Leicester Tempest vs. University of Birmingham 3

The Beast from the East 2.0 wasn’t going to hamper us getting to Birmingham. Saying that, Captain Sense of Direction a.k.a. Jordan was having a battle with his sat nav having gone to two other places before finding the right sports hall.

While Jordan was taking in a scenic tour of Birmingham, we were neck and neck with Brum. Their attack was fluid but the Leicester defence pushed back. Early goals from Craig meant Tempest always maintained a one-goal lead throughout the first half and by halftime it was 5-4 to Tempest setting up a juicy second half.

It was at this point Jordan blessed us with his presence and burst onto the court. Brum, as expected, came out strong but, as with the first half, Leicester’s defensive wall stood strong. Special mention to Abbi here for intercepting everything and never giving her girl a chance!

Brum changed their tactic. Having made some impact subs, they turned a one-goal deficit into a one-goal advantage. A quick flurry of goals further extended their lead. Tempest weren’t done yet though. A goal with a few minutes to go cut the goal difference to three. Vik’s excellent feed set up some promising Tempest movements with Neil, Jordan and Claire but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. Final score – 13-8.

Well done to Abbi and Chloe for coming back from injuries! Also, thanks to Craig, Dan and Vik for helping us out.

Highlight of the match – Neil for his pinpoint accurate pass from attack to defence having forgotten he was in attack!!

Goals:
Craig – 3
Sanj – 3
Neil – 1
Claire – 1

Leicester Tempest vs. De Montfort University 2

Following a formidable performance in their last game (with a full 3rd team squad no less!) Tempest were slated for another game yesterday. Even up until Saturday, the team was looking dangerously sparce. Thankfully, availability came through and Tempest were bolstered by only two other on-court LCKC players (save for Luca’s brief stint as injury sub).

Taking to the court were acting captain Sanjay, Amar (on debut), Paula (on loan from Toto) and Jenny (on loan from Tornadoes) in defence and Neil, Jordan, Claire & Hannah in attack. With Trevor, the club’s entire coaching staff, injured Tempestian and star-baker Chloe and subs Elle & Luca all shouting from the bench, the game was well supported to say the least!

The game started with a punch as DMU’s Miles sunk a long shot from the half-way line within a minute of play beginning. Sanjay, who had dropped off in support of Amar learnt his lesson quickly and tightened up, not giving Miles another easy shot for the rest of the game. In fact, DMU didn’t score another goal from open play for the remaining 59 minutes! DMU had lost their source of easy goals and, as LCKC found their feet, the game proceeded goalless-ly. That all changed when resident sharp-shooter Neil, fresh off an unbelievable game the week before, won and sunk a penalty 7 minutes later. Soon to follow was Jenny, who sank a trademark veer 2 minutes later, followed by Amar who won and sunk a penalty, his first goal, penalty and appearance for LCKC! Miles, taking a penalty won by a teammate scored, and then took the score back to a draw at 3-3  from another penalty, this time won by one of DMU’s girls.

Following a rolled ankle, Luca briefly stepped in for Sanjay. Goals followed from Jenny, Neil, Paula and Miles and, by half time, it was 6-4 to LCKC. The half time talk from coaches Tom & Dan was all positive and Leicester returned to court strong, with Elle replacing Paula and Sanjay back on for Luca. A penalty for Miles was shortly followed by a long shot from Elle and then a short too. Another goal from Miles before Claire, after several good shots finally found the korf to make the score 9-6. Moments later, at a DMU time out, coaches Dan, Craig & Tom rushed the court. At the final whistle it was 11-7 to Leicester and a great day at the office for Tempest.

Scorers were:

Elle: 3
Jenny: 3
Neil: 2, 1(p)
Paula: 1
Claire: 1
Amar: 1 (p)

University of Nottingham 3 vs. Leicester Tempest

Competing in their last game before the Christmas break, Tempest took to the court at David Ross Sports Village, Nottingham – bolstered by a handful of Leicester Tornadoes. The team consisted of Chloe, Claire, Jordan, Hannah, Neil & Emily (on debut) with a helping hand from Tom, Pete, Dan, Abbie & Rachael. At the first whistle, heading into attack were Dan, Rachael, Hannah & Neil with Tom, Jordan, Chloe & Claire in defence.

