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The Netherlands wins the final of the IKF U21 European Korfball Championship 2019


The IKF U21 European Korfball Championship 2019 has its champion: The Netherlands! Belgium and the Dutch U21 squad played today’s IKF #U21EKC Final after a perfect tournament full of victories. But only one team can raise the champions trophy and the Dutch were the ones to achieve it after winning the final 12-21.

Germany and England played earlier for Bronze medal and after an exciting and tight game decided by a Golden Goal, the Germans won 15-16. In the fight for 5th place Hungary was able to beat Portugal in an intense and close match. Finally, today’s first game between Catalonia and Czech Republic was decided very early in favour of the local team (4-15).

Congratulations to all participant teams, officials, organisers and volunteers for this successful tournament hosted in the beautiful Czech city of Prostějov, and specially to the Czech Korfball Association celebrating its 30 anniversary.

After this finals results, the 6 first teams of the ranking below are qualified for the next IKF U21 World Korfball Championship that will be played from 11 to 18 July 2020 in Chinese Taipei (more info).

IKF U21 EKC 2029 – Final Ranking

1st (Champion): The Netherlands
2nd (Silver medal): Belgium
3rd (Bronze medal): Germany
4th place: England
5th place: Hungary
6th place: Portugal
7th place: Czech Republic
8th place: Catalonia

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DAY 5 Finals Results (Saturday 19.10.2019)

 Time For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
10:15 7th-8th CAT – CZE 4-15 📺 / 📊
12:00 5th-6th POR – HUN 11-14 📺 / 📊
13:45 Bronze medal GER-ENG 15-16 (GG) 📺 / 📊
15:30 Final BEL-NED 12-21 📺 / 📊


All games can be watched again on IKF Youtube live streaming channel
 with all the statistics, results, scorers and rankings on www.worldkorfball.sport

You can also find more info on the official website of the tournament: u21ekc.korfbal.cz (in Czech and English)

Follow the #u21ekc on social media!

You can also review 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 profiles:
► facebook.com/cesky.korfbal
► twitter.com/czechkorfbal
► instagram.com/czechkorfbal

Day 5 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

MORE INFO AND IMAGE GALLERIES & HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS DAYS 1, 2, 3 & 4 ON: https://korfball.sport/?p=22577

IKF U21 EKC 2019: NED & BEL will play the final and GER-ENG for Bronze


The finalists of the IKF U21 European Korfball Championship 2019 are known! The Netherlands and Belgium will play this Saturday the #U21EKC Final at 15:30. Germany vs England for Bronze medal at 13:45. Catalonia vs Czech Republic will face at 10:15 for 7th place and Portugal and Hungary at 12:00 will for 5th place.

DAY 5 Finals Match Schedule (Saturday 19.10.2019)

 Time For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
10:15 7th-8th CAT – CZE 4-15 📺 / 📊
12:00 5th-6th POR – HUN 11-14 📺 / 📊
13:45 Bronze medal GER-ENG 15-16 (GG) 📺 / 📊
15:30 Final BEL-NED 12-21 📺 / 📊

IKF U21 EKC 2029 – Final Ranking

1st (Champion): The Netherlands
2nd (Silver medal): Belgium
3rd (Bronze medal): Germany
4th place: England
5th place: Hungary
6th place: Portugal
7th place: Czech Republic
8th place: Catalonia

Good luck to all teams in these final matches that are taking place in Prostějov, Czech Republic. These eight top U21 national squads are competing to be the new u21 European champion and for a place in the next IKF U21 World Korfball Championship that will be played from 11 to 18 July 2020 in Chinese Taipei (more info).

All games can be watched live through IKF Youtube live streaming channel with all the statistics, results, scorers and rankings on www.worldkorfball.sport

You can also find more info on the official website of the tournament: u21ekc.korfbal.cz (in Czech and English)

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Follow the #u21ekc 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 profiles:
► facebook.com/cesky.korfbal
► twitter.com/czechkorfbal
► instagram.com/czechkorfbal

Day 3 Highlights

Day 3 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

Day 4 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

MORE INFO AND IMAGE GALLERIES & HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS DAYS 1, 2 & 3 ON: https://korfball.sport/?p=22577

IKF U21 EKC 2019: The Semifinalists are known!


The cross finals and semifinalists of the IKF U21 European Korfball Championship 2019 are known at the end of the group phase. Belgium and England will play on Friday, October 18th, the 1st semifinal at 15:00 and The Netherlands and Germany the other semifinal at 16:45. Portugal vs Catalonia at 11:30 and Czech Republic vs Hungary at 13:45 will fight for places between 5th and 8th.

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DAY 4 Match Schedule (Friday 18.10.2019)

 Time Teams  Result  Video/Stats
11:30 Cross Final 1 POR-CAT 11-10 📺 / 📊
13:15 Cross Final 2 CZE-HUN 16-17 📺 / 📊
15:00 Semi Final 1 BEL-ENG 33-11 📺 / 📊
16:45 Semi Final 2 NED-GER 36-10 📺 / 📊

Good luck to all teams in these decisive matches that are taking place in Prostějov, Czech Republic. These eight top U21 national squads are competing to be the new u21 European champion and for a place in the next IKF U21 World Korfball Championship that will be played from 11 to 18 July 2020 in Chinese Taipei (more info).

