We're going up! Guildford Thunder promoted to Western Regional League korfball after 2023 playoffs in Bristol
Guildford Thunder Korfball Club's first team has clinched promotion to the Western Regional League for the 2023/24 season.
Thunder succeeded in winning 2 out of 3 playoff games in the playoffs at City Academy Bristol last weekend putting them up at the expense of relegated Gloucester Lions.
First up, Thunder beat Cardiff Raptors 2 by 11 to 7, followed up by a 13 to 10 win against Lions. The final game saw a 12 to 10 loss to Exeter City 1 meaning Thunder, City and Raptors were all promoted.
The 2 victories and the closeness of the defeat suggest some optimism for the coming WRL season for the league's easternmost club.
Western Regional League
Despite the potential long journeys and the added pressure of playing against the shot-clock, Guildford is cementing its position as a force to be reckoned with in the growing sport of korfball.
The WRL consists of teams from Exeter, Cardiff, Bristol, Oxford and neighbouring Farnborough.
It is the third tier of national korfball and is a stepping stone to the promotional division and, ultimately, the premier division.
Thunder reached the playoffs after winning division 1 of the Oxfordshire Korfball League with 51: 7 points more than closest rivals Oxford City 2.
Guildford's White House pub saw yet another fun-packed Thunder awards ceremony and annual meeting this Thursday (4 May 2023).
With nearly all members in attendance, and a 50% increase in membership since last year, it was a night full of cameraderie and team-spirit.
With an eye-on next season, members voted in a new club constitution, elected new committee members and heard from the coaches on individual and team amazing progress and challenging ambitions.
But most of all, we had some grub, a few drinks, a fun quiz and handed out a bunch of well-deserved medals.
A big thank you to everyone for being part of this amazingly successful, growing and inclusive club this year.
Those award winners in full
Simon (1st team), Michael (2nd team), Ben (3rd team)
Best supporting players
Alec (1st team), Rob D (2nd team), Rob F (3rd team)
Hayleigh and Tilly
Worst shoe tying
And of course ... the quiz winners
For all the pictures see the night's image gallery.
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