EIKT 2017

Hawks headed up to Edinburgh in January for their international korfball tournament. 24 teams attended with the majority from the UK but with a couple of Dutch teams, a Swedish team and a Portuguese team.

6 Hawks set off Friday morning on the train up to Edinburgh and indulged in a spot of sightseeing before heading to our shared flat in Edinburgh’s new town. After settling in and bagsying a bed we stayed in the flat for games and pre-drinks. The flat was amply accommodating and had a few ‘characterful’ features. The remaining Hawks joined us Friday evening then we all headed off to the Friday social in the old town.

After a good night’s sleep (for some) it was an early start and a quick taxi to the tournament. Hawks got off to a typically fast start beating Edinburgh City 9-5 – it was one of those games were all the shots were dropping even the longys – then wooping Leeds (unspecified) 6-0. We then played a good Bristol Thunder side and went down 2-7. Next up were two close games in which we came out as the losing side against Edinburgh Uni 2 (4-6) and Team Holland (2-3).

So it was back to the flat for a sluice down and change for the evening’s festivities. In the meantime the later arriving Hawks went off to do a bit of sightseeing while the rest chilled out in ‘the village’. First there was a brilliant Ceilidh (held in a hall somewhere in the new town) with a Peggy Mitchel-esque caller who was brusque but with a heart of gold. We all got to dancing having a ball and at the end there was an impromptu demonstration of a ‘basket’ in which a few of us covered ourselves in glory….or not. Then it was off to da (officially sanctioned) club. For a bit. Then it was to Bedfordshire.

Turns out we did well enough to go through to the second day in the middle third of the competition. First up we had a good game against a ‘passionate’ Nova team (the Portuguese) which finished 4-4. Unfortunately we weren’t successful in the penalty shoot-out but no matter on to the next game. Here we all played really well and beat Cardiff Raptors 4-3 to play-off for 13th/14th place. In the last game we gave it our all but went down to ‘Pat’s team’ (no idea) 2-5 to finish the competition in 14th place. Not bad, not bad at all.

After heading back to the flat again it was not long before most of us had to say farewell and depart back to Manchester. Three Hawks stayed on another night, had a relaxed Sunday evening and then conquered Arthur’s seat on the Monday.

Top scorer of the weekend was Mr Jay Patel with 11 Korfs. Others to Korf a Korf or two: Amy 6, Jack 6, Anne-Marie 3, Leanne 3, Bruce 2, Stephen 1 and Kristina 1.

A thoroughly enjoyable time had by all; we’ll be back to get that top 10….