Nottingham Uni 4 vs. Leicester Tempest

Away again after our thursday victory. Tempest were off to Nottingham’s Sutton Bonnington campus to take on Notts Uni 4. Our modest team of 7 consisted of:

Jay Popat
Neil Robinson
Shannon Hibbett
Justyna Mancewicz (Guest)

And the second division:

Tom O’Callaghan (c)
Karl Sears
Aisling Mullins (Guest)

Thanks to some impressive live tweeting from the Notts Uni benches, my reporting is pretty easy this time!

Notts take the lead…

…and keep it!

Aisling has found her feet and is killing it in defence. Karl finding the korf repeatedly and Justyna is unstoppable!

Shannon’s defence is looking unbeatable and Aisling is still making moves despite having two defenders!

It’s too close to call and the game is getting scrappy.

Yes Justyna!

And that’s all she wrote! A fantastic win for Tempest. I’m chuffed to say that I was probably the weakest player on the LCKC side. Incredible to see how far the team has come this year. Huge congratulations go out to Aisling for playing an incredible game, as a guest against two experienced girls – one of whom has an England cap! It’s never easy playing against two and not getting your name on the score sheet but Ash kept her chin up through the whole game and was the backbone of th team throughout. Another hearty well done for Karl & Justyna for making the goals that won us the game. And finally to Shannon who looks like a different player than she did just weeks ago. Shooting, making plays and locking down defence in a way that implies a far longer history with korfball!

Justyna Mancewicz – 6
Karl Sears – 6
Tom O’Callaghan (c) – 1
Jay Popat – 1 (penalty)

The only negative to take away was that we let ourselves get a little snippy with the ref. Scrappy games make for freyed tempers but that’s no excuse for poor sportsmanship. Something we’ll be looking to put behind us going forward.

After two consecutive wins Tempest have moved up to 3rd in the league table, our highest ever position. However we’ll need to win our final three games to stay there! Next up is Notts Uni 3 at home this coming Sunday (28/02) and we need a win to keep our grip on a league placement…

DMU 2 vs. Leicester Tempest

Just two weeks after beating DMU 2 at home it was time for us to play them on their turf. Ironically, it’s our turf too and support was out in full for both teams. Despite filling the bleachers and having a full set of boys to sub on at the half, we were still a girl down and playing with a team of 7 (typical LCKC!).

Taking to the court were:

Stuart Trolley
Matt Cox
Sam Waller

And the second division:

Ed Rainbow
Neil Robinson
Chloe Studley
Shannon Hibbett

Somehow we got off to a rocky start aand it was soon 1:1 for the change of ends but Leicester soon picked up. Some excellent exchanges between Matt, Sam & Stuart led to some great runners and over the other side Chloe & Shannon were locking the game down completely. By the half it was 3:7 to Leicester with Matt having scored 4 and Neil, Chloe & Ed both in for one a piece. The half time team talk consisted of calming down the game and locking defence down completely. A key part was making our out balls more effective.

Ed & Neil were off for Karl & Jay, Matt & Stuart off for me and Mark. We took to the court in style with a beautifully floated pass straight into Marks hands for a runner which took us to 3:8. Leicester continued to dominate and keep a clean sheet. A quick time out and Sam re-itterated that we should keep DMU’s second half score at 0. Unfortunately, we hadn’t accounted for Joe taking the court and, while I just managed to keep Joe locked down, Mark wasn’t so lucky in stopping their 1-2 leading to a great runner. Final score 4:14 and a big win for a 7 person Tempest team.

Matt Cox – 4
Chloe Studley – 3
Ed Rainbow – 1
Neil Robinson – 1
Sam Waller – 1
Tom O’Callaghan (c) – 1
Mark Nicholson – 1
Jay Popat – 1
Karl Sears – 1

Our next game was away to Notts Uni 4 on Sunday 21/02 – I won’t spoil it here but the report will be published shortly!

