Last weekend Korfball 2s travelled to Sheffield to compete at the BUCS National Trophy. Going into the weekend the team were confident after a brilliant performance at regionals, where they only finished 2nd to UoB 1s and came above Sheffield Hallam 1s and reigning BUCS National Champions Sheffield 1s.
They were top seed in their group due to their impressive showing at regionals, and comfortably won games against Manchester 2s and Cardiff 1s. The toughest game in the group came against an overly physical Brighton 1s side, but UoB comfortably dispatched them meaning they topped their group.
They headed into the quarter that evening against last year’s Championship runners up, Southampton 1s. The game started rapidly with both sides scoring on each attack meaning the score was 5-5 after six attacks each. It would have been easy for Brum to panic, but instead they identified Southampton’s key players and were able to shut them down. In the end, UoB ran out 24-12 winners to put them into semi finals on day two.
After a slight lie in, Birmingham faced Manchester 1s in the semi final on Sunday morning. It was the most tense game so far as despite playing well, UoB weren’t getting the goals that their play deserved. They went into half time only leading by two, but after some tactical substitutions at the break Birmingham picked up their game and ran away with the game, winning 14-7.
With a medal guaranteed, Brum were excited as they headed into the final. They again faced Brighton 1s, and had the backing from most of the crowd in the game due to Birmingham’s free flowing style and good sportsmanship throughout the tournament. The Lions rose to the occasion far better than their opponents and were able to show the level of talent within their team as they dominated and won 17-9. For many members of the team the final was highly emotional, as it was the last time they would represent UoB, but winning a gold medal was the perfect way to end their time at Birmingham.
“I am immensely proud of everything the team has achieved this year and feel very lucky to have been a part of it” – Danielle Workman, 2s team Captain
The Gold medal was the very least that the team deserved, they were comfortably the best team at the tournament and their smallest losing margin was a huge seven goals! The team have finished the year with an immaculate record of never having been beaten in a BUCS match apart from by their own 1st team. This is very impressive as most of the teams at the competition and at their prelims and regionals were 1st teams. The team actually qualified as 2nd seed for the BUCS National Championships but were denied the chance to go as they were not a 1st team.
UoB Korfball 1s had been due to go to BUCS National Championships this weekend, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has rightfully seen that postponed until further notice. Everyone is hopeful that this will be rescheduled for later in the year but in the meantime, be sure to follow UoB Korfball on Twitter where everyday at 17:30 they’ll be taking on Varsity rivals, University of Nottingham Korfball, in the #VirtualVarsity playing a range of online games such as Connect 4!