Welcome to our coverage of the 2024 edition of the IKF Korfball Champions League Final which is being played between 7-10 February in Papendrecht, Netherlands.
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LASTEST UPDATE 10/2/2024 (21:00h) – PKC/Vertom claim second consecutive Korfball Champions League title
Game 9: TuS Schildgen vs. NC Benfica (9-16) |Benfica claim Bronze at Korfball Champions League after dominant display against TuS Schildgen
NC Benfica secured the bronze medal at the IKF Korfball Champions League with a convincing 9-16 victory over Germany’s TuS Schildgen in a match that many hoped would be a closer affair. Despite a slow start, the Portuguese side displayed dominant attacking prowess, ultimately outclassing their opponents to finish third in the new format European Cup championships.
The opening period saw Benfica establish an early lead, ending the first quarter with a comfortable 1-5 advantage. They maintained their momentum into the second half, extending their lead to 3-8 by halftime. While Schildgen tried to fight back, Benfica’s defence stood stong, effectively shutting down their opponents’ scoring opportunities.
The third period showcased Benfica’s dominance even further, as they continued to pile on the goals, pushing their lead to a decisive 6-13 margin. Despite a late surge from Schildgen, Benfica remained in control, eventually sealing the victory with a 9-16 scoreline.
Tiago Luz emerged as the top scorer with an impressive 4 goals for Benfica
IKF Officials – Referees: Piotr Jaszczuk (POL) and Peter Busik (SVK) | Jury chair: Milan Čejka (CZE) | Commentator: Stephanie Jordaens (BEL) | Studio: Daan Euser (NED) | Analyst: Wilco van den Bos (NED)
Photos: Gertrude de Vries ©
Game 10: PKC/Vertom vs. Boeckenberg (25–17) | PKC/Vertom claim second consecutive Korfball Champions League title
The roar of the home crowd resonated through the packed PKC hall this afternoon as the Dutch giants PKC/Vertom secured their second consecutive IKF Korfball Champions League title with a commanding 25-17 victory over Belgium’s Boeckenberg! This triumph cements their position as Europe’s korfball powerhouse, further adding to their already impressive history.
In a sell-out arena buzzing with electrifying energy, over 1,200 fans came armed with flags, drums, and unwavering passion, creating an electric atmosphere. The energy reverberated on the court, where PKC/Vertom established an early lead, ending the first period 6-5 ahead. After a Boeckenberg timeout following a three-goal PKC/Vertom run, the Dutch side continued their dominance, reaching halftime with a comfortable 12-9 advantage.
Bo Oppe emerged as the standout player for PKC/Vertom, showcasing his offensive prowess with 5 goals. Despite a yellow card for van Wijngaarden in the third period, their momentum remained unstoppable, pushing their lead to a decisive 17-13 margin.
The final period saw PKC/Vertom continue their relentless attack, ultimately sealing the victory with a resounding 25-17 scoreline. As the final whistle blew, the arena erupted in celebration, hailing the champions and marking a historic moment for Dutch korfball.
The victory extends PKC/Vertom’s impressive European Cup and Champions League legacy. This win marks their ninth continental title, adding to their previous triumphs in 1985, 1990, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2015, and last year’s inaugural Korfball Champions League championship.
IKF Officials – Referees: Steve Jones (WAL) and Peter Busik (SVK) | Jury chair: Nina Piris Münch (CAT) | Commentator: Tom Brady (ENG) and Stephanie Jordaens (BEL) | Studio: Ferdinand Wittenberg (NED) | Analyst: Wilco van den Bos (NED)
Day 3 Recap
Game 6: SG Pegasus vs. NC Benfica (15-28) | From behind to dominant: Benfica storm back for big win in the Champions League
Match 6 of the IKF Korfball Champions League Final saw dramatic highs and lows as NC Benfica staged a comeback to down SG Pegasus 15-28.
Fuelled by a strong start from Niko Heisterkamp in his debut for SG Pegasus, the German team led 5-4 at the end of the first period. Heisterkamp’s presence seemed to energize the Germans, giving them early confidence.
However, the tide turned drastically in the second half. Tiago Luz and Júlio Ruivo led the charge for Benfica, racking up an impressive 8 and 6 goals respectively. By halftime, the Portuguese outfit had clawed their way back to a 14-11 lead.
