Oxford City Tournament Winners 2016!

posted 30 Aug 2016, 14:54 by Basingstoke Bulls Korfball Club   [ updated 30 Aug 2016, 14:56 ]

Fantastic win for the Bulls at the 2016 Oxford City Tournament after a very tense Final against Southampton Spartans!

 After a great morning of sunshine, gazebo-building and korfball, the Bulls went through top of their pool to the afternoon rounds. The competition was tough with teams from all over the South, South West and a couple from 'Up North'. A great match against London's Bearsted ended in a draw, which made for a tense afternoon. The Bulls kept going and finally won through to the Final on goal difference!
Burnt, sore and weary they pulled it out the bag in the Final - a brilliant team effort  :)

The Korfball Gods were smiling, or is that a korf angel in the back row?


New Committee and 2015-16 Season Award Winners

posted 7 Aug 2016, 08:58 by Basingstoke Bulls Korfball Club   [ updated 7 Aug 2016, 08:59 ]

With another season over, the Bulls held their annual AGM this week and voted in a new committee. Thanks to the 2015 committee and everyone who contributed to the club this season. Without you, the Club would not run, or be as successful as it is. Special thanks to Vlad who stepped down as Chairman, but who has brought so much to the Club.
All the best to our new committee:
  • Chairperson: Stu Hyslop
  • Secretary: Ali Sheltrum
  • Treasurer: Lauren Cubberley
  • Match Secretary:  Viktor Bogdanov
  • Social Secretaries: Lucy Kinder and Adam Gillies
  • Publicity Officers: Lou Gillies and Mel Burns
  • Head Coach: Vlad Stolojan
  • Child Protection Officer: Stephen Wakefield
  • Development Officer: TBC
And to our 2015-16 Award Winners! Votes were extremely tight this year and in several cases there was just 1 vote in it. Congratulations to all!

Viktor Bogdanov received the OKA Div 1 Most Valuable Player Male (joint)

Adam Gillies received the Western Regional League Most Valuable Player

Louisa Gillies won Basingstoke Bulls Female Player of the Year 2015-16

Vlad Stolojan won Basingstoke Bulls Male Player of the Year 2015-16

Margo Bogdanova won Basingstoke Bulls Most Improved Female Player 2015-16

Adam Gillies won Basingstoke Bulls Most Improved Male Player 2015-16

Chris Carter Cup Champions 2016!

posted 1 Aug 2016, 14:31 by Basingstoke Bulls Korfball Club   [ updated 1 Aug 2016, 15:23 ]

Congratulations to the Bulls for winning the 2016 Chris Carter Cup! 
A well fought win in the final against Southampton Spartans brought the silverware home. Whoop whoop!

Well played:
Vlad, Stu, Adam, Steve Wad, Andy 
Lou, Lauren, Lucy, Holly
(and special thanks to the borrowed subs from Farnborough and Oxford City!)

Last training session of 2015 - the reindeer korf games!

posted 14 Dec 2015, 03:00 by Vlad Stolojan

This wednesday will see us celebrate the end of another great korfball year in the accustomed style, with our own version of the Christmas korfball-style games. Look forward to a lot of fun games, with sweet prizes! 

Beginners Free Taster training session 9th December 8pm

posted 14 Nov 2015, 14:00 by Vlad Stolojan   [ updated 15 Nov 2015, 12:57 ]

Basingstoke Bulls are organising a free taster session on Wednesday 9th of December, at 8pm, Everest Community Academy. Come and see why we think korfball is such a fantastic game. Please let us know if you are coming, to help plan the session at info@basingstokekorfball.co.uk
We cater for all abilities and are looking forward to meet you.
Don't forget to bring hard-court shoes (good grip) and water.

OKA League Winners 2014!

posted 31 May 2013, 14:26 by Vlad Stolojan   [ updated 7 Aug 2016, 09:18 by Basingstoke Bulls Korfball Club ]

After a hard-fought season, BBKC 1 has succeeded in retaining the OKA League title! Wooohoooo!
Congratulations to everyone who has played this year - we've reformed as a team, trained hard and played some champagne korfball. Time to celebrate with the real stuff :)

Bulls for the 2013 Double!

posted 30 May 2013, 13:28 by Vlad Stolojan   [ updated 7 Aug 2016, 09:19 by Basingstoke Bulls Korfball Club ]

Basingstoke Bulls are the OKA 2013 Champions, with a 100% record! Also, following a very tense final against Southampton Spartans and some strong nerves in the penalty shootout, we are also the Chris Carter Cup winners! Go BULLS! 

The 2013 Chris Carter Cup winning team

Heroes in a half-court

posted 16 Aug 2012, 01:33 by Dave O'Neill

The mighty Bulls swapped horns for shells for the recent Beach Korfball Tournament in Kent.

