Get ready for a Storm in the SKL!

Just over a year after creation, Northern Storm will make their Scottish Korfball League bow in Glasgow on 7 September. Fresh from promising performances at ‘Mavs Mania’ and their very own ‘Storm In A Teacup’ tournament day the Tynesiders are looking to surprise a few of the regulars in Division 2. StormKorfball.com spoke to Club President, Lee Guest, Coaching Coordinator, Kyle Crombie, and Club Captain, Jack Sanderson, regarding their landmark debut season.

SK.com: So Lee it’s Storm’s first season in the SKL, how does it feel to be included in an internationally recognised league?

Lee: “It’s great that the SKA has had the courtesy to invite us into their second tier. I’m looking forward to challenging for promotion whilst still giving as much match time as possible to developing players.”

SK.com: And Kyle, what do you feel will be the benefits of joining the SKL to the club’s squad?

Kyle: One area which slowed the development of Northern Storm in 2013/2014 was the lack of regular fixtures. The experience and understanding of korfball that can be gained through fixtures is invaluable and so to be joining the Scottish League is another huge step in the so far incredible progress of Northern Storm. In the second division, Storm will face teams consisting of players with mixed experience which will provide Storm with great competition and some very close matches.

SK.com: So Lee and Kyle, what are your goals and targets for Storm this season?

Lee: “I’m hoping for the obvious which would be promotion but also further development of the club, such as building a team for the future and hopefully getting our second team up and running. Hopefully we’ll have some fun along the way.”

Kyle: Promotion is obviously the main goal but arguably more importantly is just giving as many of our members regular match practice throughout the year and making new korfball connections with the teams in Scotland. If we can recruit some more female players then Storm will be looking very strong for entering two teams in the league next year. The majority of our members have been playing korfball for less than a year with new players coming along all the time so providing regular matches through the SKL, friendlies and tournaments is the best platform for the future development of the club.

SK.com: With the international experience of Giannis (Sarrigiannis), Kyle (Crombie), Adam and Naomi (Maynard) and also the SKL experience of various others, how crucial are they to the success of Storm this term?

Lee: The inclusion of players such as Helena Corner, Kyle Crombie and Rachel Leigh Brown offer their team the added knowledge of the SKL league, teams and its players, which will undoubtedly help Storm’s newer players settle into the SKL over the coming months.”

Kyle: Having past and present international players as part of our club is also a huge advantage for our new members. Beginners can learn from their years of experience while the more experienced players also gain from regular practice of the basic korfball strategies and movements while also helping out with some coaching. A good mix of experience can really help to develop everyone’s game and make sure that as a club we are always moving forwards.

The Northerners are currently starting to make strides to create more opportunities for youth korfball in the area and could currently name three under-18’s in match-day squads this season. Since the announcement that Storm would be joining the likes of Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow in the SKL, club coaches have placed fitness and game practice as top priority in recent sessions. Storm skipper Jack Sanderson tells us about the current mood in training and what his Dunston based side can bring to the league.

SK.com: After travelling a lot over the last year, what’s the general mood like in training towards the inclusion of Storm into the SKL?

Jack: “The travelling will always be a talking point with Storm in the Scottish league, but the group are all looking forward to the challenge of being part of a league. We are hoping that a good victory will make the long drives more than worthwhile. While travelling can be tough it also brings a lot of bonuses through team bonding and those comical moments that will stay with you for years.”

SK.com: Is there anything you can tell us about the way your side will set about their korfball this year and what you can bring to the league?

Jack: “Northern Storm is set up as a social club and we look to take that aim on to the court with any team. We will be looking to play well-structured korfball in our first year in the league. With the players we have and the training we have put in I expect good high levels of energy from our team along with high levels of ability.”

Kyle: “From watching top level korfball and playing against some of the best players in the world there is one main difference between the top teams and the rest. The best teams in the world don’t try to over complicate korfball; all they do is the basics, but very well. This comes from practicing since they were 5 years old. I want to use the same strategy for Storm this year and try to keep our approach as simple as possible and focus on doing the basics better than the other teams. If we can do that then it could be a very successful year for the North East’s first korfball club.”

Northern Storm kick off their first SKL campaign on 7 September against hosts Glasgow City 2 and Dundee 1. Track their progress on StormKorfball.com, @StormKorfball on twitter and ‘Northern Storm Korfball Club’ on Facebook.

Storm in a Teacup- Storm 2 match report.

