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IKF U21 matches day 6

Friday 11 July 2014 the semi-finals will be played in Olomouc (CZE).

The following matches are in the match schedule based on the pool results:

12.45 TURKEY – POLAND
14.30 CATALONIA – GERMANY
16.15 RUSSIA – CZECH REPUBLIC
18.00 PORTUGAL – BELGIUM
19.45 NETHERLANDS – ENGLAND

IKF U21 EKC day 5

The fifth day had clear target – decide the final ranking of the pools. The first of these deciding matches was the game England against Germany. England started more concentrated, but Germans soon hit back and were ahead at half time 6-5. The second half was balanced until the 33rd minute when England scored three times in the row and this helped to decide the game in their favour, the game ending 18-14 in their favour. England then had to wait until the third match of the day to see if they would finish second in the pool. A win by Poland against the Czechs would place them 4th.

The Czechs started very nervously and it looked that Polish squad may well beat the Czechs, leading 3-1 after 12 minutes. A tactical change by the Czech team changed things dramatically and the Czechs went in at half time 8-4 in the lead. They kept this better level of performance until the end winning 15-7. This result made the English team very happy and Pool B ended with following ranking –

1. BELGIUM

2. ENGLAND

3. GERMANY

4. CZECH REPUBLIC

5. POLAND

In the other pool, Netherlands vs. Turkey was good  learning lesson for the Turks with a clear 28-12 (16-6) win for Dutch squad.

The fourth game of the day, Portugal vs. Catalonia, decided who would finish second in pool A. The Portuguese showed their strength and didn’t give the Catalans any more space than necessary, winning each half of the match in identical scores, 10-7, making the final result 20-14 and placing Portugal in second place.

The last game of the day, Russia vs. Hungary decided the lower rankings in pool A. Russia started better and ended the first half 10-7 ahead. However, Hungary didn’t give up and turned the score round to lead 15-12. At this stage it looked like the Hungarians became satisfied and gave the Russians chances to change the score again, which they did to lead 17-15. Hungary pushed hard to 16-17 and in last minute, despite having very long attack with 8 shots, their bid for saving the game was unsuccessful, making the Russians happy to win. So Pool A ended –

1. NETHERLANDS

2. PORTUGAL

3. RUSSIA

4. CATALONIA

5. HUNGARY

6. TURKEY

IKF U21 EKC day 4

The highlight of the day was the third match between the Czech Republic and England and showed whether either team is strong enough to support their thoughts about a medal. The Czechs definitely showed a promising improvement following their earlier matches and England put their dismal performance of the previous day well out of their system. The match was level at half time at 6-6 with both teams feeling their way against each other. However, in the second half the match livened up and showed differing shooting styles – excellent from the English players and weak from Czechs – with the game ending in a 20-14 win for England, keeping them in fight for second place in the group and the Czechs at the bottom of the pool ranking with zero points. Thursday’s showdown between England and Germany will determine who will reach the semi-final.

The fourth day started with the game between Turkey and Catalonia. The Turks started with better concentration and at half time were 5-4 in the lead. However, the Catalans’ experience prevailed in the second half with the match ending 11-7 in their favour, deciding that Turkey will end on the last spot in the tournament ranking. The second match, Russia vs Portugal, continued with the day’s poor shooting so far, but the Portuguese slowly but firmly built up their lead from 6-4 at half time to 16-10 at the end.

The last two games looked like good training exercises for the top two ranked teams because Belgium overcame Poland easily 33-6 (h/t 14-4) and the Netherlands comfortably beat Hungary 37-13 (h/t 18-5).

IKF U21 EKC day 3

The third day started with game Russia against Turkey. There were no doubts about winner from the beginning as Russia was far stronger. Final score 17-10 (half/time 13-3). The following matches Belgium vs Germany 25-9 (h/t 15-6) and The Netherlands vs Catalonia 36-8 (h/t 20-4) just confirmed the expected victories by two dominants.

In the fourth game the result was clear as well because Portugal overcame Hungary 19-12 (h/t 9-2). The final game, however, produced the best game of the day and the biggest surprise so far when Poland shocked England by winning 21-13 (h/t 11-4). The English started badly and, like the Czechs the day before, seemed to be unsettled by what they considered to be some strange refereeing decisions in the opening minutes. This, coupled with hardly ever having more than one shot per attack (and that mostly inaccurate), led to what was probably the worst England display seen for many years and the Polish team thoroughly deserved their win. To make England’s day even worse, one of their better male players suffered a badly injured knee just before the end and had to go to hospital.

IKF U21 EKC day 2

The second day started with very close and emotional match, Belgium vs England. The English team performed above expectations and spectators in the sports hall saw a really great game. The Belgians seemed to have left their guns in the hotel and needed a kind of luck in winning the match by a narrow margin – 13-12 after a 6-5 half time score.