All games can be watched live through IKF Youtube live streaming channel with all the statistics, results, scorers and rankings on www.worldkorfball.sport

You can also find more info on the official website of the tournament: u21ekc.korfbal.cz (in Czech and English)

DAY 5 Finals Match Schedule (Saturday 19.10.2019)

 Time For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
10:15 7th-8th CAT – CZE 0-0 📺 / 📊
12:00 5th-6th POR – HUN 0-0 📺 / 📊
13:45 Bronze medal GER-ENG 0-0 📺 / 📊
15:30 Final NED – BEL 0-0 📺 / 📊

Follow the #u21ekc 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 profiles:
► facebook.com/cesky.korfbal
► twitter.com/czechkorfbal
► instagram.com/czechkorfbal

Day 3 Highlights

Day 3 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

Day 4 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

MORE INFO AND IMAGE GALLERIES & HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS DAYS 1, 2 & 3 ON: https://korfball.sport/?p=22577

IKF U21 EKC 2019 – Group phase updated final results & final ranking pools


From 15 to 19 October the IKF U21 European Korfball Championship 2019 is taking place in Prostějov, Czech Republic. Eight top U21 national squads are competing to be the new u21 European champion and for a place in the next IKF U21 World Korfball Championship that will be played from 11 to 18 July 2020 in Chinese Taipei (more info).

After day 3, the cross finals and semifinalists are known. Good luck to all teams and don’t miss the next games.

Participants:
POOL A: The Netherlands, England, Czech Republic and Catalonia.
POOL B: Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Hungary.

All games can be watched live through IKF Youtube live streaming channel with all the statistics, results, scorers and rankings on www.worldkorfball.sport

You can also find more info on the official website of the tournament: u21ekc.korfbal.cz (in Czech and English)

On this post you will find an updated review with results, links and images of the first 3 days of competition (group phase).

Group Phase – Final ranking pools (after Day 3):

POOL A – Points

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total  Position
NED 3 3 3 +9  1st
ENG 0 3 3 +6  2nd
CZE 3 0 0 +3  3rd
CAT 0 0 0 +0  4th

POOL B – Points

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total  Position
 BEL 3 3 3 +9  1st
GER 0 3 3 +6 2nd
POR 3 0 0 +3  3rd
HUN 0 0 0 +0  4th

DAY 1 Results (Tuesday 15.10.2019)

 Time Pool Teams  Result  Video/Stats
10:30 A ENG-NED 6-22 📺 / 📊
12:15 B GER-BEL 13-20 📺 / 📊
14:45 B POR-HUN 21-17 📺 / 📊
16:30 A CZE-CAT 15-9 📺 / 📊

DAY 2 Results (Wednesday 16.10.2019)

 Time Pool Teams  Result  Video/Stats
10:30 B HUN-GER 7-25 📺 / 📊
12:15 A CAT-ENG 15-28 📺 / 📊
14:45 B BEL-POR 24-10 📺 / 📊
16:30 A CZE-NED 13-33 📺 / 📊

DAY 3 Results (Thursday 17.10.2019)

 Time Pool Teams  Result  Video/Stats
10:30 A CAT-NED 9-42 📺 / 📊
12:15 B HUN-BEL 10-37 📺 / 📊
14:45 B GER-POR 18-15 📺 / 📊
16:30 A CZE-ENG 13-15 📺 / 📊

DAY 4 Match Schedule (Friday 18.10.2019)

 Time Teams  Result  Video/Stats
11:30 Cross Final 1 POR-CAT 11-10 📺 / 📊
13:15 Cross Final 2 CZE-HUN 16-17 📺 / 📊
15:00 Semi Final 1 BEL-ENG 33-11 📺 / 📊
16:45 Semi Final 2 NED-GER 36-10 📺 / 📊

DAY 5 Match Schedule (Saturday 19.10.2019)

 Time For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
10:15 7th-8th CAT – CZE 0-0 📺 / 📊
12:00 5th-6th POR – HUN 0-0 📺 / 📊
13:45 Bronze medal GER – ENG 0-0 📺 / 📊
15:30 Final NED- BEL 0-0 📺 / 📊

Follow the #u21ekc 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 profiles:
► facebook.com/cesky.korfbal
► twitter.com/czechkorfbal
► instagram.com/czechkorfbal

Day 1 Highlights

Day 1 Image gallery

By Josef Valenta (@josef.original)

Day 2 Highlights

Day 2 Image gallery

By Josef Valenta (@josef.original)

Day 3 Highlights

Day 3 Image gallery

By Marco Spelten: actionphotography.nl – korfbalfoto.nl

 

Everything’s ready for the IKF U21 European Korfball Championship 2019


From 15 to 19 October the IKF U21 European Korfball Championship 2019 will take place in Prostějov, Czech Republic. Eight top U21 national squads will compete to be the new U21 European champion and for a place in the next IKF U21 World Korfball Championship that will be played from 11 to 18 July 2020 in Chinese Taipei.

PARTICIPANTS:
POOL A: The Netherlands, England, Czech Republic and Catalonia.
POOL B: Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Hungary.

All games can be watched live through IKF Youtube live streaming channel with all the statistics, results, scorers and rankings on www.worldkorfball.sport

You can also find more info on the official website of the tournament: u21ekc.korfbal.cz (in Czech and English)

Here you can find the Youtube live streaming playlist, the full match schedule and links to follow this tournament. On Days 1, 2 & 3 the group phase will be played; on Day 4 the cross finals and semifinals and on Day 5 the final games.