Northern Storm hosted their debut korfball tournament day last weekend (21th July) where thankfully the weather turned out to be reasonably fair, the ever-growing Northerners again fielded two teams for the tournament. A full strength Storm 1 side featured returning players Ben Smith, Kyle Crombie and Giannis Sarrigiannis whom all missed games at Dundee, Saints and Leeds over the last few months, Storm 2 welcomed club captain Jack Sanderson, Jade Slater and Julia Clark to their ranks.

 

Storm 2 kicked off the day against Glasgow City side naming two female Scottish internationals in their ranks, the Scots took the lead within the first five minutes from a long range effort but Storm struck back with Adam Maynard earning two back to back penalties but only capitalising on one. Uni prioritised on scoring drop offs and notched two in quick succession, Houmark combined with Maynard to score a running in effort just before the break. A breather at half time gave Storm that little bit extra for Frankie Cole scoring a drop off from collect to tie the game at 4 a piece. Storm 2’s hard work was to only be revoked as Glasgow broke and finished a tidy period of play with a running in shot finding the korf with just moments to go.

 

Storm 2 looked to improve on their previous ventures against Edinburgh City from Dundee and St Andrews last month, but was punished following a succession of long efforts had flown in and long periods of chasing the ball. The visitors took advantage of the in-experienced Storm side scoring a succession of running in shots, their defense only marred by a very respectable effort from range by Sanderson took the tie to 4-1. The same story followed with a 9-4 defeat against Scottish champions and eventual winners Edinburgh Mavericks but Storm 2 put up a good fight with Frankie Cole, Adam Maynard and Jade Slater all featuring on the score-sheet.

 

Storm 2 met Storm 1 after lunch but again, the second string took a 10 minute barrage against the relentless first’s, with the likes of Naomi Maynard, Anthony Mannall and Giannis Sarragiannis all amongst the scoring. Half-time welcomed the debut of Michael Brown, the hosts regrouped and the defensive work of Amy Reynolds and Adam Hedley (whom had Craig Davison in his proverbial ‘pocket’ for the whole of the second half), closed out the persistent attacks and held the deficit to 4-0. Storm 2 took ended the day strongly against Edinburgh Uni with the students edging the game 5 – 4 a series of spectacular efforts from Houmark and Sanderson maintained the Northerners pride.

 

Following the day; we caught up with Storm 2’s James Houmark who said “It’s always disappointing to come last, but we’ve learnt a lot today, the guys who’ve came down here from Scotland have been so supportive to both our teams. As a team will be looking to improve further in the coming weeks and hopefully surprise a few in Leeds next month. I think, on behalf of Storm 2 we’d like to thank Lee (Guest), Ben (Smith) and Kyle (Crombie) for their tireless efforts in putting the day on and the excellent training in the run up to our first tournament on home-turf. On a personal note it’s great to see my close friend and now teammate Michael Brown make his debut for Northern Storm.”

 

 

Storm 1

Storm 2

Kyle Crombie (c)

Lee Guest

Craig Davison

Ben Smith

Anthony Mannall

Giannis Sarrigiannis

Helena Corner

Ruth Shield

Naomi Maynard

Rachel Leigh Brown

Jack Sanderson (c)

Adam Maynard

James Houmark

Michael Robson

Michael Brown

Adam Henley

Frankie Cole

Julia Clark

Jade Slater

Amy Reynolds

 

Storm in a Teacup 2014 Tournament Report

Storm in a Teacup pic

Northern Storm Korfball Club has just held its inaugural Storm in a Teacup tournament on Saturday 21st June, just less than a year after the club was founded. The venue was our training and home ground at Kingsmeadow School, Dunston, Gateshead, where camping was provided on the sheltered school field for both Friday and Saturday night. After set-up of the tournament site on Friday evening, NSKC and some members from other teams decamped to the local pub, the Poachers Pocket, for last minute arrangements, team chats and general alcohol-fuelled bonding and merriment.

Then followed a peaceful night of camping on the school field. We apologise to anyone awoken by Anthony’s 5 AM wake-up call for Lee for a gym session, which he had agreed to when drunk, which was not going to take place for some obvious reasons.

Any korfballers who hadn’t camped overnight at the site or who had chosen to stay in local hotels made their way to the site for a 9 AM start to the day of korfball. The barbecues had already been lit and prepared for breakfast and lunch, tea/coffee facilities were set up, soft drinks were put on ice and the cake stall was laid out.