The second half saw Benfica continue their dominance, extending their lead with each passing minute. SG Pegasus struggled to respond, ultimately succumbing to a convincing 15-28 defeat.
This thrilling victory keeps Benfica’s medal hopes alive. They will face Germany’s TuS Schildgen tomorrow at 2:00 PM local time, needing another win to secure their place on the podium.
IKF Officials – Referees: Stan De Groot (NED) and Steve Jones (WAL) | Jury chair: Nina Piris Münch (CAT) | Commentator: Sam Stevenson (SCO) | Studio: Jacco van den Boogaart (NED) | Analyst: Wilco van den Bos (NED)
Game 7: Boeckenberg vs. TuS Schildgen (30-12) | Boeckenberg KC cruises past TuS Schildgen, set sights on Korfball Champions League glory
Belgium’s Boeckenberg KC continued their dominant run at the IKF Korfball Champions League Final, crushing Germany’s TuS Schildgen 30-12 in match number 7. With this decisive victory, Boeckenberg secures a spot in tomorrow’s championship match, where they will face host team PKC/Vertom for a shot at the trophy.
Boeckenberg dominated from the outset, establishing a 7-4 lead by the end of the first period. Their offense continued to flourish in the second half, as they extended their lead to a commanding 14-8 advantage at halftime.
Recognizing the insurmountable deficit, TuS Schildgen coach Lukas Michael opted for strategic substitutions in the third period, focusing on preparing for their crucial bronze medal match against Portugal’s Benfica tomorrow. Despite their efforts, Boeckenberg remained relentless, pushing their lead to a decisive 22-10 margin by the end of the third period.
The final act saw Boeckenberg KC cruise to a comfortable 30-12 victory. Lisa van Gorp, who scored an impressive 5 goals, was deservedly named player of the match.
IKF Officials – Referees: Lukas Pazourek (CZE) and Diana Boogaard (NED) | Jury chair: Nina Piris Münch (CAT) | Commentator: Tom Brady (ENG) and Stephanie Jordaens (BEL) | Studio: Jacco van den Boogaart (NED) | Analyst: Wilco van den Bos (NED)
Game 8: PKC/Vertom vs. SG Pegasus (38-10)
The Dutch powerhouse PKC/Vertom continued their dominant run at the IKF Korfball Champions League Final, demolishing Germany’s SG Pegasus 38-10 in match number 8. This emphatic victory secures PKC/Vertom’s place in tomorrow’s championship match, where they will face Belgium’s Boeckenberg KC for a chance to clinch the coveted trophy.
From the very outset, PKC/Vertom established their control, surging to a commanding 9-2 lead by the end of the first period. Their offensive juggernaut continued in the second half, as their lead ballooned to a staggering 20-4 advantage at halftime.
SG Pegasus struggled to find their rhythm against the relentless pressure, and PKC/Vertom continued to pile on the goals in the second half. The home team extended their lead to 30-6 by the end of the third period, effectively sealing their victory.
The final act saw PKC/Vertom maintain their dominance, cruising to a resounding 38-10 victory. Krijn van Het Kaar emerged as the top scorer with an impressive 8 goals, while Thom van der Rhee and Olav van Wijngaarden contributed 5 goals each, showcasing the depth of PKC/Vertom’s attacking prowess. Notably, van Wijngaarden’s contribution came off the bench, highlighting the team’s overall effectiveness.
IKF Officials – Referees: Piotr Jaszczuk (POL) and Peter Busik (SVK) | Jury chair: Milan Čejka (CZE) | Commentator: Stephanie Jordaens (BEL) | Studio: Jacco van den Boogaart (NED) | Analyst: Wilco van den Bos (NED)
Day 3 Results and Ranking
Thrills continue in Papendrecht: Day 2 of Korfball Champions League Finals
Day 2 Recap
Game 3: PKC/Vertom vs. TuS Schildgen (33–12) | Kunst and Jordaan star as PKC/Vertom cruises to KCL win over Schildgen
The home crowd roared with delight as Dutch champions PKC/Vertom secured a convincing victory over German outfit TuS Schildgen in the third match of the Korfball Champions League Final. Played in an electric atmosphere at their home arena, PKC/Vertom never looked back, running out comfortable 33-12 winners.
From the outset, the Dutch were in control. Their strong defence stifled the German attack, while their offense clicked seamlessly. Richard Kunst led the charge with a game-high 7 goals, closely followed by Jorien Jordaan’s 6. By halftime, PKC/Vertom held a commanding 14-6 lead, leaving little doubt about their dominance.