The goals fell tet-a-tet throughout the first half with Nottingham scoring and Leicester quickly replying at every change of ends. There were goals from Dan, a signature turn under the post from Rachael, a cracking long shot from Jordan and a nice veer from Neil. A penalty won and quickly sunk by Tom broke the longest stalemate, following a great runner and short shot by Jordan which was (dubiously) disallowed for being defended from the side. In the last attack, Nottingham replied with two leading into halftime.

At the half, the score was tight with Notts up. Off came Tom and on came Pete, so too for Rachael & Abbie as well as Hanah & Emily, making her debut for the sport, the club, and the team. Notts too had made substitutions and, sensing that it was still all to play for, had brought on some big hitters and fast movers across both ends.

Early in the half, Pete sank a wide veer thanks to great support play from Chloe. A penalty won and scored by Neil also punctured the Notts defence but Notts replied each time and Leicester struggled to close the 2-point lead. A great move around the post saw Claire come away with a free pass which she sank with absolute precision but finished as a travel after narrowly avoiding her incoming defender – with some clear encroachment failing to be called. Jordan was again hard done by as he was called defended from the side and a similar call against Claire set the tone for the half. Leicester would have to work against their opponents and the ref to win this one!

With 15 minutes to go, Jordan signaled to come off with his persistent knee issues playing up from being worked so hard! A timeout was called but moments later, before the whistle could be blown, Neil caught a pass awkwardly and had to sub himself off, leaving Tom to come on for Neil and Jordan having to fight through. After a number of big moves from Abbie, Dan & Tom, Tom managed to make a turn under the post and catch his defender napping to bring the score within one. A couple more to Notts and this time it was Emily’s turn to make an impact. As has become a tradition this year, scoring within 20 minutes of debuting, Emily made a fantastic run into the post, losing her defender and veering back to receive a perfect cross-ball from Dan. Planting her foot and shooting strongly, it was in from the moment it left her hands.

By the final whistle, it was 14-12 to Nottingham but spirits were high nevertheless after an excellent performance all round. A few pats on the back and some commiserations to lots of the team, especially Jordan and Claire who missed out on a couple of iffy defended calls left Tempest leaving with yet another Leicester moral victory ;)

Scorers were:

  • Neil – 3 (inc. 1 penalty)
  • Jordan – 2
  • Dan – 2
  • Tom – 2 (inc. 1 penalty)
  • Pete – 1
  • Emily – 1 (debut goal!)
  • Rachael – 1

Leicester Tempest vs. University of Nottingham 4

This Sunday Leicester’s thirds (again bolstered by some of the club’s more experienced players) arrived at Regent College to play their first home game of the season. With little availability from the Tempest boys, taking to the court were Bethan, Hannah, Luca & Pete with Chloe, Claire, Jordan and Tom in defence.

The game started slowly with almost 5 minutes before the first goal, a runner from Nottingham. Back down the other end, this was soon followed by a short shot from Bethan marking her club debut and inaugural goal. The ends changed and Notts’ defence sharpened. Timing her run perfectly, Claire drew a foul from an outstretched Nottingham arm and won herself a penalty. Hitting the back of the korf, unlucky in the bounce it was missed and collected by Notts. A veer from the opposition put them up again but this time it was Jordan’s turn to score, dropping in a long shot to mark his debut and first goal. As halftime drew closer, Paula came on for Claire who was feeling light-headed after leaving so much on the court. Pete scored a veer and, at the half, the score stood at 3:2 to LCKC.

