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IKF awards 2023 WKC to Taipei and 2027 WKC to the Netherlands; EKC 2022 to the Czech Republic

The next IKF World Korfball Championship in 2023 will be held in Taipei (TPE), following a decision of the IKF Council announced here in Durban, South Africa. In a parallel decision, the IKF awarded the 2027 IKF World Korfball Championship to the Netherlands, who had prepared a bid with Rotterdam as the main location. The Netherlands had prepared their bid for 2023, but had confirmed that it would upheld its bid for 2027 after the initial secret vote by the 9 members of the IKF Council.

IKF President Fransoo announces the hosts of the 2023 and 2027 WKC

IKF President Fransoo announces the hosts of the 2023 and 2027 WKC

IKF President Fransoo: “With awarding this series of Championships we reward the outstanding bids received, and also lay out a clear path for the next decade for our global competitions: The World Games in the United States in 2021, the WKC 2023 in Taipei (TPE), TWG 2025 in Chengdu (CHN), and the IKF WKC 2027 in the Netherlands. The next step is to now align this roadmap with the CTKA, ChKA, and KNKV with our strategic roadmap for the next decade. We are very confident this will be great for all athletes and for the sport at large”

Taipei 2023

The bid developed by the Chinese Taipei Korfball Association offers an extensive four year program for further marketing of korfball across Chinese Taipei, and providing extensive hosting support to the participating nations. The competition will be played in Taipei, and has received extensive support from the Taipei City government, with a personal effort by Mayor Wen-Je Ko, and from the Sport Administration on the island. With Chinese Taipei currently ranked 2nd in the world, and missing the final of this year’s World Korfball Championship in South Africa by a mere golden goal loss in the semifinal, the IKF WKC will be held in Chinese Taipei for the very first time. The previous WKCs were held twice in Asia (China and India), once in Oceania (Australia), once in Africa (South Africa). The remaining edition have been held in Europe.

Netherlands 2027

Similar to Chinese Taipei, the Royal Netherlands Korfball Association KNKV had prepared an extensive and professional bid, with support of the Mayor of Rotterdam, The Netherlands Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Sport, among many. The bid excelled in a vision of focusing on sports excellence, with a first-ever athlete village to be created with temporary housing in the Rotterdam Ahoy’s Sports and Convention complex that would be converted to a World Korfball Village, and extensive multi-year partnerships between the strongest clubs in the Netherlands and the envisioned 24 countries that would take part, under the banner “Twinning is Winning”. The IKF and KNKV have agreed to jointly investigate to what extent the partnership program could already start within the next few years. The vision is fully embeded in global korfball’s Olympic ambition, for which the IKF Congress had laid out a first roadmap earlier in the week.

Czech Republic

The Czech bid for the 2023 IKF WKC did not make it. However, the Czech Korfball Association had in parallel submitted a bid for the IKF European Korfball Championship 2022, and the IKF Council awarded the CzKA the elit competition, only second in size and impact after the WKC. The championship is strongly related towards multi-year school development with which the Czechs plan to double their membership in the next 3 years.

 

Images: Marco Spelten

IKF World Korfball Champion 2019: The Netherlands!


The IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 has its champion: The Netherlands! 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.

Podium gallery

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By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

 Time For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
16:00 1/2 – Final BEL – NED 18-31 📺 / 📊

Bronze medal game review

 Time  For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
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.

IKF WKC 2019 Final ranking

 Position  Country Qualified for TWG 2021
1 The Netherlands Yes
2 Belgium Yes
3 Chinese Taipei Yes
4 China Yes
5 Germany Yes
6 Suriname Yes
7 Czech Republic Yes
8 Portugal Yes
9 England
10 Catalonia
11 Poland
12 Hungary
13 Slovakia
14 Australia
15 Japan
16 Ireland
17 Hong Kong China
18 New Zealand
19 South Africa
20 Macau China

 

More information about the tournament

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From 1 to 10 August 2019 the IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 took place in the city of Durban, South Africa. Twenty national squads were competing to be the new World Champion in this 11th edition of the most important international korfball tournament.

All the games were live streamed through IKF YouTube channel and on IKF data website www.worldkorfball.sport together with all the results, statistics, top scorers and updated ranking pools.

– 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 press reviews ► www.korfball.sport/ikfwkc2019-day10-review

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

This tournament was also a qualifying event for The World Games 2021 that will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, from 15 to 25 July 2021. More info ► www.theworldgames2021.com

Discover more from all participants reading #TheTeamFiles Interviews ► korfball.sport/wkc2019

Follow the #WKC2019 on social media!

You could also follow all the tournament on IKF official channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:
► facebook.com/korfball.org
► twitter.com/korfball
► instagram.com/korfball_org

More info and special content could be found on LOC’s tournament profiles:
► facebook.com/ikfwkc2019
► twitter.com/ikfwkc2019
► instagram.com/ikfwkc2019

Day 10 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

IKF WKC 2019 Day 10 (Finals): Updated reviews, images & videos


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.

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On Saturday, 10 August 2019 (Day 10) will be played the following final games:

 Time  Teams
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
17:30 Closing Ceremony

*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.

All the games are live streamed through IKF YouTube channel and on IKF data website www.worldkorfball.sport together with all the results, statistics, top scorers and updated ranking pools.

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:

 Time  For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
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.

 Time  For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
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.

 Time  For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
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.

 Time  For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
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.

 Time For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
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

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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

This tournament is also a qualifying event for The World Games 2021 that will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, from 15 to 25 July 2021. More info ► www.theworldgames2021.com

Discover more from all participants reading #TheTeamFiles Interviews ► korfball.sport/wkc2019

Follow the #WKC2019 on social media!

You can also follow all the tournament on IKF official channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:
► facebook.com/korfball.org
► twitter.com/korfball
► instagram.com/korfball_org

More info and special content can be found on LOC’s tournament profiles:
► facebook.com/ikfwkc2019
► twitter.com/ikfwkc2019
► instagram.com/ikfwkc2019

Day 10 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

IKF WKC medal match referee appointments announced


Referee Steve Jones of Wales, assisted by Carlos Faria of Portugal, will officiate tomorrow’s IKF WKC final between The Netherlands and Belgium. Belgian Miguel Wensma, assisted by his compatriot Tina van Grimberge, will referee the bronze medal match between Chinese Taipei and China.

Steve Jones, WAL & Carlos Faria, POR.

Steve Jones, WAL & Carlos Faria, POR.

On Saturday, 10 August 2019 (Day 10) will be played the following final games:

 Time Hall 1  Teams
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
17:30 Closing Ceremony

*Venue – Hall 1: UKZN Westville Campus Indoor Sports Centre

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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.

All the games are live streamed through IKF YouTube channel and on IKF data website www.worldkorfball.sport together with all the results, statistics, top scorers and updated ranking pools.