Nottingham City 2 vs. Leicester Tempest

Question: When is an away game not an away game? When it’s played at home! After already forfeiting their away fixture to us in the first half of the season, it looked likely that NKC may have to do the same again. Luckily, myself and NKC’s Rob arranged to play the game on LCKC turf meaning we could make the fixture happen. Notts fielded the same team twice. Once against Toto at 2.30 and again against us at 4. Similar issues meant that we played the same four girls in both games too! Sadly, Abbie had dislocated her knee in the Toto game so our secret star player Jenny (back from maternity leave) had to be revealed slightly ahead of time. Taking to court for Toto & Tempest!

Taking to the court were:

Neil Robinson
Jay Popat
Jenny Freeman
Mel Kupaza

And the second division:

Tom O’Callaghan (Captain – me)
Karl Sears
Chloe Studley
Gemma Louella Wallis

Playing a team that had just narrowly lost by one (17:16) to Toto was no mean feat. Shots went back and forth quickly and by the end of the half we were behind. Going into the second half we had much of the same. Notts called a time-out 15 minutes in and, with Matt Cox, Matt Freeman & Pete all on the sideline, they told us what we needed to hear. For the next 10 minutes Tempest ran the show. The team worked like a well-oiled machine and with just a few scant minutes on the clock we were down by just two at 14:12. We held on putting up shot after shot but none dropping. Eventually NKC found the korf again and the whistle blew. The final score was 16:12 – a well-earned narrow defeat for Tempest.

Our goals went to Chloe (1), Karl (2), Jay (1), Neil (3), me (4) and Gemma (1). Most notable were a couple of incredible post switches between myself and Karl that can only get better from here and 3 precision perfect shots by Neil after a half time pep talk consisting of “shoot Neil!”. A highlight was Gemma sinking her second league goal in as many weeks for us. Clearly Tempest is her team…

Our next game is at away to DMU 2 onThursday 18/02 – Our last game was great fun and a tight one at 8-6. Lets see if we can’t make it two in a row against DMU…

Leicester Tempest vs. DMU 2

Leicester Tempest were back in action on Sunday and ready to make our first ever consecutive wins. We squared up against DMU 2, our sister club and also our closest rivals at times. With a shared coaching pool and a friendly relationship between our players, playing DMU is always enjoyable and always competitive!

We had to bolster the Tempest ranks with a Toto-er or two and even a couple of Tornadoes but to even the score we lent two of our best to DMU as well. Taking to the court were:

Neil Robinson
Ed Rainbow
Melisa Kupaza
Gemma Louella Wallis

And the second division:

Tom O’Callaghan (Captain – me)
Mark Nicholson
Faz Flintham
Abbie Mycroft

Chloe Studley (super sub)

 

With the exception of Faz, Neil, Ed & Mark we were all on our second games of the day and feeling the burn. The game was great and, although Leicester took the lead early and held it, DMU didn’t let up, never falling more than three behind. Lending DMU Charlotte and Rachael may have been a tactical error with the two of them scoring 4 of DMU’s 6 total goals.

Our goals went to Chloe (1), Mel (1), Neil (1), me (4) and Gemma (1). Most notable were a couple of incredible post switches between myself and Mark that would have made Tornadoes proud! These were made all the more incredible by the fact that Mark hasn’t been on court for months due to work commitments – it’s like riding a bike! A highlight was Gemma sinking her first league goal. She’s had a great season already playing assist to some of Toto & Tempest’s best goals but it’s great to finally see her name on the score sheet!

Our next game is at away to Nottingham City 2 on Sunday 14/02 -which should make for a very tough game against the second team in the league! Valentines Day will mark a fixture with no love lost I’m sure!

Nottingham Uni 3 vs. Leicester Tempest

Following our first big win and then very close defeat in the preceeding two weeks, hopes were high for yesterday’s game.

