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Croydon pull off shock of the day

Confidence is an important commodity for all sportmens and women. Over-confidence, complacency and arrogance are less desirable attributes to have. Invicta were surely guilty of some of the latter in this tense match between two teams near the opposite ends of the table. Croydon were clearly low on confidence going into this game having only won one league game all season against new-comers, Castle. So on paper this should be a comfortable win for Invicta and yet it was Croydon who emerged with the victory, indeed they were never behind in this match.

Croydon were again without the injured Steve Jones but welcomed back Kim Jones in place of Anneka Barretto. Invicta, for their part, had the big guns out including a new recruit from Hungary. Croydon started brightly with a long shot from Dave Butters and a free pass conversion from Andy Withers. Invicta were soon back in the match but a Paul Jeanes penalty, one of many in the match, kept Croydon two ahead. After a quick exchange, Croydon extended their lead further to race into a 7-2 lead, indeed only a dubious decision to disallow a Sarah George long shot prevented the hosts from extending their lead to 6 clear goals. As it was Invicta started to find their rhythm and they clawed the deficit back to 2 as the sides broke for half time at 8-6.

Croydon started the 2nd half with the same determination and were soon further ahead after an early goal from Saskia de Jager. Invicta's frustration began to show with referee, Reg Etwaroo, receiving some verbals from James MacDonald to name but one. Croydon kept their composure and started to play slow, relaxed korfball in order to use up the remaining time on the clock. This strategy worked as they continued to put away chances and the odd penalty conversion from Jeanes. Invicta's otherwise anonymous Scott Brooker was guilty of some poor sportsmanship as he continued to take pot shots under the basket as his opponent lay on the floor but referee Etwaroo disallowed his 3rd attempt and ordered play to be restarted. As Ross Carr-Taylor collected himself, the two teams huddled to gather their thoughts for the final 5 minutes with Croydon 15-13 ahead. Croydon were clearly looking at use up the clock whenever possible. Some frantic attempts were taken at either end before a match winning under-arm shot from George gave Croydon the breathing space they needed. A late goal from Sarah Jane Hubbard was only a consolation for the title-chasers.

This result will do wonders for Croydon's campaign. The results prior to this have not gone the host's way, despite some decent performances. For Invicta this is two points dropped and it opens the championship race again after Mitcham's recent loss, they will need to start games better than they did here, if they have aspirations of going the whole way.

As a footnote, whilst no referring performance is faultless, Etwaroo delighted players and spectators a-like with consistent and correct refereeing of the new hard free-pass, and deserves congratulations for his performance.


Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 1 16 vs 14 Invicta 1


P Jeanes
(5)

D Butters
(3)

A Withers
(2)

R Carr-Taylor
(1)

S Withers
(3)

S de Jager
(2)

M Carvey
(0)

K Jones
(0)

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Croydon 2 falter in the 2nd half

Similar to the 1st teams, Croydon 2, win-less this season in the league, took on Invicta 2 who are riding high in the table. Croydon 2 battled and were in contention until early in the 2nd half but another upset was not to be.

The hosts, minus their injured captain Nigel Hudspith, got off to a good start as they built up a 5-2 lead with goals from Chris Etheridge, Mandy Furlano and a snapshot from Julia Johnson but Invicta were sometimes light-years ahead in their thinking and were soon level at 6-all. Croydon were struggling to cope with the Invicta girls' clever running off the ball and countless penalties were conceded. Despite this Croydon kept at it and a penalty from Zu Munshi and a well worked drop-off from Dan Pratt kept them in the game. Half time: all square at 8-all.


Croydon were clearly trying to match fire with fire and attack with their girls and this approach worked with some good openings made but the hosts were unable to find the back of the basket while Invicta's girls continued to dominate in attack and win easy penalties. The visitors stretched away and built up a 5 goal lead at 10-15 before Etheridge was replaced by the returning Joe Furlano.

Furlano was unable to make any impact though and Invicta continued their unanswered scoring run until a late goal from Tammy Kentfield shortly before the final whistle. Final score 11-19. Croydon will again rue missed penalties. They were denied two goals in this way at crucial points in the match, otherwise the Invicta girls dominated. Croydon will again wonder where it all went wrong in the 2nd half.



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 2 11 vs 19 Invicta 2


Z Omar
(3)

D Moore
(1)

D Pratt
(1)

C Etheridge
(2)

J Furlano
(0)

A Furlano
(1)

J Johnson
(1)

T Kentfield
(1)

L MacKay-Elliott
(1)

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Croydon 3 lose out to North Downs 2

Croydon welcomed back uber-veteran Lynda Barker from her long, painful (for everyone else as much as her) injury lay-off. Also returning after an absence of over two years was Joe Furlano. However Barker and Furlano were not enough to turn the black and red tide as North Downs eeked out a two goal win. It was a triumph of experience over endeavour as Croydon battled well with several 4th team players making the step up to LDKA Premier level for the first time. Better luck next time chaps.


Or put another way:

The thirds had another home game and another starting line up. More importantly they also had a willing person to answer to the name of 'manager', to give encouragement, offer tactics and have an organised warm-up! Ross has kindly stepped in to rescue me from my thoughts of "what should I be saying?"

The starting line up was Lynda (yes she is back), Joseph (yes he is still around and hopefully he will be back), Simon and Chrissie. The other section consisted of Mick, Angela (who had promised to be back), Andrew and a joint effort by the Dean sisters Kathy and Becky.

Ok lets cut to the chase... they scored first, oh no, and they scored second! but who do we have that will ensure we don't play catch up for long. Chrissie scored a beautiful long shot yeah! Unfortunately that was Croydons only first half goal and at half time we were down 5(or was it 6) 1.eek

Second half still not a penalty in sight and North Downs looking tired we got the ball rolling or should I write scoring. Simon coped well when Lynda couldn't return post injury without being on the score sheet and Joseph who still looked like he 'had it' scored too, oh things looking good. Mick scored two and Chrissie got another but the final score was 6-8 to North Downs. Kathy scored but for some reason it was not allowed hmm you'll have to score again...

I have to say that everyone played well and if you divided the game we did win the second half so things can only improve. Also a big thank you to Patrick who had agreed to put on Andrews shirt and play as Andrew was cutting it fine on his timings (Patrick, we do want you to be back). Ok maybe we will be able to win away from home so fingers crossed for next week, Lorna x



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 3 6 vs 8 North Downs 2


M Moore
(2)

J Furlano
(1)

A Lam
(0)

S Mills
(0)

C Moore
(2)

L Barker
(1)

A Hook
(0)

K Bradford
(0)

B Lockett
(0)

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