Welcome to the 2019 Korfball Australia National Club Championships Day 1 wrap up, coming to you from Maitland Federation Centre. This marks the first Nationals to be held in NSW. Games this year follow on from last year, with 2 x 15 minute halves with a continuous clock, which means fast-paced Korfball, and not a lot of time for the players to try and catch their breath.
The A Grade competition kicked off in earnest on Day One, with all 5 teams taking to the courts, including South Australian teams North, Glenelg and Arista, with Newcastle and Sydney from NSW making their A Grade Nationals debut.
North are the early front runners claiming maximum points on day one after recording 4 wins on the trot. Arista sit in second only dropping a game to North. Sydney are making a fist of their first A Grade campaign, picking up two wins. Glenelg sit in fourth with one win, while Newcastle sit in fifth, and have been unlucky to not open their account, dropping two games by just a goal each.
Day 2 sees the teams all do battle again, making for a jam-packed weekend.
The B Grade competition also sees 5 teams entered, with Glenelg, Newcastle and Sydney all having second teams entered, with Flinders from SA playing in their first away Nationals, and Australia’s newest club, Melbourne, playing in their first ever tournament.
Melbourne are making a splash in their first Nationals, leading the table and not dropping a game so far. Flinders sit in second, dropping just the last match of the day to Melbourne in the battle of the last undefeated teams. Sydney, just like the A Grade, sit in third, while Newcastle and Glenelg sit in fourth and fifth respectively, with Glenelg going into tomorrow looking for their first win.
Just like the A Grade, the teams will all play one another again tomorrow, making for 8 games per team, plus finals.
Check out the National Championships hub for match results, ladders and upcoming schedules, and stay tuned with results being updated as soon as matches are completed all weekend.