Highbury enjoyed a record-breaking win on Sunday as a 31-8 thrashing of Mitcham saw them consolidate their mid-table league position.
The Islington side took advantage of bottom-placed Mitcham, playing with a woman down, to score the highest number of goals in their history in a straightforward win.
From the off Highbury made light work of the opposition defence with short, fluid passes, and they were rewarded with six goals early on.
But Mitcham did threaten to make a game of it, hitting back to score three quick goals in succession.
The resurgence was, however, short-lived. Highbury came back to dominate possession and the basket. With a quick penalty and a goal before the half-time whistle, at the break the score stood at 14-4.
Buoyed by his team’s performance, Andrew Speck, Head Coach, told Highbury they could score another 16 before full-time. “Let’s go hammer it” could be heard from the team huddle. And they were certainly true to those words.
Despite defending doggedly, the effect of having a player light showed on Mitcham in the second half as they fatigued badly. Highbury found more and more space, and the final scoreline didn’t flatter them. Moses Hutchinson-Pascal finished with a record 9 goals, scoring more than the opposing team combined.
Speck was full of praise for his team afterwards, telling Islington Now: “Following a draw during our last encounter away to Mitcham in January it was important that we posted a strong result.
“We took the lead early but I was impressed with the team’s eagerness to push home the advantage through the game, leaving with an emphatic victory. It was a great team performance with all four of our men and four women scoring.”
The result leaves Highbury in 5th place in the London Regional League, with three fixtures remaining. They take on 4th-placed Nomads 3 next Sunday.
Korfball Explained Panel
- It may sound unusual but korfball is just Dutch for basketball. Invented in in 1902 by a Dutch School teacher, korfball was created just ten years later than its American cousin.
- The game is similar to basketball and netball. The basket – or korf – is a real wicker basket.
- Korfball is one of the only sports played by both men and women on the same team: four of each sex on an eight member side.
- The International Korfball Federation was formed in 1933 and today the game is played in 59 member countries by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
- The sport is dominated by the Korfball superpowers of the Netherlands, Belgium and Chinese Taipei. Britain’s best results at the Korfball World Championships have been 3rd place finishes in 1987 and 1999.
- Korfball is played on a 20 x 40m court divided into two zones. Two men and two women from each team remain in each zone in attack or defence.
- Teams score into 11.5ft tall baskets which, like in netball, players can shoot at from all angles.
- The ball is similar in size to a football but with more grip and bounce.
- Teams choose a basket to defend at the beginning of the match. At half-time the teams change ends. After two points are scored attack and defence for the team switch zones meaning all players get to play all positions.
- Korfball uses a ‘shock clock’ which counts down from 25 seconds after each attack on the basket. If the clock reaches zero without a score the ball is given to the opposing team.