Abingdon (2) 12 – 6 Oxford Uni (2), Abingdon (3) 6 – 5 Reading (2) and Abingdon (3) 7 – 3 Oxford City/Uni/Isis (3)

A feast of korfball this afternoon! Abingdon 2 played their final league match of the season, and Abingdon 3 also played their final two development matches. What would the afternoon’s endeavors serve up?

First up were Abingdon 2 in the uber-sexy Bolivia kit, hoping to finish the season unbeaten. And out of the traps they sprung in positive fashion, starting strongly and a couple of goals up in no time at all. Juan-Miguel’s rocket arms had been serviced recently, and they were operating on full power today with a couple of ultra-high long shots falling nicely. More nice goals and very patient defending against a “won’t-be-rushed” Uni side meant Abingdon 2 went into the interval 7-2 up.

On came Tayebeh and Shirlaine for a second half run-around, and the goals continued with most people getting on the score sheet at some point, including a lovely shot from Tayebeh and reward for Katie M’s enthusiasm despite nursing a tentative ankle injured in training the other week.

A final scoreline of 12-6 brought down the curtain on a fantastic season for Abingdon 2. Coach Alex was so tickled pink that he had already purchased a bottle of fizz to mark the occasion, and so out into the breezy car park we went for a quick after-game celebration. Well played Abingdon 2!

With the plonk necked quickly, we all tottered back indoors for the first A3 match of the afternoon. Only Gerard and Dave from our beginner pool could make it this afternoon, but fortunately an army of Abingdon 2 players had been drafted in (some might call it bullying on my part) to help out.

And a good job too, because up against us first was a very useful looking Reading 2 side who would give us a stern test. Tight stuff this one, with neither side giving much away. Juan-Mi was up to his stratospheric tricks again, but it was our newer contingent who really turned on the style in this match, with Tayebeh and Shirlaine both scoring lovely shots to give Abingdon 3 a slender 3-2 half time lead.

Second half saw much the same – tight stuff and squeaky bums for those on the sidelines watching and cheering(?) us on. Step up our newer contingent again, with Tayebeh rewarded for another lovely shot. Gerard was an angry man after Ireland’s loss in the rugby on Saturday, and he channeled his aggression into trying to break the record for most ground covered in a korfball match. His reward was a very nice running in shot goal. And crucial these final goals turned out to be – at the end Abingdon 3 had squeaked home with a 6-5 scoreline.

Haribo were munched whilst two other development teams slogged it out, and we were were also treated to a few minutes of Laurence practising penalties USING TWO HANDS (Caroline are you reading this?!) But eventually it was time for our final A3 match against a City/Uni/Isis triple combo of new players. Could Abingdon 3 make it 6 wins out of 6?

A more workman-like performance this one, with the scoring getting stuck on a couple of occasions. Nevertheless, Abingdon 3 stuck to their task, and Dave and Gerard were determined to make impressions in their final development league outing – Gerard trying to run another marathon and Dave trying to get into collect, feed and long shot positions as many times as possible, great efforts by both of them. Laurence reverted back to his single-handed tricks, and along with Bhairavi and Katie all contributed to give Abingdon 3 a half time lead of 3-0.

More goals were scored after the break though as the Oxford medley got themselves on the score sheet. But in between it was a tale of two people. Firstly Katie M decided to beef up her statistics for the season, and after an early miss whilst fine-tuning her radar, kept ice cool from then onwards and sunk some lovely penalties to give her a personal tally of 4 in the match.

But Alex B, you missed a coach’s dream in this match! Gerard with the ball, straight into feed, ran straight at the post, arms up high, up went the ball, and not a chance of missing on the way down. Text-book running in shot, and after all the excitement Abingdon 3 celebrated with a final scoreline of 7-3, and 6 wins out of 6 overall. Well done to all our beginners! Unlike Alex’s earlier efforts there was no fizz to celebrate – the team had to make do with left-over Haribo and half a stale sandwich left in my kit bag from yesterday (oops).

Well played everyone, another successful Abingdon korfball afternoon 🙂

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