The halftime team chat was all positive. With minor adjustments being made on the court, there was little to be said, save for sharpening up in places and doing more of the same! Coming back on, Luca won a penalty which Pete saw away. Thanks to a great set of moves from Chloe, Paula & Jordan, Tom found himself free 2 metres from the post with all the time in the world to shoot and score. Notts scored one in reply. Now 5:3, we changed ends. A swift runner from Nottingham’s girls soon made it 5:4. Luca fired in a runner and the ends changed again. Another to Notts made it a tight 6:5 with 4 minutes on the clock. Cleverly, with Chloe & Paula narrowly missing out on some fantastic moves into the post around their tight-marking girls, LCKC tied up the post, giving Jordan a feed and collect to shoot from. Firing in a great mid shot, Leicester cemented their lead. In the dying minutes, Notts looked frantic and it showed in two penalties being given in 60 seconds which Pete quickly mopped up.

At the whistle, it was a comfortable 9:5 to LCKC and a great performance from all of Tempest, who are next in action away to University of Nottingham 3 on December 3rd. Scorers were:

  • Jordan – 2
  • Bethan – 1
  • Luca – 1
  • Tom – 1
  • Pete – 4 (3 penalties)

Nottingham City 3 vs. Leicester Tempest- 27/10/2017

Another week of turbulent & canceled fixtures meant that only one league fixture was played by LCKC this weekend. Sunday saw Tempest in action for the first time this season, against Nottingham City 3.

A spotty attendance and a couple of injuries/illnesses saw a slim on-court Tempest majority turn up, bolstered by Tom, Jenny, Pete, Paula & Aine. With only 3 boys total, Leicester was forced to play with 7, meaning one division of three. Taking to the dusty hall in defence were captain Neil, Tom, Claire (on debut) and Paula, leaving Pete, Chloe (also on debut) and Hannah in attack and Jenny & Aine on the bench with an injured Luca along for support.

The dusty surface played a part immediately with Notts taking a runner past a grip-less LCKC defence and making the scoreline 1:0 within 3 minutes. Leicester replied in kind with Pete beating both boys to pop up a runner just in front of the post. The change of ends had barely come by the time Claire found herself free in mid-court and popped up a textbook mid shot to land Leicester’s second of the game and Claire’s first goal ever! Paula too found herself on the score sheet with a characteristic one-handed hook from the backcourt finding the korf shortly after. This time it was Notts’ turn to sink a couple and at the next change, it was 3:3. A quick veer from Tom put Leicester up again but Notts replied and sank another. A runner each for Leicester (Pete) and Notts left the score tied at 5:5 for the half.

Hannah, who was struggling with injury and had, in conjunction with Chloe, been injecting huge amounts of energy into her division, repeatedly putting Pete under the post, came off for Jenny. So too with Paula & Aine. The team chat was positive, with all praised for their structure and intensity.

Back on court and Notts had made some changes too. Leicester’s defence was immediately tight forcing Notts to shoot long only. Finally, they found the korf from long but Pete quickly sunk a runner to even things up again. Another from Notts was followed by a veer from Tom as Leicester dominated the post and put in some exceptional feeds. A penalty to Notts saw them take the lead. The score was 8:7 and looked set to stay that way until Notts scored another. Leaving Leicester 2 down for the first time all game. Another 5 minutes and still no goals so Leicester took a timeout. With 5 minutes on the clock and only two goals in it, it was all to play for. Neil dominated collect & Aine owned the feed, while Claire bobbed & weaved in the mid-court, constantly providing a passing option. At the other end, Chloe kept her girl out of the game, making interceptions all but inevitable. 2 minutes later and Tom put up a runner bringing Leicester within one. As the clock counted down, Leicester dominated the attack but couldn’t seem to find the korf. At the buzzer, it was 9:8 to Nottingham and had been a fantastically spirited and competitive game.

Scorers were:

  • Pete (3)
  • Tom (3)
  • Claire (1)
  • Paula (1)

A fantastic debut for Chloe and Claire and a great start to the season for Tempest, who will be back in action on November 19th at home against University of Nottingham 4.

Leicester Tempest vs DMU 2- 23/10/16

It was Super Sunday at the weekend with all Leicester teams in action! Toto took a superbly tense victory over University of Birmingham 2 and Tornadoes narrowly missed out on a win against Sheffield Hallam University (CERL 2). It could have easily been the other way round with both winning and losing by just one point respectively.

