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45 goal thriller against Kent's Kingfisher

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Final Score: Croydon 1 20 vs 25 Kingfisher 1


T Clarke
(5)

V Ellis
(3)

A Withers
(3)

N Hudspith
(5)

S Chadd
(0)

C Browne
(2)

J Hudspith
(1)

H Robinson
(1)

S Wright
(0)

Submitted by Jane | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 2 squeak through beating local rivals Mitcham

Croydon 2 got up early for the clash between these local rivals. After a slightly delayed start due to cricket being played in the hall the game got under way. In attack was Chaney, Mills and third team regulars Elliot and Jeanes. Down the other end in defence were Hudspith and Withers and Bradford x2.

The game was evenly balanced for the first 15-20 minutes with goals being traded, but then Croydon started to show their skills and composure and pulled away to lead 7-11 at half time.

After the break, Croydon seemed to lose their way a bit and the scoring dried up and stalemate ensued. Mitcham started to slowly claw back the goal deficit makings few nervous minutes towards the end. With a 5 goal buffer, the team in blue should have had the points secured but Mitcham's goals started to drop. With CKC just one goal ahead, Carswell blew his whistle to give Croydon the victory and deny Jeanes' 4th.

The win sees Croydon 2 sit comfortably in 5th in the table with a 5 point gap to the 6th team. It was a pleasing performance with goals shared amongst the team, and defensively we kept the strong Mitcham girls contained. Sporting 3 ex-Bec 1 girls, the result could easily have gone the other way but composure won the day.

Match Report by Sarah

Final Score: Mitcham 1 14 vs 15 Croydon 2


D Bradford
(3)

S Mills
(3)

E Chaney
(2)

N Hudspith
(2)

A Jeanes
(3)

S Withers
(2)

K Bradford
(0)

L MacKay-Elliott
(0)

Submitted by Jane | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 3 keep calm and carry on to win the game

Another rematch to a team who beat us last time, but only by one goal. What was the score going to be? Who was the team going to be with some of our regular players having to play in the seconds?

Never fear half the team were still available to play so it was just 4 players to find. Enter Ellen and Kay who have played one third team game before, Adam C who used to play thirds but now I dont know what he does, is it work Adam? and Mark who was a regular third teamer last season.

I thought the girls were easy to decide as the twins stay together and Annie and Keri have played together. Martin and Mark used to play together and thinking that Mark would be dashing around collecting any ball he could he should be opposite the twins. Adam C should play with the twins for control and young Adam may be in a section together in the future....

Annie was in-charge of the kit and match form, everyone sorted out lifts where needed and the third team was off to Addlestone.

By all accounts it was a thriller of a game as CKC were down but stayed calm and controlled to over take and WIN WIN WIN!! woo hoo scoring break down was Annie 3, Adam C 2, Ellen 1, Keri 1 and Mark 4 (must be korfball withdrawal symptoms - summer tourni is July 1st for both of you)

Copied from Keri post - We made some clangers rushing with the ball and losing possession which lead to a few goals, even worse when we got p*a*r*t*y ball and gave it back to them. Also the girl I was marking got past me a few times at the start and the one time I didn't shout switch she got a goal. But after that I backed off and fair play she got a long shot in but I think just the one. In our attack they swapped and the girl marking me was a fair bit shorter so I tried to get the collect as much as poss so we recycled the ball well and mark, Annie and mart have great long shots so I think this worked well for our section as mark had a tall guy who won the collect. I tried to do some drop offs with Annie who did some great pretending to shoot and then pass but unfortunately it didn't come together. Other section I would say too many shots going up with no collect so don't forget to get in there and get some coffee. Also more communication, if someone is in the feed shout it out and if you hear someone shouting girl/boy in the feed, back off a bit and stay low so they can't run past you (good advice from jane to me against nomads) also shout switch every single time your player runs past (note to self) but other than that we were the much better team and played wide like Paul has been teaching us and Ian's defending session on Thursday helped loads too.

Well done guys, I did text so know you were playing fair and keeping calm, good job. x

Match Report by Lorna

Final Score: Woking 1 9 vs 11 Croydon 3


M Wright
(4)

A Champion
(2)

M James
(0)

A Stevens
(0)

A Campbell
(3)

K Akif
(1)

E Swygart
(1)

K Swygart
(0)

