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Highbury Korfball Club

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Full name  Highbury Korfball Club
Chairman  Rich Hayward
Website  Club home page
Founded  2003 (2003)
Coach  Steph Allen
Highbury Korfball Club
League  England Korfball League

Established in August 2003, Highbury Korfball Club (HKC) is based in North London, England and is a member of the England Korfball Association. Highbury Korfball Club succeeded Arsenal Korfball Club, which was established by Hugh Barker in 1998. Rebranding occurred to avoid unwanted attention from curious football fans.

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With four teams, HKC competes across a range from highly competitive to highly social indoor Korfball leagues, generally in the London area during the winter months. During the summer, Highbury competes at many standards in many tournaments held over weekends throughout the UK, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Hungary and most recently Portugal. The summer tournaments are often but not always played outdoors.

2003–2006

The club has been established in the London League for many years.

2006–2007

In the season of 2006–07, Highbury expanded to become a 2 team club including 4 Australian's who did Highbury and Australia proud as they participated in the Commonwealth & Friends Korfball Tournament that was held in Croydon during the summer of 2006.

2007–2008

In the season of 2006–07, Highbury expanded to become a 3 team club. To ensure the quality rose with the quantity, Highbury travelled to the Netherlands once again to compete in an outdoor tournament but this time took in a couple of extra days to participate in a training camp run for Highbury's benefit by Mart Huijbregts. Highbury looked internally to strengthen its coaching staff base and subsidised that attendance of two of its members to the annual Avon Tyrell Level 2 Coaching Qualification course.

2008–2009

In the season of 2008-2009, Highbury expanded to become a 4 team club. This was the year that the EKA disbanded the National Reserve and National Division 1 Leagues and introduced a new Regional League structure. Highbury took their place in the new structure by competing in the newly formed South East Regional League. For the first time, Highbury brought in an external full-time coach to train the elite squad; Tamara Burnell, a National Premiere League player with Bec KC and Scottish representative was given the job which also included training the players of Highbury 2 which competed in the London 1st Division.

Highbury 3 swept aside most opposition in the London 3rd division only losing two games, both by a single goal but a scheduling technicality lead to a game being forfeited and the title slipping from their grasp. There could be no hard feelings though as the eventual winners of the league, Supernova 2, were the only team not to suffer defeat at the hands of Highbury 3 with the head-to-head battles resulting in a draw and a single goal win to Supernova.

2009–2010

During the 2009-2010 season Highbury welcomed the news that London would form their own Region due to the restructuring of Regional Leagues. Pre-season Highbury were looking for a new head coach and Laurie Swan, head coach on Supernova KC, stepped in to assist the club with player selection during the month running up to the season start while a coach was sought. Before the season was under way, Stuart Ironmonger, a National Premier League player and coach with a successful history took the role of head coach. Highbury played in the London Regional League (LRL) and was represented with a team in each of Divisions 2, 3 and 4 of the London Korfball Association (LKA). Highbury put in many good performances and clinched a proud second place in the LRL behind winners Bec 2. Thus, achieving their goal of beating Croydon KC in to the single position awarded to the LRL in the annual Champions Trophy (Bec 2 were ineligible as Bec were already playing in the National League). While Highbury didn't win promotion into the National League they did show throughout the Champions Trophy that they could compete with the teams that were being promoted in to the top league in the country.

Meanwhile, in the LKA, Highbury 4 were regularly requiring to field two players from the higher leagues to form a complete and legal team. While this was completely within the rules of the LKA, the LKA committee decided to withdraw Highbury 4 from their league without notice.

2010–2011

Andrew Speck was elected chair. The club maintained 3 teams although there was an exodus of men from the regional league team as they moved out of London for employment opportunities.

The 1st and 2nd teams finished mid table in the London Regional League and London League 2, however Highbury 3 won promotion to London League 2 for the coming season.

2011–2012

Ben Hale took over as Chairman for the season. Martin Petrie (of Supernova) provided coaching for the first and second teams with Moses Hutchinson-Pascal acting as third team and development coach.

Highbury 3 struggled in LKA2, however did well to finish outside of the relegation places, but the decision was made to volunteer to drop a division to give the players a better chance to develop against similarly skilled players.

Highbury 2 again finished mid table but 4th place was an improvement on the prior season. Rachel Dixon also topped the Girls Scoring chart with 30 goals in the season.

Highbury 1 finished fourth in the LRL and qualified for the Champions Trophy as the three teams above them already had teams in the National League. Julia Hall finished top of the Scoring chart for the girls with 31 fine goals in her final full season at Highbury before moving back to New Zealand at the end of 2012.

At the Champions Trophy, Highbury competed against the best teams around the country and came a respectful 4th place with wins over Manchester Warriors and Bristol City.

