The 50th IKF Europa Cup started with four matches and the opening ceremony.
The 1st goal in the 1st match was scored in the 1st minute by Hilal Karas from the Turkish champion Marmara University Sport Club. The match against the French champion, FJEP Bonson, was close till minute 45 when Marmara took a five point lead. The end result was 19-13 in favour of Marmara.
In the 2nd match the Polish champion, UKK WUM Warsawa, met the English champion, Trojans. The Polish team took a fast 1-4 lead but at 5-5 the English team repaired the gap. The scoring was high. After 7 minutes the scoreboard showed 6-5. At half time, after 25 minutes, 33 goals were scored (23-10 in favor of Trojans). In the 2nd half another 32 goals were scored and the English showed their commitment. The end result was 42-23.
Match 3 brought CK Vallparadis, Catalonia against 1908 SZAC Budapest – playing out of competition, as replacement after the late withdrawal of he Russian team – in the field. Vallparadis took the lead and extended the lead till 14-7 at half time. In minute 33 the score was 16-9 and fully unexpected 14 minutes later the score was 17-16; with 3 minutes to go! In the last 3 minutes the Catalan team managed to secure the win; 19-17.
After the opening ceremony the Hungarian champion, Szentendre, and the German champion, Pegasus, competed. It was a close match most of the 2 * 25 minutes. Both teams were in the lead and the spectators saw good level of play. At half time the score was 9-10 in favour of Pegasus. The Germans took after 10-10 the lead and were during the remainder of the second half at the good side of the scoring. At the final whistle Pegasus won by 4; 17-21. The referee was Paul Jeanes (ENG). This IKF Europa Cup is his final international event as referee.
These are the final results of today’s matches in the 50th IKF Europa Cup 2016:
Day 2 Game Schedule (Thursday, 14th January, 2016)
Direct links to follow and watch in live streaming all Day 2 matches:
At 11:20 (CET) BONSON FJEP (FRA) – UKK WUM Warszawa (POL)
At 13:10 (CET) Brno KK (CZE) – CK Assessoria Vallparadis (CAT)
At 15:00 (CET) NC Benfica (POR) – Trojans KC (ENG)
At 16:50 (CET) Boeckenberg KC (BEL) – Marmara University Sport Club (TUR)
At 18:40 (CET) PKC/SWKGroep (NED) – SG Pegasus (GER)
At 20:30 (CET) Szentendrei Korfbal Klub (HUN) – 1908 SZAC KSE (HUN)
You can follow and watch all games with live stats and all players info in www.worldkorfball.org
DAY 1 IMAGE GALLERY: Photos by (c) Marco Spelten – IKF Official Photographer
The Hungarian Korfball Association (HKA) has confirmed that it will participate in the IKF World Korfball Championship, due to be held in October and November 2015, despite the fact that some of their stronger players have withdrawn from the team due to a conflict.
This confirmation follows news in the media earlier this week that the Hungarian Korfball Association would have withdrawn from participation in the upcoming IKF World Korfball Championship. These reports turned out to be premature.
Several European countries had contacted the IKF based on the news in the media, indicating their willingness to replace Hungary should the Hungarians not take part. The IKF is very grateful to the flexibility shown by those countries and their commitment in taking part.