Brazil wins Pan American Korfball title and qualifies for IKF World Korfball Championship

With a clear and deserved 20-10 victory over Colombia, Brazil has won the First IKF Pan American Championship, and has qualified for next year’s IKF World Korfball Championship in Belgium.

Following yesterdays golden goal victory against Colombia, Brazil was a light favorite for the title, but a close match was expected. The first 15 minutes Colombia was the better team, with a well-organized European style defense organized by coach Tilbert La Haye. Despite the considerable length disadvantage, Colombia daring took the lead with a goal by Stephanie Canizales. Brazil had difficulty keeping the score level in the first 15 minutes, due to the tight defense, but also avoided the Colombian women making the large number of goals that they made yesterday. However, after 20 minutes, leading 4-3, Brazil in three minutes increased the gap to 7-3 with goals by Wallace Cruz, Fernanda Cardoso, and Daniel Ferreira. The gap gave Colombia a strong blow, from which it never recovered in the remainder of the game. After the half-time break, Brazil cruised to 12-7, when Colombia suddenly made two goals and a short tense period occurred in which the Colombians had several opportunities to close the gap to 2. Andressa Silva however took away any further expectations of the Colombian by scoring 13-9 in the 39th minute. After that, the match was over and Brazil easily expanded the gap to finally win by 20-10. Michele Iatarola and David Ferreira lead the Brazilian scorelist with 5 each, and Juan Lerma topped the Colombia list with 4. Brazil’s women performed very well in defense, keeping the Colombian women to only 3 goals, while they scored 8 between them.

Brazil 1st IKF Pan American Korfball Champion

Brazil is the first IKF Pan American Korfball Champion.

In the final they did beat Colombia 20 – 10. At half time the Brazilians were 7-3 in the lead. The topscorers in the final are Michele Iatarola and Daniel Ferreira, both from Brazil, each with 5 goals. (more to follow)

Daniel Ferreira was the male topscorer with 20 goals in the event. Michele Iatarola was the female topscorer with 18 goals.

Colombia and Brazil, clear candidates to play the final for the IKF Pan American Korfball Championship

After the first day of competition, countries participating in the tournament settled their possibilities for the upcoming days:  Colombia and Brazil are the candidates to play the final after their good results of the first day and it appears that the Mexican team is going to be too weak at this moment to be a contender for the other two countries in the tournament.

After the withdrawal of Argentina, the Colombian team reinforced their aspirations to fight against Brazil for the place in the next IKF World Korfball Championship. A consistent victory of 14-23against the second team of Brazil, replacing Argentina after their withdrawal, is going to boost the aspirations of the Colombians against the host country. The game was close in the first 10 minutes, but after an impressive scoring performance of the Colombian girls the difference was bigger before the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second half the game was very well controlled. Great performance indeed of all the Colombian girls who showed great capacities to score goals and specially Virgina Caicedo who finally became the best scorer of the game with 5 goals.

In the other game of the day Brazil presented its credentials as a main candidate to be the first Latin American country in the IKF World Korfball Championships. The host team beat Mexico by 40-7 lead by Daniel Ferreira and Michelle Iatarola, each of them with 10 goals,  and could show in front of their crowd all their potential.

Brazil eager to perform for ‘torcida’

In the final days leading up to the 2014 IKF Pan American Korfball Championship the host team has prepared in Americana, Sao Paulo, under Portuguese coach Jorge Alves, with an intensive programme of daily training sessions and a full schedule of promotional activities.

Twenty players, led by Rio de Janeiro State Federation (FECRJ) president Daniel Rivillini and members of Sao Paolo State Federation (FCESP) Luciana Bortoleto and Thiago Barbacena, have undertaken numerous promotions, aiming to encourage school students to support the Brazilian team participating in the event, as well as a large network of physical education teachers in the area. Activities have been held in the Escola Sesi Santa Barbara, Escola Objetivo, ETEC Americana, Esesc Sao Paulo, Metrocamp Campinas, Ses Americana and UNE Sao Paulo

This is a great opportunity for the Brazilian team to perform in front of local supporters, and consolidate progress since their two-week training camp in Portugal in February 2013.

