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February 8, 2007

EKL History

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EKL History

“In Affectionate Remembrance of the EKL, which died at Bristol University Student Union on 28th April, 2007, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances R.I.P.
N.B. — The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to the SWKA.”

2006-2007

A change in the league structure saw both divisions split into 2 groups of 4 after 7 games, with the top 4 playing each other again while the lower 4 did likewise. In both divisions, the same four clubs, Bristol University, Bristol City, Cardiff City and Cardiff Dragons filled the top places.

At the bottom of the table, Taunton became the first team to go all season without a victory since Cardiff City in 02-03. They were rarely outclassed, but their limited playing resources meant that they were unable to take the extra step to win games. Cardiff Uni were having another rebuilding season and the introduction of several new players meant the team took time to gel and they found goalscoring almost impossible early on. Later on they managed to beat each of the other teams in the bottom 4, but it was too little to drag them above 8th. Horfield were boosted by the return of Claire Chambers and in tandem with Hannah Marshall had the most potent pair of women attackers in the league. Unfortunately the team never managed to cope defensively against the top sides, though their record-breaking 31-1 defeat against Cardiff Dragons was with a team lacking half it’s best players. Exeter again managed to shock the Dragons at home, and showed strong signs of developing a number of female players who could grab some goals to complement the reliability of Alan Martin and Tony Fripp. Their fallibility on the road let them down again though, even if the new structure meant they only had one away match in Wales.

At the top half of the table, it remained close all season, with all 4 sides maintaining hopes of claiming the title until late on. Dragons, boosted by the arrival of Lee O’Sullivan and Rachel Knight from Cardiff City set the early pace, beating Bristol City and Cardiff City before losing a high-quality game at home to Bristol Uni and then their annual defeat at Exeter dragged them back. Bristol City, strengthened by having Kristina van Eker and Rachael Edwards join, rebounded from opening day defeat with 6 straight wins.  Bristol Uni were second, having lost narrowly to Bristol City and drawn with Cardiff City, but won all their other games with Kevin Jones and Jay Nash scoring plenty of goals for them. Cardiff City were still in contention, 3 points off the lead, but the loss of half their first team from the previous year meant they were short of strength in depth and they hadn’t manage to beat any of the top teams so far.

After the split, the quirk of the fixtures calendar meant that Cardiff Dragons got to play their final 3 games before any of the other sides played each other. All of them were tight, particularly the away game at Bristol Uni, but by winning all of them they retained the title. The other teams each won one and lost one of their remaining games, highlighting how competitive the top of the table was, with Bristol City just pipping Bristol Uni to the runners-up spot. 

Championship

Division 1

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts

Cardiff Dragons

10

8

0

2

148

75

16

Bristol City

10

7

0

3

132

107

14

Bristol University

10

6

1

3

120

98

13

Cardiff City

10

5

1

4

119

103

11

Plate

Division 1

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts
Exeter City

10

6

0

4

103

99

12

Horfield

10

4

0

6

90

139

8

Cardiff University

10

3

0

7

61

104

6

Taunton

10

0

0

10

73

121

0

League

Division 1

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts
Bristol City

7

6

0

1

98

69

12

Bristol University

7

5

1

1

87

63

11

Cardiff Dragons

7

5

0

2

116

56

10

Cardiff City

7

4

1

2

84

61

9

Exeter City

7

3

0

4

71

76

6

Cardiff University

7

2

0

5

39

81

4

Horfield

7

2

0

5

61

110

4

Taunton

7

0

0

7

49

89

0

Division 2

Championship

Division 2

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts
Cardiff Dragons

10

9

0

1

97

57

18

Cardiff City

10

7

0

3

80

50

14

Bristol University

10

6

1

3

96

47

13

Bristol City

10

3

2

5

50

55

8

Plate

Division 2

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts
Exeter City

10

3

4

3

43

45

10

Horfield

10

4

0

6

56

55

8

Cardiff University

10

3

1

6

39

62

7

Taunton

10

0

2

8

0

80

2

League

Division 2

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts
Cardiff Dragons

7

6

0

1

71

44

12

Bristol University

7

5

1

1

77

30

11

Cardiff City

7

5

0

2

53

34

10

Bristol City

7

3

2

2

40

29

8

Horfield

7

3

0

4

42

48

6

Exeter City

7

1

3

3

33

45

5

Cardiff University

7

1

1

5

22

48

3

Taunton

7

0

1

6

0

60

1

Awards:

