The England Korfball Association held their Championship weekend on 4th and 5th May at the Whitgift Sports Centre in Croydon. Trojans KC won the trophy for the sixth year in a row by beating Kingfisher KC (from Kent) in the final 28 – 13. The result means that in the 2014 edition of the IKF Europa Shield Kingfisher KC will compete for the first time ever. Nomads KC clinched 3rd place by beating Nottingham KC 16 – 13.
In the National League semi-finals Kingfisher KC, who finished 3rd in the regular season, surprisingly beat Nottingham KC 19 – 13 to reach their first ever final. The other semi-final also almost provided an upset as Nomads KC (4th in the regular season) led Trojans KC until shortly before the end when the holder’s greater experience prevailed and eventually won 18 – 16.
In the Promotion Play-offs, Birmingham City KC, a club formed just three years ago, won their way through at the expense of Cambridge City KC, who missed out for the third year in a row. Promotion is decided following a round robin event and with Birmingham and Cambridge finishing equal on points the promotion hinged on the head to head match between the two clubs, which Birmingham won 11 – 6.
The promotion of Tom Brady’s Birmingham means that the Premier Division of the EKL now has three teams from outside London and Kent, the areas which have dominated the League since its inception in 1985
Graham Crafter2013-05-06 08:28:542013-05-06 08:28:54Trojans win English League title and Birmingham qualify for the English League