We had to bolster the Tempest ranks with a Toto-er or two and a partially injured Rachael. Even then we only managed to field 3 girls making us 7 on-court. Those magnificent 7 (plus sub) were:

Neil Robinson
Karl Sears
Rachael Kings
Gemma Louella Wallis

And the second division:

Tom O’Callaghan (Captain – me)
Matt Cox
Becky Kings

Pete Wallett (super sub)

The game started simply enough. A couple of minutes in Leicester sank the first. Nottingham were quick to respond and the score stood at 1-1. Notts found their feet quickly and some nice structure soon led them 3-1 up. The change of ends brought Pete off as a rolling sub and me (Tom) on. Coxy and I slipped into old habits with Becky making the perfect passes to allow me to take feed and free Coxy up for some lovely shots. The score was soon 3-3 and with the change of ends came another goal for Leicester, putting us one up. I think a bit of panic set in in the Notts ranks and over the course of the rest of the game they gave away at least 5 penalties. Leicester were always there to take advantage of them, sinking 4 with ease. By half time the score was something like 4:6 to LCKC.

Half-time team talks looked at calming down some of the attacks and making the most of our unchallenged feeds. The whistle went and we were on court again. Notts had made the most of their half-time and the second half was tit-for-tat for a long while. At 7:9 Leicester spirits were high and our attacks got brave (but also sloppy). A switched on Nottingham soon played this to their advantage making some fantastic intercepts and keeping the ball in their attacking half more often than not. Pete, Matt and I were still rolling subs and, from the sidelines, I called a quick time-out. Everybody grabbed a drink and we agreed to calm down the attacks and keep our lead at all costs. 7 minutes on the clock and around 8:9 on the scoreboard.

8:9 became 8:10, became 9:10, became 9:11 became 10:11 and Notts played their hearts out right to the end. At the final whistle it was 10:11 to Leicester and a very sincere round of ‘well-played’ handshakes crossed the court from both sides. A great game for Leicester against a very enjoyable opposition. It was validating to see our team of 7 best the team of 8 and pats on the back all round from me as captain.

Our next game is at home to DMU 2 on Sunday 07/02 -which should be brilliantly enjoyable. Playing against our sister club always makes for an enjoyable game…bring it on DMU!

DMU 1 vs. Leicester Tempest

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Leicester derby with both of last year’s fixtures being delayed but this week the clash was on. We were away to DMU 1 although luckily for us, away isn’t too far with DMU’s home venue also being one of ours! As it always does, our match with DMU made for a tense, hard-fought and enjoyable game. In my eyes, the game of the season so far.

For once, we had almost a full roster of Tempest players fresh off the back of our big win less than a week earlier. Taking to the court in our intimidating black away strip were:

Neil Robinson
Karl Sears
Faz Flintham
Mel Kupaza

And the second division:

Tom O’Callaghan (Captain – me)
Stuart Trolley (on debut)
Abbie Mycroft
Shannon Hibbett

with Ed Rainbow as rolling sub.

The game started with a bang. Our own Karl Sears sunk one within the first two minutes as did DMU and as quickly as that came the change of ends. Defence picked up on both sides, Neil & Karl held DMU’s Joe off from scoring and made some exceptional collects. Mel and Faz played a flawless defence keeping the girls out of feed wherever possible. On my side, Stuart got a couple of shots away undefended (not bad for a club debut against the exceptional Alan & Ed of DMU) and Abbie and Shannon found a good flow in their passing nipping between feed and collect beautifully. Full disclosure: my passing was abysmal and lost us possession on more -than one occasion. Luckily the other division soon picked up my slack! Around 10 minutes in I sank my first, a short time later Karl did too and we gradually established a nice lead. Mel sank an incredible long shot and we soon had a comfortable margin.

Other notable first half highlights included two ref’s time-outs for Abbie who played on for the whole game covered in plasters thanks to somehow ending up bleeding from two separate wounds! Karl rolled off shortly before half-time for Ed and then quickly back on for Stuart. Bu the whistle DMU had come back and we were up by one at 5:6.

Half-time team talks looked at some minor issues but were overall very positive as everyone was playing their hearts out.

