Squad named for World Championships

The following squad has been selected to represent Ireland at the upcoming World Korfball Championships:


  • Jess BLACK (Exeter University/University Maastricht)
  • Emma DENTON (KV)
  • Abby GOLDING (Nomads)
  • Hannah GOODRIDGE  (Trojans)
  • Charley LEWIS (Birmingham University)
  • Sarah PAINE (VC) (Bristol Thunder)
  • Lizzie TIGHE (Bristol Thunder/Bristol University)


  • Shay CONROY (Nic)
  • Sam GALVIN (Cambridge City/Cambridge University)
  • Stewart McCONVERY (Birmingham City)
  • James NORMAN (C) (Nomads)
  • Niall SHEEKEY (Oxford City)
  • Dinos TRITSAROLIS (Nomads)
  • Ashley YATES (Birmingham City)

The management team is:

  • Head Coach: Kees Verhoeven (PKC)
  • Assistant Coach: Terry Forde (Nomads)
  • Team Manager: Nora Goodridge (Trojans)

One player – Jess Black – will make her international debut this competition. This tournament will also be a first for the whole squad as Ireland have never played in the World Championships, after qualifying as the underdogs in the Europeans in October 2018. James Norman will lead the squad as Captain, supported by Sarah Paine as Vice Captain.

Head Coach Kees Verhoeven said on selecting the squad:

“The development through the years with this team is incredible. Ireland Korfball is also ready for the future with a lot of young, talented players coming up for the next generation.”

Assistant Coach Terry Forde commented:

“This is the strongest squad we have ever taken to a tournament. We are confident that the training and preparation we have done so far will pay off and we can give the other teams a few shocks!”

Newly-appointed Team Captain James Norman said:

“I’m really excited to be going to the Worlds as such a great team, both on and off the pitch. We are looking forward to working hard and building on our success from the Europeans. We’ll answer Ireland’s call!”

The Championships are being held 1-10 August 2019 in Durban, South Africa. Ireland will first face an exciting group stage with matches against Chinese Tiapei, Australia and Poland.

For more information on the World Korfball Championships, please refer to the IKF website. 

Contact: ireland@korfball.org

Ireland Korfball Association would like to extend an open invite to our training session and trials in advance of selection of our 2019 squad.

These sessions are open to any korfballer who is eligible to play for Ireland (i.e. has an Irish passport themselves, or at least 1 parent or grandparent born in Ireland), including Northern Ireland.44967135_2120001484728783_8632058497367801856_n
Ireland Korfball have a number of exciting competitions coming up in 2019, with the IKF World Championships in South Africa, as well as smaller friendly tournaments. We are looking for a strong and committed squad to compete throughout 2019.
The sessions will be led by Head Coach, Kees Verhoeven from PKC. It will run across one weekend, from 2-5pm on Saturday 19th January and 9am-12pm on Sunday 20th January, both at The White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon, Oxford. Please do your best to attend both days.

This session is open to all korfballers of any ability, no matter current level of korfball or experience playing. Please do come along and join us!

All players planning on attending, please register your details via this form: https://irelandkorfball.wufoo.com/forms/ireland-korfball-association/. You can also join the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2135499286703293/ Final confirmation of details will be emailed to those registered nearer the time.


Contact: Ireland@korfball.org. 

Ireland have qualified for the World Korfball Championships for the first time in history, after a top 10 finish in the Europeans. 

Coach Kees Verhoeven took a competitive squad to the Championships with 5 players having never played korfball on the international stage before. The tournament took place in Friesland, Netherlands, 13-21 October 2018.

The squad arrived at the group accommodation the day before the competition started, having just received the news that Turkey had pulled out, giving Ireland a bye in one of their group matches.

Fired up after a training session in the afternoon, Ireland traveled to play in 3 pre-tournament friendly matches versus KV de Granaet in preparation for the Championships starting the next day. Thanks to the players and crowd who came to watch some great games!

As the Championships kicked off the next day, Ireland had France and Slovakia in their group and knew they had some tough matches ahead.

In the first match of the group stage, Ireland faced France – a match up with history behind it as Ireland narrowly lost to the team by golden goal in the European Qualifiers in 2016. The match was tightly contested throughout, with both teams going goal for goal. Half time score was 6-6 before Shay Conroy and Hannah Goodridge put away some fantastic shots, giving Ireland a 13-8 lead with 1 quarter remaining! But France came back fighting, and their shots proved too accurate for the Irish players, bringing the match back to a draw of 15-15 at full time. And so, once again, Ireland and France went into extra time for golden goal. After a quick goal in the French attack, Ireland lost.