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 8 press reviews ► www.korfball.sport/ikfwkc2019-day9-review

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

This tournament is also a qualifying event for The World Games 2021 that will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, from 15 to 25 July 2021. More info ► www.theworldgames2021.com

Discover more from all participants reading #TheTeamFiles Interviews ► korfball.sport/wkc2019

Follow the #WKC2019 on social media!

You can also follow all the tournament on IKF official channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:
► facebook.com/korfball.org
► twitter.com/korfball
► instagram.com/korfball_org

More info and special content can be found on LOC’s tournament profiles:
► facebook.com/ikfwkc2019
► twitter.com/ikfwkc2019
► instagram.com/ikfwkc2019

IKF WKC 2019 Day 9: Updated reviews, images & videos


The finalists of the IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 are known. Tomorrow the final podium of this #WKC2019 will be revealed. Today’s games will decide the final ranking for places 9 to 16 and RSA and MAc playing for 19-20. Don’t miss any game and follow all them through our web streaming live from Durban’s KwaZulu Natal University’s Westville Campus.

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These are the games scheduled to be played today Friday, 9 August 2019 (Day 9):

 Time Hall 1  Teams
12:00  Ranking 19/20 RSA – MAC
13:45  Ranking 15/16 JPN – IRL
15:30  Ranking 13/14 AUS – SVK
17:15  Ranking 11/12 POL – HUN
19:00  Ranking 9/10 ENG – CAT

On Saturday, 10 August 2019 (Day 10) will be played the following final games:

 Time Hall 1  Teams
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
17:30 Closing Ceremony

*Venue – Hall 1: 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.

All the games are live streamed through IKF YouTube channel and on IKF data website www.worldkorfball.sport together with all the results, statistics, top scorers and updated ranking pools.

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 reviews, results, rankings & videos:

 Time  For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
12:00 19/20 RSA-MAC 23-9 📺 / 📊

Today’s games will decide the final rankings for half the teams at the IKF WKC. South Africa and Macau met in the first of the day, to determine positions 19 and 20. After the same two teams could not be separated yesterday, and declined to play a golden goal period, this game was far more decisive, with South Africa comfortably dominating. Quicker in their passing, more committed in defence and clinical in their shooting, at half time the host was in the lead by 14–7, though Macau took encouragement from a spectacular long shot with half a second remaining in the period by veteran Michael Io Kei Chek. For those countries that have little high level competition between tournaments, adjusting to the pace of elite korfball is always a huge challenge. In this their final game, South Africa was finally able to lift and show what they are capable of. Liandri Theyse and RF van Niekerk led an excellent team effort and by the end South Africa had secured the 19th ranking. Final score: 23-9.

 Time  For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
13:45 15/16 JPN-IRL 19-18 📺 / 📊

Meeting to decide the 15th ranking, Japan versus Ireland was a clash of cultures and of playing styles. Ireland started strongly, dominating the rebound in the early stages, and at half time they held the advantage by 10–11. Japan put their superior fitness to good use, raising the tempo after half time, scoring six in a row, and Ireland was not able to keep pace. Frustration at her team’s loss of momentum wore Abby Golding down, which she expressed with a choice phrase to referee Lucas Pazourek, who rewarded her with a yellow card. To the final quarter and Ireland started to rediscover their rhythm, continuing their strategy through the tournament of rotating sharp shooter Shay Conroy into attack as often as possible. With 2.26 left, Mayo Oya scored to bring the margin back to three in favour of Japan, which, even though Ireland scored another two, was able to use the clock more effectively, exploiting the same weakness that Ireland has suffered late in other games. Top scorer for Japan was Hirotaka Kimura with six, while Shay Conroy scored nine for Ireland. Japan celebrated the 15th ranking that their win earned them, while at their first IKF WKC, Ireland finished the tournament without a win. Final score: 19–18.

 Time  For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
15:30 13/14 AUS-SVK 19-20 📺 / 📊

Australia was ranked tenth coming into this tournament, seven places above Slovakia. However, the first quarter overturned that as Slovakia’s better accuracy near the post, and some inattentive defending by their opponents, took them into a lead, which after 10 minutes was 2–5. Through the second quarter the advance of Slovakia continued, and by half time the score was 6–12. Australia kept pace during the third quarter, though the margin remained the same. In the final quarter however, with coach Tim Miller making good use of his bench, Australia managed to gain ground, bringing the difference back to a single goal a couple of times, the second with 34 seconds remaining. Slovakia worked hard to kill the game, and when Australia had their final attack, they only had ten seconds to make a shot, which was not enough, and Slovakia claimed the 13th ranking, celebrating with a vigorous folk dance. Final score: 19-20.

 Time  For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
17:15 11/12 POL-HUN 21-13 📺 / 📊

Two evenly matched eastern European teams went into battle for the honour of 11th place at this tournament Poland with the IKF ranking of 13 compared to Hungary’s nine. Neither has quite achieved their objectives, though both have occasionally looked good this week in Durban. Poland had slightly the better of the first period, with their totem Krzysztof Rubinkowski scoring successive goals to take his team two clear for a lead of 7–5 after 10 minutes. That pattern continued in the second quarter with Poland quicker and smarter than their foe, characterised by a clever move by Tamara Siemieniuk, darting in at a free pass to commit her defender to involuntarily infringing into the oval, turning the free pass into a penalty, a move she has made in an earlier game at this tournament and which has also been posted on social media, so should have come as no surprise. By halftime Poland’s superiority was evident, and the score was 15–8. Into the third quarter Poland pressed home their advantage and extended their lead, playing with more zest than Hungary was showing. In the third quarter Hungary’s purpose increased a little, though only managed to reduce the deficit by one. While Poland was sharing the goals across the whole team, Hungary had fewer scoring options, and as the minutes passed, the game slipped further away from Hungary, who were out of ideas, out of energy and had to be content with 12th place, while Poland claimed 11th. Final score: 21-13.

 Time For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
19:00 9/10 CAT-ENG 15-19 📺 / 📊

At the IKF WKC 2015 England played in the bronze medal match, while four years previously Catalonia made it to the equivalent point. For these two therefore to meet for ninth place was not in the script for either. Both put their disappointment behind them in a lively start to the game, which England had the best of. Particularly good goals by Blake Palfreyman and Neala Brennan featured in the first period and with a quarter of the game gone, England had the lead 4-7. In the second quarter Catalonia made a mini recovery, though between the 15th and the 20th minutes, defence dominated and neither team scored. Half time: 7-8. Catalonia rediscovered their scoring touch at the start of the second half and took the lead for the first time, which clicked England back into gear as well, and the lead changed hands through the third quarter. Goals for Alba Rosa and Shannon Jones caught the eye, then an excellent goal by Heather Ikwuemesi looked to have established the lead for England with just a few seconds remaining in the quarter, though an equally sharp move by Jessica Godinez drew a penalty and with 10 minutes remaining the score was 14–14. A sizzling running and shot by Jones put England in the lead by one, then Charlie Vogwill doubled the advantage with three minutes remaining. Playing in his final international Davesh Patel then scored an excellent shot from six metres, which sealed the game for England. Patel left the game shortly after to generous applause, then Olga Gandia also took the flowers to retire from international korfball herself, with similar acknowledgement. England took ninth place, which could be important if one of the World Games 2021 Birmingham, USA qualifiers withdraws. Final score: 15-19.