In front of its own ‘torcida’ and determined to put on a great show, the squad is focused on becoming the first continental champion, thereby qualifying for 2015 IKF World Korfball Championship.

Withdrawal of Argentina

Unfortunately, the Argentinean Korfball Association has advised the IKF that, due to the difficult economic situation in its own country, the Argentinean team was not able to raise the funding necessary to participate in the 2014 IKF Pan American Korfball Championship.

The competition committee has decided to maintain the schedule of four teams, including a second team from Brazil to replacing Argentina. Games played by this team will, however, be out of the competition.

Mexico set to feature in first ever IKF Pan American Korfball Championship

As the 2014 IKF Pan American Korfball Championship approaches, the competing teams are finalising their preparations for the continent’s inaugural international tournament, in Americana/Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 31 January to 2 February.

As is usual in international korfball, in addition to technical preparation, the teams have been working hard to raise the funding needed to participate in the event. Players representing host Brazil, and fellow South American international newcomer Colombia, have developed their passion for korfball and their skills in the game through many years of guidance provided by instructors under the IKF Development and Education Committee. They now have the opportunity to test themselves in their first experience of international competition.

Mexico, however, has taken a different path. After some years of self-taught korfball, motivated by the prospect of participating in the IKF Pan American Championship, physical education teacher Alfonso Espinal contacted the IKF to request technical support, therefore maximising the opportunity for the young Mexican players to make the most of their experience at the tournament.

Alfonso Espinal teaches at the high school academy for physical education in Escuela Superior Educación Física (ESEF) Cuautla, 150 kilometres from Mexico City.

“We started regular practice here in Cuautla two months ago, and decided that going to the championship was a good way to consolidate our learning process,” he says.

As a consequence, an IKF Level I course was run in Cuautla from 24 to 26 January, with a group of 35 ESEF students led through the course by DEC director Albert Vidanya and IKF instructor Dick Kalkman, who will advise coach Espinal in an intensive week of training and through the tournament.

Alfonso Espinal expects his team’s experience in Brazil will provide a great boost for the development of Mexican korfball.

“We want to keep progressing during the korfball championship, and bring the best knowledge back to Mexico, therefore maintaining the process of growth. Our main aim is to build up the federation, for which we need six states. While we already have foundations in Estado Morelos, Estado de Guerrero, Estado de México and Distrito Federal, we are also actively looking to establish korfball in two more states, and therefore formalise the statutes for the national organisation,” he said.

Colombia ready for first international korfball experience

With just a few days to go before the start of the 2014 Pan American Korfball Championship, the Colombian team is ready for its first international experience. Led by Pedro Sanchez, the team had an intense preparation programme over the past few months, comprising four training sessions per week. Colombia trained in the open-air coliseum that served as the successful korfball venue for last year’s World Games: a place with special memories for the players and officials of all eight countries that competed in that tournament in Cali.

Most players set to represent Colombia are students of the university la Escuela Nacional de Deporte. This university supports its students by giving those who made the selection a korfball scholarship, as well as providing the team some financial support. Most of the Colombian players selected for the national team have played korfball seriously for over a year. While some became inspired watching korfball during the World Games, only a few talented players of this new group made it to the final selection.

Every single player is eagerly anticipating the start of the tournament. For each this is their first opportunity to play an official IKF game, and the chance to finally experience the rewards of all the dedication and effort they have put into korfball over the last year.

IKF EShield 2014

The IKF Europa Shield 2014, like almost every previous editions, is one of the most exciting European tournaments of the year. Due to the absence of Dutch and Belgian clubs, other European nations have the opportunity to compete at an equal level. Even the Hungarian team that ended on the last place gave many opponents a hard time. Undoubtedly , teams from nations with strong competitions, had a clear advantage. This was shown by the teams from the organizing country, or should we say region. However it took a golden goal for the former champion, Vallparadis, to qualify for the final, leaving the German opponent to struggle for bronze.