For Tempest however, it was a re-run of Thursday’s fixture against DMU 2. It was time for the second Derby of the season and all within less than a week! Tempest were on home ground at Beauchamp College and eager to maintain their 100% record. Taking to the court were:
Div 1: Joe, Neil, Spargo, Emma
Div 2: Karl, Tim, Gemma, Aine
Raring to go and starting on the bench were Iain, Mark, Sanjay and Kate
The whistle was blown, the game began and Leicester’s second division began in attack!
Tempest started on the front foot attacking from the go. Shots were going up with both Karl and Aine coming agonisingly close. Tempest never really let their foot off the gas but it took 6 minutes & 50 to score the first goal coming from an excellent effort by Tim frommid-rangee, tallying 3 goals in 2 games; an excellent start to the season especially for someone completely new to Korfball! (1-0)
The game continued to have long periods of unchanged defence and attack with another 4 minutes passing before the score line was broken with a penalty being awarded to Tempest.
Karl took to the spot and his experience shone through, effortlessly landing the penalty to make the score (2-0).
It was then a further 11 minutes before any change happened to the score! In the meantime, Tempest had come close. With Joe in feed, Spargo managed to beat her defender numerous times but the shots just weren’t landing. Equally, it was the same for Joe and Neil with excellent supply from Emma and Spargo.
Joe and Neil both went close with runners, Neil close with a drop-off and Emma nearly landing from close range. A penalty was called on a DMU defender for obstructing a runner from Joe from the side. Again, I need more practice at penalties as I overshot the chance. However, I was soon able to redeem myself from up close. (3-0)
It was then only 2 minutes before Spargo grabbed her first goal of the game with a fantastic running shot. (4-0)
The half then drew out with no further goals being scored. I must say the defending from both divisions was excellent and Tempest really limited DMU to what they could do. With that, it was 4-0 at half time and next up was the team talk.
I was lucky again as so far there hasn’t been much to improve on. I continued with my line of ‘Just keep doing what you’re doing’ because I couldn’t fault the team! The only small things I think there could have been to improve on were to take even more shots than what we were doing. Sometimes we were failing to see the obvious pass for a running opportunity and defensively, on 1 or 2 occasions, we were making it hard for ourselves to work the ball back out to attack.
With the second half approaching, it was time to bring on the super-subs. Replacing Spargo was her Toto team-mate Kate. Replacing myself and Neil (and making their debuts) were Iain and Mark. The final change was Tim coming off for Sanjay.
The half got off to a quicker start with DMU taking a goal back within 3 minutes from treasurer Maddie Sansom (4-1).
However, this wasn’t to phase Leicester and, after an amazing 10 seconds, Emma scored her first goal of the season with a short in front of the post. A deserved goal after superb attacking and defending all game. (5-1)
The party wasn’t to stop there as Ian combined excellent passing with Mark to take a mid shot that sailed straight through the korf, 50 secs after Emma’s goal marking Ian’s Debut goal! (6-1)
The bench roared and it looked set for a Tempest goal-fest. However, the half soon took on the form of the first with large periods of unchanged attack and defence. In fact, it was 17 minutes before any change to the score took place.
In this period, Tempest continued to defend superbly. Gemma kept her defender in her pocket and maintained tight marking. Communication from Gemma was also good, commanding the defence in the half with loud tight and feed calls. Gemma also came close with a short shot but again, as it had been for most of the team, the shots were landing the wrong side of the rim. Karl was also tight on defence, letting no DMU attack through.
Bang on the  20-minute mark the scoreline was broken by Kate from Toto. She is new to korfball this season although plays like an experienced player. The goal came from short range, although plenty more could have been on the scoresheet for Kate (7-1).
It was also close for Aine and Sanjay. Aine had a mid shot agonisingly bounce off the rim of the korf. Aine’s defending was also impressive in the game not letting her attacker get any opportunities.
Sanjay, who’s movement was excellent, came close with a runner and a drop-off but sadly didn’t land them.
The game was then finished off in style with Mark scoring his debut goal for Tempest. This time the shot came from mid-range, hanging on the front of the rim but gladly dropping through the korf. Cheers rose from the bench and this completed Tempest’s scoring for the game (8-1)
Before the end, DMU did manage to score another, again from Maddie who had a superb game (8-2).
At the switch Tim subbed for Karl, attacking from the off but the shots just didn’t drop.
The game finished 8-2.
Another fantastic result where I couldn’t have asked for more. All of you played fantastically. Big shout out to Mark, Tim, Emma, Sanjay, Aine, and Iain who held their own in both halves, particularly towards the end of the 2nd half when experienced players were substituted.  The 100% record continues!