DAY 1 Match Schedule (Tuesday 15.10.2019)

 Time Pool Teams  Result  Video/Stats
10:30 A ENG-NED 6-22 📺 / 📊
12:15 B GER-BEL 13-20 📺 / 📊
14:45 B POR-HUN 21-17 📺 / 📊
16:30 A CZE-CAT 15-9 📺 / 📊

DAY 2 Match Schedule (Wednesday 16.10.2019)

 Time Pool Teams  Result  Video/Stats
10:30 B HUN-GER 7-25 📺 / 📊
12:15 A CAT-ENG 15-28 📺 / 📊
14:45 B BEL-POR 24-10 📺 / 📊
16:30 A CZE-NED 13-33 📺 / 📊

DAY 3 Match Schedule (Thursday 17.10.2019)

 Time Pool Teams  Result  Video/Stats
10:30 A CAT-NED 9-42 📺 / 📊
12:15 B HUN-BEL 10-37 📺 / 📊
14:45 B GER-POR 18-15 📺 / 📊
16:30 A CZE-ENG 13-15 📺 / 📊

DAY 4 Match Schedule (Friday 18.10.2019)

 Time Teams  Result  Video/Stats
11:30 Cross Final 1 POR-CAT 11-10 📺 / 📊
13:15 Cross Final 2 CZE-HUN 16-17 📺 / 📊
15:00 Semi Final 1 BEL-ENG 33-11 📺 / 📊
16:45 Semi Final 2 NED-GER 36-10 📺 / 📊

 

DAY 5 Match Schedule (Saturday 19.10.2019)

 Time For places Teams  Result  Video/Stats
10:15 7th-8th CAT – CZE 0-0 📺 / 📊
12:00 5th-6th POR – HUN 0-0 📺 / 📊
13:45 Bronze medal GER – ENG 0-0 📺 / 📊
15:30 Final NED- BEL 0-0 📺 / 📊

Follow the #u21ekc 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 profiles:
► facebook.com/cesky.korfbal
► twitter.com/czechkorfbal
► instagram.com/czechkorfbal

IKF U21 WKC 2018 Champions: The Netherlands!

The IKF U21 World Korfball Championship 2018 has its champion: The Netherlands! Belgium was once again the rival to beat in the final, and at the end of an intense and tight game, the winner was the Dutch team.

After a great tournament played from 7 to 14 July 2018 in the spectacular Tüskecsarnok Arena in Budapest (Hungary), this is the final ranking:

Gold medal: The Netherlands
Silver medal: Belgium
Bronze medal: Chinese Taipei
4th place: Portugal
5th place: China
6th place: Hungary
7th place: Czech Republic
8th place: Hong Kong China
9th place: England
10th place: Turkey
11th place: Germany

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MATCH 35 (U21 WKC 2018 Final): BELGIUM – NETHERLANDS

The Championship final is between Belgium and The Netherlands. Favourites, Netherlands won the pool match 21-14 after a tightly contested first twenty minutes. The first couple of minutes saw nervous play from both teams as a number of chances were missed. Referee Busik (Slovakia) and assistant Marks (Australia) were kept busy with some fast, close play under both posts. The teams converting a penalty each, the first of six in the quarter, to open the scoring. Zuijdwegt (#02) was lively in open play for Netherlands as they went 3-5 ahead. Despite the close defence from both teams, the attacks were able to score regularly as Netherlands maintained a two goal into the second quarter, 5-7. Carlo De Vries (#14) scored his fourth (two penalties) Netherlands kept control 7-10 ahead. The Belgian coach took action with De Lay (#44) and Van Den Dycke (#40) switching ends. Two more goals concluded an uneventful first half with Netherlands leading 8-11.
The third quarter continued much as the first half finished, with both teams playing controlled, quality korfball. Goals from Zwolle (#14) and De Vries enabled Netherlands to extend the lead to five, 8-13. A couple more changes from Belgium and more goals saw them pull back to within two at the end of the third quarter, 14-16.
Again, the Netherlands response was calm  as they extended the lead again, Zuidwegt scoring her third, and then Zwolle from distance. Belgium were not flustered and Engels (#28) scored her first before De Lay scored from distance again to bring the game back to two. After the change of ends, Belgium were just one down with a penalty. Further goals from Zwolle and De Vries, eleven between them, again stretched the Dutch lead to three. Another Belgium penalty with three minutes left endured the match would be contested to the end. There was to be one final Dutch goal as they won 18-21 to become U21 World Champions.
Players of the match, Niels Delbeke (#47) for Belgium and Leander Zwolle (#11) for Netherlands.