What then followed was a morning and afternoon schedule of 6 x 30-minute matches with a 20-minute scheduled lunch break. All teams played each other in a 7-team league format with the top two teams returning for the grand final just after 5 PM to decide who would take home the unique and highly sought-after Teacup trophy.

Many thanks to all the teams that made it to Storm in a Teacup which included some of our soon-to-be SKA adversaries in the form of Edinburgh Mavericks, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh City, and Glasgow City, as well as our EKA friends Snakebite from Sheffield, and of course our Northern Storm 1 and 2 teams.

After an action-packed day of korfball played in sunny and warm conditions, it was Edinburgh Mavericks who topped the table and entered the final against Northern Storm 1 who had finished 2nd. Having beaten Edinburgh Mavericks 6-4 in the league format, Northern Storm 1’s hopes were high going into the final, but Edinburgh Mavericks stepped it up a notch in the final and came out 4-2 winners and ended the day drinking Smirnoff Ice from their hard-won Storm in a Teacup trophy.Storm in a Teacup 2014 Winners

After showers and recovery from the day’s exertions, all the teams grabbed some food and reconvened in Newcastle city centre at Sam Jack’s for a quick drink and to check that everyone was wearing their snazzy Northern Storm Korfball wristbands for admission to the night’s social in the Groovy Wonderland VIP section of Tiger Tiger. Many pitchers followed as we valiantly tried to reach our agreed bar bill to get our room hire fee refunded. We’ll smash it next year!

On Sunday morning the barbecues were lit for a final time and bacon butties and sausage sandwiches went some way to soften some dull heads from the night before. Our remaining korfball buddies made their way home and a group effort tidied up the site and we reflected on what had turned out to be a well-organised, fun and successful tournament.

 

Many thanks again to all the teams who made it, it really wouldn’t be worthwhile without you obviously, and to all the NSKC’s friends and family (including Harvey the baby and Maisie the Old English Sheepdog) who helped out on the day, watched the games, or supported our club by buying from our barbecue and cake stall. We hope that everyone had as much fun as we did, that we’ll see you again next year, and that you will tell other teams that they really need to be at Storm in a Teacup 2015.

All the day’s results can be viewed below:

Edinburgh City Edinburg Mavericks Edinburgh Uni Glasgow Northern Storm 1 Northern Storm 2 Snakebite
Edinburgh City X 2 – 5 4 – 1 4 – 5 3 – 6 5 – 1 7 – 4
Edinburgh Mavericks 5 – 2 X 9 – 3 8 – 6 4 – 6 9 – 4 6 – 4
Edinburgh University 1 – 4 3 – 9 X 5 – 2 5 – 6 9 – 5 4 – 4
Glasgow 5 – 4 6 – 8 2 – 5 X 1 – 5 5 – 4 1 – 4
Northern Storm 1 6 – 3 6 – 4 6 – 5 5 – 1 X 4 – 0 3 – 4
Northern Storm 2 1 – 5 4 – 9 5 – 9 4 – 5 0 – 4 X 1 – 4
Snakebite 4 – 7 4 – 6 4 – 4 4 – 1 4 – 3 4 – 1 X

 

Team Points GF GA GD
Edinburgh Mavericks 15 41 25 +16
Northern Storm 1 15 30 17 +13
Snakebite 10 24 22 +2
Edinburgh City 9 25 22 +3
Edinburgh University 7 27 30 -3
Glasgow 6 20 30 -10
Northern Storm 2 0 15 36 -21

 

Final

Edinburgh Mavericks 4-2 Northern Storm 1

Storm surge shocks St Andrews

SKL new boys (& girls) Northern Storm took to the beaches of Saint Andrews last weekend as Saints KC hosted their annual beach tournament. Fielding two teams Storm looked to improve on a recent promising friendly performance against Leeds City in April, even with the absence of experienced players Helena Corner, Ruth Shield, Giannis Sarrigiannis and Scotland international Kyle Crombie.

Storm 1 opened their campaign up against Dundee, Lancaster University 3  and Saints 3 in the group stages and toped the group with two wins and a draw with free-scoring Craig Davison and loanee Cathy Campbell (Ed Uni 1) capitalising on some well worked team plays.  Storm then beat a Lancaster University team in the quarter finals.  An experienced Edinburgh City side met the Tyneside hopefuls in the semi-finals, a tight game battled by tired feet pounding the sand looking for a place in the final but neither team could find that crucial goal to seal their opponents fate, crucial defensive work from Guest and a tireless Davison ensured the draw taking the tie to penalties. Storm struck first with Nikki Bramley scoring at the first time of asking, so too did Ed City, it came down to the final set of penalties with substitute Bagnall’s effort bouncing out from the back of the korf and the Scots lead away with a well fought victory. Storm were announced in 3rd place after the absence of Glasgow City deemed them to have forfeited the 3rd/4th match, but this placing proved testament to the team on the day and the hard work put into the day on and off the beach. Placing third in a highly regarded competition is Northern Storm’s first major success and everyone at the club will try to ensure this is retained and improved on in future years.

