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Edinburgh City Korfball Club

Edinburgh City Korfball Club compete in the Scottish Korfball League. We are Scotland's oldest korfball club and 6 time champions.

All 3 teams in action! Match reports: 24-03-19

We’re bringing you a roundup of the weekend’s games with all 3 teams in action on Sunday it was a busy day for the club.

 

The 1s had a short trip to QMU in an all-Edinburgh clash, with league leaders Mavericks and Edinburgh University being the opposition.

 

Edinburgh City 1 (36) v (3) Edinburgh University 1

The first match of the day was against the University team and after a bit of a slow scoring start, City really put on a show. Ella Paul and Laura de Nooij really clicked, scoring 7 goals each and were always dangerous. Down the other end, Dave Ewing was breaking records again, scoring a massive 12 goals! The fine shooting display marks a new high in SKA history and he’s certainly living up to the “Shooter Dave” moniker he earned in his Saints days.

The 36-3 result also broke a couple of records for City, being the highest ever margin of victory (33) and the highest ever goal tally (36), so it really was a complete team performance. Clive Minshull also put in a real shift, playing just the second half he managed a huge 27 rebounds and a City record 10 assists!

Scorers: Laura de Nooij (7), Ella Paul (7), David Ewing (12), Daniel Pratt (4), Heather Mackintosh (3), Jacky Mo (2), Emma Cottell (1)

MVP: David Ewing

 

Edinburgh City 1 (12) v (24) Edinburgh Mavericks 1

Taking on the defending champions and current league-leaders was not going to be an easy task but the City 1s were hoping to put on a better showing than the last time the teams met (a 21-9 loss).

Mavericks started out well, creating chances with their rapid ball movement but City were able to stay with them after earning and scoring penalties in both sections to leave the scores at 3-5 after the opening 10 minutes. However, Mavs showed just why they are running away with the league again this season with some slick passing and precise shooting and pulled away to a 5-12 lead at half time.

The second half was a similar affair to the first, with City showing good signs in attack but Mavericks being far more consistent. The game was slightly marred towards the end, with both Angus Davidson and Daniel Pratt going off injured and we hope that they both recover well.

The Citizens were really paced by another incredible shooting display from Laura de Nooij in this one, scoring 8 goals and finishing the day with 15 in total. Thanks must go to Calum Lindsay too, after he stepped in to referee the match at short notice.

The win for Mavericks confirms them as champions of SKL1 for another season with 2 games left to play and it’s been deserved after another dominant campaign. City will get another chance to test themselves against Mavs on the league final day on April 13th.

Scorers: Laura de Nooij (8), Michael Garbutt (1), David Ewing (3)

MVP: Laura de Nooij

 

Our 2s and 3s were in action too, with both teams travelling to Dundee to take on their 2s.

 

Edinburgh City 3 (6) v (6) Dundee 2

The first matchup was City 3 taking on the hosts and it saw old favourite Graham Robertson pulling on a City top again after his recent transfer and a debut for John McDowell as well.

The 3s got off to a strong start, getting out to a 4-1 lead at half time, with Lauren Kelly looking dangerous in attack and bagging a couple of goals, but unfortunately they couldn’t hold Dundee out for long, conceding in the dying moments of the game to come away with a point each.

Scorers: Jess Nelmes (1), Lauren Kelly (2), Ailith Ewing (1), Lee Goossens (1), Graham Robertson (1)

MVP: Lauren Kelly

 

Edinburgh City 2 (19) v (4) City 3

The final grudge (in the friendliest way) match of the season saw the 2s come out on top against the 3s again but there was some great korfball on display. John McDowell and Jeremy Lau scored their first goals for the club, whilst Graham Robertson and Bob Mather provided the structure for the 3s.

The 2s were just too strong though and all of the team managed to score at least a couple of goals, showing the real all-round strength that they’ve developed recently. Andrew Goode and Graham Robertson picked up the MVP awards in this match, showing that a good old-fashioned rebounding performance is still appreciated in the league!

