Last year brought a year of firsts for Northern Storm; entry to the Scottish League, successes at Saint Andrews and Leeds, the introduction of new players experienced and not. Making 2014 it a pretty hard year to follow. With publicity drives, promotion pushes and not to mention television appearances on the horizon, Storms 2015 looks to be one to remember.
Storm started the year with three convincing wins in korfballs equivalent to a Super Saturday. Dundee 1, 2 and Edinburgh University’s second string were put to the sword by some impressive Storm team play. Mark Coates made his debut and later proved his inexperience didn’t play on his mind at all scoring two screamers from range earning him an MVP in only his second competitive korfball appearance. A hat trick of wins leaves the North Englander’s occupying the top spot in Division 2 with a four point lead over second placed Dundee 1.
Late January etched the world famous Edinburgh International Korfball Tournament into Storm players diaries with a full squad of; Davison, Coates, Sanderson, Houmark, Guest, Shield, Maynard, Lee and Helena Guest supported by two loanee’s from the Scottish capital and of course Fran Henzell who, though injured made the trip to support her side in only their second appearance at the event. With the absence of international experience in Kyle Crombie and Giannis Sarrigianni’s Storm placed a 5th in their group though thoroughly enjoyed their weekend and left with some valuable tournament experience for their newer players.
To finish the month Storm made their way onto the BBC’s ‘Get Inspired’ listings where prospective sports people can browse the site looking for new innovative sports like Korfball and get involved. The BBC state that they had little over a million people browsing the site in January alone and we hope to bear the fruits of featuring on a nationally credited site in the near future. It also brought the introduction of the Northern Storm (Team) App, where the committee hope to have all members signed up for in the next few weeks. Its USP is having all of your necessary data stored in one area, it currently features; links to the league table, events, team chat, news and a currently under construction roster area where you’ll be able to view the profiles or your team mates, find out which melodies get them pumped pre-match and check out their korfball credentials (You might need to clear some space in your diary for Kyle’s).
25th March. Save the date, the cameras and presenters of regional television programme Made In Tyne & Wear will be trying their hand at korfball at our weekly training session at Kingsmeadow. They’ll be watching, interviewing and even taking part in some drills with the group, Storm hope to promote Korfball to their viewers and also that they’ll come down and give it ago.
Plans are being put in place for Storm In A Teacup with the dates finalised as 20th and 21st of June, last year Storm put out two sides in our tournament with the view to give players match experience and also to show off what they’ve learnt from our fantastic coaches. Socials are likely to be held on both nights making this an ideal time to get familiar with team mates and also those who will be coming down to try their hand at taking the Storm In A Teacup, teacup trophy from holder Edinburgh Mavericks.
Since the turn of the year with our play korfball for free offer we’ve seen a significant spike in the numbers at training, on behalf of the committee I’d like to formally welcome Brian, Clare, Mike, Steven, Phil, Kim and Georrgi to the club and hope that they’ll continue to give the first team a push for places in the very near future. I’d also like to congratulate Kyle and Helena on featuring for Scotland in the Inter-Areas held in Bristol last week.
New kit has been added to the Storm Store! Sports bags, beanie hats (essential for Dundee!) and raincoats (Also essential for Dundee) have been added… visit http://goo.gl/V1CQeX for more details!