MATCH 34 (Bronze medal game): CHINESE TAIPEI 18 PORTUGAL 16

The bronze medal match took place between Chinese Taipei and Portugal. A large crowd stayed hoping to witness another close encounter. The pool match between these teams finished 19-16 to  Chinese Taipei. Portugal started brightly with Wagenmaker (#04) scoring from their first two attacks. Taipei responded well and soon went ahead, scoring four penalties, three from Tseng (#11) while Portugal missed two. The first quarter finished 7-2 to Chinese Taipei. After going six behind, the Portuguese coach made the first change bringing Frade (#02) into the match. Portugal had their best period since the start of the match scoring three before half-time to for an 11-7 Chinese Taipei lead.
Portugal kept coming into the match, reducing the gap to two at 12-10 with two more penalties and another miss. Nunes (#03) scored her second from distance to bring the score to 13-11 to Chinese Taipei at the end of the third quarter.
Condado (#13) returned to the match after a short rest to join an attack including Wagenmaker who was causing all sorts of problems for Taipei. Wagenmaker drew the free pass and scored before being flattened. She scored the equaliser from long range. Referee Pazourek (Czech Republic) supported by Van Grimberge (Belgium) was paying close attention as the play became increasingly physical. The Chinese Taipei coach received a yellow card for his actions during yet another penalty. Tseng scored his sixth goal as Chinese Taipei pulled ahead again. As the clock ran down, Portugal could not convert any of several chances and Chinese Taipei were able to control the end of the match to win 18-16 and the bronze medal.
Players of the match, Yi Liang  Tseng (#11) for Chinese Taipei and Laura Wagenmaker (#04) for Portugal.

You can review and watch all games again through IKF live webcasting on worldkorfball.org: Click here
For ikfchannel on YouTube: Click here

Official page on Facebook (LOC): facebook.com/IKFU21WKC2018
Official event site on Facebook (IKF): facebook.com/events/147931785836069

All images, reports, highlights, interviews, videos and curiosities are available live 24/7 on IKF social media profiles (#U21WKC):

Image gallery Day 8 (by Marco Spelten – www.actiefotografie.nl)

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IKF U21 WKC 2018 Day 7 & 8 Finals: Matches schedule, live streaming links & updated reviews

These are the games scheduled for Days 7 & 8 at the IKF U21 World Korfball Championship 2018 in Budapest, HUNGARY. Follow and watch all games through IKF live webcasting on worldkorfball.org: Click here

DAY 7 AND 8 MATCHES SCHEDULE

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MATCH 31 (for 9th place): TURKEY 13 ENGLAND 14

Turkey faced England for 9th place. Neither team was able to dominate their opening exchanges. Turkey went ahead three times, but could not hold it and went behind for the first time at 3-4. An injury to Arslan (#15) forced an early substitution for Turkey. A couple more goals and the quarter finished 4-5 to England with both teams needing to find some inspiration.
Turkey started the second quarter with more focus and quickly scored two goals to edge ahead 6-5. The England players had been showing more composure and now took control of the match scoring 7 of the next 8 goals including a well-worked running goal and a side-line goal from Summers (#09). A couple of decisions against England were questioned by the coach, who received a sharp word from referee Marks (Australia), otherwise England finished the half in control, leading 7-12.
As good as England played in the second quarter, the third was one of missed chances. Both teams were playing much tighter defence. Turkey were able to create the better chances and scored the next three, including two from Gezek (#09), taking his tally to five. England responded, a Fitzgerald (#08) free pass taking England three ahead, 10-13. A missed England penalty and two further goals and the third quarter finished 12-13.
The tension continued into the final quarter. Both teams worked hard but could not create clear chances. A England penalty converted by Dawes (#18) put England two ahead with six minutes left. Gorez (#10) caused lots of problems throughout the match and responded with a running goal. She continued to cause problems, but could not convert a final chance. Late penalty misses from both teams increased the tension. Eventually, England were able to run out the clock and avoided golden goal for the second day, winning 13-14 to take 9th place.

MATCH 32 (for 7th place): HONG KONG CHINA 11 CZECH REPUBLIC 18

Czech Republic and Hong Kong China met in the 7th place match with Czech Republic confident after beating their opponents 26-10 in the pool match. Czech Republic started brightly, Havlova (#03) scoring with the first shot of the match. They continued to attack well but found it difficult to score, eventually getting the second after five minutes. At the other end, Hong Kong could not find a way through the Czech Republic defence with a series of single shot attacks. Hong Kong scored in the last minute of the quarter, then both teams scored quickly. The quarter ended 2-4 to Czech Republic with as many goals in the final minute as the first nine. Czech Republic started the second quarter as brightly as the first, Novotny (#24) scoring twice from distance in quick succession. The match struggled to come to life with the attacks creating little and referee Van Der Terp (Netherlands) calling several defended shots. Both teams scored once more for a half-time score of 3-7 to Czech Republic.
The match came to life in the third quarter. Six goals scored in three minutes with Czech Republic going 5-11 ahead. Snajder (#12) getting involved in the game, scoring three and receiving two admonitions from the referee. Both teams were posing much more open korfball and further goals were scored. 6-15 at the end of the third quarter. With the game already likely lost, Hong Kong started to take more chances and the match flowed from end to end. Hong Kong won the final quarter 5-3 to take some reward for their efforts. Final result was 11-18 to Czech Republic who finish in 7th place.

