Amazing job Strathclyde! With two tremendous efforts today and some spectacular korfball over the weekend we were able to secure 3rd place at the BUCS Trophy tournament and we're on our way home with bronze medals still around our necks!
This is an absolutely amazing result for a club that is only 3 years old as every single player with us showed incredible resolve and the improvement as a squad from our last tournament only a month ago was incredible!
Despite all of the odds and with 4 players pushing themselves through injury, the team showed real discipline throughout the tournament with an incredible defensive effort in Every. Single. Game.
We are all so proud of ourselves and our fellow #Strathletes as we're heading home for a proper celebration!
As always a big thanks to the #StrathclydeAlumniFund for our shiny new posts this season which were vital when preparing for this weekend.
Finally, a MASSIVE thank you to our coach and dear dear friend Pat Merton, without who we would be nothing close the team we are today!
With a strong start and an early win in our first game, we showed flashes of the great korfball we know we can play! However the 9am start also showed us we were still a little groggy with some lazy defensive reach-ins giving away penalties and making the game closer than it had to be.
In the second game we met one of the strongest teams of the competition and their aggressive and high-intesity defence proved difficult to score against. However, we matched their intensity in our own defence holding them to a low scoring game. Ultimately, though, frustration at ourselves lost the game as our disciplined defence broke down.
Our third game we came out fighting after the previous loss. Working hard against aggressive defence we were able to take an early lead and never let up, finishing with another strong victory. However, this game took a toll on the squad, as it ended with 4 Strathclyde players nursing injuries. However, the effort was enough to secure us second place in our group.
Playing in the first set of quarter final games meant our injured players didnt have much of a chance to rest up before playing again. This didnt seem to phase us going into the quarter finals against an incredibly strong Nottingham Squad. We played 30 minutes of gritty korfball and our very own Iona showed amazing skill under a 1 goal defecit to get us back to an even score. Our defence kept us going the rest of the way as we played the best korfball of the day for us. The match ended in a draw, sending us to a penalty shoot out.
With Nottingham shooting first and scoring their first two, Ross Fraser and Drew Clayton showed great focus while injured to keep us on a level pegging. The pressure was building and proved too much for the third shooter from the opposition, as he missed his penalty short. AMAZING resolve and steely nerve from the incredible Ross McGuinness secured us the victory with a graceful finish and a massive celebration!! Once again we thank the Nottingham squad for a great game!!
This win secures Starthclyde a minimum or 4th place, with a really good chance at bringing home a medal after our two games tomorrow! The whole team are heading back to the hotel now to treat our injuries and have a very well deserved rest!
Amazing result for us today though and we hope to carry this feeling and this momentum into our semi final tomorrow!!
Its that time of year again when our #strathletes here at Strathclyde Uni Korfball head South for our final BUCS tournament of the year!
Coached by the wonderful Pat Merton, the team of 12 are heading down to Sheffield to compete in the 2 day event in hopes of bringing a medal home to Strathclyde.
As always, training in the lead up to the tournament has been intense and well attended, so a huge shout out to the #StrathAlumniFund for our wonderful new posts and balls which have been a massive help in preparing us for the coming weekend!
Best of luck to everyone on the squad and lets bring home a medal!!
In our first weekend back to league korfball after our successful trip at BUCS, the team carried their momentum from the end of the tournament forward, gaining two commanding wins and maintaining our unbeaten record in the league.
Our very own Ross Fraser took MVP honours in the 22-3 win over Edinburgh Uni 3s, while Jenny from our affiliates Glasgow Korfball Club was named MVP in the 21-7 win over St Andrews 2.
In a great two wins for the club, everyone managed to get their name on the scoresheet!