Ireland’s next match was against Slovakia, a team who had recently lost to France (also by golden goal!) in their other group match. Slovakia started strong, playing aggressive korfball and allowing them to lead at half time 5-6. Substitutions were made by Coach Kees giving Alicia Nolan and Charley Lewis their international debuts. A flurry of goals for both teams, in particular by James Norman, meant spectators didn’t know which way it was going to go. Alas, the Slovakian captain’s shot proved too deadly as the clock counted down. Ireland defeated, 12-16.


At the end of a tough group stage, Ireland had finished 3rd, but were determined to keep fighting as a top 10 finish was still within reach. The earlier losses meant Ireland would face more difficult matches in the crossover stages against teams who finished higher in their groups.

In a clash of home nations, Ireland now took on Scotland. A win was needed to ensure Ireland had a chance of qualifying. Another nail-bitingly close game ensued, each team determined to claim the win. 6-6 at half time. Stewart McConvery came onto the pitch full of energy and to the delight of the crowd, and went on to score a hatrick of goals to edge Ireland ahead. Unlike the previous games, the team managed to keep the lead thanks to tight defence not allowing the Scottish team to get their shots up. A WIN for Ireland at full time – 15-13!


The final hurdle for World Championship Qualification for Ireland rose in the form of another match against Slovakia, but this time the squad already had a win under their belt. Early goals from both teams left the scores close at the first quarter, with Ireland edging it 3-2 and then 6-5 at half time. Free passes and penalties were awarded to both sides as the game play intensified with only 1 goal ever separating the two teams. 8-7 at the start of the last quarter. Some cracking goals from top scorer James Norman and a crucial running in shot from Abby Golding left the way clear for Ireland to seal the win and automatic qualification for the World Championships. Final score 13-9 to the Irish! The squad could relax that evening, celebrating late into the night.


The last match of the tournament was a fight for 9/10th position against Poland, who’d had a great competition so far. With qualification guaranteed for both teams no matter the result, this was a match to be enjoyed by all. Coach Kees gave international debuts to Sam Ward, Amy Freear and Ash Yates. Captain Lizzie Tighe made a strong start with a penalty and a medium range shot but these were the only goals for the Irish in the first 20 minutes – 10-2 to Poland at half time. Despite some tactical substitutions for Ireland late in the match, the Polish attack was too strong to overcome. 21-7 full time. SPEL8915SPEL9204SPEL9094

The competition closed with some well earned drinks and squad celebrations. History had been made – Ireland had never qualified for the worlds before. There were player awards distributed and an opportunity to thank the fantastic team of staff who supported the squad throughout the week: Coach Kees Verhoeven, Assistant Coach Rinaldo Molenaar, Team Managers Claire Woodroffe and Nora Goodridge, Physio Arie van Loon and Assistant Physio Amy Sherston-Baker.

The squad would like to thank the other teams, the IKF and the KNKV for organising such a fantastic tournament. Particular thanks go to the friends and family who travelled out to support the squad – it made the world of difference!

Ireland now look forward to Durban, South Africa, where the World Championships will be held in August 2019. For more information on the World Championships, please refer to the IKF website.  

Contact: ireland@korfball.org

The following squad has been selected to represent Ireland at the upcoming European Korfball Championships:


  1. Emma DENTON (KV)
  2. Amy FREEAR (Oxford University)
  3. Hannah GOODRIDGE (VC) (Trojans)
  4. Abby GOLDING (Nomads)
  5. Charley LEWIS (Birmingham University)
  6. Alicia NOLAN (Bearsted)
  7. Sarah PAINE (Supernova)
  8. Lizzie TIGHE (Bristol Thunder/Bristol University)


  1. Shay CONROY (C) (Nic)
  2. Terry FORDE (Nomads)
  3. Sam GALVIN (Cambridge University)
  4. Stewart McCONVERY (Birmingham City)
  5. James NORMAN (Bearsted)
  6. Dinos TRITSAROLIS (Nomads)
  7. Sam WARD (Bristol Thunder)
  8. Ashley YATES (Birmingham City)

The management team is:

  • Head Coach: Kees Verhoeven (PKC)
  • Assistant Coach: Rinaldo Molenaar (PKC)
  • Team Managers: Claire Woodroffe (Oxford City) & Nora Goodridge (Trojans)
  • Physiotherapist: Arie van Loon (Kinderdijk)
  • Assistant Physiotherapist: Amy Sherston-Baker (Bearsted)

Five players – Amy Freear, Alicia Nolan, Charley Lewis, Sam Ward and Ashley Yates – will make their international debuts this competition. Shay Conroy takes up the helm once again to lead the squad as Captain, supported by Hannah Goodridge as Vice Captain.