Referees & jurys daily apointments

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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

This tournament is also a qualifying event for The World Games 2021 that will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, from 15 to 25 July 2021. More info ► www.theworldgames2021.com

Discover more from all participants reading #TheTeamFiles Interviews ► korfball.sport/wkc2019

Follow the #WKC2019 on social media!

You can also follow all the tournament on IKF official channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:
► facebook.com/korfball.org
► twitter.com/korfball
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Day 9 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

IKF WKC 2019 Day 8: Updated reviews, images & videos


The finalists of the IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 will be revealed today. Don’t miss the games scheduled for today and follow all them throught our web webcasting live from Durban’s KwaZulu Natal University’s Westville Campus.

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Pool for 17th-20th place:
Round Robin between HKG -MAC – RSA – NZL

Pool for 5th-8th place:
POR – SUR – CZE – GER

Pool for 1st-4th place:
CHN – TPE – BEL – NED

These are the games scheduled to be played today Thursday, 8 August 2019 (Day 8):

 Time Hall 1  Teams
12:00 RSA-MAC
13:45 A1 GER-POR
15:30 A2 SUR-CZE
17:15 Z TPE-BEL
19:00 Y NED-CHN

*Venue – Hall 1: 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.

All the games are live streamed through IKF YouTube channel and on IKF data website www.worldkorfball.sport together with all the results, statistics, top scorers and updated ranking pools.

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 reviews, results, rankings & videos:

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
12:00 1 RSA-MAC 16-16 📺 / 📊

Two teams both seeking their first win at the tournament met in the first game today. This game was a preview of tomorrow’s ranking game for 19th position in the tournament. It was even throughout. South Africa had the lead several times, sometimes by two, however Macau fought back and held the score within reach. At times it was scrappy with, plenty of free passes, and generally Macau played slightly superior korfball to the hosts, without ever being able to assert their game. Top scorer for Macau was Chi On Ho with four, while South Africa’s Aneka Fick scored three. At the final whistle the scores were even and when referee Ivan Lee invited the teams to play a golden goal period, they mutually declined, opting instead to save themselves for the return game tomorrow. Final score: 16-16.

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
13:45 1 GER-POR 18-15 📺 / 📊

Portugal prevailed over Germany in a Pool E game earlier in the tournament, using their intense smothering defensive capability to shut the EKC silver medallist out of the and condemn them to a meeting with the Netherlands, which they lost and which resulted in them playing this game in the bracket for rankings five to eight at the IKF WKC 2019. Germany had by far the best start, scoring four without reply to accrue a 5-2 lead after the first 10 minutes. While Portugal recovered, a well crafted long shot from Germany captain Dominic During finished a patient attack for his team with the end of the first half approaching to re-establish a three goal lead, and at half time the score was 9-6. After another ten minutes, despite increased energy from Portugal, the difference was still two: 13–11. Isabel Almeida and Anna Orth traded goals at the start of the final quarter, then a smart run in by Pascal Demuth to capitalise on defensive confusion by Portugal took the German lead to five. With six minutes remaining that looked to be decisive. A shot from the back court by Tiago Luz may have been encouraging for the European bronze medallist, though time for them to mount a serious fight back had essentially run out. Effective game control through the last two minutes by Germany meant they were able to avenge their earlier defeat and progress to the match for fifth place, while Portugal had to be content with the fight on the final day for seventh. Final score: 18-15.

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
15:30 1 SUR-CZE 18-5 📺 / 📊

Tension was to the fore at the start of this match and almost seven minutes had elapsed before the Czech Republic scored the first goal through Lenka Faltynkova. Gerald Van Dijk hit straight back from the penalty spot then Wayne Steenstra, on his birthday, scored from the back of the court to give Suriname a 2-1 lead at the end of the first ten minutes. Suriname controlled the post well and for Czech most attacks were over after one shot. Scoring in the second quarter did not accelerate, the Czech Republic was struggling against the speed and great positioning of Suriname under the korf. Meanwhile Van Dijk scored a free pass and a penalty to take Suriname further ahead. That they had only scored six at half time was remarkable in itself, though virtually unprecedented was that Czech still only had one. Goals came slightly more frequently after half time, though still never at a rapid rate as Czech could not counter their opponents’ total hold on the rebound. Suriname pressed home the advantage, the goals mainly scored by their male players. At the start of the final quarter, with his team comfortably ahead, coach Dico Dik brought on several substitutes and the scoring rate increased slightly, though by then the outcome was decided and Suriname will play Germany for ranking place number five, while the Czech Republic meets Portugal to decide seventh. Final score: 18-5.

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
17:15 1 TPE-BEL 19-20 GG 📺 / 📊

In one of the most eagerly awaited games of international korfball for many years, second ranked Chinese Taipei came up against Belgium, who they deprived of the silver medal in the World Games 2017. From the start Belgium settled better, while Chinese Taipei was tending to force the game. At the end of the first quarter the score was 4-5. Jari Hardies, in particular, was leading his team by example, dominating the rebound, while Brent Struyf had found his scoring range at the other end. Two quick goals at the start of the second quarter increased Belgium’s advantage, though after 16 minutes Shuby Chu brought the margin back to one goal, which threatened to take away Belgium’s composure. When Struyf scored a running in shot, that particular mini crisis was over and Belgium was four up two minutes before half time. At the break the score was 9-13. Early in the second half, Belgium continued to accumulate goals and a sharp running in shot from Saar Seys took Belgium’s lead to six to heap the pressure on the Asian champion. However, they refused to lose focus and in the third quarter Belgium’s lead fluctuated between two and six goals. With ten minutes to go it was 15-18. As the game raced towards its conclusion, Chinese Taipei’s energy increased, and when Chen-Yu Kao scored two in succession, the second an athletic jump shot, the margin in Belgium’s favour had eroded completely. Another top effort from Struyf from distance, and Chinese Taipei had around 40 seconds to bring the game level again. They had four shots in one attack, retaining the ball better than at any point during the previous 39 minutes, before Chun-Ta Chen scored to make it 19-19, and we were into the glorious torture of golden goal. Chinese Taipei started the decisive sudden death period, making a hurried shot after only a few seconds, which was safely claimed by Belgium, and when the ball went up the other end, Lars Courtens shaped for a shot that he fired home, putting Belgium into the final. Final score: 19-20 (after golden goal).

