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Croydon's poor shooting proves costly

Kwiek entertained Croydon in the National League with, significantly, coach Dave Buckland on the sidelines. Croydon brought back Marika Barretto for sister Anneka but were otherwise unchanged.

Kwiek started the quicker racing to a 4 goal lead before Croydon got going. This lead proved to be critical in this close encounter as Croydon were able to draw level in the 2nd half but never get their noses ahead. Paul Jeanes was under the most pressure early on as his young opponent had the run on him in several attacks. However it was Jeanes who got Croydon on the board with a penalty but Kwiek were flying at 6-1 after 8 minutes. Croydon slowly started getting back into the game as Barretto scored a drop-off and long shot and Jeanes converted another penalty but Croydon's shooting was woefully short in both halves and they were not able to contain their hosts. Half time score: 10-6

Saskia de Jager scored a running in shot to start the half and then Dave Butters started to find his range: a free-pass and a long shot helped the visitors cause but Corinne Buckland is deadly from middle distance and kept Kwiek in pole position at 12-9. Further goals from Barretto and Butters though brought the teams level for the first time in the match since the kick-off. Croydon were unable to contain Kwiek though in defence and through penalties and free-passes Kwiek were able to edge ahead. Croydon showed good resilience by hanging on as the teams traded goals but Kwiek continued to find the back of the basket and Dave Buckland brought himself on from the bench late on to add some zip to his side. Despite a further free-pass from Butters time ran out with Kwiek 2 to the good at 17-15.

Croydon played a relaxed game but the effect of this was to dampen their aggression and take the fizz out of their passing. However it was the poor start and consistently short shooting that contributed the most to this defeat. Given this, Kwiek should really have been far more comfortable than they were but, as always, it is the result that counts



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Kwiek 1 17 vs 15 Croydon 1


D Butters
(7)

P Jeanes
(2)

A Withers
(1)

R Carr-Taylor
(0)

M Carvey
(3)

S de Jager
(2)

A Jeanes
(0)

S Withers
(0)

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Croydon 2 deserve a lot more from match against Kwiek 2

Kwiek 2 fielded a mix of youth and experience with notably Dave Buckland amongst their ranks. Croydon 2 fielded a much changed team but in a low scoring first half it was Croydon who were on top. Buckland got favourable treatment from the ref all match and it was he who opened the scoring with Zu Munshi breathing down his neck. Captain Hudspith, who was outstanding throughout, restored parity though with a running in shot before Grace Stimpson won a penalty and Lynda Barker capitalised on a lax pass from Buckland to score a typical short shot. Matt Cook was puffing a bit but converted under the post to leave the sides 2-5 after 22 minutes but Kwiek scored the last goal of the half to leave the sides 3-5 at the break.

Kwiek were shortly level though as Buckland scored and then turned provider but Zu Munshi was holding his own against the former GB captain and found the net to restore Croydon's lead. From here the teams traded goals, mostly running in shots as the tension mounted. Referee Mike Humphries then gave Buckland a frankly scandalous penalty for an out of hands at the back of the court, claiming "Buckland himself was the free player". One hopes he doesn't have nightmares about this decision tonight or the one that followed where he seemed to be more interested in looking to the Croydon bench for a reaction than the defended "goal" he allowed. Despite these set-backs Croydon 2 ploughed on and running in shots from Matt Cook and the imperious Hudspith brought the team back into the game. Grace Stimpson gave Croydon the lead but Kwiek were soon level as Dave Hall's man found his range. However with time running out, it was Humphries who was to have a final telling impact as he failed to blow his whistle despite the players clearly hearing his watch beeping to indicate time up. Buckland, to his credit, threw everything into the next attack as he knew they were living on borrowed time. He got his goal and before Croydon could take a shot, time was finally called. The restraint shown by the Croydon players was commendable.

Croydon 2 should be proud of their performance in this game. Despite a low-scoring first half, they took their chances and battled Kwiek all the way - they deserved at least some of the spoils but it was not to be.



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Kwiek 2 11 vs 10 Croydon 2


N Hudspith
(4)

M Cook
(2)

Z Omar
(2)

D Hall
(0)

L Barker
(1)

G Codd
(1)

J Johnson
(0)

B Pratt
(0)

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Croydon 4 lose out, but West London helped out with an own goal!

The fourths made a good fist of their away fixture against West London 2, however an inexperienced team, playing with only three girls against a well-drilled West London side meant that we finished on the losing side. Dave Smith and Debbie Holland apart, there wasn’t a Croydon player with more than a year’s experience on the pitch and playing short in attack meant that shooting opportunities were hard to find.

Some early accurate long shooting saw WL take a 4-0 lead before one of their girls decided that she was going to take a long shot. She duly buried the ball from 25 yards – perfect! Except she was in defence at the time, and buried the goal in her own basket! It’s the first time in 20 years of playing this game that I’ve ever seen a Korfball own-goal that wasn’t deliberate – and it was such a great shot too! Cue a good minute of baffled faces and stifled laughs . . . well, at least we were on the scoresheet. Of course, now there was the real danger that she might end up our top goalscorer!

A Dave Smith running in shot (yes, they do exist) kept WL honest, but the half-time scoreline of 7-2 looked ominous. Andy Lamb replaced Tony Rose at half-time and to everyone’s credit, no heads dropped. While scoring proved elusive, some dogged and determined defence kept WL’s goal tally down in the second half and the game finished 10-2.

Considering the strengths and experience of the two teams, the fourths can take heart from a battling performance. There’s work to be done, but I came away from the game with a very positive feeling. And we may not have to award top goalscorer for the fourths to an opposing player at the Dinner & Dance!! Well done to all.



Match Report by Steve

Final Score: West London 2 10 vs 2 Croydon 4


D Smith
(1)

P Andrews
(0)

J Dean
(0)

A Lam
(0)

D Holland
(0)

B Lockett
(0)

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