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Croydon 1 just miss out against Kwiek 1

Croydon made two changes from last week bringing in Vernon Ellis for Ben Hale and Jane Belford for Sarah Withers. Starting in attack were Jane, Andy, Vernon and Anna, in defence were Dave, Dawn, Zu and Grace.

Kwiek started strongest winning a free pass and almost put it away but it came up just short, Croydon won their own free pass a minute later and a foul on Jane whilst trying to return the ball to Andy meant they could take the lead with a penalty and Andy obliged coolly putting it away.

Kwiek's young side were showing why many are tipping them to be title contenders, their play was fast and it was causing Croydon problems, unfortunately for Kwiek they twice used blocks to get free and were punished, having a goal disallowed. They weren't to be denied though as they put in two quick long shots to take the lead, they dominated possession after that and were creating chance after chance.

Kwiek were further ahead after Andy couldn't catch Dan Woolmer and fouled him during a running in shot, he picked himself up and made it 3-1 and Croydon's misery was compounded when Kwiek captain Luke Francis scored from long range to give them a 3 goal advantage. But Anna, on her birthday, wasn't about to let them run away with it and scored a beautiful shot from distance to bring it back to 2. Zu then had a chance to bring it closer but he decided against taking the free pass and took on a harder second shot which was off badly. Kwiek continued with their speedy approach and it created space for another one of their young players who put away a long shot to take it to 5-2.

Dave brought it back to 2 again with a trademark shot from the corner but in defence he gives away a penalty which Kwiek dispatch to continue the back and forth scoring making it 6-3. Within seconds Anna had almost replied with a great long shot only for the ball to roll back out again, Andy though made no mistake from a free pass under a lot of pressure he managed to tuck the ball away nicely, Croydon got the game back to within a goal soon after when Zu found Grace out by the line and she got herself one from downtown.

Croydon then had a host of chances with Dave missing by a fraction from a long shot and then missing the following runner but it was Kwiek who scored next with another long shot. Croydon had a penalty appeal turned down, it seemed obvious what should happen when Anna was through on goal only for her marker to knock the ball out of her hands from behind, but ref Dave Bond decided against giving the penalty.

Croydon were awarded a penalty soon after though for what seemed like two fouls, firstly Anna was fouled during a running in shot and then the post was moved before the shot could drop in. Andy stepped up to take it but this time his nerve didn't hold and he came up short. He had a chance to redeem himself straight after though as Croydon were awarded another penalty after Anna beat her player but was blocked off and this time Andy scored his penalty to make it 6-7. The last word of the half though went to Kwiek though as they continued to show their prowess from long range. Scores at the break 6-8.

After the break Kwiek made a change bringing on Scott Brooker, but it seemed that they hadn't notified the referee and he wasn't too pleased with the team, he allowed him to stay on though after an apology from Kwiek's coach. Croydon didn't allow it to disrupt them and Zu scored from a free pass with his shot bouncing twice off the basket before eventually dropping in. Kwiek replied immediately with a running in shot after Croydon were caught napping in defence.

Zu prevents them going further ahead covering brilliantly after Dave's player gave him the slip. Vernon brought the score back to one again with a driving running-in shot. Croydon took the foot off the gas though and let in a couple more long shots followed by a silly penalty gave Kwiek their biggest lead of the game making it 8-12.

Croydon's nerve was tested but they rallied and another penalty from Andy, and goals from Anna and Zu brought it back to a single goal lead again and Kwiek were looking on edge as time was running down. They managed to settle the game down with yet another long shot and it looked like it would end Croydon's hopes of taking anything from the game but Vernon who had a great game bagged his second with a perfectly flighted long shot which hung in the air before dropping through the basket. He almost brought the game level again with another long shot but Kwiek were let off a big upset when the full time whistle went.

Croydon will go away with their heads held high after a close game ended in a narrow defeat, Kwiek were some people's pick for the top and Croydon were given no chance but this Croydon team pushed the youthful Kwiek right to the end and they showed they can compete at this level.


