Hawks 1 travelled to newly promoted University of Nottingham 1 and started the game brightly, taking an early lead through an Annie Pinder shot from the back of the court. Nottingham responded with three goals and the game was shaping up to be a close affair. Unfortunately, a bad injury to Gilan Atherton about 10 minutes into the game led to Hawks having to play the rest of the game a player down, and the disadvantage was decisive. With the score 13-3 at half-time, Hawks rearranged their divisions and this led to more fluid play in the second half, with Taj Odin particularly impressive, but it was still not enough to prevent Nottingham extending their lead to 22-5. Three late goals from Hawks narrowed the gap and showed that we were prepared to fight till the final whistle, but ultimately Hawks fought a losing battle; final score 22-8. Hawks host Leeds City 1 at Parrs Wood in their next fixture on Sunday 25th October.
Matchday Squad – Gillian Atherton, Kristina Brubacher, Stuart Carvel, Steve Doyle, Stephen Holman, Helen Moylan, Taj Odin, Annie Pinder
Hawks 1 started the 2015/16 season with a home game against University of Birmingham 1. The visitors took an early two goal lead, but Hawks fought back with some good shooting from Gill Atherton and Steve Doyle. The teams traded goals throughout the first half, with Birmingham leading 9-6 at the break. Hawks closed the gap to two goals within 30 seconds of the second half beginning with Gill Atherton scoring a penalty. The two teams again matched each other goal-for-goal, including an excellent long shot from Jay Patel, until Birmingham ran away with the game in the last 15 minutes with a flurry of goals as Hawks tired; final score 9-21. Hawks next opponents are University of Nottingham 1, who they travel to on Sunday 18th October.
Matchday Squad – Gillian Atherton, Kristina Brubacher, Alex Crampton, Steve Doyle, Stephen Holman, Maz Lyons, Helen Moylan, Taj Odin, Jay Patel, Kathryn Stockdale
Shot-clock – Jack Perryman
Saturday 3rd October, Hawks 1, Manchester pre-season tournament
The firsts started the 2015/16 season with a pre-season tournament hosted by Manchester City Korfball Club. Comprising nine fellow Central England Korfball League teams, the tournament provided a good run out for Hawks 1, with Dan Suen making his Hawks debut, and Kristina Brubacher, Kathryn Stockdale and David Braley getting their first tastes of competitive korfball! Hawks started the tournament well with a two goal win against local rivals Manchester City, followed by a hard-fought 4-4 draw against the University of Nottingham. This was followed by a strong performance against Lancaster University, with the game ending 10-4. The final group game against the University of Birmingham saw Hawks lose narrowly by two goals, but the two wins and a draw saw Hawks finish the group in second place, and progress to pool two in the afternoon of the tournament. Hawks were joined in the pool by Leicester City Tornados, who edged the game by a single goal, and the University of Nottingham, who convincing won the rematch as Hawks ran out of steam late in the day. However, as coach Steve Doyle put it, “We didn’t look out of place, we played to a good standard, and those making their korfball debuts did really well”. The tournament also allowed several members of the club (Amy Chandler, Dan Suen, Jack Perryman and Stephen Holman) to become shot-clock trained, meaning that we now have several people qualified to perform shot-clock duties on CEKL match days, the first of which is Sunday 11th November, so come along and show your support!
Matchday Squad – Gillian Atherton, David Braley, Kristina Brubacher, Amy Chandler, Steve Doyle, Stephen Holman, Natalie Ishmael, Helen Moylan, Taj Odin, Jay Patel, Kathryn Stockdale, Dan Suen