The Christie Cup is underway, and was kickstarted by the Korfball team on Wednesday. There are competitions between the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds across all sports, from Ultimate Frisbee to Men’s and Women’s rugby.
Korfball is a little-known sport across campus, yet, it is steadily growing with a squad of over 60 members this year. The teams are made up of four boys and four girls, all playing together to score in the ‘korf’ basket. Having been set up only three years ago, the squad comes together from all corners of the University, with Medics, Linguists, Architects and Politicians-in-the-making, to create a Club that has fun and enjoys successes along the way. Having finished 5th in the league, there were high hopes for the tournament this year
The first match was against Leeds, who had brought along an experienced team, against the Liverpool team with only two original members (the club’s founder Holly Naylor, and President Darius Greenidge). But she was in good company, with a determined team playing on the day; Darius Greenidge, Ben Rees, Pablo Allan, James Mantle and Ed Hodges for the boys, and Kathryn Bonwick, Charlotte Queenan, Charlotte Jayne Evans and Lucy Kerr for the girls.
The game was high paced, and off the back of a win against the hosts Manchester, Leeds had momentum and confidence, but Liverpool opened with some good chances. At half time Leeds were in the lead, but despite a goal from James Mantle and two from Ed Hodges Liverpool lost 9-3. Regardless of the defeat, the Liverpool team, and their travelling supporters were in good spirits, heading into the match against the University of Manchester.
Inevitably, being the home team there was a lot of pressure on them to capitalise on this advantage. They started the match with a lot of aggression and fight, but Liverpool were able to break down their barriers to take the lead. At half time, Liverpool were leading 6-3, thanks to two goals from Ben Rees, along with goals from Lucy Kerr, Charlotte Jayne Evans, Holly Naylor and Ed Hodges. As the game restarted after the break, Manchester had called a time-out to address the unexpected pressure from the Liverpool team, but Liverpool’s pressure continued, and the goals continued to fly in; another from Ben Rees and Holly Naylor, as well as two goals from James Mantle and Darius Greenidge.
Liverpool went on to win the game 12-6, and claim second place in this competition, putting Liverpool in a great position for the rest of the cup.
The Christie Cup is going on all week with all disciplines competing; all fixtures can be found on the Liverpool Sport website or on the championships website, and supporters are always welcomed! So, here is hoping that Liverpool can retain last year’s title, as the Korfball team put them in a great position to do so!