MATCH 33 (for 5th place): HUNGARY 19 CHINA 20 Golden Goal

The first match of the final day was between the host country, Hungary, and China. These teams met on the first day in an enthralling contest that Hungary won 19-15. As in the first match, China started much the stronger and pulled away to a 1-5 lead, with five different scorers. Hungary struggled with the close attention of the China defence. An early Hungary timeout and a change in tactics and they were able to respond scoring three, including two from Horvath (#05) to end the quarter 4-5 down.
With the scoreline remaining close, the play from both teams became increasingly physical. Referee Garcia (Catlonia) and assistant Huang (Chinese Taipei) were required to intervene to calm the players down. Despite the infringements, the game remained exciting for the vocal crowd. China continued to maintain a slight advantage, though Hungary responded to the crowd and kept in touch.
China’s Cao (#19) was flattened heavily by his opponent and after a lengthy injury break, he returned to score the penalty. Hungry responded immediately with a penalty of their own from Bellusz (#08) to reduce the gap again to two, 7-9 to China.
A final goal from Yao (#10) and the half finished 7-10 to China.
Hungary made changes at half-time, Laki (#12) and Beothy (#04) coming on. China continued to have the better of the match, scoring twice early in the third quarter to extend the lead to five, 7-12. Hungary were becoming increasingly frustrated, Bellusz earning himself a yellow card.
Hungary reduced the gap to three sharing at 9-12 with a well worked goal from Beothy and the same division had a dominant period of play, recycling well, but with no end result. The third quarter finished with China in control at 10-14.
Then the match just exploded. Six penalties and two good goals from Falcsik (#17) and Hungary were level at 16-16. The crowd were behind their team again, cheering goals and putting the referee under a lot of pressure. The teams shared four more goals, including a third in five minutes for Falcsik and the teams were level at 18-18 in the final minute. Two great calls from referee Garcia in the dying and the game went to golden goal.
After a brief break, China scored immediately with a controlled attack. Hungary responded well, almost scoring a running shot before a collision and a penalty. Cao earning a yellow card. Lang (#07) converting. China were able to force a penalty. Contending with a vocal crowd, the penalty was missed. Hungary could not score from their next attack. Chu (#12) scoring a long shot to settle the match.
Players of the match, Brigitta Bulucz (#02) for Hungary and Yuran Fu (#06) for China.

MATCH 34 (Bronze medal game): CHINESE TAIPEI 18 PORTUGAL 16

The bronze medal match took place between Chinese Taipei and Portugal. A large crowd stayed hoping to witness another close encounter. The pool match between these teams finished 19-16 to  Chinese Taipei. Portugal started brightly with Wagenmaker (#04) scoring from their first two attacks. Taipei responded well and soon went ahead, scoring four penalties, three from Tseng (#11) while Portugal missed two. The first quarter finished 7-2 to Chinese Taipei. After going six behind, the Portuguese coach made the first change bringing Frade (#02) into the match. Portugal had their best period since the start of the match scoring three before half-time to for an 11-7 Chinese Taipei lead.
Portugal kept coming into the match, reducing the gap to two at 12-10 with two more penalties and another miss. Nunes (#03) scored her second from distance to bring the score to 13-11 to Chinese Taipei at the end of the third quarter.
Condado (#13) returned to the match after a short rest to join an attack including Wagenmaker who was causing all sorts of problems for Taipei. Wagenmaker drew the free pass and scored before being flattened. She scored the equaliser from long range. Referee Pazourek (Czech Republic) supported by Van Grimberge (Belgium) was paying close attention as the play became increasingly physical. The Chinese Taipei coach received a yellow card for his actions during yet another penalty. Tseng scored his sixth goal as Chinese Taipei pulled ahead again. As the clock ran down, Portugal could not convert any of several chances and Chinese Taipei were able to control the end of the match to win 18-16 and the bronze medal.
Players of the match, Yi Liang  Tseng (#11) for Chinese Taipei and Laura Wagenmaker (#04) for Portugal.

MATCH 35 (U21 WKC 2018 Final): BELGIUM 18 NETHERLANDS 21

The Championship final is between Belgium and The Netherlands. Favourites, Netherlands won the pool match 21-14 after a tightly contested first twenty minutes. The first couple of minutes saw nervous play from both teams as a number of chances were missed. Referee Busik (Slovakia) and assistant Marks (Australia) were kept busy with some fast, close play under both posts. The teams converting a penalty each, the first of six in the quarter, to open the scoring. Zuijdwegt (#02) was lively in open play for Netherlands as they went 3-5 ahead. Despite the close defence from both teams, the attacks were able to score regularly as Netherlands maintained a two goal into the second quarter, 5-7. Carlo De Vries (#14) scored his fourth (two penalties) Netherlands kept control 7-10 ahead. The Belgian coach took action with De Lay (#44) and Van Den Dycke (#40) switching ends. Two more goals concluded an uneventful first half with Netherlands leading 8-11.
The third quarter continued much as the first half finished, with both teams playing controlled, quality korfball. Goals from Zwolle (#14) and De Vries enabled Netherlands to extend the lead to five, 8-13. A couple more changes from Belgium and more goals saw them pull back to within two at the end of the third quarter, 14-16.
Again, the Netherlands response was calm  as they extended the lead again, Zuidwegt scoring her third, and then Zwolle from distance. Belgium were not flustered and Engels (#28) scored her first before De Lay scored from distance again to bring the game back to two. After the change of ends, Belgium were just one down with a penalty. Further goals from Zwolle and De Vries, eleven between them, again stretched the Dutch lead to three. Another Belgium penalty with three minutes left endured the match would be contested to the end. There was to be one final Dutch goal as they won 18-21 to become U21 World Champions.
Players of the match, Niels Delbeke (#47) for Belgium and Leander Zwolle (#11) for Netherlands.

