2014/15 November and December

November started with the 2nds and 4ths heading down to Taunton to play two tough matches that might put a dent in both teams progress for the season. The 4ths stormed into a considerable lead but Taunton chipped away at to leave THunder only one up with seconds to go. Beth telling the team to hold the ball, Jay launched a huge long shot, nowhere near the basket as it hit the back wall but thankfully the final whistle was blown before the game could restart. 4ths won 8-7. On the 2nds and another top game, with Ella finishing off alot of Beths rubbish shots, Harvey marking his boy into submission and Dan controlling the other end. 4nds won 14-11.
The firsts entered November with a game against Nottingham, we welcomed back Angus and Ramzi from international duty, whilst Ruth was resting her dislocated finger. They also welcomed players back from International duty and their added experience made the difference as they ran out 22-16 winners.
The third team took on Bristol City 2 and although they traded goals for much of the first half a couple of tactical changes by them at half time led to a 19-9 win for our rivals across the City.

After the Nottingham game the 1st team played the next 5 weekends, scored 81 goals, conceded 40 and took 5 wins to leave them top of the Regional League and 2nd in the Promotion division going into 2015. This included a tight win against Southampton and a more comfortable win in Manchester to get two of our longest away trips out of the way.

The 2nd team end 2015 2nd in SWKL1 with one loss to Bristol Uni who have taken the league by storm, but we have kept our goal difference up and therefore a close win in the reverse fixture might make the difference.

The 3rd team performances have improved week on week and that first win in SWKL1 is not far away and this will hopefully give confidence to move up the leagues. The crunch match against the 2nds was fun, competitive and a great advert for Thunder and Korfball.

Forth team, what can I say other than WOW and AWESOME. We have been legal every game and have only lost one 4th team game this season. They go into 2015 2nd in SWKL2 and putting real pressure on the more established teams in the league.

We have welcomed Rohanna Morris and Zoe Rose back from maternity leave this season aswell as welcoming back many of last season squad after summer sabbaticals.

We have our own Youtube video – Korfaholic

and we have had Korfmas at El Puerto, thanks to Clare for organising and Sam for being Secret Santa

Bristol Post Sports Awards – Finalists

This was the spiel that got us nominated
Bristol Thunder Korfball Club were founded in 2011 and in three years have grown from 7 players to 40. This season the first team won the Western Regional League, involving clubs from Cardiff, Oxford, Basingstoke, Southampton, Gloucester and Bristol, This enabled us to qualify for the Champions Trophy which involved a playoff of 5 clubs for promotion to the England Korfball Premier League, the club came 2nd to unfortunately fall short.
Our 3rd team gained promotion from South West 2 to South West 1 and we created a 4th team to allow more people to experience Korfball in Bristol.

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We did not win but were up against a Football and Basketball team, but it was great publicity for the Club and a lovely dinner with the Who’s who of Bristol Sport for Beth, Dan, Kevin and Sianne.

The season comes to an end

Over the last few months all 3 teams in Bristol Thunder have done us proud.

The thirds have shown they are not too far off other club 2nd teams and have upped the scoring and improved their defence. Despite finishing last in SWKL2 the team has been playing against players with several years korfball experience compared to several months as is the case with most of our 3rds. Spirit was high and they are looking forward to the challenge next year.

The 2nds had some difficult games in the final few games but showed promise for next season. The team has showed masses of improvement, with the majority of the team only starting to play korfball at the start of the year. Some players have taken the step up from 2nd team to be regular 1st team starters throughout the year, demonstrating the improvement going on. The 2nds have taken 7th spot in SWKL 1 losing out on goal difference to Bristol University who took 6th.

The 1sts have finished the season on a high. Despite a disappointing loss to Basingstoke, they have recovered to win their 3 remaining games against the league’s top sides. Thunder beat 2nd place Bristol City 19-14 before beating Cardiff Dragons 19-8. On the final day (dubbed Super Saturday) Thunder 1 hosted Oxfordshire in a winner takes 3rd place match. Thunder never looked like they were going to lose, eventually winning 21-17. Thunder 1 have finished 3rd out of 8 in their debut season at Regional league level. Well done guys!