Female MVP
Kristina van Eker, Bristol City

Male MVP
Dave Hall, Taunton

2nd Division Female MVP
Amy Shillabeer, Cardiff Dragons/Hazel Thornton, Exeter City

2nd Division Male MVP
Roman Christopher, Bristol Uni

Female Most Improved Player
Charlotte Goodrich, Bristol Uni

Male Most Improved Player
Joey Niblett, Cardiff Dragons

Fair Play Award
Exeter City

2005-2006

Another expansion of the league saw two new clubs enter. Stuart Allcock was the only player in the Taunton side with previous league experience, but with their scoring led by the prolific David Hill and some resilient defence they proved worthy debutants and finished ahead of two established clubs. These two, Horfield and Cardiff University had both lost several key players from their first teams and were unable to adequately replace them. Bristol University rebounded back up the table with a very athletic team that didn’t conceed many goals. They just lacked the scoring ability to regularly turn competetive games against the top sides into victories. Exeter continued their improvement, and proved particularly hard to beat at home. A lack of strength in depth though meant that they were vulnerable to upsets away from Devon. Cardiff City produced some strong performances, but injuries to key players like Harry Smyth and Dave Thomas for much of the season, with Ceri Jones and Kristina van Eker also missing crucial matches meant they were unable to retain their crown.

Which left Cardiff Dragons competing for the title with Bristol City. Bristol had an experienced core of players, to which they had added several players with high-level korfball experience elsewhere in the UK. Dave Edwards, Pippa Wallace and Sheryl Bradley all made significant contributions, but the key addition was Stu Hall who averaging over 5 goals a game was comfortably the top scorer in the league. Dragons contained several players who had been on the fringes of the Cardiff City first team the previous season, and their success was testament to the strength in depth of that club, but equally important was the contributions of players formely from Cardiff University, and in particular the experienced Remco Broekhuis and former basketballer Chris Gubby. These two had very different levels of korfball experience, but both were very effective scoring and rebounding all season.

Dragons took an initial advantage, beating a Bristol City side missing Hall in the opening week. But Bristol City responded by winning consistently from then on, while Dragons dropped points with draws against Cardiff City and Bristol University and a defeat at Exeter. A good winning run followed though and when Dragons won a tightly-fought rematch against Bristol City at home they had the edge, leading the league on head to head record. All that remained to seal the title was to beat Taunton at home, and though that game was also tight, Dragons secured the league. 

Division 1

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts
Cardiff Dragons

14

11

2

1

185

107

24

Bristol City

14

12

0

2

195

116

24

Cardiff City

14

9

2

3

178

103

20

Exeter City

14

6

3

5

125

126

15

Bristol University

14

6

1

7

99

114

13

Taunton Soul

14

2

2

10

101

151

6

Horfield

14

3

0

11

105

183

6

Cardiff University

14

1

2

11

71

159

4

———

Top Goalscorers

Club Apps Goals

Avg

Stu Hall Bristol City

10

54

5.40

Chris Gubby

Cardiff Dragons

13

42

3.23

Remco Broekhuis

Cardiff Dragons

9

34

3.78

David Hill

Taunton

14

32

2.29

Ramzi Barbir

Cardiff City

12

29

2.42

Ian Dellbridge

Bristol City

10

27

2.70

Susan Belfourd

Cardiff City

12

25

2.08

Josh Cockburn

Cardiff Dragons

13

25

1.92

Alan Martin

Exeter City

9

24

2.67

Lee O’Sullivan

Cardiff City

10

24

2.40

Hannah Marshall

Horfield

11

24

2.18

——-

In the second division, newly tightened rules on eligibility had a significant impact with clubs like Bristol City and Exeter City that were rather short of players forfeiting several matches. These rules didn’t apply to Taunton and Dragons as new clubs and both benefitted accordingly, with Taunto climbing the table rapidly in the second half of the season while Dragons were the dominant side all season, helped by very rarely having to use inexperienced players. To split those two clubs, and be the only side to beat the Dragons all year was an exceptional effort by Cardiff City seconds.   