Matt Hobbs and Donna George writes:

After last year’s enjoyable debut (via a joint team with Reading) at the Broadstairs’ Tournament, this season saw increased curiosity amongst other Bulls’ squad members at the prospect of a “Beach Partii”.

This initial interest resulted in an entry to the tournament after certain individuals heard of the super-hero theme and a competition for the best costumes. There was a great deal of debate over what would suit us best, with votes for icons such as Batman, Catwoman, Captain America, The Avengers and The X-Men. Then followed the lesser known and more quirky options of Banana-man, Danger Mouse and Super-gran whilst the inspirational Olympian efforts of Ennis, Farah, Wiggins, Grainger, Adams, Jones, Ainslie, Hoy et al. resulted in a strong case for going as the “Heroic Team GB”!

Ultimately, the O’Neill clan (sadly Holly was unable to attend on the day) championed the claim for us to become a lean green fighting machine, so a “splinter” (no joke intended) group formed “The Cowabunga Korfers” in homage to the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)”!

Dave used all of his experience garnered from korfball chairmanship and delegated like Lord Sebastian Coe himself. Natalie (ably assisted by Lucy) oversaw costume design and manufacture and Donna (who also did all of Dave’s organisational work) took on the tricky task of creating an impressive arsenal of weapons, along with some fancy belts and buckles. Despite only using a fraction of the London 2012 budget, the results were awesome!

Knowing it was going to be a long drive (approx. 2 and a half hours) the magnificent seven (Dave, Donna, Em, Lucy, Matt, Natalie and Viktor) set off just after 7 a.m. with Natalie and Viktor kindly offering to drive. A quick stop for breakfast was only marred by some lunatic travelling over 100 M.P.H. cutting up both cars as they came out of the motorway services. Only Natalie and Viktor’s quick reactions saved everyone from a dangerous situation. Undeterred, the team journeyed on with the glorious weather suggesting it was still going to be a fantastic day.

After negotiating the rabbit warren of local roads and being amused by Natalie doing four or five rotations on a round-about, as she waited for Viktor to catch up, we eventually arrived at Joss Bay and set-up base camp. In traditional Basingstoke fashion there was always going to be a slight hitch in proceedings (think back to last year’s MK hurricane and this season’s trip to Cardiff just to have lunch) so we were not really surprised to find that we had left all of the gazebo connectors back home. Despite the cynicism of our two engineers (Lucy and Natalie) and under the instruction of Mother Hen (Donna) a few of us attempted to create a Blue Peter style shelter out of the metal poles and some gaffer tape (sorry Aid). Despite everyone’s best efforts (possibly an exaggeration) the result was not a “Temple for Sun Worship” but more an accurate representation of the sewer home that the original TMNT inhabited (we were really going all out for the best costume prize)! It did however double-up as a very impressive seagull trap. In the meantime Em was demonstrating the most important aspect of this Kent tournament by having perfectly mastered the skill of sunbathing!

Before the pre-tournament announcements, the team kitted up with two players each doubling up as one of the TMNT characters to ensure their respective personality traits were properly represented: Leonardo (Dave and Matt), Donatello (Donna and Em), Michelangelo (Natalie and Viktor), whilst Lucy felt she could adequately cover all aspects of Raphael on her own ;-)

Upon realising that two other teams were sharing the same theme as us, it was quite satisfying to have them concede that we had achieved “Turtle Domination” by outdoing them all in the costume and weapon department. The hand-stitched abs and shells, along with the home-made nun-chucks and individual belt buckles made our opponents “green with envy”. It was soon time to “grab a pizza the action” in proper TMNT style and we entered into one of three pools of four teams.

Up first was Supernova (who didn’t adopt a theme as they felt their name was enough) though they did not make it in time to start the fixture. We were therefore pitted against a scratch team with whom we held our own until Supernova arrived (with enough players for three teams). The tide turned as they used rapid substitutions to keep players fresh and we struggled to adapt to the subtle nuances of beach korfball. With his previous experience Dave soon found his feet and scored two important goals, yet at the end of the match we were 3-2 down. It was then that Em showed her quick thinking and that it can be worthwhile to read competition rules. She approached the ref and organisers to ask about Supernova’s later arrival and a subsequent penalty. This resulted in 2 further points being awarded to us and a 4-3 victory being recorded - meaning that Em scored our most important goals of the day without even shooting!