2012–2013

Simon Mackie was elected at the AGM as Chairman for the season. Andrew Speck stepped into coaching the first and second teams with fellow Aussie Ben Hale taking on the role of third team and development coach. The club was training at Old Street during this season.

Highbury 3 came third in the first season back in LKA3, with many new players developing well.

Highbury 2 also finished in the top 3 in LKA too, with several players stepping up into the second team from the prior year's thirds showing Highbury's knack for developing new players.

Highbury 1 finished 5th despite Joanna Faure Walker finishing joint top scorer of the girls and qualified again for the Champions Trophy for the second year in a row. This season sees a record Highbury win of 31–8 over Mitcham, with Moses Hutchinson-Pascal getting a triple hat trick.

At the Champions Trophy Highbury finish 5th despite beating eventual runners up Birmingham who were promoted to the National League.

2013–2014

Joanna Faure Walker takes the role of Chair with Andrew Speck continuing to provide coaching to the squad.

The club moves into two new venues in Swiss Cottage and Stoke Newington ahead of the new season to improve training facilities available to the squad and wider club.

Good recruitment over summer means that Highbury 4 are started up again, playing friendly matches this season in the hope of entering another team into the league the year after.

The club recruited several new players both at the top level (including several Portuguese and Dutch players) and beginners. The teams performed well with Highbury 1 again qualifying for the Champions Trophy after finishing 4th in the Regional League, Highbury 2 having a best ever finish of 2nd in LKA2 and Highbury 3 and 4 improving in LKA3.

At the Champions Trophy Highbury again finish 5th despite some good performances against the best teams from around the country.

The club goes on tour to Lisbon, Portugal led by Tiago Almeida to take part in the 14th Annual Korfball Tournament organised by Clube Corfebol Oeiras with Highbury finishing in 5th, 8th and 14th places.

2014–2015

Rich Hayward is elected role of Chair. Andrew Speck continues to coach the 1st and 2nd team squad whilst Tiago Almeida assumes the position of head coach for the 3rd and 4th teams

The club continues to train at Swiss Cottage whilst the squad move to Petchey Academy in Dalston in order to enable weekly squad sessions to be able to take place.

The summer sees some of Highbury's established members leave the club for pastures new outside of North London, but another strong summer of recruitment sees the depth in the squad enhanced. Players join the club from all over the country from Nottingham to Norwich bringing their experience in to heighten competition for places.

This year sees Highbury 1 competing in the newly formed England South and East Promotional Division against a higher calibre of opposition for a place in the Champions Trophy.

Highbury 1 finish 4th in the S&E Promo league and 3rd in the London Regional League, Highbury 2 finish 4th in LKA 2 and Highbury 3 & 4 play off for 3rd place in LKA 3 with the Highbury 3 running out 7–4 winners.

2015–2016

Rich Hayward continues as Chair. Steph Allen (of Trojans and England) becomes the new squad coach.

The club trains in Finsbury Park over summer in order to try to attract more passing trade and promote the club.

The club and squad both train and play matches in Petchey Academy in Dalston this season, marking the first time the club has played its home games in North London for years.

Highbury 1 compete again for the London Regional League and South & East Promo League, whilst Highbury 3 are promoted to LKA Division 2 alongside Highbury 2. Highbury 4 continue to develop in LKA Division 3.

Highbury 1 finish 3rd in the Promo League (despite an excellent 16 - 8 win over the eventually promoted Bearsted) and 4th in the Regional League, a good result given a new coach and a whole host of new players in the squad.

Highbury 2 finished 3rd in LKA 2 despite being in contention to win the league with 2 games remaining, and Highbury 3 went on a 5 match unbeaten run to secure 6th place (including a 9 goal game from new signing Tom Rich).

Highbury 4 finished 8th in LKA 3 but with lots of new players getting experience. With the new influx Highbury have entered a 5th team into the league for 2016-17

Squad (2016/2017)

Ally Glennie, Bernard Martin, Chris Thompson, Darryl Light, James Sipthorpe
Moses Hutchinson-Pascal, Oliver Cusack, Pasindu De Silva, Steve Carter, Tom Rich

Amy Redston, Anja Hudson, Emma Butterworth, Helen Gilmore, Kelly Lippett
Kamilla Dombai, Kate Sherring, Niccola Hyslop, Rosie Oxenbury, Vicki Gee

  • Head coach Steph Allen
  • Development coaches Darryl Light / Rosie Oxenbury
  • Squad (2015/2016)

    Andrew Speck, Bernard Martin, Darryl Light, Matthew Dodds, Michael Stephenson, Moses Hutchinson-Pascal
    Oliver Cusack, Pasindu De Silva, Rich Hayward, Steve Carter, Tim Farr

    Amy Redston, Anja Hudson, Emma Butterworth, Hannah Evans, Jo-Anne Wilson, Inge Carrington
    Kamilla Dombai, Kate Sherring, Niccola Hyslop, Rosie Oxenbury, Vicki Gee

