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Wales National Korfball Team

Wales
Association Welsh Korfball Association/Cymdeithas Pêl-Corff Cymru
IKF membership 2007 (2007)
IKF code WAL
IKF rank 23 (Nov. 2014)
World Championships
Appearances 1 (First in 2011)
Best result 15th, 2011
European Championships
Appearances 2 (First in 2010)
Best result 11th place, 2010
European Bowl
Appearances 3 (First in 2007)
Best result West div. Champions, 2007 & 2009
website

The Wales National Korfball Team often referred to as the Welsh Korfball Squad (WKS) is managed by the Welsh Korfball Association/Cymdeithas Pêl-Corff Cymru, and represents Wales in international korfball competition. The Welsh Korfball Squad entered its first IKF ranking competition in 2007, after the Great Britain national korfball team was disbanded to produce three teams: England, Wales and Scotland. Wales is a fully recognised member of the International Korfball Federation and is currently ranked 23rd in the world.

They played the World Championships for the first and only time in 2011, after the withdrawal of Hungary.[1] In 2006 they reached the 3rd place in the Korfball Commonwealth Games.[2]

Tournament results

World Championships[3]
Year Championship Host Classification
2011 9th World Championship Shaoxing (China) 15th place
World Games
Year Championship Host Classification
European Championships[4]
Year Championship Host Classification
2010 4th European Championships The Netherlands 11th place
2014 5th European Championships Portugal 16th place
European Bowl
Year Championship Host Classification
2007 2nd European Bowl Luxembourg Champions (West)
2009 3rd European Bowl Luxembourg Champions (West)
2013 4th European Bowl Netherlands 2nd place (East)
Commonwealth Championship
Year Championship Host Classification
2006 1st Korfball Commonwealth Championship England 3rd place

Current squad

Caps and goals updated as of October 2014.

  • Head Coach: Graham Box
  • Assistant Coach: John Williams
  • Team Manager: Catherine Davies
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 Laura Pacey (1991-09-28) 28 September 1991 7 2 Cardiff Celts
2 Carla Bennett (1979-08-15) 15 August 1979 29 37 Norwich Knights
3 Bethan Phillips (1989-09-02) 2 September 1989 14 9 Birmingham City
4 Catherine Davies (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 3 0 Bristol City
5 Julie Prosser (1983-01-07) 7 January 1983 20 6 Cardiff Celts
6 Ruth Campbell (1983-09-14) 14 September 1983 40 32 Bristol Thunder
7 Hannah Ager (1985-03-17) 17 March 1985 25 7 Birmingham City
8 Jonquil Nash (1988-10-14) 14 October 1988 7 1 Cardiff Celts
9 James Wilcox (1993-06-08) 8 June 1993 14 20 Auckland
10 Ramzi Barbir (1981-01-21) 21 January 1981 45 82 Bristol Thunder
11 John Williams (1975-06-21) 21 June 1975 51 67 Nomads
12 Kevin Jones (1983-10-12) 12 October 1983 41 49 Manchester Warriors
13 Richard Snowcroft (1984-12-11) 11 December 1984 12 8 Birmingham City
14 Nick Wilkins (1981-08-11) 11 August 1981 50 91 Birmingham City
15 Tom Robinson (1989-02-08) 8 February 1989 5 1 Cambridge Tigers

History

Since 2002 the Welsh Korfball Association has existed to develop and promote the sport of Korfball in Wales. The WKS competed at non-IKF affiliated events before they made their debut at an IKF Ranking Tournament in 2007. Wales was officially recognised on the IKF World Rankings in 2007, entering a 51 strong list of nations at 24.

2005
Wales competed at the Home Nations Championship. They lost to GB Students and England but won against Scotland and Ireland putting them in third place.

Wales at the 2006 Commonwealth Korfball Championship, London.

2006
A Four Nations Tournament took place between Wales, Scotland, Greece, and the hosts Luxembourg. Wales won two of the three matches, suffering a narrow 12–13 defeat to Scotland. Wales later participated in the first Korfball Commonwealth Championship (London) with England, Scotland, Australia and South Africa. They were placed third above Australia on goal difference. Additional matches were played against Ireland and North America (United States & Canada) during the tournament.

2007
In 2007, Wales participated in their first official IKF ranking event: the European Bowl West. Wales won every match against the other participants to be crowned champions. Later that year Wales played a friendly against Sweden in preparation for the European Bowl final, against Slovakia. Wales lost the final against Slovakia, who were winners of the European Bowl East.

2008
The WKS attended the Stadskanal International Tournament and played matches against KVWSS, Slovakia and Luxembourg. They were able to take revenge on Slovakia, for the defeat the previous year at the European Bowl Final, with a 14–12 victory.

Wales at the 2011 IKF World Championship, China.

2009
Wales returned to the European Bowl West and were once again crowned champions after winning every game; in the process they qualified for the European Championships in 2010. Wales competed against France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Scotland, and Sweden; it was the same six participants as the 2007 European Bowl West. Prior to the competition Wales lost to Germany in a warm-up match at Stadskanaal.

2010
In preparation for the European Championships Wales competed in the Home Nations. They went on to take silver, losing out in the final to England. In the opening matches of the European Championships Wales suffered some of their worst defeats, one at the hands of the Czech Republic and another to Portugal. However, they managed to secure 11th place, just outside of the top ten which qualified for the World Championship. Following the tournament Wales rose to 18th in the IKF World Rankings.