Scorers: Rob Stone (2), Jess Nelmes (2), Andrew Goode (4), Andrea Kinver (4), Chris Horsley (3), Laura Powell (2), Ailith Ewing (2)

Lee Goossens (1), Graham Robertson (1), Jeremy Lau (1), John McDowell (1)

MVPs: Graham Robertson, Andrew Goode

 

Edinburgh City 2 (14) v (10) Dundee 2

The final match of the day saw the 2s put in a more comfortable performance than the scoreline might suggest. Another great team effort saw the goals spread around the team with Jess Nelmes grabbing another couple of goals for her season tally and showing she’s turning in to a real threat on both ends of the court.

Andrea Kinver picked up the MVP award in the match and along with Ailith Ewing and Rob Stone the scoreboard was steadily ticking along with hat-tricks for all three players.

The results mean that Edinburgh City 2 have pulled ahead of Edinburgh University 2 and will take 2nd place in SKL2 on finals day Saturday 13th April! Only finishing behind an impressive Strathclyde 1 team is a great result for the 2s as they’ve been building steadily throughout the season.

Scorers: Rob Stone (3), Jess Nelmes (2), Andrea Kinver (3), Chris Horsley (1), Laura Powell (2), Ailith Ewing (3)

MVP: Andrea Kinver

International Women’s Day – Christie Smillie

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender-balance.

To celebrate the day, as well as raise awareness of the importance of gender-balance and the #BetterforBalance campaign, we will be talking to a number of women from the club and finding out what the day means for them, how korfball can help gender-balance, hearing their experiences and seeing if there are any lessons we can take forward.

 

ChristieChristie is pictured here at the Processions Walk in June 2018, which celebrated 100 years of women being able to vote where hundreds of women and girls walked around Edinburgh in suffragette colours as a ‘mass participation artwork’.

Christie is studying geology at Edinburgh University, where she is also playing korfball and coaching the beginner teams. Alongside this, Christie is also the assistant coach at Edinburgh City Korfball Club where she has made a drastic impact on the club, with members being incredibly grateful for her help and guidance.

 

What does International Women’s Day and the #BalanceforBetter campaign mean to you?

International Women’s Day highlights achievements of women around the world and promotes equality.

Everyone receives the same treatment, chances and respect as their peers. It means that we’re actively campaigning and developing as a society into a world where people can expect fair and equal treatment irrespective of their sex or gender.

Just because we are women should not mean that we experience discrimination.

 

What are your experiences of gender-balance in your everyday life?

Gender balance is how we find a way to have equal representation as a man or a woman across every aspect of society.

I’ve experienced a range of negative balances where I have felt a lack of respect, intimidated, inferior and unimportant by a masculinity fuelled situation.

From being told I’m bossy for having an opinion; being told that I run like a girl; that I’m wearing too much make-up. I’ve heard men in cars shout and whistle at women in the street. It is not safe to walk around at night because I am female.

Women often do not receive the same opportunities as men in male-dominated work places. I’m likely to get paid less than my male counterpart when I graduate because I am a woman.

There’s a long history of toxic forced gender roles that are outdated, damaging and not representative of modern society. This is gender imbalance.

We have a lack of recognition for female scientists, artists, athletes (past and present) because we’ve been conditioned to think that men are superior. This then controls the negative gender balance of female role models for young girls to inspire the next generation of “This Girl Can”.

However, my experience of positive gender-balance has shown me that change can happen and have an incredible impact. I’ve experienced fair and equal treatment as a woman at university, work and in sport. In class discussions, I feel that my opinions are valued because what we are given equal opportunities to contribute to discussion.

I have male and female lecturers. I am encouraged to be myself and share my ideas, as is everyone else.

I’ve been challenged, accepted and encouraged by my peers, supervisors and colleagues to achieve my goals- because I am an equal.

 

Does korfball help to promote a gender-balance, and do you think there are lessons that can be learnt for the wider community from our sport?

Each division requires an equal split of men and women. For me, this highlights the importance of being able to work together towards a common goal (or goals!). Also, unlike other sports with fixed positions, korfball allows a more dynamic approach to problem solving strategies, where each player is presented with the same opportunity to contribute to the team.

Both of these aspects are important to the work-place, home environments and wider community.

 

Do you think the club is a positive influence on gender-balance and are there any areas that the club excels in or could do better?

