The first outdoor tournament of the year saw a CCKC team travel to Gloucester in glorious sunshine. The first task was to erect the gazebo which provided us with much needed shade for the rest of the day.

Our first group match was against Gloucester Cubs which resulted in a confident 5-0 win to start the day. It was good to see such a controlled game and some well worked shots for the City team. Next up were Woking, which turned out to be a low scoring and tight match, with Woking eventually winning 2-0. Our final group match was against Exeter. Again goals were hard to come by despite many shots going up and it was drawn 1-1. This left City third in their group and so into the crossover matches for 9-16th places.

City were slow to get going again after the lunch break and ice creams and disappointingly lost 6-2 to Horfield, with the two City goals coming from the penalty spot, courtesy of Ian and Aidan. However, as the sugar-boost provided by the giant fondant fancy cake kicked in, results improved with a 1-1 draw against Oxford Isis 2 and a solid victory 4-0 over MK Roos. This game saw Julie B score her first outdoor tournament goal in a well worked move. After these three matches, City were unlucky to end up third again in the group, only missing out on 2nd on goal difference.

Two further matches to decide final placings were against Gloucester Cubs and Oxford Isis 2 again, with City winning both games 2-1. Gemma made her scoring debut in the Isis game with a great mid-range shot. This meant a 13th place finish for City, with the tournament being won by Bristol. City scorers on the day were Ian O’S (4), Aidan (4), Elaine D (3), Matt (3), Elaine P (1), Julie B (1) and Gemma (1).

The day provided a good opportunity to get to know some of our newer players better, with important topics such as double marking, EU politics and the official difference between a cake and a biscuit being discussed. It was great to see both Julie and Gemma playing so confidently after only their first season of korfball and hopefully we’ll have a few more of our newcomers experiencing outdoor korfball tournaments over the summer.

Written by Elaine D.

CCKC squad