Submitted by Lorna | Scoring Breakdown |

4ths down and out in the first half but draw 2nd Half

Mass panic rained first thing Sunday morning as Sarah sent a text saying she was ill so could not play. However thanks to those replying to my pleas.
After initially arriving and finding we had only 6 players the Swans came to our rescue with Ben and Amy stepping in to help out. It was with probably the least experienced side the 4s have put out, certainly since I have been playing for them, that we went out with Katie, Amy, Paul and Craig in 1st attack leaving Laura, Janine, Ben and David in defence. It was very quickly clear that our lack of playing time, speed and aggression was going to have an big impact on this game with Highbury getting 2 or 3 without reply. Craig made the first dent followed by 4 or 5 more from Highbury before Craig slotted 1 another, again followed by a number of korfs from Highbury finishing the half 12-2.
I don't know what was said or not said in the half time interval and I am not going to take credit for it but the 4th team that came out in the second half was a completely different side (apart from the substitution)Kieran had arrived and took Ben's place. There was a lot more movement from everyone with sharp bursts from Katie who almost got a chance of a couple of running in shots being fed by Amy, Paul and Craig working a lot better together. On my section the input of fresh blood and energy from Kieran took Highbury by surprise and with Laura and Janine swapping opponents helped as both of them found their feet both defending and moving into space well. With the increased energy David managed to sink one korf from a good distance (surprisingly a korf shot) to be followed shortly after by one from Highbury. All change the new attack section took up the struggle with Paul scoring one quickly followed by a successful penalty by Craig (2 without reply). The momentum of the game had changed and with our players now inviting long shots from Highbury which missed and gaining great position for increasingly a number of defended shots especially Katie and Janine. Highbury scored one from the penalty spot before David scored (even if I do say so myself) a rather splendid long shot. That half finished 4 each. If only!!
I must thank everyone that played especially Laura who kept plugging away at a far more experienced opponent in the first half and I will admit that it was an exceptional close MVP with Craig.

Anyone else who played for the fours please feel free to amend or add to.

Match Report by David | Updated by Craig

Final Score: Highbury 3 16 vs 6 Croydon 4


C Stevens
(3)

D Hughes
(2)

P Westbury
(1)

K Gilbert
(0)

J Bovey
(0)

L Buckham
(0)

K Butler
(0)

Submitted by David | Scoring Breakdown |

Bec too strong for young Swans

Swans travelled to Graveney on a sunny Sunday morning for what would prove to be their toughest match of the season so far. With the experience of Sturgess and George missing the Swans welcomed back Yearwood and handed a league debut to the promising Harriet Palmer. With an average age of just 25 the Swans hoped that their youthful exuberance would be enough to overcome the experienced and very well balanced Bec side. Having coached a number of the Bec youngsters at Avon Tyrell; coach Walsh was all too aware that the key to the game would be keeping the excellent young Billy Ashby quiet. Bec set out first and Walsh followed Ashby; joined by Yearwood, Green and Galloway in defence. White lead the attack at the other end with Palmer looking to get in the feed position, McDanell in collect and Smith taking up his usual menacing roaming role.
The game could not have started better for the Swans who pressed hard in defence and turned the ball over immediately allowing White to score his drop off giving the Swans an early 1-0 lead. Bec looked strong in attack and scored the next three to take a 3-1 lead. Hannigan exploited Palmers inexperience and stopped her getting the feed while finding space in attack which eventually saw her score 4 goals. The tactics were not working at the other end either with Yearwood and Walsh being dominated in collect by a much taller opponent. Despite the tactical errors the Swans always kept within touching distance of Bec and went into half time just 1 goal behind.
Coach Walsh made some tactical changes and brought on Wendy White for McDanell. He asked Galloway and Green to look for the collect so that he and Yearwood could keep the physical Bec collect away from the post. At the other end Roger White was asked to get in the feed so that Palmer could take Hannigan away from the post. The tactics worked for a while and quick goals by White and Walsh meant that the Swans took a rare lead. This did not last long however as Ashby found his range and caused Walsh problems. Then when Palmer unluckily ran in to the post and knocked it under a shot that was going well wide the Swans realised it was not going to be their day. With the rub of the green against them the Swans went down fighting and lost 13-10.
There were a number of positives to take from the game which is probably why the Swans left Graveney in high spirits despite having their chances of winning the league all but destroyed. At one end Galloway and Green were excellent at working the feed and collect between them and both narrowly missed out on MVP. Yearwood was positive in attack and on a different day might have scored 3 or 4. Walsh, who was disappointed with his tactical errors as coach, was pleased to win his personal battle with Ashby 6-5. At the other end Palmer made a great debut and was able to change her game to keep pace with a far more experienced opponent. McDanell continued her fine form in collect often out jumping the boys at the post. W White came on and worked tirelessly to make something happen and husband R White lead his section well while bagging himself yet another hat trick. After a second round of voting it was Smith who took MVP; for his beautiful one hander from down town and for his excellent commitment in defence.


Match Report by Ben

Final Score: Bec 5 13 vs 10 Croydon Swans


B Walsh
(6)

R White
(3)

J Smith
(1)

L Yearwood
(0)

J Galloway
(0)

J Green
(0)

H Palmer
(0)

A McDanell
(0)

W White
(0)

Submitted by Ben | Scoring Breakdown |
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