On the final day of the IKF WKC 2019 in Durban, South Africa, the remaining ranking positions will be decided. Half the teams finished their campaign yesterday, the other half will do so today.
In the first game, Asia Oceania colleagues Hong Kong and New Zealand meet for 17th place. After that the top eight teams will sort themselves out. Longstanding European rivals Portugal and Czech Republic contest seventh place; EKC silver medallist Germany and Pan American champion Suriname meet in a battle of styles for fifth; Chinese Taipei and China clash to decide who will stand on the lowest level of the podium; and then the final, Belgium versus The Netherlands, this years instalment of the oldest rivalry in korfball, yet again, with the gold medal at stake.
We await with eager anticipation.
On Saturday, 10 August 2019 (Day 10) will be played the following final games:
|09:00||Ranking 17/18||HKG – NZL|
|10:45||Ranking 7/8||POR – CZE|
|12:30||Ranking 5/6||GER – SUR|
|14:15||Ranking 3/4||TPE – CHN|
|16:00||Ranking 1/2||BEL – NED|
*Venue : UKZN Westville Campus Indoor Sports Centre
From 1 to 10 August 2019 the IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 is taking place in the city of Durban, South Africa. Twenty national squads are competing to be the new World Champion in this 11th edition of the most important international korfball tournament.
In this post you will find a daily updated recap with all IKF press reviews, results, best images and videos from all games played during this day.
– Day 1 press reviews ► www.korfball.sport/ikfwkc2019-day1-review
– Day 2 press reviews ► www.korfball.sport/ikfwkc2019-day2-review
– Day 3 press reviews ► www.korfball.sport/ikfwkc2019-day3-review
– Day 4 Rest day
– Day 5 press reviews ► www.korfball.sport/ikfwkc2019-day5-review
– Day 6 press reviews ► www.korfball.sport/ikfwkc2019-day6-review
– Day 7 press reviews ► www.korfball.sport/ikfwkc2019-day7-review
– Day 8 press reviews ► www.korfball.sport/ikfwkc2019-day8-review
– Day 9 press reviews ► www.korfball.sport/ikfwkc2019-day9-review
Day 10 final reviews, results, rankings & videos:
|9:00||17/18||HKG-NZL||21-19||📺 / 📊|
Hong Kong and New Zealand know each other well on the korfball court, due to meeting frequently at Asia Oceania events over the years. Off court they are close friends, otherwise keen rivals. These two ‘frenemies’ met today in an IKF WKC ranking game for 17th place. A close first quarter saw Hong Kong achieve the slightest of margins, 6–5, through superior shooting accuracy particularly from Kwok Kuen Ham. Hong Kong pressed that advantage home at the start of the second period to build a four goal lead, at which point New Zealand stepped up, particularly through Torsten Ball and Boris van Bruchem, to bring the score even at half time by 11–11. Three goals in the third period from the hot hands of substitute Chelsea Ruiz turned the advantage around in favour of New Zealand, though the margin was still slight at 15–16 with 10 minutes remaining. At the start of the final quarter the lead swung back to Hong Kong, Wing Yan Tsang scoring crucial goals, though New Zealand kept pegging back. With five seconds remaining Ham scored the deciding goal, his ninth of the game, and Hong Kong had secured 17th place. Final score: 21-19.
|10:45||7/8||POR – CZE||16-17||📺 / 📊|
After disappointing in their previous game, against Suriname, the Czech Republic was determined to leave a more positive impression on this tournament. Renata Havlova helped drive them to the start they needed with three early goals. Portugal, also smarting after their defeat to Germany fought back as the first half proceeded, and the battle between the two big guys, Pedro Correia and Alexandr Vyroubal, both inside and out, was an intriguing feature. At half time the Czechs had the lead 7–10. Portugal closed the gap, though couldn’t take the lead, with Tiago Luz and Havlova doing the damage at each end. Injuries have been thankfully rare at this tournament, though Luise Costa suffered a suspected Achilles injury late in the third quarter and was carried off. With 10 minutes remaining the Czech Republic was ahead by 13–14. Luz squared the scores, then Havlova struck straight back to re-establish her team’s advantage. Two missed penalties in quick succession looked to have undone Portugal’s recovery, then Ana Cordeiro pulled it back. Havlova again took the lead for Czech, and time was running short. In Portugal‘s final attack, with 32 seconds to even the match and initiate a golden goal period, they managed to put the ball up four times, though each opportunity was forced, the shots did not drop, and eventually possession was retrieved by grateful Czech hands, signalling the end of the contest, and the Czech Republic gaining the tournament’s seventh place. Final score: 16-17.