Division 2

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts
Cardiff Dragons II

14

13

0

1

185

51

26

Cardiff City II

14

10

1

3

113

52

21

Taunton II

14

8

1

5

90

74

17

Horfield II

14

7

0

7

77

72

14

Cardiff University II

14

5

1

8

59

103

11

Bristol City II

14

4

1

9

46

99

9

Exeter City II

14

4

1

9

52

109

9

Bristol University II

14

2

1

11

38

100

5

——-

Top Goalscorers

Club Apps Goals Avg
Joey Niblett Cardiff Dragons

9

22

2.44

Angharad Morgan

Cardiff Dragons

11

20

1.82

James Frost

Cardiff Dragons

12

19

1.58

David Hill

Taunton

11

16

1.45

Ian O’Sullivan

Cardiff Dragons

11

15

1.36

Max Lloyd

Cardiff City

8

13

1.63

Helen Gubby

Cardiff Dragons

13

13

1.00

Josh Cockburn

Cardiff Dragons

8

12

1.50

Matt Hurford

Cardiff City

8

12

1.50

Dave Thomas

Cardiff City

4

10

2.50

Amy Willis

Cardiff Dragons

11

10

0.91

Awards 

Female MVP
Rachael Edwards, Exeter City

Male MVP
Stu Hall, Bristol City

2nd Division Female MVP
Angharad Morgan, Cardiff Dragons

2nd Division Male MVP
Joey Niblett, Cardiff Dragons

Female Most Improved Player
Helen Gubby, Cardiff Dragons

Male Most Improved Player
Lee O’Sullivan, Cardiff City

Fair Play award
Dave Thomas, Cardiff City

Coach of the Year
Susan Belfourd, Cardiff City

2004-2005

In Division 1, the champions of the previous 2 seasons, Bristol University had seen almost their entire first team depart and they fell from first place to last. Just ahead of them were Exeter and Cardiff University who both had some strong players but were a bit short of depth. The fight for second place was between the two Bristol club sides, and showing a dramatic improvement from their debut season, it was Horfield who came second, led by Dave Hall who had joined from Bristol Uni. As in the preceeding season, Kevin Allen and Ian Dellbridge scored plenty of goals for Bristol City but they didn’t get enough support and an early win against Cardiff City wasn’t built on. As for Cardiff City themselves, they had great strength in depth, and that allowed them to respond to defeat by Bristol City in the first week by posting a 100% record after that and an impressive +70 goal difference.

Division 1

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts
Cardiff City

10

9

0

1

133

63

18

Horfield

10

6

2

2

102

77

14

Bristol City

10

5

1

4

91

94

11

Cardiff University

10

3

1

6

71

91

7

Exeter City

10

3

0

7

81

94

6

Bristol University

10

2

0

8

49

108

4

——

Top Goalscorers

Club Apps Goals Avg
Kevin Allen Bristol City

9

32

3.56

Dave Thomas

Cardiff City

8

28

3.50

Susan Belfourd

Cardiff City

10

25

2.50

Ceri Jones

Cardiff City

9

22

2.44

Ian Dellbridge

Bristol City

8

21

2.63

Dave Hall

Horfield

8

17

2.13

Claire Chambers

Horfield

8

16

2.00

Harry Smyth

Cardiff City

8

16

2.00

Tony Fripp

Exeter City

9

15

1.67

Steve Conder

Horfield

4

14

3.50

Shane Jessop

Horfield

9

14

1.56

Guy Aked

Horfield

10

14

1.40

——-

For this season, the EKL doubled in size with each club entering a reserve team into a second division. While some of the club teams struggled to field two wholly separate sides, both universities as well as Cardiff City and to a lesser extent Horfield saw genuine second team players score the bulk of their goals. Cardiff were able to call on several players with plenty of first team experience and this was to prove crucial as they rebounded from an opening day defeat to go unbeaten for the rest of the season. The battle for second position was much closer, going to the last weekend of the season both universities as well as Horfield and Exeter were in with a chance. Bristol University lost to Cardiff City, while Cardiff Uni were thrashed 12-3 by Bristol City, meaning that the runners up position would go to the victor in the match between Horfield and Exeter. The game was close throughout, but Exeter prevailed 12-10.