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IKF U21 WKC 2018 Day 6: Matches schedule, live streaming links & updated reports

Thursday July 12th will be the sixth day of competition at the IKF U21 World Korfball Championship 2018 in Budapest, HUNGARY. These are the games scheduled after Day 5 final results. Follow and watch all games through IKF live webcasting on worldkorfball.org: Click here

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Match 26 (12:30h): GERMANY 14 ENGLAND 15 Golden Goal

Whatever the sport, wherever the occasion, Germany v England is always a meeting of familiar friends and historical foes. The tension showed in the first five minutes with much endevour but little effective play. England settled first and controlled the next few minutes scoring 4 goals, including a fine long shot from Ashby (#17) while maintaining the pressure on the German attack. Gerlich (#07) was Germany’s best option and responded with their only goal of the quarter. England leading 1-4.
Tension returned in the second quarter and the players continued to struggle to find composure. Referee Huang (Chinese Taipei) was kept busy with much physical play under the England attack korf. Eventually, England asserted control with long shots from Sparks (#02) and Boyd (#01) giving them a 3-7 lead. Germany scored 4 in the half, all from one division with Gerlich and Rauhut (#09) scoring 2 each. England going into half-time 4-8 ahead.
The German coach made changes throughout the second half, Gerlich switching ends. At first to little effect, England stretching their lead to 6. Germany came back into the match with both divisions now scoring and England losing their composure. Goals from Rauhut  and Hornung (#04) at the end of the quarter reduced the deficit to 2 with England leading 9-11.
England made a change at the start of the final quarter, Ashby giving way to Dunn (#20). Germany continued to press and England kept making mistakes. Eventually, Hornung equalised for Germany at 12-12 with four minutes left. England took the lead again before Treffts (#05) scored 2 goals in the last minute to take the match to golden goal.
England pressed hard in the first Germany attack and soon took possession. England patiently kept the ball, creating several chances before Boyd drove to the post to score the winning running shot. Final score 14-15.
Players of the match, Jacob Dawes (#18) for England and Lena Gerlich (#07) for Germany.

Match 27 (14:15h): HUNGARY 17 HONG KONG 15

The first competitive fixture between Hungary and Hong Kong China took place in front of a vociferous home crowd with the winners progressing to the 5th place final. The match started brightly with both teams scoring good long shots. Hungary took the lead four times and Hong Kong equalised each time. Hungary’s England bound Lang (#07) scoring a couple in the opening exchanges. Hungary finished the quarter ahead for a fifth time with a runner from Bulucz (#02).
In the second quarter both teams played some attractive attacking korfball, but with no end result. Eventually, after five minutes without a goal, Hungary forced the penalty, converted by Ohlmann (#15). Hungary ahead by two for the first time. Hong Kong hit back again with two long range efforts. Chan (#15) with her second to equalise. A flurry of goals followed and Hungary again went two ahead, leading 9-7 at half-time.
Both coaches made changes at half-time. The game continued to flow with Hong Kong increasingly comfortable with the pace of the match. Fong (#50) scoring two to bring the match level at 9-9. Hong Kong continued to create the better chances and went ahead for the first time, 9-11. With the match becoming more physical, Hungary had a chance to reduce the gap, but missed a penalty twice and, after a Hungary time-out, Hong Kong went three ahead. Two quick goals from Hungary saw them back into the game. The Hungary coach reversed one of his substitutions bringing Horvath (#05) back. The third quarter finished with Hong Kong one ahead 12-13.
Pauly (#13) returned at the start of the fourth quarter as Hungary continued to chase the match. Hungary scored three, from Ohlmann and two from Bellusz (#08) to edge ahead 15-13. Hong Kong used their innovative free passes to good effect. Confusing their opponents to draw a penalty and close the gap to one.
Both teams were chasing hard for the victory and referee Marks (Australia) was required to make many decisions in the last minutes. Twice Hong Kong reduced the gap to a single goal and twice Hungary scored. Eventually winning 17-15 much to the home crowd’s delight.
Players of the match, Kristof Bellusz (#08) for Hungary and Kai Yiu Fong (#50) for Hong Kong China.

Match 28 (16:00h): CHINA 14 CZECH REPUBLIC 13 Golden Goal

China and Czech Republic faced each other for the right to play Hungary for 5th place.  Czech Republic started better and were soon two goals ahead, both from Stefak (#16) from range. Two penalty misses from China were costly as Czech Republic moved four ahead. China played a physical match, giving their opponents and referee Lee (Hong Kong China) plenty to do. Three penalties scored and a forced Czech substitution (Stefak) following one of many collisions changed the match with China drawing level at 4-4. Cao (#19) scored his third of the half to put China ahead 6-5 before a late Czech penalty brought the match level, 6-6 at half-time.
The second half started with both teams playing fast physical korfball and there was a spate of goals, first Czech Republic taking the lead, then China. With few chances being taken, there was a number of substitutions as the coaches looked for a way to take control. A fourth consecutive Czech penalty, two from Marek (#25), two from Snajdr (#12) concluded the third quarter with Czech Republic leading 9-11.
The fourth quarter started with two good goals from Literova (#01) to put Czech Republic 9-13 ahead. Czech Republic failed to score in the final six minutes and China gradually pulled the match back to tie 13-13, two goals from Fu (#06), and send the game into golden goal.
Czech Republic started with the ball and had two good chances before China recovered possession. In China’s first attack, they created a good shooting opportunity that just went long. Czech Republic pressed for a second chance, but could not create a clear shot. Again, China were patient and created the opportunity. From behind the post, Cao scored the distance to win the match for China.
Players of the match, Yuran Fu (#06) for China and Anna Literova (#01) for Czech Republic.