The second match saw us up against our closest rivals for the costume prize as Tiny Tom’s Team towered over us in their Incredible Hulk garb and body paint (much of which ended up transferred onto us). Initially this looked like a challenge too far and we expected a real struggle. However, everyone suddenly seemed to be on the same page and a new style of korfball was born. As our opponents attempted to play in a conventional manner, we embraced the sand and difficult running conditions to look for clever passes, rapid shots and diving ball recoveries. Quite simply our opponents were blown away and we ran out 6-0 winners with Viktor capping the performance with a two pointer to join Natalie and Lucy on the score-sheet alongside Dave’s second brace.

The final pool match was against Holly’s Incredibles (Miss O’Neill had not changed allegiances in favour of the more flattering red Lycra look) and this was a nail-biter with both teams rapidly switching from attack to defence and numerous near misses. Dave retained his goal-scoring form and Viktor added a second with us managing to hold on for a 2-2 draw.

We stopped for lunch and took full advantage of the opportunity to improve our tans, although a few wary souls were plastered in so much sun block that they ended up paler than they began. Some of the team tested their heroism and patience by opting to queue for food but there was still time for impromptu fighting amongst team-mates due to the abundance of weapons temptingly laying on the floor. We were soon celebrating as we realised that we had made it into the top pool for the final round of games.

The afternoon’s matches saw a sluggish start (where we played more like tortoises according to Lucy) after a leisurely break and we lost 3-1 to the Lotuses. Despite an even game, the korfing gods were not supportive of the ball dropping in our favour. The mood was lifted by Donna scoring her first of the day yet still managing to engage in her usual social networking…

The second game was to be a rematch against the Incredibles and this proved to be an even more entertaining affair as we finally mastered the ideas of making quick substitutions without leaving our opponents undefended. Some impressive finishing from Lucy and Viktor, along with another two for Dave (including what was described as probably the strangest goal ever seen) put the team ahead. However, it was the 1 in a million chance 2 pointer from Matt that broke their spirit and meant that it was the Incredi-Bulls who won 6-3.

The final game saw another unlucky loss with us putting up far more shots than our opponents but to no avail. They made the most of having many more players in their squad and eventually won the match 2-0.

There were very pleasing performance in all of our matches as we finished joint second and we received a lot of praise from our opponents for maximising the fun side of competition along with great respect for our unique style of exciting beach korfball. The organisers were particularly appreciative of our efforts having posted their thanks on the korfball forum and gratefully acknowledging our presence on the day…

We were left “shell-shocked” however when only placing second in the costume competition. Despite receiving great credit for the creativity and skill shown in producing our outfits, we were trumped by the” Incredible Hulks”, who sacrificed a tan by covering themselves in green paint. We will return…

The tournament was rounded off with a bit more sun-bathing for some, whereas others risked the cold water and tried to swim to the wind-farm. Viktor did his best impression of David Hasselhoff and Donna’s multi-functional attire brought back memories of the budgie-smuggling lifeguard wannabe who caused such a stir last year ;-)

An enjoyable meal in great company capped off a fantastic day for all who made the trip and emphasised that this is one of the best summer tournaments on the calendar. Hopefully next year will have us entering two teams and sharing the fun with even more squad members. Cowabunga!!!!

Player Round-up

Donna-tello – made full use of her impressive calves (as described by Em) to stand tall and regularly shut down her opponent. Despite having the tippy-toe stance of a sprinter, Donna focused on striking the right balance between relaxing in the sun and playing some seriously impressive korfball. A beautiful goal capped off her day and she made sure that all the kids had a good time but packed everything properly before they returned home. Huge respect for the sai and nun-chuck designs, though it was her dedication to swim in the ocean that gained the most admiration!

Em – this is the sort of korfball tournament that seems designed for Em. A fantastic beach, great weather, friendly yet competitive matches all added up to her having a brilliant day. If only Mr Tobs could have joined her – he would have made a superb team mascot (we could have dressed him up as Splinter). Em’s quick-thinking and knowledge of the rules was the difference in us winning our first game and she somehow once again managed to find another international player to impressively match- up against. She was her usual superb self around the post and added the diving rebound to her impressive range of skills in the collect position. 

Natalie – played with so much grace and poise that the real Michelangelo would have wanted to sculpt her. Natalie started the day as a true superhero when responding to the car incident and continued with some excellent korfball and a lovely goal. Probably deserved the best costume prize more than anyone else at the tournament and helped ensure that there was a brilliant atmosphere for all throughout the day. She often seemed to respond quicker than any of her team mates when possession was turned over, moving to the corner before others realised we had the ball. We greatly appreciated her generosity in driving to Kent as well.