Next up for Tempest are Nottingham Magic 3 at home on 13th November. Currently scheduled to be played at Regent College, 5pm.

Let’s go TEMPEST!!!

DMU 2 v Leicester Tempest – 20/10/16

Last night saw the start of the season for Leicester Tempest, playing sister club and closest rivals DMU 2 and what a start to the season it was! Derby Day was on and it was also a momentous occasion for a number of our players making their debuts and scoring some debut goals (more on this to follow). Shout out to Tim, Elle, Emma, Andy and Sanjay for a fantastic performance, I was proud of you all! :)

So the match was set and taking to the court for Tempest were:

Rachael, Emma, Joe ©, Andy

And the Second Division:

Ed, Tom, Elle, Spargo

Raring to go and starting on the bench were: Aisling, Sanjay and Tim

DMU got off to a flying start. Within a minute into the game Ally (DMU) scored her debut goal with a short shot in front of the post. 1-0

However Tempest soon got back into the game with a great effort by Spargo drawing us level (1-1).

With a change of ends, it was time for Tim to make his debut and roll on as sub for Tom

From the restart narrowly missing, I played in Rachael with a side feed with the runner falling the wrong side of the rim

Shortly after, Tempest drew ahead (1-2) with a short from myself marking my first goal for Tempest, having moved from DMU at the end of last season and marking my first appearance as captain!

Afterwards, shots were going up from Leicester but unfortunately none were dropping and it was a while before the scoreline was broken by Rachael, landing a penalty having been fouled on the way through for a runner. (1-3)

With a time out called by myself we had a chance to change up our game plan. With experienced advice from Tom, we needed to keep organised and maintain 4-0 as we were tending to get a bit cramped together. DMU were defending extremely well and marking us tightly but this presented the opportunity to take advantage of the space behind the defenders where the opportunities for runners were open to take!

After the time out DMU did not lie down and went back on the offensive with another debutante, Becky (DMU), scoring a mid-shot half way into the first half. (2-3)

From then, the tempo was mixed but the advice from the time out came through. Fantastic passing and movement from Tim, Elle and Spargo saw Ed beating his man to land a runner (2-4). Shortly after a change of ends, Emma and Andy passed and moved superbly to create the chance for Rachael to combine with Joe to net a runner also (2-5)

At 2-5, the tempo of the game slowed right down with both teams defending extremely well and important interceptions coming from Andy. Emma also did well to find the positions and passes to the rest of the team in a division heavily pressed by the DMU defenders.

A chance to break the scoreline was missed with 10 minutes to go by myself (more practice needed :P) when a penalty was given for being defended by a DMU girl on the way for a runner.

More shots went up before the break from both sides deep into the first half with Elle, Emma, Tim and Andy all coming extremely close, it was so unlucky that Leicester’s new recruits didn’t all come away with a debut goal within the first half for Leicester.

The half finished 2-5.

At the break, subs were made with Aisling taking the place of Emma and Sanjay (newly transferred from Sheffield Uni) taking the place of Ed.

Meanwhile, DMU chose to replace all of their outfield players with more new recruits but also bringing in the experience of Chair Ciara Maguire and Secretary Zoe Penfold

The team talk advice was just to keep playing the way we were and maintain the space we were making. With a loud ‘TEMPEST!” team shout – arguably better than DMU’s ;) (there was a competition on ,with various woop’s and ooooooo’s coming from each side) we were ready for the second half.