Storm’s second string featured a more in-experienced development side with Frankie Cole as captain, whose team started sharply, or very sharply with Adam Hedley forced off the pitch with a piece of shell lodged in his foot, with a dominant victory against Saints 6, but then faltered against a strong Dundee first team. Hedley returned and form was quickly restored against an Edinburgh University side boasting two Scottish internationals, narrowly missing out in a 2-1 defeat with Reynolds finding the korf for Storm to make it 3-1. Whilst only walking away with 3rd bottom for the tournament Storm 2 could leave St Andrews with the experience of playing against a first string Dundee side, strong performances from Hedley and skipper Cole provide the good hope for first team roles in the future.

Dundee Day welcomed back traditional 8 v 8 games, Storm continued with their winning mentality from the previous day, starting against Crocs, Storm took an early 2-1 win, with borrowed Anna Stewart (Ed Uni 1) notching both goals for Storm. Familiar faces met before lunch with the Dunston-based club hoping for revenge, took on Edinburgh City in a tight encounter where City ran out winners after again, a late City penalty put to bed Storm’s chances of getting out of the group stages.  Houmark marked his full Storm debut against Saints with a goal whilst Sanderson and Lee Guest looked surprisingly quick off the mark following a night spent in a Toyota Yaris as the hosts of the previous day took the plaudits winning 6-1. Harsh refereeing against Lancaster had seen many left red faced as Storm were punished for conceding free passes, penalties and were well beaten. The captain’s post-match team talk provoked a positive reaction within the ranks with Storm coming back strong against Ligers (Lancaster Alumi) with a notable performance from Anthony Mannall scoring two individually worked korfs from range, but his spectacular efforts still were not enough to overpower Ligers who took advantage of heavy legs in the Storm ranks. After winning the Team Spirit Award at Edinburgh, an already energy drained Tyneside group again put their own stamp on the day putting forward a ‘scratch’ VIII to end the day with Jack Sanderson (Judas) playing the pantomime villain featuring in the select VIII to face his own club. Frankie Cole stepped up to score a thunderous effort from distance whilst Mannall introduced his own Harlem Globetrotters brand of “sexy korfball” much to the delight of his team and on-looking spectators. The final score was 4-4 which took the game to sudden death penalties. Guest stood to take the first one which he scored with ease, then up came Edinburgh Uni’s Make Garbutt, bowing to the pressure and missing for a Storm win. Storm eventually ran out 9th Place out of 12.

As ever, Northern Storm would like to thank Saints, Dundee and their organisers for the weekend, which was enjoyable for all involved, we also thank and hope to see the other teams and referees, at our very own tournament ‘Storm In A Teacup’ in late July (See below for details.)

 

Storm 1 (Beach Korf) 3rd/24 Storm 2 (Beach Korf) 20th/24
Jack Sanderson (c)

Lee Guest

Craig Davison

John Bagnall

Nicola Bramley

Cathy Campbell (Ed Uni)

Frankie Cole (c)

Amy Reynolds

Anthony Mannall

Adam Hedley

James Houmark

by James Houmark

Northern Storm announces the North East’s first ever outdoor korfball tournament.

Storm in a Teacup picWhen?
• The tournament will take place from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd June with all games taking place on Saturday 21st of June 2014.

Where?
• It will be taking place at our training venue, Kingsmeadow, where games will be played on astro- turf and similar surfaces.
• We are only 2 miles from Newcastle City Centre and less than a mile from the A1, right by the Metro Centre.
• We are 20 minutes away from Newcastle International Airport or 10 minutes from Newcastle Central train station.

How much?
• The cost of the tournament will be £40 per team, payable by cheque or bank transfer.

Accommodation?
• We are camping on the venue’s playing fields which offer ample space. This will be at no further cost. This is available on both the Friday and Saturday nights.
• If camping isn’t for you then don’t worry as alternative accommodation can be arranged on request as there are plenty of hotels and B&BS in the area.
• There will be 24hour shower and toilet facilities and a BBQ breakfast and lunch throughout the Saturday and on Sunday morning; these, amongst other refreshments, will be for a small fee.

