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.”
Kyle Crombie (c)
Rachel Leigh Brown
Jack Sanderson (c)