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
19:00 1 NED-CHN 27-12 📺 / 📊

China, reaching this level of the tournament for the first time ever, took on the world champion in the second semi-final. While the Netherlands moved the ball with customary speed and precision, China worked hard to keep the game tight in the first quarter, and after 10 minutes the score was 5–2. In the second quarter, TeamNL relaxed a little and their game began to flow more freely, with their razor sharp tempo and instinctive sense of each other’s positioning, there was little China could do, and the attacks came without respite. By half time the lead had increased to 14-4. Barbara Brouwer and Celeste Split combined to pose a particular threat, though any weaknesses in the Dutch team are difficult to identify, and generally impossible to exploit. After 27 minutes, with the game well and truly decided, Dutch coach Wim Scholtmeyer made a series of substitutions, and the game loosened up, making it easier for China to earn a few consolation goals. While we are set for yet another repeat of the continual history of every previous IKF WKC final on Saturday, for the first time ever we can look forward to an all Asian clash to decide the bronze medal. Final score: 27-12.

These are the games scheduled to be played on Friday, 9 August 2019 (Day 9):

 Time Hall 1  Teams
12:00  Ranking 19/20 RSA – MAC
13:45  Ranking 15/16 JPN – IRL
15:30  Ranking 13/14 AUS – SVK
17:15  Ranking 11/12 POL – HUN
19:00  Ranking 9/10 ENG – CAT

These are the games scheduled to be played on Saturday, 10 August 2019 (Day 10):

 Time Hall 1  Teams
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
17:30 Closing Ceremony

Referees & jurys daily apointments

Click here to see the appointments.

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

This tournament is also a qualifying event for The World Games 2021 that will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, from 15 to 25 July 2021. More info ► www.theworldgames2021.com

Discover more from all participants reading #TheTeamFiles Interviews ► korfball.sport/wkc2019

Follow the #WKC2019 on social media!

You can also follow all the tournament on IKF official channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:
► facebook.com/korfball.org
► twitter.com/korfball
► instagram.com/korfball_org

More info and special content can be found on LOC’s tournament profiles:
► facebook.com/ikfwkc2019
► twitter.com/ikfwkc2019
► instagram.com/ikfwkc2019

Day 8 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

IKF WKC 2019 Day 7: Updated reviews, images & videos


After the intensity of yesterday’s quarter finals, today we have a series of matches as the penultimate step towards determining the rankings between nine and 16. In the first match of this series, Poland meets Catalonia, then England will play Hungary, followed by Ireland versus Slovakia, then Japan takes on Australia.

Winners of the first two will play off for ninth place, losers for 11th, while the winners of the other two will contest 13th place. First however New Zealand and Hong Kong face off in their round robin game of the pool for places 17 to 20. Each has had two wins already in this pool and will therefore meet again on Saturday morning for the honour of finishing in 17th place at this tournament, regardless of the outcome of today’s game.

From today on all remaining games at the IKF WKC 2019 are at KwaZulu Natal University’s Westville Campus.

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Pool for 17th-20th place:
Round Robin between HKG -MAC – RSA – NZL

Pool for 13th-16th place:
IRL – SVK – JPN – AUS

Pool for 9th-12th place:
POL – CAT – ENG – HUN

Pool for 5th-8th place (to be played tomorrow):
POR – SUR – CZE – GER

Pool for 1st-4th place (to be played tomorrow):
CHN – TPE – BEL – NED

These are the games scheduled to be played on Wednesday, 7 August 2019 (Day 7):

 Time Hall 1
12:00 NZL-HKG
13:45 U POL-CAT
15:30 V ENG-HUN
17:15 W IRL-SVK
19:00 X JPN-AUS

These are the games scheduled to be played on Thursday, 8 August 2019 (Day 8):

 Time Hall 1
12:00 RSA-MAC
13:45 A1 GER-POR
15:30 A2 SUR-CZE
17:15 Z TPE-BEL
19:00 Y NED-CHN

*(Venues) Hall 1: ‘University’ – Hall 2: ‘The Globe’
Hall 1: UKZN Westville Campus Indoor Sports Centre – Hall 2: ‘The Globe’ at Suncoast Boulevard Marine Parade

Besides the competition, the IKF Korfball World Congress 2019 has also started with delegates from many countries participating and attending to different panels and speeches.

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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.

All the games are live streamed through IKF YouTube channel and on IKF data website www.worldkorfball.sport together with all the results, statistics, top scorers and updated ranking pools.

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 reviews, results, rankings & videos:

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
12:00 1 NZL-HKG 19-22 📺 / 📊

This was a round robin game in the pool for places 17 to 20. New Zealand and Hong Kong have each had two wins already in this pool, and will therefore meet again on Saturday morning for the honour of finishing in 17th place at this tournament. These two teams know each other well from frequent Asia Oceania meetings, where Hong Kong has usually held the advantage, as reflected by its 11th place in the IKF rankings, compared to New Zealand’s number 16. New Zealand came to support Suriname in their quarter final yesterday and the Pan American champions returned the favour in the stadium today, creating a great atmosphere. After the first quarter Hong Kong had the lead by 5-8. New Zealand had the better of the second quarter, though for Hong Kong, two smart goals by the speedy Ching Yu Chan kept her team ahead at half time, just, by 10–11. New Zealand powered away at the start of the second half to take the lead for the first time, though an effective time out by Hong Kong coach Warman Cheng stopped the rot, and after the end of the third quarter it was all locked up at 16–16. Three goals early in the final quarter built an advantage for Hong Kong that New Zealand was unable to overcome, though both sides may have been holding something back ahead of their next meeting. While Hong Kong will take a psychological advantage, both teams can be reasonably satisfied with their performances here, and will be looking forward to their next encounter on Saturday, which will have greater meaning attached. Final score: 19–22.

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
13:45 1 POL-CAT 14-15 GG 📺 / 📊

At this point of the tournament we have a higher chance of closer games, and from the start these two teams were well matched, as would be expected from their IKF rankings of 12 and 13 respectively. Poland gradually gained control, using their greater physical presence and the hot hands of Tamara Siemieniuk to assert themselves over Catalonia, who tended to become flustered and struggled to recycle the ball in attack, Krzysztof Rubinkowski and Kamil Musialinski controlling the post at each end. Poland had the advantage at half time by 8-6. After Poland extended the lead still further early in the second half, Marc Castillo Garagol scored two consecutive goals to keep his team in touch, then a Javier Navarro buzzer beater equalised The game for Catalonia at the end of the third quarter. Goals were scarce in the final quarter, though Poland was just ahead. Castillo appeared to have won it for Catalonia with 38 seconds remaining, only for Izabela Kolodziejczyk to hit back almost immediately. Both teams had an opportunity to attack in the remaining 30 seconds, though neither could convert, so we went to golden goal for the second time in the tournament. Tension almost overcame both teams, as first Catalonia missed a penalty, then Poland unbelievably allowed the shot clock to run down during their attempt to score. In the end, Alba Rosa found space at the back of the court and fired home to end the contest and take Catalonia through to face the winner of the next game, between England and Hungary for the ninth ranking at the IKF WKC 2019. Final score: 14-15 (golden goal).