Match 29 (17:45h): CHINESE TAIPEI 17 BELGIUM 25

The first semi-final was between Chinese Taipei and Belgium. The first few minutes promised a lively encounter with both sets of players moving well and shooting accurately. Belgium were soon ahead 2-5 as seven goals were scored in the first four minutes. Pirquin (#31) scoring two from distance for Belgium. Pirquin soon added a third as Belgium stretched ahead 2-6. Meanwhile, both teams were making referee Van Der Terp (Netherlands) work hard with contests under the post. Chinese Taipei scored two late in the quarter to reduce the deficit to 4-6.
Chinese Taipei contested the play throughout the middle quarters, but were always behind and could not close the gap completely.
Chinese Taipei went into the final quarter three goals down, losing 15-18. Belgium continued to pull away, outscoring their opponents 7-2 in the quarter to win the match 17-25. Belgium play in the final on Saturday and Chinese Taipei play for bronze.
Players of the match, Tine Pirquin (#31) for Belgium and Han Sheng Chiu (#13) for Chinese Taipei.

Match 30 (19:30): PORTUGAL 5 NETHERLANDS 29

The second semi-final was between Portugal and Netherlands with Belgium waiting for the winners. The match started brightly with both teams working hard to create chances. Netherlands appeared to be passing to their distance shooting strengths, keeping the ball to the outside. The Dutch scored well with De Vries (#14) scoring 4 as they went into a 1-7 first quarter lead. The second quarter was played much add the first. Netherlands in control, shooting and scoring from distance. Portugal working hard but creating few chances against a disciplined defence. Condado (#13) scoring all the Portgual goals as they went into half-time 3-15 down.
The third quarter was quiet as both teams created little. Just four goals were scored, all by the Dutch to lead 5-19. Going into the last quarter, the Dutch made a number of changes and continued to create the better chances. Portugal contained the Dutch and restricted them to just 29 goals. Final score 5-29.
Referee: Tina Van Grimberge (Belgium).
Players of the match, Sebastiao Condado (#13) for Portugal and Sanne Van Ser Werff (#04) for Netherlands.

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IKF U21 WKC 2018 Day 5: Videos, reviews, results & updated ranking pools

Fifth day of competition at the IKF U21 World Korfball Championship 2018 in Budapest, HUNGARY. Follow and watch all games through IKF live webcasting on worldkorfball.org: Click here

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Match 21: TURKEY 16 PORTUGAL 19

The final pool matches are played on Day 5 with a number of issues to be decided. The first match was Turkey and Portugal. Portugal had already secured second spot in Pool B, but Turkey would have a chance for the 4th place in the pool with a win. The game started well enough with the teams sharing 8 goals quickly. As Portugal started to take control, going 4-7 up in the first quarter, Turkey became erratic and their physical play led to too many fouls and opportunities for Portugal. The match was disrupted and the referee called on often to stop the play. This caused low scoring 2nd and 3rd quarters with six goals in each as Portugal maintained control and their lead. 9-14 at the end of the third quarter.
The pace of scoring and disruptions to play increased in the final as Turkey tried to reduce the gap. The referee was called upon to deal with a number clashes as the play became more tense. Turkey won the quarter, but not by enough to take the win as Portugal won 16-19.

Match 22: HONG KONG 10 NETHERLANDS 48

The second match of day 5 pitched Netherlands against Hong Kong China. Another goal-fest expected and delivered. The Dutch scored quickly, racing to 11 goals in seven minutes before Hong Kong China opened their account. Both sets of players performed well in the first half, creating oportunities and scoring goals. The half-time score 4-27 to Netherlands.
Hong Kong China continued to enjoy their korfball and took the game to their opponents in the third quarter. They scored throughout the period, playing some lovely korfball and restricting the Dutch to 10 goals. In the final quarter, Hong Kong China continued to play well, drawing mistakes from the Dutch and winning fouls under the referee’s watchful gaze. Hong Kong China worked well with possession and the Dutch failed to score 50 for the first time in three games. A very good performance from both teams. Netherlands winning 10-48.

Match 23: CHINA 26 GERMANY 23

China and Germany faced each other in the third match of the day. The winners would compete for 5th-8th places, the best the losers could achieve would be 9th. With a lot riding on the result, it was a nervous start from both teams as they struggled to take control. Scrappy goals turned to better quality as the teams were matched 5-5 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, China showed more determination and caused a lot to happen in the post area. Goals resulted and China moved ahead 17-10 by half-time.
In the second half, both teams raised the tempo and a more physical game ensued with the referee becoming much more involved. Germany edged the third quarter to enter the final quarter five down 22-17.
Early in the fourth quarter, China increased the lead to six goals and it looked all over for Germany. They did not give up though and the China lead was reduced to two with four minutes remaining. If China were nervous they did not show it. Despite conceding possession several times, China were able to see the game out, winning 26-23. They move onto a match against Czech Republic for places 5th to 8th. Germany face England for 9th to 11th.

