Each fortnight Epigram Sport features one of the university’s less well-known sports. This week Nick Main tells us everything you need to know about Korfball.
Korfball is a hidden gem of university sport. A Dutch game derived from basketball, netball and handball, it is unique in the sense that it is a gender equal, with four boys and four girls making up a team.
We’re on our way to the BUCS South/SouthWest Regionals!! Stay tuned for news on the progress of our 1st and 2nd teams
— Bristol Uni Korfball (@bristolunikorf) February 4, 2017
The club’s four competitive teams have enjoyed a lot of success of late and are currently the fourth best university side in the country, with the aim of being one place better at the end of the season.
Although Korfball is a relatively small sport, there is plenty of opportunity for match play in both the BUCS competition and local adult leagues.
The rules are straightforward and it is incredibly fast paced. The movement rule is similar to netball, but you can take a couple more steps with the ball, whilst shooting is very similar to basketball and the tactics are similar to that of handball. It’s a real mix and it’s easy and fun to pick up.
Bristol have a number of highly qualified coaches and England Youth Internationals that will help you on your way to the national level.
This year has been very exciting for Korfball. The first team is flying at the moment and are top of the local league and are aiming to win the title and get promoted to the second tier of national Korfball which would be an incredible achievement.
Got some spare time this Saturday? Love korf/want to know what it is/support Bristol Uni in their first BUCS weekend? Just really want to see Mike Cooper, the accidental poster child of university korfball? Then come to the Bristol University Sports Hall (Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health) on Tyndall Avenue between 9am and 5pm THIS Saturday 3rd December! Bristol 1s, 2s and 3s will be battling it out with teams from Cardiff, Exeter and Cardiff Met! @bristol_sport @bucssport #mightymaroon
Certainly the arrival of two first years, who have played at a high standard before joining Bristol has made a big impact and they will be the lynch pins of the team for many years to come.
The second and third teams also have strong chance of success in their respective competitions. The standard of the fourth team this year has been unprecedented and a number of players have been playing at second team level.
The club training sessions are on a Sunday in the Sports Hall from 5- 7.15pm. No matter what sports you have played before, you will always fit into the club.
The current first team captain was playing rugby last season and has since converted to Korfball; you never know what could happen.
For more information on how to get involved head to facebook.com/bristolunikorf.
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