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
15:30 1 ENG-HUN 20-18 📺 / 📊

England started best, with three unanswered goals, then Hungary worked their way into the contest with Zsolt Majer particularly productive. At the end of the quarter however, Hungary‘s lead was cut to just one with an excellent long shot to beat the buzzer from Kieron Hicks. With 14 minutes gone, Lexi Falcsik scored from a smart running in shot to put Hungary up by three for the first time, shortly after which she earned a penalty, converted by Kristof Bellusz, to further consolidate the lead. An even more spectacular buzzer beater, this one by Shannon Jones, with one hand, from eight metres, kept England in touch and set up the second half with 8–11 showing on the scoreboard. Taking that goal as inspiration, and with a few astute substitutions, England stepped up in the third quarter with several good goals, and greater defensive pressure, to turn the score around to 14-12 with ten minutes remaining. Despite some excellent goals by Hungary, England was able to use the clock efficiently, and a goal by Neala Brennan with three minutes remaining re-established the three goal barrier that was enough to keep England safe, particularly after Hungary missed a penalty in the next minute. England will play Catalonia for the tournament’s ninth ranking. Final score: 20-18.

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
17:15 1 IRL-SVK 14-18 📺 / 📊

These teams have history, most recently when Ireland won a tight and crucial game at last year’s EKC over Slovakia to qualify for this tournament at the expense of their opponent, who subsequently received an invitation to South Africa after two of the original qualifiers withdrew. Yet to record a win at their first IKF WKC, Ireland was determined to put that right today. An even first quarter saw Slovakia slightly ahead after 10 minutes, both teams scoring within the final seven seconds of the quarter for 5–6. With 14 minutes gone, Petr Busik scored a penalty to take Slovakia to a three goal lead for the first time, and at half time his team had a useful, though not decisive lead, by 6-11. Ireland struggled through an 11 minute period without scoring and while Slovakia was not particularly prolific, Zuzana Busikova managed a couple and by the end of the third quarter they had extended their lead to 9-15. From that point, Slovakia was able to control the tempo and despite Shay Conroy’s scoring efforts, he scored seven today, Ireland’s first tournament win was going to have to wait until another day. Final score: 14-18.

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
19:00 1 JPN-AUS 13-21 📺 / 📊

Although these two countries come through Asia Oceania qualification tournaments to reach the IKF WKC, this is the first time they have ever met in international korfball. While Australia is ranked higher and has more korfball history, Japan has shown this week that they fear nothing. Both teams scored regularly during the first quarter with Nicholas Bungey and Ren Nagai both taking advantage of tentative defending. Both teams tightened up in the second quarter, though Bungey was still able to find space, firing his team clear by three at half time, 7–10. Australia raised the tempo another notch in the third quarter, increasing the pressure on Japan with some confident, accurate shooting and careful use of the substitutes bench by coach Tim Miller. At 9–16 going into the final 10 minutes, the game was slipping away from Japan, and at the end Australia had done enough to advance to meet Slovakia in the play off for place 13, while Japan will meet Ireland for the tournament’s 15th ranking. Top scorer for Japan was Yuko Anzai with five, while for Australia Nicholas Bungey scored seven. Final score: 13-21.

Referees & jurys daily apointments

Click here to see the appointments.

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

This tournament is also a qualifying event for The World Games 2021 that will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, from 15 to 25 July 2021. More info ► www.theworldgames2021.com

Discover more from all participants reading #TheTeamFiles Interviews ► korfball.sport/wkc2019

Follow the #WKC2019 on social media!

You can also follow all the tournament on IKF official channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:
► facebook.com/korfball.org
► twitter.com/korfball
► instagram.com/korfball_org

More info and special content can be found on LOC’s tournament profiles:
► facebook.com/ikfwkc2019
► twitter.com/ikfwkc2019
► instagram.com/ikfwkc2019

Day 7 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

IKF WKC 2019 Day 6: Updated reviews, images & videos


 

After we found out who will contest the top eight yesterday today’s quarter final games at KwaZulu Natal University’s Westville Campus should see some intriguing korfball. China against Portugal starts the quarter final programme. Both are in good form, neither has yet been beaten at this tournament and the prevailing question is well China’s sharp shooting game meet its match in the stifling defence that Portugal used to such excellent effect against Germany or will China find the time and space they need? Chinese Taipei meets Suriname in the second quarter final. Asia versus America. Chinese Taipei has not yet been seriously tested, whereas Suriname has already played some tough games. Is this one step too far for them, or can they use their momentum to upset the world number two?

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Two all-European contests round out the top eight quarter-finals. Belgium versus the Czech Republic and the Netherlands versus Germany. Although the Czechs have had a solid tournament so far, and will probably provide the Diamonds with their sternest test yet, history would have to favour Belgium, who, nonetheless will need to win this to reclaim some of the air of invincibility they had until 2017. The Netherlands versus Germany is a repeat of last years EKC final. Germany has not had great form so far at this tournament so they do know how to play TeamNL, and with a rest day tomorrow will give it everything.

Hall Two, in the Globe on the beach, sees the battle for places nine to 16. One obvious stand out will be Ireland versus Poland: a rematch of the nail biting game with the spectacular final second winner from Saturday.

At the start of the day in the contest for the minor places, New Zealand and Hong Kong will be looking to maintain the winning form they found yesterday, well South Africa and Macau are still both in search of their first victory.

Pool for 17th-20th place:
Round Robin between HKG -MAC – RSA – NZL

Pool for 9th-16th place:
IRL – POL – SVK – CAT – JPN – ENG – HUN – AUS

Pool for 1st-8th place:
CHN – POR – TPE – SUR – BEL – CZE – NED – GER

These are the games scheduled to be played on Tuesday, 6 August 2019 (Day 6):

 Time #  Hall 1 #  Hall 2
12:00 HKG-MAC RSA-NZL
13:45 N CHN-POR Q IRL-POL
15:30 O TPE-SUR R SVK-CAT
17:15 P BEL-CZE S JPN-ENG
19:00 M NED-GER T HUN-AUS

*(Venues) Hall 1: ‘University’ – Hall 2: ‘The Globe’
Hall 1: KZN Westville Campus Indoor Sports Centre – Hall 2: ‘The Globe’ at Suncoast Boulevard Marine Parade

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.

All the games are live streamed through IKF YouTube channel and on IKF data website www.worldkorfball.sport together with all the results, statistics, top scorers and updated ranking pools.