The Championships are being held 13-21 October 2018 in Friesland, Netherlands. Ireland will first face an exciting group stage with matches against France, Slovakia and Turkey.

For more information on the European Korfball Championships, please refer to the IKF website. 

Contact: ireland@korfball.org

23116978_1667750699953866_4754036429739093879_oIreland have qualified for the 2018 European Korfball Championships in October 2018.

After heartbreakingly close matches in the Qualifiers in Budapest in 2017, Ireland were originally named as first reserve for the competition. Russia have since pulled out of the competition, meaning Ireland take their place.

The countries competing are: Belgium, Catalonia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, The Netherlands (reigning champion), Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Wales.

The IKF EKC are to be held from 13 to 21 October 2018 in the Netherlands, in the cities of Drachten, Gorredijk, Heerenveen and Leeuwarden.

Further information on the championships is on the IKF website: https://ikf.org/event/ikf-european-korfball-championship-2/

Ireland Korfball are pleased to announce a 2 year sponsorship deal with Zoti Sports.

Zoti is a multi-sport brand established in 2007 and is also the official kit supplier for Canterbury Rugby Referees Association, Scottish Volleyball Association and Singapore Cricket Association, as well as many local korfball clubs in the UK.

Zoti have designed brand new playing kit which Ireland hope to be wearing on the international pitch soon.



By Harry Low

Ireland marked their first ever appearance at Attila by claiming a bronze medal in Eindhoven. Losing just once in 10 matches and scoring 60 goals in the process, the team – a mix of new and experienced players – almost sprung a surprise to claim a debut title.


Bonn 2-0

James (1) Lizzie (1)

Ireland opened up against the University of Bonn. A flurry of shots went up but none dropped. Stew wasted no time in letting his frustration show, promptly laying out an attacker. Enter James and Lizzie – who scored with her first touch – to bag the two goals needed for an opening game win.

UEA 6-2

Terry (3) Lizzie (1) James (1) Dave (1)

The second game started equally slowly as the against UEA, but before long Ireland had raced into a four goal lead amid a fug of alcohol fumes thanks to goals from James, Lizzie and two from Terry.

A brief panic ensued as UEA scored two in quick succession before Dave scored off a missed penalty and Terry completed his hatrick with his second looper under the basket to secure a 6-2 win.

Leeds 10-1

Harry (4) Dave (2) Lizzie (1) Abby (1) Sam (2)

Next up was the most emphatic victory of the weekend as Ireland reached double figures against the Leeds side. Harry scored four runners (including two against a man recovering from a broken arm), Dave and Sam popped in two goals each and Lizzie and Abby rounded off the win.

Amsterdam 7-1

Stewart (1) Sarah H (1) Abby (1) James (1) Sarah K (1) Lizzie (1) Terry (1)

Ireland saved their best for (second) last on Saturday. As soon as Terry launched the ball to Stew from the throw-off and he sunk the shot, you fancied it was going to be a game to remember and so it proved as seven different scorers saw the Irish to a famous win against previously unbeaten Amsterdam. The ladies (Lizzie, Abby and both Sarah’s) outscored the gents (Stew, James and Terry) as Ireland recorded a 7-1 win.

Makram 7-2

Stewart (2) Aisling (1) Harry (2) Dave (1) James (1)

The Saturday action was rounded off with victory over a Dutch side featuring seven ladies and one guy. Stew and Harry bagged two apiece as Dave, James and finally Aisling capped off a fine first day.

Hebbes 5-1

Sarah H (1) Abby (2) Sam (1) Lizzie (1)

Ireland’s reward for an unbeaten Saturday was the first fixture of the morning on Sunday. Take one look at the corner of Hall 2 half an hour before kick-off, and you would have been greeted by a scene of desolation. There were broken bodies left, right and centre. And when Hebbes went 1-0 up, and two players went flying on wet puddles on the pitch inside five minutes, we feared the worst. But a five star performance followed as the girls (Abby, Sarah H and Lizzie) outscored the guys (Sam) once again as the team in green triumphed 5-1.