As a fairly new addition to the coaching team I’ve found that the warm welcome encourages all players to come along and try korfball.

I’ve been supported by the head coach and have been part of discussions that influence the team. I feel that my feedback and ideas are respected and valued. Edinburgh City has created an excellent environment to help develop my own coaching skills, ask questions and be able to be a contributor to each training session.

Female coaches are much less common across all sports but we’re out there!  I think it’s also important to know that there is equal representation across the team and committee.  I think Edinburgh City is very successful at achieving a fair gender balance.

I think we need to keep pushing for equality and celebrating the diversity within mixed gender sports.

I’d be very interested in looking towards supporting a women’s charity in Edinburgh.

International Women’s Day – Emma Cottell

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender-balance.

To celebrate the day, as well as raise awareness of the importance of gender-balance and the #BetterforBalance campaign, we will be talking to a number of women from the club and finding out what the day means for them, how korfball can help gender-balance, hearing their experiences and seeing if there are any lessons we can take forward.

Emma

Emma (pictured right) has been playing korfball on and off since 2010 and has been with Edinburgh City Korfball Club for 3 years. Emma is currently the captain for the 1st team which competes in the Scottish League. Outside of korfball she is training to be a nurse. Emma says “I have made some great friendships in the club with both men and women and it’s an ideal way to unwind.”

 

What does International Women’s Day and the #BalanceforBetter campaign mean to you?

For me, it means equal opportunities for both women and men and making the stereotypical gender roles a thing of the past. No-one should fall short of their ambitions because of their gender.

 

What are your experiences of gender-balance in your everyday life?

As a student nurse, I generally see more female nurses than male nurses. I am glad the long standing gender stereotyping of the nursing role is being challenged today and hope to see a more balanced workforce in future. Having a mixed nursing team changes the dynamic and increases options for dealing with sensitive situations.

 

Does korfball help to promote a gender-balance, and do you think there are lessons that can be learnt for the wider community from our sport?

A korfball team is comprised of 4 male and 4 female players split into two divisions: attack and defence each with 2 males and 2 females. The attacking division’s aim is to shoot into a basket to score goals. The attacker has to get away from their defender to score. Defenders have to be the same gender as the attacker. Korfball was developed in 1901 in Holland with equality in mind.

The best thing about korfball is that you don’t have to be confined to fixed roles or positions. Men and women can switch roles and tailor strategies to the competition. Anyone can score goals, assist a team-mate or rebound the ball after a shot. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, you make an equal contribution to the team. I think this model fits well within society, encouraging gender balance. Many popular sports like football have a conflict between the male and female teams effecting media coverage, sponsorship and spectator numbers. This isn’t a problem with korfball. There is no female korfball or male korfball. Korfball is just korfball.

 

Do you think the club is a positive influence on gender-balance and are there any areas that the club excels in or could do better?

The club has a good balance of female and male members now. When I first joined the club we sometimes struggled to get female players. The club has done really well to get great numbers now – we now have three teams competing in the Scottish League. An observation I’ve made watching other players is how female players are sometimes less confident to shoot than male players, particularly if they are quite new to the sport. I think the club has got better at encouraging players to be more confident in their shot and I now see women trying to shoot sooner.

International Women’s Day – Lauren Kelly

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender-balance.

To celebrate the day, as well as raise awareness of the importance of gender-balance and the #BetterforBalance campaign, we will be talking to a number of women from the club and finding out what the day means for them, how korfball can help gender-balance, hearing their experiences and seeing if there are any lessons we can take forward.

Lauren

Lauren joined Edinburgh City last year following a Beginner Session and has become a really valuable member to the club. As well as playing, Lauren stepped on to the committee after only a few months and has helped shaped the future of the club since.

 

What does International Women’s Day and the #BalanceforBetter campaign mean to you?

International Women’s Day provides a focal point each year in the fight for gender equality. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the achievements of women in the past and present who might otherwise be overlooked. Striving for greater gender balance is vital to correct the systematic injustices women continue to experience the world over and to make all societies happier, healthier, and safer – for men and women.

 

What are your experiences of gender-balance in your everyday life?

