KORFBALL: Ely Vikings reign supreme after securing promotion in play-off thriller

PUBLISHED: 13:01 18 June 2019

Action from Vikings 2 vs University 1's play-off final thriller. Picture: JERRAM DAWES

Action from Vikings 2 vs University 1's play-off final thriller. Picture: JERRAM DAWES

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Ely Vikings Korfball Club are revelling in the joy of success after securing promotion recently.

Action from Vikings 2 vs University 1's play-off final thriller. Picture: JERRAM DAWESAction from Vikings 2 vs University 1's play-off final thriller. Picture: JERRAM DAWES

The club will now have two teams in Division One of next season's Cambridgeshire Korfball League after Vikings 2's thrilling play-off final victory over Cambridge University 1.

Vikings 2 finished second in an impressive Division Two season, just three points off top spot, which put them into the play-off with University who had finished second-from-bottom in the division above.

After a long, tough season for Vikings, hopes weren't high, but they raced into a 7-3 lead before quickly being pegged back to 7-5.

As the game ebbed and flowed, University forced their way back into it and at the end of normal time, the score stood at 10-10.

Action from Vikings 2 vs University 1's play-off final thriller. Picture: JERRAM DAWESAction from Vikings 2 vs University 1's play-off final thriller. Picture: JERRAM DAWES

Promotion and relegation would now be decided on a golden goal in extra-time, but Vikings kept their nerve and Finn Clark scored a superb running-in shot to secure victory and a well-deserved place in the top division.

Team captain Dom McDonald was understandably delighted.

He said: "I'm lost for words.

"We started fantastically well, but Cambridge University are a very good team and they nearly made us pay for our mistakes right at the death.

Action from Vikings 2 vs University 1's play-off final thriller. Picture: JERRAM DAWESAction from Vikings 2 vs University 1's play-off final thriller. Picture: JERRAM DAWES

"But our experience of playing several very close games earlier in the season saw us through in extra-time."

Club coach Chris Brown added: "Winning the play-off was the culmination of a hard working season to improve and develop as a team to achieve success.

"Now the work continues to improve and stay in Division 1 next season."

Ely Vikings are running free two-hour beginners courses in korfball for anyone 14-years-old or over at the Hive Leisure Centre on Monday, July 8 and Monday, July 15 from 7pm.

Korfball is a controlled, mixed-gender team sport that originated in the Netherlands, combining elements from netball, handball and basketball whereby players try to shoot a ball into a basket, known as a 'korf'.

Teams consist of four males and four females, which encompass team-working skills, co-operative play, controlled physical contact and gender equality.

Additional reporting by James Thomson

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