Skunk 6-2

James (1) Sarah H (2) Sam (1) Harry (1) Sarah K (1)

The Sarah show saw Ireland to a seventh successive win against Skunk, scoring half of the team’s six goals between them. James, Sam and Harry also found the korf as the winning run continued with a 6-2 victory.

Super Beste Vrienden 6-3

Sam (1) Abby (2) Harry (2) Terry (1)

After beating Bristol on the obstacle course in a fiercely contested race, Ireland lined up against Aisling’s Super Beste Vrienden in an entertaining quarter final match. Abby and Harry added two more to their tallies as Terry and Sam also got on the scoresheet to see Ireland to a 6-3 win.

Atilla Old Huns 4-5

Sam (2) Lizzie (1) Terry (1)

The most intense game of the weekend was a semi-final match against pre-tournament favourites Huns. Ireland consistently fell one goal behind and kept equalising, through Sam (twice) and Lizzie to make it 3-3. When Atilla’s old boys and girls team scored again to make it 4-3, Ireland sensed danger. Then, after his defender over-committed, Terry seized the moment to run towards the post. After being fouled in mid-air and winning a penalty, what followed was arguably the weekend’s funniest on-field moment. As captain Forde rocked back to take the penalty, the intercom, which had been struggling to emit anything other than muffled fart sounds all weekend, let out its most exquisitely timed parp. The trump did not trouble Terry, though, who sunk the penalty to make it 4-4. A frantic final five minutes saw the Huns score just before the end for a 5-4 win halt the winning streak at eight games.

Birmingham 7-4

Abby (1) Harry (2) Sarah H (1) Lizzie (1) Terry (1) James (1)

The battle for bronze against a bright Birmingham side drew a raucous crowd watched on as Ireland chalked up a ninth win of the weekend. In a match which saw the Frear sisters face off against each other, it was Ireland who raced into a lead. The joint-highest scoring match of the weekend followed amid a flurry of action with goals for Terry, Sarah H, James, Lizzie, Abby and two for Harry. The 7-4 score line reflected the end-to-end nature of the match with Ireland worthy winners.


Thanks to Arie who came to support on Sunday to as well as our fuhrer (captain) Terry, vice-captain Sarah H and each player who pulled on the green jersey over the course of the weekend. And lastly to the tireless organisers who laid on a great show and even provided a splash of spring sunshine.

Ireland Korfball Association recently held an open training session and trials on Saturday 28th January.

The following squad was chosen to represent Ireland throughout 2017:

  1. Joan BUCKLEY (Exeter City)
  2. Amy FREEAR (Oxford University/Harrow Vultrix)
  3. Abby GOLDING (Nomads)
  4. Hannah GOODRIDGE (Trojans)
  5. Sarah HALPIN (Supernova)
  6. Emma HIND (Bearsted)
  7. Sarah KELLY (Birmingham City)
  8. Jules MACADAM (Supernova)
  9. Aisling MULLINS (Leicester)
  10. Hannah PARNIS (Trojans)
  11. Lizzie TIGHE (Bristol University)
  12. Charlotte WILSON (Southampton University)
  1. Shay CONROY (Nic)
  2. David EWING (Edinburgh City)
  3. Terry FORDE (Southampton)
  4. Sam GALVIN (Cambridge University)
  5. Ashley HIND (Kingfisher)
  6. Harry LOW (Supernova)
  7. Stewart McCONVERY (Birmingham City)
  8. James NORMAN (Oxford City)
  9. Dave PATON (Bristol Thunder)
  10. Niall SHEEKEY (Oxford City)
  11. Dinos TRITSAROLIS (Nomads)
  12. Sam WARD (Horfield)

The management team is:

  • Head Coach: Kees Verhoeven (PKC)
  • Assistant Coach: Wilfred van Wijngaarden (PKC)
  • Physiotherapist: Arie van Loon (Kinderdijk)
  • Team Managers: Claire Woodroffe (Oxford City) & Nora Goodridge (Trojans)

Many congratulations to those selected for the squad.