As a white Westerner born into an affluent and peaceful society, I live a privileged life. However, even with all that privilege behind me, I’ve still experienced gender-based violence. On a day-to-day basis, I sometimes find people’s assumptions about how I should behave or the role I should perform frustrating. For example, every time there’s a reason to buy someone a card and organise a gift collection in work, people ask me if I’m going to do it. They don’t ask my younger and more junior male colleague!

Does korfball help to promote a gender-balance, and do you think there are lessons that can be learnt for the wider community from our sport?

I think korfball definitely promotes gender balance because a team can only win if its male and female players are communicating well and making full use of each other’s talents regardless of gender. I think the wider community can learn lots from korfball’s cooperative ethos. When I first started playing, I was amazed by how polite and civilised it is compared to other sports – I think this is at least in part because having men and women playing together on equal terms breaks us out of the arbitrary and destructive hierarchies that we usually operate within.

Do you think the club is a positive influence on gender-balance and are there any areas that the club excels in or could do better?

I think the club is great at promoting gender balance. We’ve got male and female committee members and coaches. Expectations are just the same for male and female players. The club does have more male members than female members at the moment so I think we should continue to work on attracting women to join through events such as the joint korfball/netball training session held last month.

International Women’s Day – Katrina Caldwell

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender-balance.

To celebrate the day, as well as raise awareness of the importance of gender-balance and the #BetterforBalance campaign, we will be talking to a number of women from the club and finding out what the day means for them, how korfball can help gender-balance, hearing their experiences and seeing if there are any lessons we can take forward.

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Katrina is currently President of Edinburgh City Korfball Club having played korfball for about 4 years, originally at Edinburgh University before graduating and moving to Edinburgh City 2 years ago.

 

What does International Women’s Day and the #BalanceforBetter campaign mean to you?

Gender-balance, to me, means not having your gender effect the opportunities available to you. No-one should tell you you should, or shouldn’t, do something because of your gender.

 

What are your experiences of gender-balance in your everyday life?

I’ve been privileged to work in areas with some great female role-models. As a statistician people often ask me if it’s male dominated – which it sometimes is – but it’s great to see so much effort being put in to encourage more women and girls to study STEM subjects.

 

Does korfball help to promote a gender-balance, and do you think there are lessons that can be learnt for the wider community from our sport?

Korfball is a mixed-gender sport that relies on both males and females playing well together to make the team work.

I think other sports could learn from the equality in Korfball. The sport is designed to need both genders, and to not discriminate on height or specific skills. It’s a very inclusive sport!

 

Do you think the club is a positive influence on gender-balance and are there any areas that the club excels in or could do better?

I think the club is a good example of gender-balance and is progressing too. We’ve got a roughly 50/50 split of male and female members and this is represented at all levels of the club, from the committee to the coaching team and beyond.

International Women’s Day – #BalanceforBetter

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and Edinburgh City Korfball Club will be aiming to raise awareness of the #BalanceforBetter campaign which is helping to achieve a gender-balance in the workplace, in government and in communities all around the world.

Korfball is a gender-balanced sport, with men and women represented equally on-court and Edinburgh City are pleased that women are well represented at all levels.

 

Over the course of International Women’s Day we will be bringing you interviews with our President Katrina Caldwell, 1st team captain Emma Cottell, assistant coach Christie Smillie and committee member Lauren Kelly where they discuss their experiences of gender-balance, what lessons can be learnt and how we can all help to create a #BalanceforBetter.

 

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#BalanceforBetter

The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world.

Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere.

From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.

 

Year long activity and collaboration

The 2019 #BalanceforBetter campaign runs all year long. It doesn’t end on International Women’s Day.

The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action, with #BalanceforBetter activity reinforced and amplified all year.

 

Let’s build a gender-balanced world

Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage …

Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

Korfball: A New Hope

Edinburgh City KC held their Beginner Session on Saturday 13th January and we’re pleased to say it was a great success.

beginners1The hall at Oriam was full of people giving korfball a go! With over 30 in attendance, with some help from players already at the club, the newcomers were put through a crash course in korfball.

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Starting with some shooting drills, players were invited to try their hand at scoring in a variety of ways, before being introduced to one of korfball’s unique rules and practicing how to ‘defend’ the opposition.

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A quick demonstration match was staged in order to show what they were about to be asked to recreate, but all of the participants took to korfball like ducks to water! It was fantastic to see the goals flying in and we’re certainly hopeful of seeing many of the attendees back at training over the coming weeks!

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Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend our Beginner Session, we welcome new players throughout the year and if you were interested in giving korfball a go you can email eckc.development@gmail.com

Beginner Session – Saturday 12th January

Edinburgh City are delighted to announce another free beginner session, aimed at introducing newcomers to korfball, the club and perhaps even sport in general!

 

We will be holding a training session at Oriam, Heriot-Watt University from 16:30 until 18:30, as well as being completely free… one attendee will win a seasons free membership!

 

 

For a quick introduction to korfball, this video is great for breaking down the rules.
To register your interest and to make sure you keep up to date on all of the news, you can head to the Facebook event and click ‘Interested’ here.

 

If you want to know more, please feel free to contact Daniel Pratt at ECKC.Development@gmail.com

Firsts remain unbeaten, battle to victory!

Edinburgh City 1 (21) – (8) Saint Andrews 1

After the 3s put on a great performance, it was up to the 1s to put on a show for the crowd gathered at Leith Academy. They didn’t disappoint!

Making their season debuts for the 1s were Michael Garbutt, Naobh O’Donaghue and Ella Paul (more from her later!). City got off to a flying start, with plenty of shots and a healthy advantage in rebounding it wasn’t long before the hosts had built themselves a comfortable lead.

 

The starting boys all got themselves double-figure rebounds with Jacky Mo having a monster game grabbing 20 of them! With the rebounds being handled, Ella Paul was free to fire away and she certainly did, scoring a personal record 8 goals in the match and earning the MVP award.

The display from the team was fantastic on both ends of the court, with a high-pressure defence forcing 32 turnovers, and the side would take great confidence into the match against Glasgow.

 

Players (Goals): Daniel Pratt (5), Michael Garbutt, Emma Cottell, Heather Mackintosh (3), Clive Minshull (2), Katrina Caldwell, Ella Paul (8), Naobh O’Donaghue, David Ewing (2), Jacky Mo (1), Finlay Hannah, Ailith Ewing, Andrea Kinver

MVP: Ella Paul

 

Edinburgh City 1 (16) – (13) Glasgow 1

After a comfortable first match City were prepared for a much tighter contest against Glasgow 1, although maybe not quite prepared for the manner in which the match began.

Laura de Nooij managed to finally make her 1s debut, arriving after being treated for a wild cat attack but she regained her composure to help the team to victory.

 

Both teams were matched well, but with the key difference being City’s superior shooting stats. In the first half the citizens shot 4x better than their opponents and this lead to a 10-2 lead at half time.

Daniel Pratt was channeling his inner-Westbrook and stuffing the stat sheet with 3 goals (60% shooting), 3 assists, 4 steals and 13 rebounds in only 22 minutes of action.

 

The second half began well again with Laura de Nooij and Ella Paul getting 7 goals between them, but with the scores at 11-4, Glasgow really began to dominate the rebound battle eventually finishing incredibly lopsided at 48-73 in favour of Glasgow.

This gave them a bit of a foothold in the match, but City stayed calm and continued to score well pushing the score out to 15-7 with 10 minutes left. Daniel Pratt and Dave Ewing came off and the substitutions seemed to throw the balance of the team, with City then finishing off the match on a 1-6 run to leave the final scores far closer than they deserved to be at 16-13.

 

Nevertheless, it’s another win for the 1s and maintains their unbeaten start to the season with 4 wins from 4. Next up will be the true test of how far the team has come, with defending champions Mavericks 1 on the horizon!

 

Players (Goals): Daniel Pratt (4), Michael Garbutt, Emma Cottell (1), Heather Mackintosh, Clive Minshull (2), Katrina Caldwell (1), Ella Paul (3), Naobh O’Donaghue, David Ewing (1), Jacky Mo, Finlay Hannah, Andrea Kinver, Laura de Nooij (4)

MVP: Daniel Pratt

 

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