12th May was a great day in MK for korfing events. First of all in the morning, we hosted the English Korfball Associationl strategy forum and saw organisers and coaches from all over the country descend on MK to hear about the EKA strategy and latest developments to the coaching framework.
Then it was on to the main on-the-pitch event of the day - the SMKA Cup Final! The match was between Roos, making their first final appearance, and last year's runners up Rogues. With both teams having the same cup handicap, the match started at 0-0, and the teams were still level 6-6 at half time. Over halfway through the second half, the score was still 6-6 after a lot of tight defence! However, Rogues then managed to secure a 9-7 lead with only a few minutes left, and it looked like they would go one better than last year. Roos pulled the score back to 9-9 but Rogues took the lead again 10-9, only for Roos to equalise again. Then with only seconds left, Pieter Veenstra scored his first goal of the match to give Roos the first trophy in their history.
The season was then celebrated at the SMKA Awards Night at Emerson Valley. The cup was handed to Roos, the league division 1 to MK Bucks 3, and Rogues did still gain a trophy as their second team won division 2. The Sport MK "Coach of the Year" trophy was also presented again to 17-year-old MKX coach Megan Allen, a great acheievment since that award spans all sports.
The individual awards were a surprise on the night, and the winners were:
Division 1 male winner Adam Baxter (Rogues), runners-up Adam Preston (Bucks), Tom Lynch (Oaks)
Division 1 female winner Chelsie Brown (Rogues), runners-up Kirsty Wastell (Oaks), Nicki Studman (Roos)
Division 2 male winner Tim Welch (Roos), runners-up Adam Moosagee (Camels), Ben Tattoo (Birmingham)
Division 2 female winner Chelsea Snape (MKX), runners-up Jenny Holt (Roos), Joanne Bamforth (Colossus)
Nicki Studman won the raffle!
With the indoor season over, thoughts will now turn to the outdoor tournament season, and especially our own tournament Korfstock on 14th July, although some clubs are still training indoors until the end of May and will all still welcome new players