  • Head coach Steph Allen
  • Development coach Martin Petrie
  • Squad (2014/2015)

    Alun Perkins, Bernard Martin, Darryl Light, Jean Silva Ayres, Karthik Ramulu, Matthew Dodds
    Mike Shute, Moses Hutchinson-Pascal, Rennan Ayres Fonseca, Rich Hayward, Will Tiddy

    Amy Redston, Ana Rocha, Anja Hudson, Eleanor Kentish, Inge Carrington, Jayde Cook
    Leonie Ansems De Vries, Mirelle Geervliet, Niccola Hyslop, Sarah-Louise Burgess, Zoe Sprakes

  • Head coach Andrew Speck
  • Development coach Tiago Almeida
  • Squad (2013/2014)

    Alun Perkins, Conor O'Boyle, Darryl Light, Hans Van Andel, Martin Petrie, Matthew Dodds
    Mike Shute, Moses Hutchinson-Pascal, Simon Mackie, Tiago Almeida

    Amy Redston, Ana Rocha, Joanna Faure Walker, Judith Mitchell, Leonie Ansems De Vries
    Marrit Nijmeijer, Morven Masterton, Niccola Hyslop, Rachel Dixon, Sara Rocha, Sarah-Louise Burgess

  • Head coach Andrew Speck
  • Development coach Martin Petrie / Darryl Light
  • Squad (2012/2013)

    Andrew Speck, Ben Hale, Gawain Bosworth, Darryl Light, Moses Hutchinson-Pascal
    Craig Morgan, Robert Van Someren, Shah Munir, Simon Mackie

    Sara Collinge, Judith Mitchell, Joanna Faure Walker, Julia Hall, Morven Masterton
    Niccola Hyslop, Olga Caselton, Rachel Dixon, Sarah-Louise Burgess

  • Head coach Andrew Speck
  • Development coach Ben Hale
  • Squad (2011/2012)

    Andrew Speck, Ben Hale, Dai Lowe, Gawain Bosworth, Matthew Burnell
    Moses Hutchinson-Pascal, Neil Blain, Shah Munir, Simon Mackie

    Ellie Simes, Judith Mitchell, Joanna Faure Walker, Julia Hall, Morven Masterton
    Niccola Hyslop, Olga Sanderova, Rachel Dixon, Sophie Scott

  • Head coach Martin Petrie
  • Development squad coach Moses Hutchinson-Pascal
  • Squad (2010/2011)

    Andrew Speck, Ben Hale, Gawain Bosworth, Mark Thornhill, Matthew Burnell, Moses Hutchinson-Pascal
    Neil Blain, Richard Rawstron, Sebastien Bardin, Shah Munir, Simon Mackie

    Edith Hornick, Ellie Simes, Joanna Faure Walker, Maite Vermeulen, Julia Hall, Kim Midwood
    Morven Masterton, Niccola Hyslop, Olga Sanderova, Rachel Dixon, Sophie Scott

  • Head coach Ben Hale (plus Arnaud Chevalier, Moses Hutchinson-Pascal), Assistant coach Toby Catlin
  • Development squad coach Nick and Neil
  • Squad (2009/2010)

    Andrew Speck, Ben McGrath, Fergus Campbell, Gawain Bosworth, Mark Thornhill
    Moses Hutchinson-Pascal, Neil Blain, Shah Munir, Thomas Johannsen

    Edith Hornick, Joanna Faure Walker, Julia Hall, Kim Midwood, Morven Marstenson
    Niccola Hyslop, Olga Sanderova, Rachel Dixon, Sophie Scott

  • Head coach Stuart Ironmonger, Assistant coach Ben Hale
  • Development squad coach Sophie Robins
  • Honours

  • 2014/15 Highbury 3 are promoted to LKA 2
  • 2013/14 Highbury qualifies for the Champions Trophy as the highest placed eligible London team
  • 2012/13 Highbury qualifies for the Champions Trophy as the highest placed eligible London team
  • 2011/12 Highbury qualifies for the Champions Trophy as the highest placed eligible London team
  • 2010/11 Highbury 3 are promoted to LKA 2
  • 2009/10 Highbury qualifies for the Champions Trophy as the highest placed eligible London team
  • 2007/8 Highbury champions of the LKA Premier League; Highbury 2 champions of LKA 2nd Division
  • International Representation

  • 2016 Jo-Anne Wilson represented England U23 at the IKF U23 World Korfball Championship, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 2009 Edith Hornick represented Luxembourg at the Eurobowl, Western Conference, Luxembourg.
  • 2007 Ben Hale represented Australia at the World Championship, Brno, Czech Republic.
  • 2006 Tom Bukojemski, Ben Hale, Natalie Shield and Andrew Speck represented Australia at the inaugural Commonwealth Championships, Croydon, London, UK.
  • References

    Highbury Korfball Club Wikipedia


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