8 students were selected to play for the West Midlands team at the England Korfball Senior Inter Area tournament on the 22nd February in Bristol.
The West Midlands, comprising a team largely made up of UoB students, upped their game to compete against the likes of Wales and London to finish 8th out of 16 Great British regions.
Special mention also needs to be made to Rachel Flight who was playing for the British Students team, whom went on to win the day, resulting in Rachel deservedly taking home the gold medal.
The day began with familiar faces as many alumni, since starting Korfball at University, have gone on to play for multiple clubs across the country. Three alumni (Laura Pacey, Nick Wilkins and Beth Philips) plus our current student, Alex Seabright, were representing the national side of Wales with many others selected for other regions.
The West Midlands team started the day with a tough game against tournament favourites and eventual runners up, London. Our students battled hard and limited the side to a score of 8-1 which was very honourable considering the high calibre of the opposition.
The second game was against Wales and included in the opposition was our University coach, Rick Scowcroft. This was arguably the closest match of the day with Wales only just winning 8-6. If it hadn’t been for penalties and free passes, the final result could have looked very different. However, there was some very strong defence from both sides and very accurate shots.
The 3rd game of the group round was against Kent, despite going 2-0 intitially, the true ability of the opposing region came through and some very skilful performances paired with some questionable refereeing saw us take another loss.
However from there on, we had easier games in our group stage to go. The first against the home region, South West. Players played great possession work in attack and showed consistent defence, with the score ending 5-2 to us, our first win of the day.
Onto our last group game, against the Midlands. This was our most convincing game of the day, winning 7-2. Our team was very disciplined and committed to the game, giving 110% throughout.
Our play offs was for 7/8th place against the Oxford region. After 5 intense games, our team was tired but we still put up a good fight. The win didn’t go in our favour, meaning our overall positioning on the day was 8th.
Overall, all players showed great commitment and dedication and were a real testament to the standard of Korfball at the University of Birmingham. This was the highest level many of our team have competed at and everyone really held their own. Most importantly, the day was great practice in advance of BUCS nationals in two weeks’ time where we are hoping to retain our national title.
Students selected to play for West Midlands region
Andrew Bovey, PGCE in Mathematics, 2015
Robert Wright, Sports, Physical Education and Coaching Science, 2015
Harry Andrews (C), MSc Physics, 2015
Bethany Jones, Physiotherapy, 2015
Danique Fintelman, PHD, 2015
Emma Butterworth, International Business with Spanish, 2015
Bethan Hughes, MSc Chemistry, 2015
Jack Faulkner, Biology, 2015
Students selected to play for Wales:
Alex Seabright, Sports and Exercise Sciences, 2015
Students selected to play for Great British Students:
Rachel Flight, Physical Sciences of Imaging in the Biomedical Science, 2015
Alumni chosen to represent multiple regions: