Category Archives: North West Squad

North West Squad Trials 22/11/2014 14:00

North West Squad trials are open to everyone in the North West area.  The trials are a great opportunity to play with the best of the best in the North West and set your sights on getting into the North West squad. The squad/team will then train in preparation for the Inter Area tournament which is taking place on the 22nd Feb 2015.

The trials will be taking place on the 22nd November 2-4pm at Parrs Wood High School, Didsbury, Manchester.

Email if you want to know more details or are interested in attending.

North West finish 6th at Inter Areas

NW Squad at Inter Areas (unfortunately Dan left before the photo was taken)

With one whole more training session than in the previous year the North West squad headed down to Nottingham looking to improve on our awesome 4th place finish from 2012. This year was going to be a bit tougher as the tournament was being used for World Games selection so international players were rife.

NW had drawn in a group with last year’s winners East Midlands, England U19, South Glamorgan and Oxfordshire. The first game was against the Welsh team, both teams failed to take an early lead both missing a penalty and it was clear that everyone was still waking up their muscles. Emma scored an awesome shot to put us ahead and with 2 minutes to go all we had to do was close out the game. Somehow we let our opponents back into it and they scored right at the death. 1-1 first game!

Next up was East Midlands who comprised of a few internationals and a few seasoned pros, all very tough and they took no time in storming to a lead. Big Dave scored an awesome buzzer beater but the ref wasn’t aware of how the shot-clock worked and so the goal didn’t count 🙁 Dave did manage to get one back a bit later: quick thinking by Dan in the feed spun and won a penalty which Dave converted. Finished 10-1, we won’t talk too much about that!

Next up was Oxfordshire – not the University Lauren! – a team of similar level to us and all players motivated themselves for the game. It was a close game, we took an early two goal lead through Emma, Dave missed (and scored) a few more penalties. Oxfordshire got back into it, Fish scored a screamer, Oxfordshire levelled, Emma took us into the lead, we asked for a time-out, we weren’t allowed one, Fish scored again. Boom. Great win! Final score 7-5!

Next up was England U19s, not only younger than us but fitter too, Harriet needed restraining! They were okay, can’t remember the scoreline, think they just edged it.. only point worth remembering was that kid schooling Dave and going for the trick shot before being taken out from behind, that’s right Dave, not on my court!

So end of the group stage, time for a rest, no we were straight back on court after finishing 3rd in the group and up against the South West. Lots of subs were needed after battling against the U19s and the game was close all the way through! Goals from Thom, Dave, Emma, and Adam gave us a narrow 4-2 victory and we were through to the 5/6 ploy-off against London.

London were a strong team, made angrier through their main man having just been booked in the previous game by NW super ref Tom. A good battle ensued but London’s class showed in the end, I didn’t write the score down but we scored one!

Awesome day, all was left was the final which Dave reffed between East Midlands and England U19s, plenty of time for Dave to upset the national team to be a bit more with his decisions! Good victory East Midlands!

So 6th position (out of 13) for the NW, a great performance and one to be proud of! Thanks to everyone who came down for the day and especially those drivers and Tom for reffing!

Squad list:

Harriet Derrick (Hawks, captain)
Emma Higton (Warriors)
Sophie Laurenson (Warriors)

Jenny McGuckian (Warriors)
Rachel Swallow (Uni of Manchester, assist coach)
Lauren Taylor (Hawks)
Alice Wadkin (Uni of Manchester)

Dave Ansell (Manchester City)
Richard Dawson (Warriors)
Adam Luto (Lancaster Uni)
Kev Moss (Warriors)
Thom Partridge (Hawks & Manchester Metropolitan Uni)
Dan Wood (Lancaster Uni)

James McNaughton (Hawks)

Tom Parry (Hawks)

Inter-Areas Round-Up

Last Sunday twelve players made their way down from the North West to compete in the inter-areas tournament in Nottingham. I say twelve, but really I mean three, the rest were making their way from Leeds after a pre-tournament warm-up tournament. Unfortunately the tournament had managed to take casualties and the twelve were only eleven (I’d say get well soon Tori but this is a week late so you probably have already..).

We arrived nice and early, the Leeds lot had brought along a rather yellow Rachel Swallow who’d been selected for GB Students who were playing in a rather tough group of East Midlands and South West. The NW was drawn against the West Midlands and our neighbours from Staffordshire and Crewe. The latter had withdrawn meaning our first game was to decide the group winner and who would avoid the rather scary looking East Midlands!

The game started faster than expected and we were soon behind, Adam scored to pull us back and Ben fired in another. The game slowly slipped away from us though and with just over a minute remaining we were 4-2 down. Pete knocked one back for us from distance before Big Dave slammed in the equaliser from downtown! Was enough time remaining for us to win a penalty and Ben to score! We win 5-4, woop!!

Showing us what we could have won the East Midlands with a few guests from GB Students made up a scratch team to give us another game. Nothing to note here other than the unorthodox free pass that resulted in Ben’s brother, Jonny, scoring underarm from the corner, nice!

So into the quarters, a tough test against the South West who’d warmed up weeks earlier with a friendly against Wales. In comparison some of our squad had met this morning. Not to worry as captain Harriet had been like 007 and scouted out their weaknesses. NW took it to them holding out in defence and coring some great goals. 6-3, easy. Ref thought he’d have a laugh, “It’s a draw, will play golden goal,” jokes!

Next up was a strong and organised Kent team, their shots fell from the start and NW morale was down. Lucy finally found her kit and came off the bench to win a penalty. Despite a claw back at the score it wasn’t enough and we were out of the running for top!

And so to the 3rd / 4th play-off against Norfolk. We held strong and gave it a good go but again they were just a bit too good. I don’t really remember much apart from Phil Buttinger’s crew from the sidelines making it a loud affair. We lost but went down fighting!

Awesome day, no medals this year but we will be back!

Massive well done to the whole squad and a thanks to Annie, Thom and Harriet for driving; and not forgetting Mike Brayne and Kev Jones who got us all in shape and picked the squad, we all owe you a pint, and everyone down in Nottingham esp Sam Whittaker who made the day great for everyone!

The squad:
Harriet Derrick, captain (Manchester Hawks)
Victoria Kent (Lancaster University)
Lucy McConnell (Manchester City)
Rebecca McKenny (Lancaster University)
Annie Pinder (Manchester Hawks)
Steph Wood (Manchester Warriors)

Dave Ansell (Manchester City)
Adam Luto (Lancaster University)
Pete McGuckian (Manchester Warriors)
James McNaughton (University of Manchester)
Ben Nickerson (Manchester City)
Thom Partridge (Manchester Hawks)

Great North West Trials

Sixteen players turned up to North West Squad training on Sunday with the prospect of selection for the squad at the Inter-Areas competitions in Nottingham on February 12th. Coached by Warrior’s Mike Brayne and Kev Jones players were put through their paces for three hours at Sale leisure centre.

The attendees brought a mix of experience from the NWKL and CERL and represented by most association clubs. A special mention to Lancaster University players who had eight making the long trip down. Club representation was as follows:

City – 0
Hawks – 3
Lancaster – 8
Manchester University – 2
Warriors – 3

The North West Squad hopes to meet again regularly throughout the year. The Inter-Areas Squad will be announced soon!

Korfball action this weekend

This weekend sees an action packed return to the NW korfball season.

Manchester City will host a free taster session on Saturday 21st January at Sale Leisure Centre from 1 – 2:30pm.

This will be followed by a friendly match between Manchester City and University 2:30 – 4pm.

And don’t forget on Sunday there will be a North West Squad training session from 4-7pm, again at Sale Leisure Centre. It will cost £5 to cover costs.

North West Squad Coach and Training

We’re pleased to announce the North West Squad training from 4 – 7 pm on Sunday 22nd January at Sale Leisure Centre. This will be an open session for anyone interested in taking part in the Inter Areas in Nottingham on February 12th.

Mike Brayne will lead the session with assistance from his Warrior’s team mate Kev Jones!

For further information contact Rach (