Bristol Summer Tournament
It's the last tournament of the year for Cardiff University, but how did our three teams fare?
Having battled their way through problems of heavy baggage, rainfall and an inability to follow a straight motorway, Cardiff University headed to Bristol for their final tournament of the semester.
For some players at the club, this would also be their last opportunity to compete for the team and as a final team outing it certainly did not disappoint. Cardiff sent three teams to vie for the title along with twenty one other teams from the south west and beyond, and all performed admirably despite the constant wet and muddy conditions throughout the day. Fortunately, many players were able to gain respite from the rain in the gazebo kindly 'donated' by Cardiff Dragons! The Blue team, captained by Maria Clements and renamed 'Multiple Scoregasms', came out on top in 9th place. The team were helped by a vital penalty shoot-out win during their final match, as well as some rather 'fortunate' goals from James Wilcox, who top scored in his team thanks to some fairly unconventional shooting!
Congratulations also to the Red team, captained by Jonquil Nash, who came a respectable 15th place following some good performances against tough opposition. The Green team, renamed as Team Green Lantern, were unlucky to finish joint 23rd despite being fantastically led by Jane Hutchinson but were hindered by some luckless shooting during their matches.
Special mention also to Alex Morgan, who made his long awaited comeback (of sorts) from injury after nearly three months out by coming on for an unexpected cameo at the climax of Green Lantern's final match. The WDS captain gave a reputable performance and everyone at the club looks forward to his full return later on this year.
Many thanks to everyone who competed, especially those who agreed to referee during the day and drive team members to and from the tournament. Final thanks must also go to Bristol City Korfball Club and Cotham Rugby Club for hosting such a fantastic event! Of course no winning team can be successful without its fair share of injuries, and unfortunately these were suffered by both Suzy Stanbury and Chris Rennison throughout the weekend (although the latter was admittedly not korfball related...). Luckily, there was no such damage to James Wilcox's ego, who claimed the quote of the day following his stunning performances:
''If Jesus played korfball, he would shoot just like that'' (Wilcox, J. 16/06/2012)