Korfball is back, with a belated start to the new-look 2020 Korfball South Australia State League season! The three grades everyone is familiar with are gone, and have been replaced by two divisions. This sees Division 2 growing compared to last years B Grade, A few technical changes have delayed the weekly reports, but we’ll be back on track from next week. In the meantime, we have two rounds of action to catch up on!

Round 1

Division 1

Arista v Boomers

Division 1 for 2020 kicked off with Arista and Boomers both sporting new-look sides from last year. The match started close, with the teams going goal for goal for the most part. However, whenever a team managed to put a run together, it always seemed to be Boomers, who eventually built a 7 goal margin, winning 26-19. Top scorer for Arista was Nik Bungey, while Sam Adams picked up 7 to lead for the match, and Boomers.

Flinders v Glenelg

The second match of the round saw Flinders, largely unchanged from last year, take on a young Glenelg side. Both sides took a while to find their feet, but when they did, some accurate shooting ensured. Flinders slowly eked out a lead, and eventually ran out 18-13 winners. Nick Miller top scored for Glenelg with 4, while Steve Coles took the honours for Flinders, and the match, with 5.

North had the bye in Round 1, and will open their points tally in Round 2. Boomers top the ladder, followed by Flinders, with Glenelg in third, and Arista fourth.

Division 2

Glenelg Orange v North

We saw the first real impacts of the move to Divisions in this match, with a young Glenelg team, many stepping up from last years C Grade teams, taking on last years B Grade Preliminary Finalists North. Glenelg will take a lot from the match though, with plenty of positive signs, if not much luck. North were clinical, and look to be one of the form sides this year. North ran out 20-5 winners. Alyssa Booth picked up 2 goals for Glenelg, while Aaron Sykes and Kinsley Lang both picked up 5 for North.

Boomers Purple v Arista Red

Facing a Boomers side graced with many of last years B Grade premiers, an Arista side largely stepping up from C Grade was always going to find the going tough. Some accurate long shooting from some of the Boomers boys certainly didn’t help Arista, who were perhaps unlucky at times to not hit the scoreboard more often. Boomers look dangerous this year, and ran out 29-10 winners. Martin Ruiz led the scoring for Arista, with 3 goals, while Jack Curran picked up 8 for Boomers.

Flinders v Glenelg Black

A Flinders team with the core of last year’s B Grade side intact, topped up with some new recruits, was a tough challenge for a Glenelg side with many players stepping up from C Grade. Glenelg showed they’re not too far off the pace in Division 2, with the experience and balance of Flinders largely proving the difference. Flinders picked up the win, 14-7, with Toni Bell scoring 2 goals for Glenelg, and Josh O’Daniel picking up thee for Flinders.

Arista Yellow v Boomers Green

This was the closest match of the round, with arguably the two most experienced teams going head to head. Arista sees some familiar  players return from a sabbatical, and some of last years A Grade step back to Division 2. Boomers had the balance of last years B Grade premiership team, bolstered by some experienced players. Ultimately Arista prevailed, with the narrow 13-10 win. Peter Corcoran, Stefan Scragg and Sarah Curran all scored 2 for Boomers in a very even performance, while Luke Rosie top scored for Arista and the match with 4.

Boomers Purple finish the round on top, with North hot on their heels. Flinders sit in third, with Arista Yellow in fourth. Boomers Green are next, followed by Glenelg Black, the Glenelg Orange, and Arista Red in eighth.

Round 2

Division 1

North v Arista

Last years champions North opened their campaign against a new-look Arista team smarting from a first up loss. After some early rust, North showed exactly why they are champions, with some excellent post control and long shooting keeping Arista at bay. Each time Arista threatened to close the gap, North responded, and ran out 20-15 winners. Darian Huddleston and Brandon Nagy picked up 4 each for North, and were joined on 4 goals by Georgia Bungey.

Boomers v Flinders

The second match of the Division 1 round saw both winners from last week going head to head. Flinders started strong, scoring the first 4 goals unanswered. For a while the match then went goal for goal, with the lead fluctuating between 2 and 6 goals for the rest of the match. Flinders never lost the lead though, and ran out 19-13 winners. Daniel Phillips and Josh Prasad both picked up 3 goals to lead Boomers, while Jazz Zulfic and Danielle Bator paced Flinders with 4 each.

Flinders are the only team with two wins, and sit on top of the table for the first time since they’ve had a team in the top grade. Boomers sit in second, with North just a point behind. Arista are in fourth, with Glenelg having the bye, are unable to add to their points total.

Division 2

Glenelg Black v Arista Red

Glenelg continued to show their growth this week, playing well against an Arista side looking to make up for last weeks loss. Unfortunately for Arista, it wasn’t to be, with some unlucky shooting hurting their chances. Glenelg picked up their first win for the season, with a 14-7 victory. Martin Ruiz and Tom Brown paced their respective sides, with 4 goals each.

Boomers Green v Boomers Purple

The first of many club derbies this year saw the two Boomers sides taking on each other in a nail-biter. Despite Purple having the edge on the ladder, it was the experience of Green which shone through in the tense final stages. Green finally picked up the win, 20-19. Peter Corcoran led for Green again, with 5 goals, while Ryan Gartner picked up 7 in a valiant effort for Purple.

North v Arista Yellow

An accurate shooting North team taking on the balanced experience of this Arista side was always going to be an interesting match-up. Unfortunately, North struggled to find their radar this week, allowing Arista’s experience to edge them out in a close match, 14-11. Aaron Sykes picked up 7 goals to lead North and the match, while Katherine Miller paced Arista with 3.

Flinders v Glenelg Orange

Flinders were keen to continue on their good start to the season, but a balanced Glenelg effort made them work for it. Glenelg saw 9 players hit the scoreboard, highlighting the even contribution. Unfortunately for them, Flinders would not be denied, with them running out 21-15 winners. Archie Cooper picked up 3 for Glenelg, while Jazz Zulfic picked up 7 in his Division 2 cameo appearance.

These results see Flinders join their Division 1 counterparts at the top of the ladder, with Arista Yellow just behind, also on two wins. Boomers Purple, North, Glenelg Black and Boomers Green all have one win each, with Gelenlg Orange and Arista Red only separated by goal difference on 2 points.

Matches continue with Round 3 at Titanium Security Arena this weekend (July 26), so make sure you’re there, and not missing any of the action!