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Final Score: Croydon 1 12 vs 13 Kwiek 1


A Withers
(4)

V Ellis
(2)

Z Omar
(2)

D Butters
(1)

A Jeanes
(2)

G Codd
(1)

D Aindow
(0)

J Hudspith
(0)

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Croydon 2 'do it' against Kwiek 2

Croydon 2 took to the pitch hoping that they could come away with a win and stop Croydon ending the day with 4 losses. They started with Dan, Adam, Hannah and Emma in attack with Paul, Julia, Lynda and promoted Pete in defence.

Croydon started brightly with Hannah getting a drop off shot within the first few seconds but unfortunatley it trickled over the basket, she managed to get a goal shortly after with a shot from a couple of metres away to take Croydon into the lead, Hannah was keeping the Kwiek defence busy and managed to win a penalty, Dan stepped up to take it but couldn't take the chance leaving it short. Kwiek had their own penalty soon after but they also couldn't find the back of the goal, they managed to score though after collecting the miss and finding a free player who put away the long shot.

Paul pulled Croydon back in front with a looping shot from a long way out, but Kwiek wouldn't let Croydon pull away, scoring from a free pass to level the scores at 2-2, they took the lead with a long shot to leave Croydon stunned. Croydon were all over their opponents and had a host of chances but found themselves behind.

Emma restored some order with a medium range shot but Croydon had to change things after only 15 minutes when Hannah came off with a muscle strain replaced by Sarah playing her second game of the day and her last one until she returns from her travels. Julia rounded her player and was given the ball to score a running in shot from under the post. Kwiek again brought themselves back into the game scoring a penalty after Adam was harshly adjudged to foul his player. Adam redeemed himself winning a penalty of his own but Dan missed his second penalty, and the half ended with the scores at 4-4.

During the break coach Dave gives the Croydon side some needed words of encouragement and sends them out ready to fight for the win. The break seemed to do some good as Adam and Dan both found the scoring touch giving Croydon a two goal lead. Pete was all over his player, collecting everything and getting past him only to narrowly miss the running-in shot. Kwiek weren't going to go away without a fight and got a goal back with a free pass to make it 6-5. Pete who was proving he is worth his place in the 2nds with a great display recieved the ball from Paul to score a simple drop-off.

Kwiek's resilience was beginning to frustrate Croydon as they once again pulled back another goal with a running-in shot. Croydon's home crowd started to get into the game though and push the team on. Croydon were dominating in all areas, Dan scoring a neat drop off then Lynda showed she isn't just a pretty face, scoring two in a row with some great (self) celebrations thrown in as well. Croydon pulled further infront when Adam scored a long shot and he got an extra bonus when the ball almost knocked Dan out after it had gone through the basket. With Croydon enjoying themselves Sarah grabbed a farewell goal to take the scores to 12-6.

Kwiek weren't completely finished though bagging a running-in shot to bring one back but Pete added his second to round off a great game for him, Kwiek had the final goal of the game leaing it 13-8. With every Croydon player on the scoresheet, including Hannah who was subbed off after a short spell, Croydon proved goals can come from anywhere and as long as they keep their confidence high they can really push for the top of the table this season.


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Final Score: Croydon 2 13 vs 8 Kwiek 2


A Champion
(2)

P Lindsey
(2)

D Pratt
(2)

P Jeanes
(1)

L Barker
(2)

E Butters
(1)

J Johnson
(1)

S Withers
(1)

H Evans
(1)

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Croydon 3 beaten by Trojans 3

Croydon 3 took on Trojans 3 in the first match of the day. They started with Andy, Zoe, Paul and Sarah in first attack, Lorna, Mandy, Greg and Dave in defence.

Croydon raced into an early lead with Andy and Sarah working a great chance from a free throw to set up Andy who made it 1-0 straight away and Andy doubled his and Croydon's tally with a long shot. The good start continued after the change round with Lorna scoring a drop off after a neat pass from Mandy.