Division 2

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts
Cardiff City II

10

8

1

1

80

53

17

Exeter City II

10

5

0

5

70

74

10

Cardiff University II

10

4

1

5

52

53

9

Bristol University II

10

4

0

6

53

68

8

Horfield II

10

3

2

5

52

56

8

Bristol City II

10

4

0

6

58

61

8

——-

Top Goalscorers

Club Apps Goals Avg
Josh Cockburn Cardiff City

8

18

2.25

Alan Martin

Exeter City

7

16

2.29

Stuart Allcock

Exeter City

9

16

1.78

Terry Matthews

Cardiff City

7

12

1.71

Ian O’Sullivan

Cardiff City

7

9

1.29

James Frost

Cardiff City

6

7

1.17

Lee O’Sullivan

Cardiff City

6

7

1.17

Brendan Coopey

Cardiff University

6

7

1.17

Cath Maher

Horfield

7

7

1.00

Ann Leigh-Browne

Bristol City

8

7

0.88

Awards 

Female MVP
Susan Belfourd, Cardiff City

Male MVP
Dave Thomas, Cardiff City

2nd Division Female MVP
Rachel Edwards, Horfield

2nd Division Male MVP
Bren Coopey, Cardiff University

Female Most Improved Player
Lisa Rowden, Exeter City

Male Most Improved Player
Lee O’Sullivan, Cardiff City

Fair Play award
Tony Fripp, Exeter City

2003-2004

The second season of the EKL saw two new teams Horfield and Exeter. Unsurprisingly, both teams found their first campaign a tough ordeal, but also made clear progress. Having won the league unbeaten the previous year, Bristol Uni went a step further by winning every game in an exceptional performance. They were pushed close in a few games and needed to score two late goals to come from behind away at Cardiff City, but generally the students outclassed all the competition. Cardiff City had improved dramatically from the previous year, but struggled to score against the athleticism of the student sides. Cardiff University retained third place, with inconsistency again a problem. However they could console themselves with a superb demolition of their city rivals. Probably the most disappointed side would be Bristol City who slipped from title challengers to fourth place. Despite boasting the two highest scoring players in the league, they lacked sufficient strength in depth to regularly challenge the top teams.

Division 1

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts
Bristol University

10

10

0

0

120

38

20

Cardiff City

10

7

0

3

109

69

14

Cardiff University

10

6

0

4

101

82

12

Bristol City

10

4

0

6

85

70

8

Horfield

10

1

1

8

47

145

3

Exeter City

10

1

1

8

65

124

3

—–

Top Goalscorers

Club Apps Goals Avg
Kevin Allen Bristol City

10

25

2.50

Ian Dellbridge

Bristol City

8

24

3.00

Grace Stimpson

Cardiff University

9

22

2.44

Rachael Edwards

Bristol University

10

22

2.20

Ramzi Barbir

Cardiff University

10

21

2.10

Susan Belfourd

Cardiff City

9

21

2.33

Tony Fripp

Exeter City

10

18

1.80

Dave Hall

Bristol University

9

17

1.89

Vicky Bland

Bristol University

10

17

1.70

Alan Martin

Exeter City

9

16

1.78

Ceri Jones

Cardiff University

9

16

1.78

Awards

Female MVP
Rachael Edwards, Bristol University

Male MVP
Ian Dellbridge, Bristol City

Female Most Improved Player
Claire Chambers, Horfield

Male Most Improved Player
Ceri Jones, Cardiff University

Fair Play award
Nick Leighton, Horfield

2002-2003

The first full season of the league featured a newly established Cardiff City team and a re-invigorated Bristol City join with the two well-established university sides. Cardiff City proved generally able to compete with the rest of the league, but ultimately fielded too many beginners to have a chance of beating them. Cardiff University had a very strong side, but in 3 games against Bristol City and Bristol University they managed to draw one and lose the others by one goal margins. A final game against Bristol University was forfeited. This left the two Bristol sides competing for the title, and the race went to the final day of the season. Bristol City needed to win it, and led for most of the game, but a very late equaliser handed the title to the students.

Division 1

 P  W  D  L  Gs  Gc  Pts
Bristol University

6

4

2

0

58

33

10

Bristol City

6

4

1

1

54

46

9

Cardiff University

6

2

1

3

49

47

5

Cardiff City

6

0

0

6

39

74

0

—-

Top Goalscorers

Club Apps Goals Avg
Dave Thomas Cardiff City

5

12

2.40

Ian Dellbridge

Bristol City

6

10

1.67

Dave Hall

Bristol University

5

9

1.80

Mark Fenton

Bristol University

3

7

2.33

Steve Conder

Bristol City

3

7

2.33

Terry Hill

Bristol University

5

7

1.40

Vicky Bland

Bristol University

5

7

1.40

Bryan Simpson

Bristol City

4

6

1.50

Elaine Hutchings

Cardiff City

5

6

1.20

Laura Pratt

Bristol City

5

6

1.20

Ann Leigh-Browne

Bristol City

6

6

1.00

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