We are putting a call out for volunteers to undertake a number of roles that we have vacant at the moment, namely: Head of Referees, Referee Mentors (multiple required), Referee Assignment Administrator, Referee Feedback Administrator, Player Eligibility Administrator (one per club), Publicity People (multiple). A communication will be sent to you shortly outlining the requirements of these roles. Please consider carefully and respond to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org as a matter of urgency. We need these roles to enable the League to run smoothly and to continue the development of referees. Thanks.
Please could all clubs send their 2014/15 Committee Contact details to both SWKA and the EKA. This ensures the right information is getting to the right people.
For SWKA: send to email@example.com
For EKA: send to firstname.lastname@example.org
All SWKA Clubs are required to affiliate to the EKA. Affiliation opens 1 September 2014 and closes 1 November 2014. It comes with a number of benefits which can be found on the EKA website. Registering should be completed through Fixtures Live – a set of instructions on how to do this has been sent to clubs.
The new Officers held their first meeting to kick start the season. Minutes of the meeting have been sent to your Club Chairs. We shall save them in the Library soon. Next meeting is to be organised for early September. If you have any pressing items for discussion, please forward through your Club Chair.
The League season is fast approaching us. Clubs have been emailed this week and responses are required to on the following by 24 August 2014:
- Proposed team allocations to Divisions
- Potential host clubs (outside of Bristol) for Super Saturdays
Responses should be sent to email@example.com. Looking forward to a good season ahead.
The squad headed up on the Saturday to ensure we were fresh for the morning ready for our first two games against Norfolk and Yorkshire. The squad led by Neil Taylor (Bristol City), consisted of Rachael Edwards, Jake Cooper (both Bristol City), Beth Ryan, Ruth Campbell, Sianne Way, Jo Futter, Zoe Rose, Dan Thompson (captain), Ramzi Barbir, Angus Davidson and Phil Manavopoulos (All Bristol Thunder).
The morning started against a very good Norfolk team (eventual winners) containing a number of National League players, we matched them goal for goal until 5-5 and then they pulled ahead to 8-5 in the last few minutes to leave the squad disappointed but pleased that they could compete with the best. Next up was Yorkshire where we eventually came out 6-0 winners after a slow start we got into our stride to dominate the game. This placed us 2nd in our group which meant we joined another group with a 1st place finisher and another 2nd placed side.
The second group was with East Midlands and South Midlands, a team with lots of experience and a less experienced side.
We started with East Midlands in a very competitive game whereby we eventually ran out 5-3 winners, which again like the Norfolk game we showed we could live with the best teams at the event and give ourselves a chance of winning those games. Next up was South Midlands which gave us the chance to play the whole squad once we pulled 6-0 ahead before eventually winning 8-1. This placed us in the top four with a semi final to play for a chance in the final.
As with before most games Captain Dan gave the immortal words that this is the most important game of the day and not the previous game, or the one before.
The semi final led to a match up with Kent, which was an incredibly competitive game against more National League players. They went 3-1 up we pulled it back to go 5-3 ahead, before eventually losing out 7-6 to a very late goal. So possibly the first time a South West Squad was genuinely disappointed at not making the final.
It was then time for Coach Neil and Captain Dan to bring the troops back up for one last bit of effort for the 3rd/4th place play off.
The squad started looking tired and even Angus was out jumped in collect for the first time that day and we struggled to get going. East Midlands out for revenge for the loss earlier in the day went into a 3-1 one lead. Coach Neil made a substitution and some tactical changes which led to a heroic come back to win 7-6 with a crazy goal from a levitating but tired Angus to finish 3rd in the best finish ever for a South West squad.
It was a great event, lots of fun and a happy but tired South West squad set off back down to Bristol and Cardiff satisfied after a good weekend.
Goal Scorers – Angus (10), Ramzi (8), Ruth (6), Rachael (4), Phil (2), Jo (2), Dan (2), Sianne (1), Jake (1), Zoe (1)
Coach Neil ‘Vern’ Taylor has announced the squad for the 2013 Interareas to take on the best of British Korfball as the event is being used for trials for the GB Squad at the World Games. He has selected the following players.
Andy Nye – Bristol Thunder
Dan Thompson – Bristol Thunder
Phil Manavopoulos – Bristol Thunder
Jake Cooper – Bristol City
Stuart Hall – Gloucester Lions
James Hardy – Exeter
Rachael Edwards – Bristol City
Marie Harrison – Bristol City
Beth Ryan – Bristol Thunder
Jo Futter – Bristol Thunder
Sophie Slater – Gloucester Lions
Jenny Davis – Gloucester Lions
Good luck to the squad next weekend in Nottingham, also credit to Bristol University as 7 of the squad started their Korfball education with the Badgers just a few years ago.
Happy New Year to all SWKA Korfers and those visiting our site.
After a maximum of 6 games played in SWKL for each time Gloucester Lions sit top of the SWKL 1 tree on goal difference to Bristol City and Horfield, with Exeter sat on the top of the SWKL 2 tree. With plenty of games still to come we will see who is still there come the end of March.
The 2012 part of the season has seen games postponed due to the flooding of Devon and Somerset preventing trains from bringing Exeter Uni to Bristol Uni on one of the many soggy weekends this year.
It’s also seen Exeter Uni make their debut in the SWKL and I am sure it will not be long before they get their first wins under their belts.
SWKL will restart for 2013 on Saturday 12 January.
The Regional League saw Bristol City beat Bristol Thunder by one goal in a 41 goal thriller at City Academy in Thunders first ever Regional League game, since then Thunder have drawn with Cardiff Cyclones the two main rivals in the League. Christmas and New Year has left Bristol City in Second, Thunder in forth and Horfield fifth in the SWKA, WKA and OKA Regional League.
The EKA Cup saw both Bristol City and Bristol Thunder progress to the 2nd round but due to a long trip to Kent and other commitments City withdrew with heavy hearts although Thunder are still waiting to play their 2nd round game due to the EKA being unable to provide a ref for the designated match so they will try again against Harrow on 20 January 2013.