Socials?
• Socials are being arranged for both nights, this WILL include a night out in the legendary Newcastle on the Saturday night.

We would love to see you here for what we’re sure will be a great weekend of korfball and social shenanigans. If you are interested then please get in touch by 30th April-

lee.guest@stormkorfball.com.

Thanks

Northern Storm

Northern Storm Leeds Tournament Report

Following the romance of Valentine’s day, Northern Storm headed south to take part in the Leeds Korfball tournament. This would be a return to the first days of the Club after making a previous tournament appearance at Leeds in the first few months of the club’s existence. Optimism was high as everybody knew how far the club had come in those months and looked forward to what was going to be an exciting day of korfball.

The day got off to a very tough start. Storm’s first opponents were Birmingham Uni, fresh off their victory at the Southern Regionals and looking ahead to the University National Championships in a few weeks. Birmingham were further boosted by the return of some strong alumni players. Although Storm got off to a good start, experience began to show and Birmingham were able to take advantage of defensive mistakes to take the lead. A missed Storm penalty with the score at 1-0 could have made the difference had it just managed to drop inside the korf but in the end a Giannis Sarrigiannis goal was not enough and Birmingham ran out 5-1 winners. Storm did not have to wait long for another chance to prove what they could do but again came up against tough opposition in Leeds Uni 1sts. Bragging rights were also on the line as Storm debutant, John Bagnall, was coming up against his own girlfriend in this game. A strong start was rewarded when Mary Clarke zipped past her defender to score a running-in shot to put Storm in the lead. However, some strong Leeds shooting allowed them to pull 3 goals back to take the lead. Another Giannis mid-range shot set up a nervy final few minutes but despite some strong play, Storm were just unable to find that cutting edge and find the crucial equaliser. Despite being on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat, a much improved Storm performance gave the entire squad a boost heading into their next game against Sheffield Hallam 2nds. Storm could not have got off to a better start in this one as with less than a minute on the clock, Helena Corner stepped up to sink a long-range veer to put Storm in the lead. The Storm-Edinburgh connection then linked up again literally seconds later as Helena found John for another veer shot which marked his Storm debut with a korf. At the other end, Hallam managed to sneak another one in with 5 minutes still to play but some very strong defensive work meant that Storm were able to see out the game to claim their first victory of the tournament. With one final game to play of the initial group stages, Storm were aiming to finish as high as they could for the all-important ranking games of the afternoon. Storm’s last game of the morning came against Leeds City 1sts, the final game in what could be considered the tournament’s ‘group of death’. Storm went 1-0 down but a Jack Sanderson penalty levelled the scores. Another strong defensive performance kept the scores level for quite some time and Storm were unlucky not to take the lead. However, City were able to grab two more goals to win the game 3-1. The defeat hurt but only left Storm more determined to win both of their afternoon games to finish as high up the rankings as possible and they did just that.

The afternoon games were extended to 15 minutes which meant more concentration and effort would be required to take home the victories. Storm’s first game saw them taking on a strong Leeds Uni 3 side which included several Leeds Uni first team players. Korfs were exchanged like for like in the opening period of the game with a Giannis mid-range shot and a John penalty meaning the scores were tied at 2-2 after 10 minutes. Some good attacking work led to Storm winning another penalty and Giannis did not disappoint, putting it away to give Storm the lead. Yet another very strong defensive display managed to keep Leeds out and allowed Storm to seal the victory. This left Storm facing Hallam 1 in their final game of the tournament. Storm took control of the game early on and never really looked like relinquishing their stranglehold. Early goals from Helena and Ruth which were added to by Giannis meant that Storm took a commanding lead. The highlight of the game though came with 10 minutes gone when John took the ball in feed before Fran came in to run the block. John spotted the defender out of position and gave Fran the ball before physically turning her round to take the shot and korf, her first in Storm colours. Her confidence was then so high that she managed to grab a second minutes later and sealed a dominating victory for Storm, leaving the final score 5-2.

Overall Storm finished the day in 17th position out of 20 but having won half of the games played, everyone left feeling pleased with how the day had panned out and looking forward to future tournaments ahead.

P: 6 W: 3 D: 0 L: 3

Overall position: 17/20

Goals:

Giannis 5

Fran, Helena, John 2

Ruth, Mary, Jack 1