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 reviews, results, rankings & videos:

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
12:00 1 HKG-MAC 19-7 📺 / 📊
12:00 2 RSA-NZL 13-21 📺 / 📊

After winning their game yesterday, Hong Kong faced neighbour Macau today in the pool to determine the minor places. Sitting at number 11 in the 2018 IKF rankings, Hong Kong is likely to drop from that position after this tournament, and will be strongly motivated to finish 17th, so a win today was important to them. Macau made a confident start, initially taking the lead, though by the end of the first quarter their Asian rival had reversed that by 4–3. Hong Kong’s greater experience and technical understanding gave them the impetus in the second quarter and enabled them to effectively subdue the Macau attack. By half time the Hong Kong lead was 9–4. This was less of a spectacle than yesterday’s Asian duel, when Chinese Taipei and Japan shared 64 goals with no penalties and no free passes. In this game, for Hong Kong Ka Chun Ma top scored with six, and for Macau Ka U Chao scored four. By the end Hong Kong were satisfied with a job well done while Macau are still in search of their first victory. Final score: 19–7.

South Africa sits one place ahead of New Zealand in the 2018 IKF rankings, in 15th and 16th respectively. This was the first meeting of the two Commonwealth countries in korfball, though the two have some long rivalries and deep connections in several other sports. From the beginning, New Zealand looked comfortable with Simon Cooper and Sam Bennetts combining well and drawing penalties from the South African defenders, which gave New Zealand a lead at the end of the first quarter by 1–4. That momentum continued in the second quarter with New Zealand extending the lead to 5–11. In the third quarter South Africa staged a recovery, ending the period with three unanswered goals as New Zealand coach Manon Wiegerink tested some combinations, which took some time to settle. New Zealand Captain Bevan Lawson was well rewarded for his efforts with an eight goal personal tally, while for South Africa Aneka Fick was top scorer with four. Final score: 13–21.

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
13:45 1 CHN-POR 25-21 📺 / 📊
13:45 2 IRL-POL 12-16 📺 / 📊

Two teams as yet unbeaten at this tournament met in the first quarter-final, as Portugal’s smothering defence set up against China’s dynamic sharp shooting game. Portugal took an early lead before China found their range with two smart goals by Xi Wang, who was intent on imposing his style on the contest. Portugal, however kept in touch and at the end of the first quarter the scores were level 7–7, Isabel Almeida keeping her team in the contest with some well taken goals. As the second quarter progressed, China threatened to ease clear, achieving a two goal advantage for the first time with 50 seconds left in the half, before Xin Li cooly converted a free pass with six seconds remaining to increase the lead to 15–12. Into the second half and an excellent duel between Pedro Correia and Dongjie Zhang continued with the former looking to have a slight edge. However, on 31 minutes Zhang scored an excellent and potentially crucial goal from the back of the court to take the Chinese lead back to three, followed shortly afterwards by a successful penalty. Although Portugal was not out of this absorbing game, China had the advantage and did what was necessary to make time their friend, ultimately winning the game and making history by achieving a place in an IKF WKC semi final for the first time ever. On the other hand, after their historic bronze medal over Belgium 10 months ago at the EKC, Portugal’s campaign will now focus on achieving fifth place in this tournament. Final score: 25-21

Ireland versus Poland in a nine to 16 quarter final, repeating the encounter between the two teams that ended so dramatically in Pool B on Saturday, when Poland overhauled Ireland to score in the final second, after trailing for the whole of the match. Ireland has a reputation for losing games from a winning position and was desperately keen to correct that record. Poland began well, taking and holding a lead that they never achieved until the final second in the match on Saturday. Tamara Siemieniuk and James Norman kept the score ticking over for their respective teams in a very even half, Poland holding held the slightest advantage at half time 7–8. Scoring was even through the third quarter, until a tidy Kamil Musialinski free pass late in the period brought the advantage for Poland to three: 9–12. Poland remained in control and retained the lead through the final quarter, although it was never comfortable. At the end Ireland remained without a win in this tournament, benefiting from the relative weakness of Pool B, where all four teams made the top sixteen, though three lost yesterday. Poland will now fight for place nine, while Ireland will be in the battle for place 13. Final score: 12 – 16.

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
15:30 1 TPE-SUR 20-18 📺 / 📊
15:30 2  SVK-CAT 8-25 📺 / 📊

Chinese Taipei met Suriname in the second quarter final, the respective champions of Asia and America. Suriname seemed likely to pose Chinese Taipei their first serious test at the IKF WKC, and by the end of the first quarter that was evident as the scores were level at 5–5. In the second-quarter a series of excellent goals by stars Ya Wen Lin and Ricky Wu put Chinese Taipei ahead. As the game progressed, two titans of the Korfbal League, Gerald van Dijk and Ricky Wu playing at opposite ends, traded goals, with the latter more successful, accounting for his team’s five goal lead at half time 13–8. Chinese Taipei changed their tempo in the third quarter, slowing down their usual fluid style. It nearly undid their tournament as Suriname was able to reduce the lead to two. When van Dijk missed first a penalty then a free pass, while Wu brought up to goals at the other end to bring his team’s lead back to four, it appeared that the Suriname resistance was finally overcome. Several injury breaks late in the game did not work to break the concentration of the Chinese Taipei team and the chance of Suriname winning a medal had gone. Final score: 20-18.

Catalonia assumed a lead early, which by quarter time was extended to four for a score of 3-7. Having been inconsistent so far this tournament, Catalonia was able to build on their spirited performance yesterday against Portugal to make this an easy victory. Miguel Gil Maeso scored regularly, while the Catalan defence largely bottled up Slovakia’s major scoring threat so far in the tournament, Peter Busik. Catalonia’s second half in particular, where they scored freely, will encourage them and may produce some momentum to take into their next game as they chase the ninth ranking at the tournament, initially with a game against Poland, following the latter’s win earlier this afternoon over Ireland. Final score: 8-25.

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
17:15 1 BEL-CZE 27-10 📺 / 📊
17:15 2 JPN-ENG 6-25 📺 / 📊

After some erratic performances so far in the tournament, and obvious disappointment to not be contesting the medals after consistently finishing higher in the previous versions of the IKF WKC, England came into this match determined to put a strong case for the ninth ranking, which is now the best they can achieve. After their high scoring encounter with Chinese Taipei yesterday, Japan started well, keeping England in touch at half time by 4–9. As the second half proceeded, however, they ran out of ran out off energy, which coincided with some important substitutions for England of players who coach Rob Williams had rested for the first half. From that point England’s scoring advanced more rapidly and they quickly ran away from Japan. England’s goals were well shared. Final score: 6-25.

Czech Republic scored first and demonstrated plenty of purpose. Belgium absorbed all that was thrown at them, however, establishing a 5-1 lead after eight minutes, when a power failure caused problems with the lighting, which delayed the game. By half time the score was 12-4 and the chances of the Czech Republic staging a fight back were slim. Those slim hopes disappeared to nothing in the third quarter, as Belgium eased through to the final four. For the victors, Julie Caldwell, Jarre de Ley and Jonas Lemmens were prominent on the scoresheet. While Belgium has set up a much anticipated rematch with Chinese Taipei, the Czech Republic will fight for fifth place, initially against Suriname. Final score: 27-10.