Ireland’s Head Coach, Kees Verhoeven, commented: “These trials were the highest standard ever seen by Ireland. It was great to see so many new faces and see such potential future talent in Irish korfball. I’m now looking forward to working with the 2017 squad on our upcoming competitions.”

Ireland have a number of exciting challenges for 2017, including the qualifiers for the 2018 European Championship and retaining the Stadskaanal title.

Contact: ireland@korfball.org

The Ireland Korfball Association would like to thank International Korfball Tournament Stadskanaal’74 for hosting another amazing tournament, with a special thanks to Atte van Haastrecht. We were very thankful to the invited back this year. We we also like to thank the officials, referees and everyone else who was involved in the organsiation of the tournament. We were especially thankful to our wonderful host families who looked after us all so well. Also well done and thank you to all the teams that participated. Korfball Argentina Korfball Armenia Indonesia Korfball Community TuS Wesseling – Korfball Welsh Korfball – Pêl-Corff Cymrul 日本コーフボール協会 (JAPAN KORFBALL ASSOCIATION)

The tournament started off with a tough match against the home team Stadskannal ‘74. However, Ireland had their first win with the final score being 11 -10.

The second match of the day was against Indonesia. This was a solid win for Ireland, 12 – 2, were each player played well. Our next game was against Misiones Argentina. The pressure was on because we needed to win this match to get into the final. The final score was 9-2. After this we rested up and watched a cracking match against TuS Wesseling and Wales which would determine our opponents.

As was much expected we faced Wales in the final. After Ireland’s defeat to Wales in France earlier this year, which meant we have not qualified for the Euros in 2018 as of yet, we were bursting with adrenaline and eager to show Wales what we are made of. It was an incredibly though game through out. We were delighted to have lots of supporters cheering us on throughout. In the last second of the game Wales was awarded a penalty which meant that we drew. That meant it was penalty time. Ireland was calm and cool under the pressure. As a team we all played with our Irish spirit and we were victorious.

What a great tournament and some really exciting and close matches! The 1st-2nd, 3rd -4th and 5th-6th play off all ended in penalties! The final results are as below:
1. Ireland
2. Wales
3. TuS Wesseling
4. Stadskanaal’74
5. KC Tokyo
6. Misones Argentina
7. Armenia
8. Indonesia

Once again thank you to everyone that was involved of the running of the tournament. We hope to see you all in 2017 to retain of title.

Go raibh maith agat!
(Thank you!)

The Irish korfball team took part in the 2016 European qualifiers in St Etienne in France on Thursday until Sunday last week. Also competing in this pool to win a place in the 2016 European Championships were Catalonia, Turkey, Wales, France and Sweden.

The Irish team all met on Thursday afternoon in St Etienne for their first training session together. For some this was the first time players had actually met. A lot of new and young members joined the squad recently and over half of the team were making their debuts for Ireland in this international tournament. Despite the lack of International experience and lack of training as a squad, the team gelled together really well throughout the tournament.

On the first day Ireland faced Catalonia which we always knew would be a hard game. The score reflected this difficulty with the final score 18-4 to Catalonia. Later that afternoon Ireland played Wales. Everyone was pumped up for the game as the Ireland/Wales games in the past have always been very close and competitive. As expected, the match was very close throughout. Unfortunately, Ireland lost 11-12 to Wales.

On day 2 of the tournament Ireland played Turkey. They were a very tall athletic team, and we always knew it was going to be a hard game to win. We fought hard to the end and came back from a 6-2 deficit to then lead by 2 goals going in to the last 4 minutes. We were unable to hold on to the lead and the game went to golden goal, which resulted in us losing 9-10.
The next game on this day was against Sweden. We won comfortably 18-7. This was a great game which showed depth in the squad and competency as goals came from across the team with everyone scoring.

The final day Ireland played the home team of France. We always knew this was going to be a tough game with a stadium full of French supporters. For most of us this made us even more determined to win. Again we fought right to the end, never giving up and the game went to golden goal. This resulted in Ireland losing 10-11. Gutted wasn’t the word.

In the end Turkey went on to win the tournament, a team we lost to on golden goal. These near misses meant Ireland finished in fifth place and did not qualify for a place in the 2016 European Championships. Fortunately there will be another qualification round in 2017, for a chance to qualify for the 2018 European Championships.

As a squad we are more motivated than ever to train and improve our performance. Our next goal will be to qualify comfortably for the 2018 European Championships.

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