|12:30||5/6||GER – SUR||16-8||📺 / 📊|
A tense, low scoring first half in the game to decide the fifth and sixth rankings was edged by Germany, thanks largely to the accuracy and speed of Steffen Heppekausen, who scored four goals in two dynamic minutes, profiting from the ability of the Germans to nullify their opponents’ rebound focused game, which worked so well to strangle the Czech Republic two days ago, though not so well today. At half time the score was 8-6. Germany scored three in the third quarter, while, despite their efforts, Suriname scored none, their energy over the past 10 days spent as opportunities were rushed and shots landed nowhere. Suriname went scoreless for 14 minutes, during which time Germany scored six, and the game was effectively over, Germany claiming fifth place. Final score: 16-8.
|14:15||3/4 – Bronze||TPE – CHN||25-16||📺 / 📊|
This is the first time two Asian teams have a met in a medal game at an IKF WKC. Both teams started with sharp intent and productive attacks, sharing goals evenly for the first few minutes before Chinese Taipei eased to a lead, 8-4 at the end of the first period. Chinese Taipei making the most of the experience, speed and accuracy that their female players bring to the game. Plenty of supporters, for each team, made for a lively atmosphere in the hall. China made up ground at the start of the second quarter, then Chinese Taipei stepped up the intensity another notch to re-gain and then extend their advantage, 13–7 at half time. Shuby Chu and Ya-wen Lin were doing most of the damage for their team, while captain Ricky Wu was also chipping in with some important goals. For China, Xi Wang was impressive. In the third period, despite good goals by Dongjie Zhang and Jammy Zhao, Chinese Taipei managed to keep their distance over their opponent and the lead after 30 minutes was 19-12. In the final quarter, perceiving they had won, Chinese Taipei started to loosen up. Despite leaving the game after 29 minutes, Wu was top scorer in this game, with seven, in what may be his final IKF WKC. Opposing captain Zhao scored four to take her tournament total to 39, which is likely to make her the top individual scorer for the tournament, unless something outrageous happens in the final. Chinese Taipei take bronze. Final score: 25-16.
|16:00||1/2 – Final||BEL – NED||18-31||📺 / 📊|
After ten days of action and 69 games, the final brought the latest episode of international korfball’s longest running rivalry. As usual The Netherlands started as favourites in front of a large and boisterous crowd, supplemented by the players in the other 18 teams, who wanted to witness the sport’s pinnacle international spectacle, many of whom had already started their post tournament celebrations. For TeamNL, Celeste Split and Marolijn Kroon were full of attacking purpose, while goals from Belgium’s Saar Seys kept her team in touch. However, the most spectacular moment was the final play of the quarter, when Jari Hardies made and Lars Courtens ‘scored,’ which unfortunately for Belgium, failed to beat the buzzer. At quarter time the score was 4-9. In the second quarter The Netherlands continued to go about their work, their female players continuing to lead the scoring, though Jessica Lokhurst entered the game to slow down Seys, who was the Diamonds’ most potent attacking force. At half time the score was 10-20. Belgium kept pace in the third quarter, matching the energy and speed of their rivals, and after 26 minutes Wim Scholtmeyer introduced three players off the bench, one of whom, Harjan Visscher, scored an excellent long shot with almost his first touch of the ball. At three quarter time the score was 14-25. As the game proceeded to its conclusion, TeamNL started to increase the style, with some champagne korfball, including a great goal made for Visscher by Olaf Van Wijngaarden. Split left the game to great appreciation from her team mates and the rest of the fans after scoring seven, probably this final’s dominant player. The Netherlands take gold, yet again. Final score: 18-31.
Referees & jurys daily apointments
More information about the tournament
Official websites of the tournament ► www.korfball.sport ► www.ikfwkc2019.com
Live streaming games, results and statistics on ► www.worldkorfball.sport
IKF WKC History event booklet ► Read .pdf document
Discover more from all participants reading #TheTeamFiles Interviews ► korfball.sport/wkc2019