Second half saw DMU bring on a few fresh faces and 15 minutes in we were 9 a piece thanks to goals from Karl, Abbie and myself. Karl and I were putting up shots left & right thanks to brilliant support from Abbie & Shannon and Neil, Ed, Faz & Mel were locking down shots on the other end. Unfortunately, despite hitting the inside of the rim repeatedly, Karl and I couldn’t sink any and DMU pulled in two just before the whistle.

At the final whistle it was 11:9. A fantastic game even if the result passed us by. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone’s performance. My only criticisms for the game are aimed at myself for missing 4 absolute sitters and for some truly awful passes!

Our next game is away to Nottingham University 3 on Sunday 31/01 -a tough game but nothing we can’t handle – plus, we’ll be seeing DMU 1 again at home soon and have two matches against DMU 2 coming up so we can soon reset the scales!

Nottingham Magic 3 vs. Leicester Tempest

What a week for Leicester’s korfballers! This match report is all about the first fixture of the week but there were 3 more, all equally exciting. Tempest finally clinched that long awaited win – and comfortably too. We’ve waited for well over a year and boy does it feel good to win! Better still, two of team Tempest went on to play for DMU on Sunday and clinch another win (pic related)! Toto were in action on Sunday too with a few Tempest guest stars. Sadly, we couldn’t make it a hat-trick but that game wasn’t without it’s merits either. Stay tuned here for Cap’n Cox’s match report…

Our team consisted of some of Leicester’s finest from across the club. With a ‘less than’ formal mid-season shuffle within LCKC, it’s anyone’s guess who is officially on each roster but a majority Tempest team definitely set strong foundations for the game. Division one consisted of:

Dan Hawthorne
Ash Alfonso
Sam Waller
Faz Flintham

And the second division:

Tom O’Callaghan (Captain – me)
Karl Sears
Abbie Mycroft
Shannon Hibbett

with Jay Popat as rolling sub.

The game started slow and lacked a lot of pace for the first 5-10 minutes. Nottingham seemed scared to make a move and we were happy to relax in defence and set up carefully in attack. Gradually the pace picked up and Leicester benefitted greatly. Our pace in passing and drive to win the ball was palpable. I rolled off and Jay slipped on as we took our second change of ends. With some beautiful intercepts, exceptional pressure and a good number of shots made and defended we finished the half up by 3 (i think?!).

Half-time team talks called for more of the same and Sam setting us the challenge of finishing on 12 goals. I added that we should be at least 5 clear and so, with that in mind, on we went.

We began the second half and quickly reached a change of ends where Karl came off for me. 2 more goals quickly followed and Karl was back on for Ash. In the last 15 minutes Leicester were running the show. I came off again and Ash joined Jay. Abbie, Shannon, Jay and Ash locked down the defence while Dan and Sam, supported by Faz and Karl made runner after runner.

At the final whistle it was 5-12. We smashed our half-time goals and left Nottingham with our first win in two seasons. The only thing left to do was hit the town for celebratory drinks!

 

Our next game is away to DMU 1 on Thursday 21/01 – lets see if we can make this a streak!

Leicester Tempest vs. Notts. Uni 4

Our second game of the season and Leicester 3rds (Tempest) took on Nottingham Uni 4 at home. With our excellent team performance resulting in a 10-10 draw from two weeks before in mind, we were keen to bring the same passion and structure into this game.

Our team consisted of 4 Tempest veterans, 4 new season starters and 1 debut. Division one consisted of:

Ash Alfonso (1st half)
Karl Sears (2nd half)
Neil Robinson
Tara Swan
Shannon Hibbett (on debut)

And the second division:

Tom O’Callaghan (Captain – me)
Mark Nicholson (1st half)
Ash Alfonso (2nd half)
Abbie Mycroft
Gemma Morgan

The game got off to a rocky start with Nottingham opening the scoring very quickly. Although they were a boy short on one division, Nottingham used that to their advantage against our relatively inexperienced team. Luckily, we’re made of stronger stuff and we soon locked the defence back down.

Scores proceeded fairly evenly with Nottingham only 2 up by the end of the half. Defence from Leicester was solid and, exploiting the non-shooter in our division, Abbie and Mark created some fantastic 1-2’s resulting in some fantastic runners by Abbie. On the other side of the court our defence was impeccable but a lack of structure and movement let us down in attack.

