Palfreyman stars as London U19s become England national junior korfball champions

Blake Palfreyman top scored with nine goals as London U19s won the England korfball national junior tournament in Harrow last weekend.

England international Palfreyman was one of eight players from Tooting-based Bec in the squad as London won the title on goal difference ahead of defending champions Kent.

Amy Swain, another England international who plays for Bec, scored six goals while club-mates Caitlin Fitzgerald, Chloe Swain, Tom Lake, Marcus Tighe, Billy Ashby and Sid Walters also featured in coach Ben Rivers’ squad.

London began the round-robin tournament strongly with a 9-6 win over Norfolk which was followed by a 12-0 defeat of hosts Harrow.

The crunch third game against Kent finished 9-9, meaning the pair went into the final match level on points at the top of the table and knowing that whoever when their final game by the bigger margin would take the title.

Kent beat Norfolk 12-6 but London romped to victory with a 15-2 thumping of Cambridge to claim te title on goal difference.

London’s U11 and U16 sides both finished third in their age groups, while the U14s came sixth.

Korfball is a mixed team sport that shares its roots with basketbalkl and netball and features four male and four female players on each team.

Feature picture of London U19 squad courtesy of London Korfball Association, with thanks

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