2011
After the withdrawal of Hungary, Wales was invited to the World Championship in China; this was another major tournament debut for Wales. The schedule saw Wales opening the competition in a thrilling encounter with hosts China, ending 13–17 in favour of the Chinese. Wales went on to lose all of their games except the last match against South Africa. The game was decided in the last minutes with Wales emerging victorious by the slimmest of margins. After this performance on the world scene, Wales rose another place, to 17th, in the IKF World Rankings.

2012
Leon Simons first came to Wales early in 2012, holding a clinic for the Wales senior and development squads.

Wales at the 2013 European Bowl East, held in the Netherlands.

2013
In 2013, Wales participated for the third time at the European Bowl, this time in the Eastern division. Wales' new coach was Dutch international cap record holder, Leon Simons. Wales secured their place at the European Championships, in Portugal, after a golden goal victory over Ireland. [5]

2014
The WKA appointed Graham Box, an ex-Great Britain player (1979–85), who also went on the coach the Great Britain team to 5th at the 2002 European Championships. In September, Wales competed at a Four Nation international tournament between England, Catalonia, Scotland, and Wales. At the European Championships Wales ended up second in their group; following a golden goal defeat to Serbia, and a close victory over Turkey, Wales faced Poland to determine who would win the group and claim a place at the World Championship. The match turned out to be Wales' heaviest defeat as they succumbed 16-12. Wales narrowly lost their next three matches against Ireland, and playing again against Serbia and Turkey. In the whole competition they did not lose a single match by more than 4 goals but finished last in 16th place. A great achievement for the squad was that it is the first tournament in which each person in the 14 strong squad scored at least one goal. In the wake of the competition Wales plummeted from 17th in the IKF World Ranking to 23rd.

Most capped players

Players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.

# Name Career Caps Goals Position
1 John Williams 2006-0000 51 67
2 Nick Wilkins 2005-0000 50 91
3 Ramzi Barbir 2005-0000 45 82
4 Kevin Jones 2005–0000 41 49
5 Ruth Campbell 2008-0000 40 32
6 Zoe Rose 2006-2013 38 9
7 Dave Buckland 2005-2013 37 64
8 Carla Bennett 2010-0000 29 37
9 Susan Jones 2005-2010 28 10
10 Hannah Ager 2008-2014 25 7

Top goalscorers

Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked with the highest to lowest goals per game ratio.
# Name Career Goals Caps Position Average
1 Nick Wilkins 2005–0000 91 50 1.82
2 Ramzi Barbir 2005–0000 82 45 1.82
3 John Williams 2006-0000 67 51 1.31
4 Dave Buckland 2005–2013 64 37 1.73
5 Kevin Jones 2005–0000 49 41 1.19
6 Carla Bennett 2010–0000 37 29 1.28
7 Ruth Campbell 2008-0000 32 40 0.80
8 Steve Jones 2005-2007 25 10 2.50
9 Ceri Jones 2005-2010 21 19 1.11
10 James Wilcox 2013-2014 20 14 1.43

Records

Most Goals in a Single Game – Nick Wilkins during Scotland vs Wales at the 2010 European Championships; Wales won the game 15–18 with Wilkins scoring 8 goals.[1]

Most Capped Player – John Williams has earned 51 caps for Wales during his career. He was the first player to reach 50, closely followed by Nick Wilkins one game later.

Most Consecutive Appearances – Zoe Rose had appeared in 29 consecutive games for Wales from 2007 to 2013. Her run was broken when she missed the European Bowl final 2013.[2]

Youngest Player – Aged 17, Cheya Tyson was the youngest person to play for the Wales senior team, making her debut against Turkey at the 2013 European Final.[3]

Oldest Player – Dave Buckland is the oldest player to appear for Wales, aged 45 during the 2013 European Bowl Final.[4]

Top Goalscorer – Nick Wilkins has scored 80 goals in 44 matches for Wales.[5]

Heaviest Defeat – Wales has lost by 25 goals twice, and both times to the Czech Republic, 32–7 at the European Championships (Netherlands) in 2010 [6] and 29–4 at the World Championship (China) in 2011.[7]

Largest victory – Wales beat Scotland 18–5 at the European Bowl (Luxembourg) in 2009.[8]

Highest Score - The highest number of goals scored by a Wales team in a single match is 18. Wales have achieved this three times, twice against Scotland, firstly in the 2009 European Bowl West and again in the 2010 European Championships. Most recently Wales reached 18 goals when their opening encounter of the 2014 European Championships went to golden goal; the score was tied at 18-18 but Serbia went on to win.

Least Conceded - Wales conceded just 2 goals against Ireland in the 2010 Home Nations.

Rival Nation – Wales have played rival Celtic nation Ireland nine times. Wales have won seven times, losing only in 2006 at the Commonwealth Championships (England) and in the 2014 European Championships (Portugal).

Most Cautions - John Williams earned the first caution for a Wales player when he was shown a yellow card, at the 2006 Commonwealth Championships, in a match against Australia.

First Ever Goal - In 2005, Wales played its first international match against England. The first goal scored was by Steve Jones to give Wales a 1-0 lead!

European Championships 2014 - The first competition in which every member of the Wales squad scored at least 1 goal.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Wales Make Korfball World Championship Debut in China".  
  2. ^ "Korfball Commonwealth Games".  
  3. ^ "The history of the IKF and the IKF World Championship". IKF. 
  4. ^ "The history of the IKF European Championship". IKF. 
  5. ^ "Wales Qualify for EC2014".  

External links

  • Welsh Korfball Association
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