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
19:00 1 NED-GER 25-9 📺 / 📊
19:00 2 HUN-AUS 22-15 📺 / 📊

EKC silver medallist Germany’s Pool E loss to Portugal set them up for this daunting clash with the defending world champion. An 11-1 scoreline after 15 minutes removed any tension from the contest, with Germany unable to match their performance of 10 months ago when they challenged The Netherlands in the final of the EKC. Marjolijn Kroon scored five goals in the first half. Coach Wim Scholtmeyer went to his bench with just under 10 minutes remaining, bringing on five substitutes. Mick Snel scored five and Nick Pikaar four to Kroon’s six. The Netherlands confirmed their place in the semi-final against China while Germany will contest places five to eight, initially with a rematch against Portugal. Final score: 25-9.

These two teams feature several sets of siblings, with the Bellusz and Berenyi families contributing members to Hunagry’s squad and the Hutchesson and Bungey families featuring for Australia. Hungary was aiming for a top eight finish in this tournament, so was disappointed to be playing today for nothing higher than place number nine. After the first quarter Hungary had the advantage 6–4. After the second quarter that lead had increased to 11–5, and by the end of the third, the contest was effectively done, with the score at 18–9. Zsolt Majer and Balazs Berenyi top scored for Hungary with four goals each. They and their teammates go on to meet England in the contest for places nine to 12, while Australia will play Japan in the 13 to 16 bracket. Final score: 22-15.

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This tournament is also a qualifying event for The World Games 2021 that will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, from 15 to 25 July 2021. More info ► www.theworldgames2021.com

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First qualification spots for World Games confirmed


After yesterday’s results, Suriname, China and Chinese Taipei have all now qualified for World Games 2021, Birmingham, USA. Because qualification spots depend on continental confederations, as well as final IKF WKC rankings, the European countries need to wait until Australia’s final ranking is known. Eight teams will compete at the World Games. If Australia finishes 11th or higher in this tournament, the top four European countries will qualify. If Australia finishes lower than 11th, an additional European team will qualify for Birmingham.

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These are the games scheduled to be played on Tuesday, 6 August 2019 (Day 6):

 Time #  Hall 1 #  Hall 2
12:00 HKG-MAC RSA-NZL
13:45 N CHN-POR Q IRL-POL
15:30 O TPE-SUR R SVK-CAT
17:15 P BEL-CZE S JPN-ENG
19:00 M NED-GER T HUN-AUS

*(Venues) Hall 1: ‘University’ – Hall 2: ‘The Globe’
Hall 1: KZN Westville Campus Indoor Sports Centre – Hall 2: ‘The Globe’ at Suncoast Boulevard Marine Parade

For more information you can review all IKF press reviews, results, best images and videos from all games played during this previous days:

– 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

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.

All the games are live streamed through IKF YouTube channel and on IKF data website www.worldkorfball.sport together with all the results, statistics, top scorers and updated ranking pools.

 

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

This tournament is also a qualifying event for The World Games 2021 that will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, from 15 to 25 July 2021. More info ► www.theworldgames2021.com

Discover more from all participants reading #TheTeamFiles Interviews ► korfball.sport/wkc2019

Follow the #WKC2019 on social media!

You can also follow all the tournament on IKF official channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:
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IKF WKC 2019 Day 5: Updated reviews, images & videos


Today the tournament progresses from the preliminary pool to the knockout phase, following a rest day where most athletes and officials took the opportunity to enjoy some of the great experiences that Durban has to offer: the beach, the sights, the food, and for some, several or all of the big five, on safari. New Zealand, Macau, South Africa and Hong Kong are all involved in a round robin through the rest of the tournament to determine the minor placings. For everyone else, today’s games will decide whether they finish in the top eight or places nine to16. For several therefore, today is the day that will see if their World Games 2021 Birmingham, USA will be fulfilled.

Based on what we have seen at the tournament so far, the closest games are likely to be England versus Suriname and Portugal versus Catalonia. For most of the others, form suggests a clear outcome and any upsets will be surprising. After their brave performance against China, Hungary taking on Belgium could be interesting, though the form of the Diamonds so far strongly suggests that they will prevail. For the ninth ranked team to overcome the third ranked traditional superpower would be a major occurrence in world korfball.

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These are the games scheduled to be played on Monday, 5 August 2019 (Day 5):

 Time #  Hall 1 #  Hall 2
12:00 NZL-MAC HKG-RSA
13:45 K BEL-HUN I TPE-JPN
15:30 F POL-GER E NED-IRL
17:15 J ENG-SUR G CHN-SVK
19:00 H POR-CAT L CZE-AUS

*(Venues) Hall 1: ‘University’ – Hall 2: ‘The Globe’
Hall 1: KZN Westville Campus Indoor Sports Centre – Hall 2: ‘The Globe’ at Suncoast Boulevard Marine Parade

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.

All the games are live streamed through IKF YouTube channel and on IKF data website www.worldkorfball.sport together with all the results, statistics, top scorers and updated ranking pools.

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 reviews, results, rankings & videos:

Pool for 17th-20th place

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
12:00 1 NZL-MAC 21-8 📺 / 📊
12:00 2 RSA-HKG 11-16 📺 / 📊

In the first game of Day Five at KwaZulu Natal University’s Westville Campus, New Zealand faced Macau at the start of the series to resolve the minor placings. With both teams at their first ever IKF WKC and neither yet recording a win, today was a chance for each to make history. Macau began the game more fluently, though it was close, with tension evident from both teams. New Zealand adjusted to the pace of the Macau attack in the second quarter, effectively nullifying it, and started to score more frequently with Sam Bennetts stepping up well in his first start of the tournament, particularly under the post. At half time it was 8-3. Macau loosened the shackles of the New Zealand defence a little in the second half, though New Zealand also intensified their attack to score more fluidly and there was really no doubt how this was going to finish. For Macau Chi On Ho top scored with three, while for New Zealand, Kelsey Forward was tidy and productive at both ends of the court. Final score 21-8.

South Africa met Hong Kong in the first game of Day Five at the Globe, on Durban’s stunning beach, and overlooking the famous King’s Park sports complex. Hong Kong started purposefully, making their way to a 1-5 lead after the end of the first quarter, with their go-to player, Kwok Kuen Ham making his presence felt right from the start. South Africa was not prepared to surrender, though, and started a fight back, scoring more frequently in the second quarter than they have at any other point of this tournament so far. Hong Kong regained the momentum in the third quarter to put an end to any thoughts South Africa might have had of overhauling the lead. With seven despite being taken out of the game by coach Warman Cheng with 12 minutes to go. For the South Africans veteran RF van Niekerk managed to find a groove with his shooting towards the end, though even with their bench on, Hong Kong had enough to finish ahead. Final score 11-16.