The second half saw more of the same. PKC/Vertom continued to press, extending their lead with every passing minute. TuS Schildgen battled valiantly but struggled to penetrate the Dutch defence. The final score of 33-12 reflected PKC/Vertom’s complete control of the match.
This dominant victory puts PKC/Vertom in a strong position for the rest of the tournament. This result sends a clear message to their remaining opponents – PKC/Vertom are a force to be reckoned with.
IKF Officials – Referees: Steve Jones (WAL) and Lukas Pazourek (CZE) | Jury chair: Nina Piris Münch (CAT) | Commentator: Yong Koh (MAL) | Studio: Daan Euser (NED) | Analyst: Wilco van den Bos (NED)
Photos: Gertrude de Vries
Game 4: Boeckenberg vs. SG Pegasus (29–11) | Belgian powerhouse Boeckenberg marches on with convincing KCL Win
Belgian powerhouse Boeckenberg KC continued their impressive run in the KCL Final with a convincing 29-11 victory over German challengers SG Pegasus in the fourth match of the competition. This dominant performance leaves Boeckenberg in a strong position to challenge for the title.
Despite an early goal from SG Pegasus’ Dominic DÜRING, Boeckenberg quickly asserted their dominance. By the end of the first quarter, they held a commanding 10-2 lead, with Lisa VAN GORP contributing two goals. The gap continued to widen in the second half, with Boeckenberg’s offense clicking flawlessly and their defence proving impenetrable. Half-time score was 18-4 in Boeckenberg’s favour.
The second half saw more of the same, with Boeckenberg relentless in their pursuit of victory. Dennis de Vogelaere and Thomas Thijs emerged as the top scorers, with an impressive 7 goals each, contributing almost half of their team’s total. Lisa van Gorp also impressed with her high goal-to-shot percentage, showcasing her efficiency as a female attacker, scoring 6 goals.
The final whistle blew with Boeckenberg securing a comfortable 29-11 victory. This result extends their unbeaten run in the tournament and puts them in a strong position to challenge for the KCL title. For SG Pegasus, this marks their second defeat.
The KCL Final continues tonight with one more match; PKC/Vertom from Netherlands vs NC Benfica from Portugal. With three more games scheduled tomorrow, the competition is heating up, and the fight for the title is on!
IKF Officials – Referees: Stan De Groot (NED) and Diana Boogaard (NED) | Jury chair: Milan Čejka (CZE) | Commentator: Ferdinand Wittenberg (NED) and Stephanie Jordaens (BEL) | Studio: Jacco van den Boogaart (NED) | Analyst: Wilco van den Bos (NED)
Photos: Gertrude de Vries
Game 5: PKC/Vertom vs. NC Benfica (36-14) | Van der Werff stars as PKC/Vertom secures convincing KCL win
The home crowd erupted in cheers as Dutch champions PKC/Vertom secured a convincing 36-16 victory over Portuguese side NC Benfica in the fourth match of the Korfball Champions League Finals. Played in their familiar PKC hall, the Dutch side dominated from start to finish, putting themselves in a strong position to challenge for the trophy.
From the outset, PKC/Vertom asserted their dominance. Krijn VAN HET KAAR led the charge with 3 goals in the first quarter, setting the tone for a one-sided affair. Their strong defence suffocated the Benfica attack, while their offense clicked seamlessly, finding the korf with impressive accuracy. By halftime, PKC/Vertom held a commanding 17-6 lead, leaving little doubt about their control of the match.
The second half saw more of the same as PKC/Vertom continued to press. Sanne van der Werff emerged as the top scorer, finding the korf 6 times. Brett Zuijdwegt and Krijn van Het Kaar also continued their impressive form, contributing 5 goals each. Benfica battled valiantly but struggled to penetrate the Dutch defence, managing only 14 goals in the entire game.
The final whistle blew with PKC/Vertom securing a comfortable 36-14 victory. This dominant performance extends their unbeaten run in the tournament and puts them in a strong position for their final two matches.
