This is the match schedule for Day 2 at the IKF Europa Cup 2019. During this 3-day event, national champions from eight European countries are competing for the “Alfons Janssens” trophy. The last two editions were won by the Dutch national champion TOP/SolarCompleet. Who will be the 2019 champion? Follow it here!
Ranking pools after Day 1
Final ranking pools after Day 2 Morning games
IKF ECUP 2019 Day 2 Match schedule & updated results
Friday, 11 January 2019:
|9||9:00||A||Benfica (POR)||Trojans (ENG)||13-14 GG||📺 / 📊|
|10||10:15||B||Brno (CZE)||Pegasus (GER)||15-17||📺 / 📊|
|11||11:30||A||Boeckenberg (BEL)||Marmara (TUR)||16-13||📺 / 📊|
|12||12:45||B||1908 SZAC (HUN)||TOP (NED)||9-18||📺 / 📊|
|13||16:30||For places 5-8||Benfica (POR)||Brno (CZE)||9-8||📺 / 📊|
|14||17:45||For places 5-8||Marmara (TUR)||1908 SZAC (HUN)||7-17||📺 / 📊|
|15||19:00||1st Semi final||Trojans (ENG)||TOP (NED)||5-21||📺 / 📊|
|16||20:15||2nd Semi final||Boeckenberg (BEL)||Pegasus (GER)||17-12||📺 / 📊|
Day 2 Morning games
Day 2 Morning reviews
Benfica – Trojans GG: 13-14 (regular: 13-13) (half time: 8-10)
We should be able to plan the key games for the evening session. Obviously this match was decisive for places 3 and 4. This means struggle, passion and effort between two teams equally strong.
None of the competitors could create a margin and there was never a decrease of tension. All what is needed for a top game was there, close defence, attacks interrupted by the sound of the shot clock, blocked shots and beautiful tactical plays. The smallest of margins with 5′ to go in favour of Trojans forced the Portugese to take risks and the English were not prepared to suffer from the same mistakes as before against Boeckenberg. (12-13)
With 11″ to go Benfica managed to equal the score with a golden goal scenario as a result. The first English attack being unsuccessful, the second one was the good one. After what they showed in the previous matches, maybe a well earned victory.
So typical for korfball that losers and winners embraced each other despite joy and disappointment!
Brno – Pegasus 15-17 (6-6)
Also now one could expect a close game. And although the tempo was much slower with less scoring, it remained an interesting confrontation. One could feel that this match would only start after the break.
After some tactical instructions of the coaches we noticed more speed but mixed with rougher actions and infringements but also more goals. This is exactly what was needed to please spectators. The Germans , due to a better rebound in attack, took the lead in Q3. Too many easy shots from a close range were missed by Brno attackers with time unavoidably running out.
Boeckenberg – Marmara 16-13 (10-5)
The fact that after the first quarter the Belgian champion had the lead (2-1) against a qualifier from the first round forces to say that Belgian korfball is going through a crisis.
Luckily there was a bunch of sheering school children to encourage the Belgians where the present korfball community was astonished by the performance of the Turkish team that was able to score 13 goals!
Szac – Top/Solar Compleet (2-10)
It was an opportunity for the Hungarians to show the strong progress they made the last years against a B team of Top.
As indicated earlier Szac did not play their best tournament, leaving the best players on te bench. The reserves still have a long way to go. Defence maybe was all right but just two scores score after 16′ is not very inspiring.
Top, on the other hand, amused the public with unconventional attacks with one handed running in shots.
The second half was the better one fro Szac. Was it not for the playing level, shots went in more easily to stroll to an acceptable final result
Day 2 Evening games
Day 2 Evening reviews
Benfica – Brno 9-8 (4-6)
The match that would decide who was going to play for places 7-8 or 5-6 seemed to be in favour for Brno at least in the first half.
And even later it remained unpredictable what be the outcome. Two teams eager to avoid first rounds played too carefully and therefore too slow. This made it easy for defenders to prevent opponents from shooting and on top we marked many attacks without shots.
At the end it was the inspiration of the best Portugese player that sentenced Brno to a trip to Saint Etienne.
Marmara – Szac 7-17 (4-9)
Marmara completely missed their start and was condemned to a pursuit all the way through the match.
It was very unfortunate that Marmara was unable to repeat a previous performance which would have given a hard time to the Hungarians. At the end it became a walk over.
One may hope that Marmara will seize a chance during a first round tournament to qualify for 2020.
Trojans – Top/Solar Compleet 5-21 (2-9)
What can you say in favour of a team that scores only 2 goals in the first and three in the second half time? That it was overpowered by a Dutch champion that is ready for the final!
Trojans played a good tournament so far but it was swiped from the floor by a quick, athletic and powerful Top with an outstanding female scoring machine.
Trojans, with their minds set on the match of the day after, did what they could but that was not enough to prevent the opponent to enjoy the public with dynamic korfball. An opportunity for the English to bring in reserve players to savour high level play.
Boeckenberg – Pegasus 17-12 (9-7)
Much attention for this match. Interesting to find out whether the Germans, like in the Europeans, were able to upset the Belgians. When this was maybe the case in the beginning, too many bad decisions and passes, gave Boeckenberg the occasion to create a gap (6-3)
When shot clocks were replaced due to technical failure Boeckenberg immediately scored two perfectly countered by the Germans keeping the game on the highest level of tension.
Boeckenberg, at the start of Q3, now played the better korfball, whereas Germans were trying with individual actions. With an unstoppable Nick Janssens, after a sabbatical period, the match was decided minutes before the final signal.
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IKF ECUP 2019 Day 3 Match schedule (Finals)
Saturday, 12 January 2019:
|17||12:30||Brno KK (CZE)||Marmara (TUR)||21-11||📺 / 📊||7th-8th|
|18||14:30||NC Benfica (POR)||1908 SZAC (HUN)||13-12 GG||📺 / 📊||5th-6th|
|19||17:00||Trojans KC (ENG)||SG Pegasus (GER)||25-11||📺 / 📊||Bronze|
|20||19:00||TOP (NED)||Boeckenberg (BEL)||31-16||📺 / 📊||Final|
|20:30||MEDAL & CLOSING||CEREMONY|