Quarter final games

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
13:45 1 BEL-HUN 27-6 📺 / 📊
13:45 2 TPE-JPN 42-22 📺 / 📊

Belgium brought their A game to this, and they needed to because Hungary were focused and intent on making a contest of it, despite the reputation and prowess of their opponent. Belgium took and extended the lead, with Brent Struyf featuring in plenty of their most positive moments. In the third quarter Belgium stepped up a gear and further extended their lead, characterised by a smart one handed shot right under the korf from the rebound by Jari Hardies two minutes after his introduction to the game. As the game progressed, Hungary ran out of energy and options, remaining scoreless for the last 18 minutes while Belgium maintained their intensity, despite making some substitutions. For Belgium the scoring was shared reasonably evenly, with each of their starting eight and most substitutes scoring at least one. Final score 27-6.

Chinese Taipei came into this game intent on demonstrating their superiority, and sound a warning to the other teams likely to populate the podium on Saturday. Within the first two minutes they were ahead by five goals, and continued to score more than one per minute through the first half. At the halftime whistle the score was 24–9. Japan captain Ren Nagai relished the opportunity to play an international one on one against Ricky Wu, his teacher and the man who first introduced him to korfball in Taiwan, where Nagai went to school. Although Chinese Taipei brought on their entire bench at half time, the substitutions made little difference to their rate of scoring. Japan will at least take some confidence from their tally against the world number two, albeit most were scored after the outcome was well and truly decided and in terms of the result and what the Asian champion set out to prove, were of little relevance. Final score 42-22.

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
15:30 1 POL-GER 9-22 📺 / 📊
15:30 2  NED-IRL 34-7 📺 / 📊

Ireland, without a win at the IKF WKC so far, making it to this point due to being the best fourth-placed team in the preliminary pools thanks to a close loss to Australia and the final second capitulation to Poland, faced the daunting prospect of a match against The Netherlands, coming off the rest day and with 48 hours to reflect on their own below par performance against the Czech Republic. As efficient as ever against less experienced opposition, TeamNL rapidly established their regular momentum early in the match. Goals flowed from each player and every point of the court. By half time the lead was 21–3. Appearing to aim to conserve energy rather than press home their advantage as ruthlessly as Chinese Taipei had in the preceding match, TeamNL was cruising in one of their lower gears. Scoring action was apportioned across The Netherlands starting eight, while for Ireland, Stewart McConvery will be able to tell his grandchildren about the day he put two past the almighty Dutch. By the time referee Dan-Lin Huang blew her whistle for the final time, the contest was long since well and truly over. Final score: 34-7

After struggling on Saturday against Portugal, and therefore consigning themselves to a more difficult side of the draw, Germany was focused on stepping up their effort against Poland. With the latter less persistent in defence than Portugal was against Germany, scoring was somewhat easier, with Steffen Heppekausen rediscovering some of the form that made him a star at last year’s EKC. With 4–12 showing on the scoreboard at half time, the outcome was all but decided. By the end, Lea Sander had scored five for Germany, who by winning this earned their place in the top eight, although that poses the daunting prospect of a meeting with the world champion. Final score: 9-22

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
17:15 1 ENG-SUR 18-22 📺 / 📊
17:15 2 CHN-SVK 31-9 📺 / 📊

Suriname took a blow this morning when Nisha Verwey suffered a knee injury during training, which looks likely to put her out of the tournament. However, a four goal lead after five minutes was the result of a determined start for the Pan American champion, before Charlie Vogwill opened the scoring for England. Missed penalties by England looked likely to prove expensive, particularly as Gerald van Dijk and Vikash Missier were putting them away comfortably at the other end. As the half wore on, England found a little more rhythm and managed to haul three goals back as the half drew to a close, only for Suriname captain Ivan Karsters to score a spectacular running in shot less than one second before half time to make the score 8-12 at the break. With England having the better of the start of the second half and drawing level, a time out called by coach Dico Dik stopped the rot for Suriname and within two minutes they had restored their four goal lead. Vogwill’s hot hands kept his team in touch, though the personal duel between him and Karsters was probably edged by the latter, and Suriname managed to run down the clock, protecting their lead more effectively than they had against China in the showstopper between the two on Friday. For Suriname a win today means qualification for World Games 2021, Birmingham, USA, an outstanding achievement for a federation only formed two years ago, and another important step towards their goal of re-establishing korfball in their own country, with the support of the Surinamese communities in the Netherlands from which the players in this squad are drawn. Final score: 18-22.

After a positive start by Slovakia, China stepped up and took control, finding the space they needed to bring their supremely accurate shooting game into action, particularly through Jammy Zhao and Xin Li. At the end of the first quarter they had asserted an 8–2 lead, extended to 15-5 by half time as China’s power and precision ground down their less athletic opponent. Peter Busik scored five to keep it slightly more respectable for Slovakia, although most of the goal action was happening at the other end, particularly from Zhao whose eight goals put her well ahead in the tournament’s individual scoring chart. China will contest the top eight, while Slovakia will challenge for ninth place. Final score: 31-9

 Time  Hall Teams  Result  Video/Stats
19:00 1 POR-CAT 15-11 📺 / 📊
19:00 2 CZE-AUS 27-15 📺 / 📊

Australia started with purpose as Nik Bungey executed two running in shots before the Czech Republic had settled. From that point however the Czech team started to accumulate goals, with Lenka Faltynkova, a veteran of the team that won a bronze medal in 2003, particularly effective. Although Australia fought gallantly, and made a few good goals of their own, by half time the Czech Republic had a comfortable lead, 15–7. After gaining similar advantages in their pool games against Catalonia and New Zealand, the Czechs have played canny korfball to squeeze the life out of their opponents without over-exerting themselves, while also giving The Netherlands their most testing fixture so far. So it proved again today. Czech progresses to the top eight while Australia will join the battle for place nine. Final score: 27-15.

Both these teams always bring plenty of passion when they meet on the korfball field. Today Portugal also brought presence and greater control than their neighbour, at least in the opening minutes. Catalonia dug in however, and managed to stay in touch, excellent goals from Alba Rosa and Olga Perez keeping them right in the game. Half time 7-6. Four minutes of the second half had elapsed before Catalonia equalised, though Isabel Almeida hit straight back to restore her team’s lead. While Portugal had an advantage by 11–9 after the third quarter, the game was certainly not over and they were far less assured than in their excellent performance to stifle Germany on Saturday. Catalonia, on the other hand had stepped up significantly since their pool games to keep the game alive. Almeida again settled her team with a goal to increase the difference to three with five minutes remaining, which proved enough and Portugal went on to claim the victory and a place in the top eight. Final score: 15-11.

Referees & jurys daily apointments

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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

This tournament is also a qualifying event for The World Games 2021 that will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, from 15 to 25 July 2021. More info ► www.theworldgames2021.com

Discover more from all participants reading #TheTeamFiles Interviews ► korfball.sport/wkc2019

Follow the #WKC2019 on social media!

You can also follow all the tournament on IKF official channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:
► facebook.com/korfball.org
► twitter.com/korfball
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More info and special content can be found on LOC’s tournament profiles:
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Day 5 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

Header image: Alexandre Rafael De O. Silva