We didn’t let the fresh legs scare us and into the second half Leicester really took it up a gear

Two quick fire goals from Spargo saw Leicester make the lead (2-7) and Spargo complete her Korftrick.

Soon after, I bagged my second of the game rebounding my failed running attempt (2-8)

With the switch around Ed came back into the game subbing on for myself with 15 minutes remaining.

Then, against the run of play with some excellent work, DMU gain a goal back (3-8)

This didnt phase Leicester and we continued to play well. Passing was quick and chances were being created. Leicester were in control of the game.

Sanjay came really close with a runner with 12 minutes to go as well as narrowly missing a penalty and Elle also came close with a shot bouncing off the rim of the Korf.

Tim then came to the fore, having come so close all game, he landed an awesome mid-shot which span in style inside the Korf with around 10 minutes to go (3-9) (debut goal). This resulted in subsequent mad celebration from both the bench and Tim himself. It is by far the best and funniest celebration I have seen as Tim lifted his shirt above his head and ran round his half cheering. The celebrations weren’t to stop there as, soon after, Tim landed a second from short range (3-10)

Again it was shots galore with Aisling also coming close. Defensively we were impressive making a lot of interceptions and always trying to win the ball back. With around 5 minutes to go, Rachael landed her korftrick (3-11).

At the switch, Joe and Tom came on for the remaining 5 minutes with myself replacing Andy and Tom switching for Tim.

Soon after the switch, I managed to land a drop off completing my korftrick (3-12).

A couple of minutes later saw Tom use his pace to beat his defender and make the score (3-13)

Immediately after, Tom landed a short bringing the score to (3-14).

Finally, with two minutes to play, my division quickly went from 4-0 to 3-1 to 2-2 with Aisling feeding Racheal in for a runner, bagging her 4th of the game and making the final score (3-15)!

It was a fantastic game to both watch and play in. Tim, Elle, Emma, Andy and Sanjay, well done on playing your first game for Leicester! You all played amazingly!

Also, a big thankyou to my old club DMU for a great game. It was good to see how many new members you have recruited. You all played well! Best of Luck to Ciara and the rest of DMU for the season ahead!

Scorers:

Rachael (4) , Spargo (3) , Joe (3), Tim (2), Tom (2), Ed (1)

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This Sunday sees Tempest take on DMU 2 again at Beauchamp College, Oadby- 2:30pm as well as Toto taking on University of Birmingham 2- 1:00pm. Hopefully this will be another thrilling game and one where we can maintain our 100% record.

Leicester Tempest vs. De Montfort University 1

This Sunday saw Tempest play our last game of the season at the EMKA MGV. With a whole host of the East Midland’s best in action, it was bound to be a good one. We took to the court against sister club DMU’s first team. Friendly off the court and competitive on it, just the way we like it! On court for Tempest were:

Neil Robinson
Dan Hawthorne
Mel Kupaza
Sam Waller

And the second division:

Tom O’Callaghan (me – Captain)
Karl Sears
Charlotte Heffernan
Vik Whitemore

Ready and raring to go on the bench was Gem Morgan – back from a couple of months out injured.

It was tit-for-tat off the bat with both LCKC & DMU scoring in the few minutes. Sam opened the scoring for Leicester right away and it was tit-for-tat for the best part of the half. With about 20 minutes on the clock, DMU began to open up a small lead. Leicester were down by 2 or 3 at the half as Mel came off and Gem came on.

Dan & Neil made an incredible job of keeping DMU’s Alan & James at bay despite Neil struggling through a leg injury. Gem & Sam’s defence was looking strong too. On the other side Leicester were struggling to find the korf. Shots went up but didn’t drop. DMU’s defence was tight both ends and their attacks were looking great.

At the final whistle it was a well deserved 10:15 to DMU who still have a game in hand! That was nothing though, half of the team then hopped on court to play for LCKC 2 and won a 14:9 victory against Notts Magic 2 – proving how far both LCKC 2 & 3 have come this year AND how well DMU did to beat us!