Trojans pulled back though scoring a running-in shot and a drop off in quick succession to make it 3-2. Paul broke free of his player after a nippy veer and promptly buried the chance to take Croydon back to two in front. Trojans were warming up though and Croydon had their hands full, the pressure was showing though as Trojans pulled another back with a long shot but Croydon replied with an audacious one handed runnner by Dave Smith looking like he was enjoying himself. Trojans though were ready to strike and they did with 2 long shots to bring the scores level at 5 a-piece. They took the lead after Paul was positioned badly for a free pass and he was punished when an easy chance was put away.

Greg Dring, who returned after a lengthy spell out of league korfball, brought the scores level again with a goal from half court. Trojans though pushed ahead scoring twice and missing a penalty in the process. Greg got another just before the break to make it 7-8.

After the break Croydon seemed to go missing and allowed Trojans too much time and space all over the pitch and were pulled apart by some good passing moves resulting in them losing 8 goals without reply. The goals came from everywhere, long shots, running in shots even 2 penalties went in and Croydon seemed to be running out of ideas in attack and it took until the last minute for them to register there first goal of the second half with Greg grabbing his 3rd to end the game scores 8-16.

Croydon felt the force of a 15 minute collapse that left them well behind but this Trojans side had plenty of experience players and, yet again, one wonders what team Croydon might have played against had there been some National League games today.


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Final Score: Croydon 3 8 vs 16 Trojans 3


G Dring
(3)

A Burnham
(2)

P Andrews
(1)

D Smith
(1)

L MacKay-Elliott
(1)

A Furlano
(0)

Z Shewell
(0)

S Withers
(0)

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Croydon 4 lose to School of Excellence 2

Croydon 4 took on West London Wildcats 2 at home but they looked like they were fielding a strong team with many of them GB youth players.

The 4th's started with Steve, Jon, Karen and in her first game back Becki Pratt in first attack with Andrew, Jess, Sarah and Phil in defence.

The Wildcats got off to a quick start opening the scoring with a long shot and then shortly after doubled their lead with a running-in shot. Croydon didn't let their heads drop though and Phil scored two long shots to bring the scores level and Wildcats were stunned, perhaps they presumed this would be an easy win and were shocked by the way Croydon 4 fought for every ball and managed to get themselves back into the game.

Croydon made things worse for them taking the lead after Becki scored with a good long shot. Wildcats were looking shaky and for all the talent they had, they didn't look like they were going to embarrass a plucky Croydon 4 side.

Croydon went into the break leading the Wildcats 3-2 and looked like they could upset the visitors. After the break though the game changed and the referee was allowing far too much contact, the game was degenerating into more of a brawl than a korfball game but after some words from the coach Croydon got their heads back into game and settled into more of a rhythym. Unfortunately Wildcats managed to get some space and they scored a long shot to level the scores and soon after took the lead after Jon conceded a penalty. Still not admitting defeat, Croydon continued to create chances and Andrew scored with a lovely turn and shot to make it 4-4. Wildcats GB players took over though and exploited the fact there was so much contact by forcing their way into space with Steve on the recieving end of a brutal 'Rhino' charge which could of easily ended his game but he picked himself up and carried on. With Croydon bruised and battered they couldn't contend with the youth of Wildcats and conceded 6 unanswered goals to finish the game with the score 10-4 to Wildcats.

Croydon 4 shouldn't be dissapointed, they played a team consisting of some youngsters and some GB youth players and they coped well with them, almost embarrassing them, and they can hold their heads high knowing they forced them into playing hard and fast to win the match.


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Final Score: Croydon 4 4 vs 10 West London 2


P Aish
(2)

A Lam
(1)

J Dean
(0)

S Pratt
(0)

S Hole
(0)

K James
(0)

J Parsons
(0)

B Pratt
(1)

Z Shewell
(0)

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