Match 24: HUNGARY 6 CHINESE TAIPEI 22

The host country, Hungary, playing in their usual early evening slot, faced the unbeaten Chinese Taipei team with referee Peter Busik in charge of proceedings. Neither team had anything to play for. Hungary have a 5th-8th semi-final with Hong Kong China and Chinese Taipei a semi-final against Belgium. The match started slowly, both teams taking a while to find any shooting range. Chinese Taipei created the better chances and scored well to lead 1-8 after the first quarter. The second quarter was punctuated by substitutions as the coaches tried to find some momentum. Chinese Taipei again getting the better of the quarter to lead 3-14 at half-time.
The third quarter suffered from more substitutions as eight were made, disrupting any flow the match had. Only five goals were scored as Chinese Taipei increased the lead to 3-19. Hungary had their best quarter in the fourth, drawing 3-3 to make the final score 6-22 and 7-8 in substitutions. Both teams will want to play more consistent and higher shooting korfball in their semis on match day 6.

Match 25: ENGLAND 9 BELGIUM 36

The final match of the day saw England take on Belgium, again with both countries already sure of their semi-final matches. Belgium starting strongly enough, pulling out to a 1-7 lead by the end of the first quarter. Belgium scored throughout the second quarter as England struggled to find a way into the match. The half-time score 3-19.
The second half started with a number of substitutions, and the play continued as in the first half with Belgium scoring freely. England had a bright period scoring 4 goals in three second half minutes to finish the quarter 7-29 down. England called a time-out, perhaps to push for 10 goals and limit Belgium to under 40. They could score only one more as the match finished 9-36. England face Germany in the lower places and Belgium take on Chinese Taipei for a place in the final.

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IKF U21 WKC 2018 Day 4: Videos, reviews, results & updated ranking pools

Fourth day of competition at the IKF U21 World Korfball Championship 2018 in Budapest, HUNGARY. Follow and watch all games through IKF live webcasting on worldkorfball.org: Click here

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Match 16: GERMANY 8 – TURKEY 12

Match day 4 and pool positions still to be decided. First game matched Germany and Turkey. Germany needed a second win to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals. Turkey, without a win, could push for top 8 with a win in this match. The first quarter was slow with few scoring chances and fewer goals as Germany pulled out to a 4-1 lead. The second quarter was much of the same, both teams taking several defended shots. The much remained alive as Turkey fought back with the only three goals of the quarter. The match tied 4-4 at half-time. A great blam from Germany to defend a free pass was a highlight of the half
With a sense of urgency becoming apparent, the game changed twice in the third quarter. First Germany taking a two goal lead 7-5, then Turkey scoring 4 to end the quarter 7-9 ahead. The match finished much as it started with only four goals in the final quarter as Germany failed to breakdown Turkey. Turkey winning 8-12 for their first victory of the tournament.

Match 17: ENGLAND 5 – NETHERLANDS 50

The second game of day 4 between England and Netherlands promised another goal feast. The match soon delivered, both teams playing relaxed and open korfball. Netherlands soon had a 1-12 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter was a mirror of the first as the Dutch took a 2-24 half-time lead, perhaps with 50 goals in mind for a second day. The England players kept up their work rate and determination in the second half. Just as in their previous match, Netherlands called a second half time out, needing 8 from six minutes. There was time enough and the Dutch finished 5-50 winners.

Match 18: CZECH REPUBLIC 26 – HONG KONG 10

The third match of day 4 would decide 3rd and 4th places in Pool A. A fast start from Czech Republic and they were soon 4-1 ahead. Hong Kong China are enjoying their championships and fought back strongly, matching their opponents for the rest of a high scoring quarter. Czech Republic ahead 8-6. The second quarter was more tense as the teams battled for control. Only four goals were scored, but enough for the Czech Republic to ease ahead 11-7.
Czech Republic dominated after the break, scoring easily and restricting their opponents to just three more goals. In the end a comfortable result for Czech Republic, winning 26-10 and taking 3rd place in the pool behind Netherlands and Belgium.

Match 19: HUNGARY 14 – PORTUGAL 24

The hosts Hungary faced Portugal in game 4 with a semi-final place at stake. In front of loud, excited fans, Hungary took the fight to Portugal and went 5-4 up in a pulsating first quarter. Sensing an upset and with some great shooting, Hungary pushed the lead to four goals at 9-5. Without regaining any real composure, Portugal showed the ability of a top 4 team, scoring eight consecutive to take control 9-13 early in the 3rd quarter. As the second half progressed, Hungary struggled to keep up with Portugal, falling further behind. The crowd, with less to cheer, became quiet and the contest was effectively over by the 4th quarter. Portgual were given a fight, but prevailed 14-24 and are likely to play Netherlands in the semi-finals.

Match 20: CHINESE TAIPEI 21 – CHINA 11

The final match of the day between Chinese Taipei and China started brightly enough with the favourites, Chinese Taipei, racing to a four goal lead. China responded well and the crowd were treated to a 11 goal quarter, Chinese Taipei 8 -3 up. In the 2nd quarter, the defences were dominant. Despite the referee from Hong Kong China awarding plenty of free passes, only two further goals were scored. Chinese Taipei leading 10-3 at half-time.
The second half started much as the first finished. Lots of endeavour but little result. Then, as much as the play was flat, it broke into life. Seven goals in five minutes as both teams added pace, bounce and good shooting. Chinese Taipei continued to have the better of play, leading 16-6. The last quarter continued as the 3rd finished with both teams attacking well and the goals kept coming, Chinese Taipei winning 21-11. China will be pleased with their efforts and have an important clash with Germany on day 5 for a top 8 place. Chinese Taipei progress to the semi-finals.

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