Our scorers were:

Karl – 2
Charlotte – 1
Neil – 2
Dan – 3
Sam – 1

and a spare goal that remains unclaimed!

And that’s all she wrote. 2015/16 over and Tempest finish in the top half of the league with an unprecedented set of wins behind us. Huge thanks to everyone who has been on my team sheet this year, especially those who have gone above and beyond to make each and every game, to put in 110% at training and help coach & grow other players in the team.

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Signing off for the year (and looking forward to a summer full of friendlies & tournaments), Tom

Leicester Tempest vs. Birmingham Uni 3

This Sunday saw Tempest play our last home game of the season against the formidable Birmingham Uni 3 who are unbeaten throughout this year’s league. Our away fixture was marred by controversy (as much as a minor, local league korfball match can be) and Leicester left 17:7 down, quite literally battered and bruised and with a chip on our shoulder. Big talk and tactics were everywhere in the build up and our superstar team soon appeared. Taking to the court were:

Neil Robinson
Jay Popat
Mel Kupaza
Sam Waller

And the second division:

Tom O’Callaghan (me – Captain)
Karl Sears
Charlotte Heffernan
Vik Whitmore

Ready and raring to go on the bench were Ed Rainbow and Matt Cox. Vik also playing her first full game of the season after being out with injury.

It was tit-for-tat off the bat with both LCKC & UoB scoring in the first minute. Unfortunately it didn’t stay that way and we were soon 2:6 down. A combination of poor movement from us, great movement from UoB & tight marking all round lead to Brum winning a number of penalties against LCKC on one side in particular.

Just before the end of the half Tempest called a time out to deal with the increasing contact being made on shots. Back on court and a couple of goals down it was 2:10. Neil drops a lovely shot from mid distance and at the half we leave court on 3:10

The ultimatum was set. Win the half. We could lose the game but we’d at least leave with our heads held high…

This time it really was tit-for-tat but at a much slower pace than the first half. Shortly after half time Matt Cox rolled on for me and Ed on for Jay. LCKC start dropping behind a bit further. Karl comes off for me and shortly after, Neil, who has been the only boy not to have a breather on the bench, comes off for a marginally refuelled Karl. With 5 minutes to go, Karl scores a penalty won by Charlotte and then a runner of his own. With one minute on the clock I make it onto the scoresheet and that’s all she wrote. At full time it’s LCKC 8, UoB 15.

Our scorers were:

Karl – 2
Me – 1
Charlotte – 1
Neil – 2
Jay – 2

Onwards to the last day of the season which comes this Saturday at the EMKA MGV in Nottingham. We take on our toughest rivals DMU 1 with nothing left to win or lose other than pride, goals and bragging rights. Bring it on!

Leicester Tempest vs. Nottingham University 3

Another Sunday and another game for Tempest. This time we were following Tornadoes. As LCKC 1 finished up against UoN 1 there was a sense that this had set the pace for how LCKC 3 would fare against UoN 3. Tornadoes clinched a hard-earned and slightly unexpected victory (more from Dan on that soon I’m sure) and so it was up to us to do the same…

Taking to the court were:

Neil Robinson
Ed Rainbow
Charlotte Heffernan
Rachel Kings

And the second division:

Tom O’Callaghan (me – Captain)
Karl Sears
Jenny Freeman
Mel Kupaza

and unexpected super-sub Sam Waller

 

Thanks to some impressive score keeping by Chloe & Abbie on the sidelines – I can give you a minute by minute blow-by-blow of the game!

Kick-off: The game got going quickly. My first touch of the ball is a fumble of a perfect pass from Karl. Off to a great start! Notts come in with pace but perhaps lack a little control, trying to force a feed in attack and perhaps being a tad overzealous in trying to keep us off the post in defence.

02:00: Leicester’s attack win a penalty and Charlotte drives it home – 1:0

04:00: Notts sink one and ends change. 1:1 and Karl, Jenny, Mel & I go into attack.