Lucy – definitely had the most coordinated outfit amongst the team (the false red eyelashes and green nails were classy touches). Lucy played with her usual gusto and passion, scoring some impressive goals throughout the day and demonstrated an unbelievable ability to run at pace in the sand. She was remarkably restrained for the majority of the day but still retained the catchphrase “Don’t make her angry, you won’t like her when she’s angry…” despite the presence of the Incredible Hulk team. One nasty clash and knock to her ear saw Lucy play on through significant pain but it was only seeing referees sitting down that really riled her ;-)

Dave – provided a goal-scoring master-class throughout the day, amassing a stunning seven goals in total and topping the tournament charts. Words can not do justice to his breathtaking running-in shot where he recreated Natalie’s earlier roundabout adventure by circling the feed 5 times in one go, leaving his opponent dizzy (along with the rest of us), before finishing with a balletic one-handed effort. “What the shell?” was the most appropriate response. Awesome!

Viktor – was the other generous soul who drove to the coast. You could tell that he was truly up for this tournament as he went to great effort to find matching green shorts to properly complete his costume. Despite the difficulties associated with playing on sand Viktor was regularly able to conjure up his stunning drop-off shot and chipped in with a fair few goals and rebounds throughout the day including a breathtaking two pointer. He gained even more respect for his swimming exploits and truly made the most of our day at the beach!

Matt – loves to play korfball on the beach and was happiest diving after the ball (even with only Natalie throwing it for him) after a frustrating period of injury. Despite a telling off from Mama Donna after he wiped out two players in one go and serious concern that the rules may have changed following a referee’s confusion over his diving, he still enjoyed the day immensely and even scored an incredibly lucky two pointer.

 Thanks go to all the Cowabunga Korfers along with their opponents, referees and the organisers for making it another brilliant tournament!

New Committee

posted 9 Jun 2012, 04:56 by Basingstoke Bulls Korfball Club

Many thanks to Vlad and Lou for accommodating the last minute change of venue for the AGM.

Many thanks must also go to Keren for her role as Secretary. She has decided to step down and will be replaced by Holly. Lucy and Ali swapped their roles and newbie Rich kindly offered to take on the CPO role. Welcome all.

Also, congratulations to the various award winners

Best Male: Vlad Stolojan
Best Female: Louisa Gillies (3rd year running)
Most Improved Male: Viktor Bogdanov (2nd year running)
Most Improved Female: Melissa Burns

I also introduced a new "Joy of Korf" award to the evening. This trophy celebrates and recognises the hard work put in "behind the scenes". This year the award went to Matt Hobbs.

2012 Champions!!

posted 21 May 2012, 04:31 by Dave O'Neill   [ updated 7 Aug 2016, 09:30 by Basingstoke Bulls Korfball Club ]

Congratulations to Basingstoke Bulls 1 who clinched the OKA Division 1 Championship with a hard-fought victory over Oxford University 1 on Sunday.

Basingstoke Bulls 2 then completed a Uni double by beating Oxford University 2 comfortably.

What follows is the match report from Captain Lou:

Hi all, another very proud day for the Bulls as we won our final match of the season and with it the league title! WOOO HOOO!

BBKC 1 .v. Oxford Uni 1

12 - 10
Dave (1), Jon, Lou (5), Mel B (1)
Viktor (2), Vlad (2), Donna, Em (1)

The final match of the season was another very tense, hard-fought affair. Too close to call at points, the Cup champions (Uni) came out all guns blazing! Uni scored the first goal and we slowly matched goal for goal until going into half time level pegging. This did nothing for anyone's nerves, but we collected ourselves and pulled together to finally pull away by 3 goals, thanks to a beautiful goal from Viktor and 2 long shots from Lou.

Both divisions defended excellently conceding equal numbers. Special mention must be made of Donna who did a fantastic job defending the quick running-in shots and of Viktor who covered Vlad when needed from the super fast passing and running of the Oxford boys! Em supported the division excellently and scored just when needed to keep us in the game. Vlad faced a real challenge from a young, smart player, but he matched him goal for goal, despite a bad back and being almost twice his age! : )

Down the other end, Jon owned the post and made easy work of collect and recycling the ball. He was very unlucky to have a nice hook shot disallowed. Lou was the beneficiary of Jon's post domination enabling long shot after long shot and a tally of 4 (plus a free pass). Mel really brought her speed to the fore and helped open up the game. She read the game well and had a lovely drop off shot that nailed the final score.

Chairman Dave got the rare pleasure of playing out front and really helped control the division. He stole the goal of the match sinking a mid-range shot while completely unmarked. Nerves of steel! Mr Burns came on for Dave in the 2nd half, bringing a much needed injection of energy. Matt's strong passing helped mix things up in attack and he kept his opponent at bay in defense...especially as Uni upped their pace towards the end. Tenacious performances all round.

It's been a real pleasure to captain BBKC 1 this year and I'm so proud of how far we've come. Graham has transformed a bunch of talented individuals into a great squad that is just at the start of what it can do. Next year the league, the cup and the plate! Congratulations everyone - now to celebrate our success....

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