The second match brought together the teams of Hungary and Turkey. In the first minute of the match there were three goals and the audience was looking forward to a big fire fight. However, the powder keg of goals didn’t explode. However, we got to half time with the score quite close – 8-7 but Hungary turned the score in their favour in the second half wining this stormy game 16-13.

For the Czech audience the most attractive game was the third game in which hosts clashed with rivals from Germany. It took a long time before the first goal was scored by the Czechs but within 10 minutes the Germans built up a three goal lead and held this until half time – 6-9. The Czech players and supporters seemed often surprised with decisions of the referee, so the atmosphere in sport hall became almost explosive. Confrontation between the Czech players and the referee continued in the second half, culminating with yellow cards for Jan Simek and Denisa Kolarova. The Czechs tried hard, keeping within one goal, but in the end failed to overcome the German defence. The match was ended 14-11 for Germany.

For the fourth game of the day we had Catalonia and Russia. The Catalans did not pass well in the first half which led to an increase in goals for the Russian side. Half-time was reached with a score of 7-11 in favour of Russia. In the second half the Catalan coach changed several players, which proved to be a good move, bringing the scores level at 14-14, and at the end of normal time the scores were still level at 19-19. This led to the second match to be decided by a Golden Goal, with the Catalans having lost the day before by this manner. Catalonia scored from first attack and Russian failed to reply in their attack, even getting yellow card for Sergey Glazkov, leaving the final score 20-19 in Catalonia’s favour.

The last match of the day was the Netherlands against Portugal. The Dutch team started quickly and with accurate shots from almost any point on the field took lead, which in the first half increased to 14-6. In the beginning of second half the Dutch coach replaced a whole quartet of players, which brought even faster korfball and more quality shooting opportunities. Portugal also managed to add a few more goals and the match ended with the score 32-13 in favour of the Dutch.

IKF U21 EKC winners

Tomorrow 6 July start the 16th IKF U21 European Korfball Championship in Olomouc, CZE.

THE 15 WINNERS OF THE IKF U21 EUROPEAN KORFBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

1.   1973 – Zutphen                         The Netherlands                    The Netherlands

2.   1975 – Marbella                         Spain   10 May                       Belgium

3.   1976 – Antwerp                         Belgium                                 The Netherlands

4.   1977 – Bochum                         FR of Germany                        Belgium

5.   1978 – Maidstone                      Great Britain                           Belgium

6.   1979 – Hoorn                            The Netherlands                     The Netherlands

7.   1981 – Deurne                          Belgium                                  The Netherlands

8.   1982 – Dordrecht/Papendrecht  The Netherlands                      The Netherlands

9.   1986 – Marbella                         Spain                                      Belgium

10. 1990 – Drachten/ Leeuwarden/ Heerenveen  The Netherlands    The Netherlands

11. 1996 – Wilrijk/ Hoboken             Belgium                                  The Netherlands

12. 2000 – Ghent                             Belgium                                  The Netherlands

13. 2002 – Rio Maior                       Portugal                                   The Netherlands

14. 2006 – Oeiras                            Portugal                                  The Netherlands

15. 2011 – Budapest                        Hungary                                  The Netherlands

 

IKF U21 European Korfball Championship update

The IKF Competition Committee has published in close communication with the local organising committee a revised match schedule for the IKF U21 European Korfball Championship (IKF U21 EKC). See under Events.

This event in Olomouc, Czech Republic starts Sunday 6 July 2014.The first match starts 1245 PM Prague time.

Thru the online IKF software system worldkorball.org you can follow the matches on your Pc or tablet: Worldkorfball link to the IKF U21 European Korfball Championship. For the smartphone you can use the korfball app. Worldkorfball is directly connected to the jury table in the venue.

Eleven teams participate. Wales did witdraw their U21 team from the event.

IKF U21 European Korfball Championship pools and match schedule

The IKF Competitions organised based on the IKF youth ranking 2013 the two pools for the 16th  IKF U21 European Korfball Championship (IKF U21 EKC) to be held from Sunday 6 July to Saturday 12 July 2014 in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Twelve (12) national U21 teams will compete to become the next IKF European U21 Korfball Champion on Saturday 12 July. The tournament starts with round robin pool matches on the first five days. On day six the teams play semi-finals. The last day is finals day.

The pools are:

Pool A
Pool B

A1

NED ;

B1

BEL

A2

POR ;

B2

ENG

A3

CAT ;

B3

GER

A4

RUS ;

B4

CZE

A5

HUN ;

B5

POL

A6

TUR ;

B6

WAL

Wales is a first time competitor in this youth event.

The IKF U21 EKC match schedule is published under Events in the IKF website.

IKF U21 European Korfball Championship

The next IKF U21 European Korfball Championship (IKF U21 EKC) will be played in Olomouc, Czech Republic, in the period 6 – 12 July 2014. Twelve teams will participate in this U21 korfball championship. The Netherlands is the reigning champion since the last event in 2011 in Hungary. The original host in Turkey did withdraw.

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