IKF Officials – Referees: Piotr Jaszczuk (POL) and Peter Busik (SVK) | Jury chair: Nina Piris Münch (CAT) | Commentator: Ferdinand Wittenberg (NED) and Stephanie Jordaens (BEL) | Studio: Ferdinand Wittenberg (NED) | Analyst: Wilco van den Bos (NED)
Photos: Gertrude de Vries © and Michael Janssens ©
Thrilling matches on Day 1 at the IKF Korfball Champions League finals
There were some close calls and big wins at the IKF Korfball Champions League final which has started with two exciting matches! Let’s recap the games on day 1.
Day 1 Recap
Game 1: TUS Schildgen vs. SG Pegasus (23-12) | Tus Schildgen dominate rivals SG Pegasus in IKF Korfball Champions League Opener
Korfball fans expecting a nail-biter between German powerhouses TuS Schildgen and SG Pegasus were left surprised as Schildgen cruised to a convincing 23-12 victory in the opening match of the IKF Korfball Champions League Finals.
While their last meeting in the German league ended in a thrilling 30-30 draw, Schildgen wasted no time asserting their dominance in this finals encounter. They edged ahead by a single goal (3-2) by the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
By halftime, the scoreline read 12-4 in Schildgen’s favour, leaving Pegasus with a significant mountain to climb. The second half saw Schildgen continue their relentless attack, extending their lead steadily to secure a decisive 23-12 win.
Individual brilliance shone on the Schildgen side, with Steffen Heppekausen emerging as the match’s top scorer with an impressive 9 goals. His clinical shooting and overall contribution were instrumental in securing Schildgen’s comfortable victory.
This dominant performance sets the tone for what promises to be an exciting IKF Korfball Champions League Finals. While Schildgen have taken a commanding lead, anything can happen in the fast-paced world of korfball. Let’s wait and see how Pegasus responds in the upcoming matches!
Referees: Diana Boogaard (NED) and Piotr Jaszczuk (POL) | Jury chair: Milan Čejka (CZE) | Commentator: Yong Koh (MAL)
Photos: Gertrude de Vries
Game 2: Boeckenberg KC vs. NC Benfica (30-15) | Boeckenberg KC crush Benfica hopes in their Champions League clash
The second match of the IKF Korfball Champions League Finals saw Belgian champions Boeckenberg KC silence the hopes of their Portuguese counterparts, Benfica, with a dominant 30-14 victory. Despite early leads for Benfica in the first quarter, Boeckenberg ultimately proved too strong, turning the tide in the second half to secure a convincing win.
Anticipation crackled in the Papendrecht arena as the champions from Belgium and Portugal clashed. Boeckenberg drew first blood with a goal from Tess VOSHART which was quickly cancelled out thanks to a goal from Carlos FARIA. It was the champions from Portugal who were leading 6-7 at the end of the first period. However, Boeckenberg rallied in the second quarter, showcasing their experience and clinical finishing to take a 13-9 lead at halftime.
The turning point came in the third quarter. Buoyed by their halftime advantage, Boeckenberg unleashed a scoring spree, outscoring Benfica 8-3 to extend their lead to a commanding 21-12. Benfica fought valiantly but couldn’t bridge the gap, as Boeckenberg continued their dominance in the final quarter to secure a resounding 30-14 victory.
Boeckenberg’s Lucas de Ridder emerged as the top scorer with 5 goals, leading a well-balanced offensive attack that overwhelmed Benfica’s defence. This win puts Boeckenberg at the top of the table after Day 1, with their superior goal difference giving them an edge over TuS Schildgen, who also won their opening match.
While Benfica’s dream of an upset start to the finals has faded, they will undoubtedly regroup and fight back in the upcoming matches. But for now, the spotlight shines on Boeckenberg KC, who have set a strong marker in the race for the coveted Champions League title.
Referees: Peter Busik (SVK) and Lukas Pazourek (CZE) | Jury chair: Nina Piris Münch (CAT) | Commentator: Tom Brady
Photos: Gertrude de Vries
Day 1 Results and Ranking
With more games to come over the next 3 days, the competition is sure to heat up! Don’t miss a moment – You can watch all the matches live on the IKF YouTube channel, and in addition the matches on the final two days will also be available on the Olympic Channel, through the Olympic app and through their website.
What did you think of the matches on day 1? Tomorrow, on day 2 we have three more exciting matches… PKC/Vertom vs. TuS Schildgen, Boeckenberg vs. SG Pegasus, and lastly PKC/Vertom vs. NC Benfica. What do you predict the results will be on day two? Let us know on social media using the hashtags #KCL and #korfball.
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