reminder that the club meet every Friday for a social gathering at The Tron who kindly provide us with some nibbles for the evening!


Disc Golf

Edinburgh City had a day out at Swanston last Saturday, warming up their competitive spirit with a round of DiscGolf.

Some of the group met a little earlier at Swanston’s Brasserie for some top-notch food before taking to the course.

Eleven Citizens in total took on the Swanston DiscGolf course. Splitting into three groups, with Dave and Ailith Ewing being joined by Jacky Mo to make up Team 1. Dan Pratt, Simon Vandeiken, Rob Harding and Chris Brown were team 2. Leaving Team 3 consisting of Ella Paul, Katrina Caldwell, Chris Horsley and Andrew Goode.

The course was tricky, with trees, rivers and bridges hindering our route on each hole. Some of us struggled enough to keep our discs on the course without the obstacles!

Despite that, it was really enjoyable and everyone had a nice day which finished up back in the Brasserie for a drink and dessert for some.

The final scores from the day were:

Ailith (81), Katrina (55), Ella (55), Chris H (52), Simon (49), Chris B (48), Andrew (47), Rob (46), Jacky (45), Dave (43), Dan (41).