The Hungarians forced their opponents into a golden goal. They much appreciated the chance they got to play good matches far more interesting than within their own competition. Kingfisher (ENG) ended 7th, Brno (CZE) 6th, Adler Rauxel (GER) 5th.

Because of the close gap of the playing level, because at the end of the tournament players get tired, the play got rough which was more or less the case in the struggle for the third place. Anyway Schweriner (GER) was able to beat a very good team from Portugal coached by the enthusiastic Carla Antunes.

The final game was a thriller in the first half. When former champion Vallparadis forgot to score out of many opportunities it was “golden boy” Sergi Gabriel to lead his team to a well earned victory therefore leaving the Shield in Catalonia.

This was a tremendous tournament again with a grand final. Many thanks too multiple volunteers from IKF and from local bodies.

IKF Europa Shield 2014

Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January 2014 the next IKF Europa Shield takes place in Vilanova y la Geltru, Catalonia.

Eight teams will compete to become the 2014 IKF Europa Shield winner. The participants and the match schedule are available on line as well. See under Events.

IKF Europa Cup 2014 ranking

After an exciting event in Papendrecht, The Netherlands, the 48th IKF Europa Cup came to an apotheosis. The final between PKC/Hagero and K.C. Boeckenberg was the best we have seen for ever since the 1st Europa Cup in 1967. Topkorfball of 2 topteams and a very good referee team; Lukas Filip as referee and Steve Jones as assistant referee made a remarkable match.

A record number of 58 goals in the final (31-27). An unpredictable end result till the dying minutes. The PKC venue was sold out. And the over 1,500 enthusiastic supporters created a tremendous atmosphere.

Rank Team Country
1 PKC/Hagero NED
2 Boeckenberg K.C. BEL
3 N.C. Benfica POR
4 VKC Kolin CZE
5 SG Pegasus GER
6 Trojans ENG
7 Barcelona K.C. CAT
8 State University HSS RUS
10 Zemun SRB
11 Bonson FJEP FRA
12 Edinburgh City Korfball Club SCO

PKC achieved another record. This was in total their 11th IKF Europa Cup. The first was in 1979 and the previous cup – number 10 – was in 2006.

PKC/Hagero wins IKF Europa Cup 2014

PKC/Hagero has won the IKF Europa Cup 2014. The Dutch champion won the cup by defeating K. Boeckenberg K.C. from Belgium with 31-27, in maybe the best Europa Cup-final in history. The Belgians were on their way to a surprising win, but PKC repaired a Belgian four-point-lead and secured their win in the dying minutes.

Boeckenberg had an excellent start: 1-5 after 5 minutes, with three goals out of the hands of Nick Janssens. PKC had to go in the counter-attack, but due to the defensive pressure from the Belgians, the Dutch had a lot of scoring problems in the first 15 minutes. But in the last 10 minutes before halftime, PKC closed a 8-11 gap, and equalized at 12-12. Boeckenberg took the lead again, but PKC replied immediately and took their first lead in the dying seconds of the first half by a penalty (16-15, Johannis Schot).

In the second half, the first goal was made by PKC, but Boeckenberg refused to capitulate. PKC always was in the lead, but Boeckenberg never was down and out, especially by eleven goals out of the hands of Jesse De Bremaeker. And when Davor Duronjic scored 27-26, a Belgian equalizer was near. But PKC replied immediately, with goals from Danny den Dunnen and Johannis Schot (29-26). Boeckenberg scored once again (29-27), but the goal of Laurens Leeuwenhoek (30-27) in the last minute was the decider. Final score: 31-27. A exciting match with two winners: PKC/Hagero and the crowd (over 1,500 people), who have seen a high-quality-final. And a match without a real loser, for K. Boeckenberg K.C. has played as a winning team. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t enough, but they proved today that the Belgian korfball maybe is on a higher level than ever.


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