We began the second half and quickly reached a change of ends where Ash came off for Karl, giving the second division a much-needed injection of pace and enthusiasm. 2 more goals quickly followed and we brought Ash back on for Mark. In the last 15 minutes Leicester were running the show. Gemma, Abbie, Ash and I were locking down the defence while Neil made some unbelievable collects from Karl’s shots and Shannon’s runners. Tara played exceptionally in support, always making space and helping keep the division moving. Shots were coming thick and fast and Nottingham were struggling to get within reach to defend. Unfortunately for us, none of them made it through the korf and, despite our best efforts, the score remained the same.

At the final whistle it was 5-7.

Overall, our defensive game was outstanding, especially against a tricky 3 person division. We struggled in attacking structure, a few technical points and knowledge of the rules and in shooting towards the end. Luckily, the biggest part of our game is looking great and it’s just the finer details we need to polish. So here’s to seeing the whole team at training more often so we can bag ourselves a win!

Special shout outs go to Abbie for scoring 4, Mark & Abbie for an outstanding partnership, Neil for some exceptional collects, Karl & Mark for outstanding 1/2 games and to Shannon & Tara for being thrown in at the deep end!

Honourable mention to Matt for refereeing – a thankless task that should never go unappreciated!

Our next game is away in Birmingham on Saturday 21/11 – onwards and upwards!

Leicester Tempest vs. Nottingham Magic 3

Yesterday saw Leicester 3rds (Tempest) take on Nottingham Magic 3 for our inaugural game of the season. Coming off the back of a season without a win last year, Tempest had everything to prove and nothing to lose.

Our team consisted of 4 Tempest veterans, 3 debuts (for both the club and the sport!) and 2 guest appearances. Division one, kindly lead by guest player Craig consisted of:

Craig Allison
Neil Robinson (1st Half)
Ed Rainbow (2nd Half)
Tara Swan (on Debut)
Chloe Studley

And the second division:

Tom O’Callaghan (Captain – me)
Mark Nicholson (on Debut)
Abbie Mycroft (on Debut)
Gemma Morgan

The game started well with our first division in attack. Craig quickly gave us the lead and (from memory) we were 2-0 up at the change of ends. The second change of ends was slower to arrive as our less experienced division struggled to find our feet in attack. Luckily we had plenty of time to practice thanks to some solid defence from Neil, Craig, Tara and Chloe.

The second half started slowly but soon kicked up a gear with 4 or 5 goals in around 5 minutes. Mark found his feet and after a couple of defended calls found an incredible 1-2 with me to sink one of the best crafted goals i have ever seen for Tempest. Abbie and Gemma held tight for us in defence and between the two of them, Mark and I had no excuse for staying still and we were soon shooting more regularly.

Across the other side of the court, Ed Rainbow was bringing a new energy to the division and making some fantastic collects. Tara had found her stride in defence and, with the help of Chloe, was beginning to mark Notts’ girls out of the game. Even between divisions we saw some brilliant partnerships emerging. Tempest have often struggled to clear a party ball but Craig and Abbie found each other with laser precision in every instance, keeping the flow of the game moving beautifully.

When the final whistle blew it was 10-10.

Overall, we improved hugely throughout the game and forced a brilliant opposition to do the same. Team discipline is next on the agenda as the score could have tipped our way without a few unfortunate penalties. The team showed great energy and enthusiasm, chasing every stray ball and making Notts work for every point. It was a very hard earned draw that made for one very happy captain.

Special shout outs go to Craig for scoring 3, Chloe for stepping into the breach and helping us field a full team, Mark & Abbie for an outstanding debut, Tara for a fantastic debut and a first goal and for Ed for a great goal also!

Honourable mentions also for Neil and Ed for great 1/2 game performances, Ash and Aine who sadly couldn’t play due to injury and to Dan for refereeing – a thankless task that should never go unappreciated!

Our next game is at home on 15/11 – onwards and upwards!