07:00: Karl lands a beauty for Leicester making an arching runner into post. 2:1

07:00: Down at the other end Notts respond in kind. 2:2 and a change of ends.

13:00: A more cautious few minutes is broken by Dr. Ed who sinks a nice mid. 3:2

14:00: Notts firm up their defence but perhaps too much and contact on a shot yields a penalty that Neil puts away. 4:2 and another change of ends.

18:00: Neil, Ed, Rachael & Charlotte keep Notts at bay as the rest of us, perhaps a bit to hurriedly try to force into 2-2 without doing the groundwork. No matter, Jenny drops a perfect mid shot. 5:2 Leicester

19:00:  This time Notts are ready for the mid and Jenny uses this to her advantage, slipping through for a runner. 6:2 and another change of ends.

22:00: Rachael sinks another. 7:2

27:00: Leicester are keeping Notts at bay in defence but losing structure in attack. A runner by Notts brings contact on the shot and a penalty (not their first either). Notts score. 7:3 and change of ends.

LCKC Time Out: I signal the ref and rally the troops. Notts are getting scrappy and Leicester are getting sucked in. The resounding message is cool your jets and don’t get sucked in to a scrappy game. The other clear instruction is to work the ball round at least once in 4-0 until we start going in to post. Notts aren’t marking us too tightly from far out so this shouldn’t be difficult.

28:00:  Back on court and the team talk has sunk in (temporarily). 4-0 into 3-1 into 2-2 and Jenny is in for a runner 8:3

29:00: Structure again reaps rewards as Karl hits a nice runner. 9:3 change of ends and half time.

 

Half time: Talk is mostly re-iterating the time out and lots of smiling faces from being 6 up! Notts bring on England capped Lizzie McCloud and Sam subs on for a tired Mel who had earlier marked Lizzie for Tornadoes!

 

31:00: Back on court and Leicester open the scoring again with Ed sinking a nice mid. 10:3

36:00: Both teams now suring up defence and attacks are struggling to find a gap. Charlotte finds one. 11:3 and a change of ends.

38:00: Notts respond in kind. 11:4

38:00: My turn to join the scoreboard as I take a runner. Contact on the approach brings a whistle but the ball drops and advantage goal is the result. Makes up for the missed penalty I had in the first half? Probably not! 12:4 and another change of ends.

39:00: Notts sink another. 12:5

41:00: Ed makes a cheeky runner. 13:5 and a change

42:00: A misjudged intercept leaves me free on an in-ball which Karl and I quickly 1-2 into the post. Notts boys are quickly back but both switch on to me as I offload to Karl for a flawless drop off. Tempest goal of the season? Maybe but it certainly entertained the Leicester bench. 14:5

43:00: Notts don’t take that one lying down and hit another at their end. 14:6 and a change of ends.

44:00: Contact on a shot of Charlotte’s leads to a penalty. Charlotte hands the ball to Neil who thanks her with another goal. 15:6

49:00: Leicester lose structure again and with just over 10 minutes left we take our foot off the gas a bit. Neil takes post too quickly and at some points we have two collects and a feed! In defence, my urgency to cut out the feed became my undoing. Notts score and we change ends again. 15:7

55:00: Everyone’s looking a bit tired now. Notts are having team talks and putting up a good fight. Leicester seem to just be waiting out the clock until Karl pops up a nice mid. 16:7

56:00: Notts sink two quickly and make us pay for our late loss of focus. 16:9 and the final whistle

Full Time: 16:9

 

An enjoyable game and great team spirit throughout. Notts scoreline didn’t reflect their efforts. Leicester were lucky to have a high shooting average that Notts didn’t have. On a different day it could have been a much closer game!

Our scorers were:
Karl – 4
Jenny – 3
Ed – 3
Charlotte – 2 (one penalty)
Neil – 2 (one penalty)
Me – 1
Rachael – 1

Our next game is this coming Sunday (Mother’s Day) against as-yet undefeated Birmingham Uni 3. It’ll be a tough one but not impossible – come on Leicester!