Taunton prove too hard to beat

The 2nd and 3rds played against Taunton last weekend, however both came away losing their respective matches. The 3rds showed masses of progress with Rohanna scoring some lovely long shots early in the game. Thunder couldn’t keep up with the experienced Taunton 2nd team and eventually lost 12-5. MVPs were Rohanna and Tom – well done!
The 2nds lost a game of penalties, with Taunton winning 14-8. Goals in open play came few and far between for both sides as Taunton again showed their experience to draw in the fouls. There were periods of good play and we hope to maintain this next week against the local teams of Bristol City and Horfield. MVPs were Andy Nye (who had dropped down from the 1st team for the day) and captain Clare Welsh.

Thunder’s all round attack undo inexperienced Cardiff University

Thunder first team beat Cardiff University first team 22-10 with an impressive display. Athletic ability and speed got the better of a spritely Cardiff University, with Thunder outscoring them by 11-5 in both halves.
Crack shot Manavopoulos top scored with 5, sinking an impressive 42% of his attempts. Tessa Bailey set a Thunder personal best with 4 goals, including her first ever running in shot. A long shot, short shot, running in shot and penalty made Beth Ryan the team all rounder. The score could have been even higher but for several short shots going wide from the team.
Well done to Clare Welsh, the second team captain, who was impressive on debut. Definitely a future super star

A round up of December and January

It’s been a few weeks since we last updated you all but here goes…
Thunder 1 have had a mixed few weeks, starting with the best game of the season against champions Cardiff City Cyclones which ended 13-13. The next two weeks saw us beat both Horfield and Cardiff Dragons heavily. After the Christmas break we travelled to Oxford where a frustrating game finished 13-11 to the OKA Select Squad. This past week has seen an upturn with a great victory against Cardiff University (22-10, full match report to follow) and our first trip to London for the rearranged EKA Cup match against Harrow Vultrix. The EKA Cup handicap system awards certain teams a starting goal advantage – we were unlucky to be on the end of a 10 goal head start to Harrow. The game (with no handicap) finished 10-16 to us but unfortunately this translated to 20-16 to the hosts and thus we went out of the cup.
Thunder 2 have played 3 games since the start of December. The first being an amazing result against Taunton 1 with the score ending 11-9. Sianne, Sam A and Clare all scored at least two goals. Next came two heavy losses against two good teams in Bristol City 1 and Horfield 1. Captain Clare showing her class with 4 goals in the first match. We have several players now forcing there way into the 2nd team squad who only started a few months ago (and Stewart has gone further by starting the previous two 1st games – Well done!).
Thunder 3 likewise have played 3 games since the last update. The 3rds have shown why we are doing well as a club – nearly everyone in the team started korfball in the last year. The goals are gradually increasing and it’s looking good! Three losses in the three games but all against 2nd teams from various clubs. Rohanna is leading the way being the joint highest female scorer in the entire SWKL2. Keep it up!

Mixed results on Super Saturday

South West Korfball’s Super Saturday hosted every club in the South West. Bristol Thunder played their league match against Bristol University.

Thunder 3 were first on. The game took a while to pick up pace with Uni leading 2-1 at half time, however Thunder soon laid out a plan and were awarded with 3 goals from tactical plays. Despite this Uni kept scoring. The eventual result was 4-6 to Uni. There were another couple of Thunder debuts!

Thunder 2 went out with the same tactics as the 3rds. Keeping it simple. The goals flew in setting up a healthy lead at half time. The final whistle blew with Thunder winning 12-7.

Boom – Thunder beat Exeter Uni

Thunder 2 and 3 each started their SWKL campaigns with a win! Thunder 3, which composed of several beginners, under new captain Rohanna played really well. Notable points were Roh’s 3 clever running in shots and Maddy’s long shot from several metres out. The game against the Exeter Uni side which also contained mostly beginners ended 7-6 to Thunder.

Next came Thunder 2. Wow! The whole team contributed to the final scoreline of 20-4. The goals were flying in from all angles. Anna B and Sam A got three a piece, Kevin A getting 4 penalties and a goal from open play plus goals from all but one of the starting 8.

Bring on Bristol University this Saturday as part of the South West Korfball Association’s Super Saturday at City Academy 11am-5pm.

Winning start in the EKA Cup

Bristol Thunder’s first matches of the year involved the first team, with two games in the 1st round of the EKA Cup. The competition is a national competition which starts with a 3 way round robin before progressing onto knockouts. Croydon 2 and Bristol City 1 were the opponents.

Starting with Croydon, Thunder started slowly but pulled away to win 13-2. Then came Bristol City straight afterwards which ended 16-9 To Thunder. Well done everybody!