Guildford Thunder started the season off in the same style it ended last season: with a trophy!
With 2 teams heading to Reading for the Chris Carter Cup last weekend, Guildford hopes were high for success.
Not everything went to plan, however, with the second team - Storm - losing all the games in the morning.
The morning was also difficult for the first team, which also failed to progress to the elite group in the afternoon.
With pride at stake, the afternoon saw the 2 Guildford teams battle out a dramatic 5-all draw, with the second team ahead for the early part of the game.
The tight fixture spurred the firsts on to winning ways, with them qualifying for the Shield final, which they went on to win on penalties.
Summer tournaments are always fun and there are plenty of opportunities left to get some match time before next season starts in earnest.
See all the pictures of the day's events in our photo gallery.
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 Thunder Korfball Club sealed the league championship on Sunday (12 March), with two hard-fought wins against Southampton City.
The fast-paced games saw Guildford win 17-9 against Southampton’s first team and 21-9 against the second Southampton squad.
After 14 games, Thunder racked up league 51 points - losing only a single game all season.
The team scored a total of 244 goals in the 2022-23 season.
The victory is a huge turnaround for the team which only avoided relegation last season by a single win.
Promotion play-offs now beckon!
The new korfball season has kicked off well for Guildford Thunder (Surrey's best korfball club!), as we set out in this month's club update.
We also have some exciting news about the future of the club and, as always, some tips from the coach.
You can always find these updates on the club Whatsapp group, or download the November 2022 Guildford Korfball Update (PDF, 4MB).
This summer saw a busy time for Guildford Thunder Korfball Club with a string of fun tournament matches around England and The Netherlands as well as coverage by our journalistic friends.
First up, our ace captain Hayleigh Richards got up at the crack of dawn to face a grilling on BBC Radio Surrey’s Breakfast Show. Despite a comic mishearing by presenter, Mark Carter, Hayleigh woke up the county with a fun dive into the sport and why Guildford Thunder is such a great club.
We then featured in numerous local outlets including the Farnham Herald, Round&About and VantagePoint.
And while the sun was out, we spent our Thursday evenings training in the park (followed by the occasional shandy at The Weyside) in preparation for nearby tournaments at Cheam Nomads and Croydon Korfball Club. We played really well against a field of local, regional and national teams, introducing several new junior players and even winning the odd game in between trips to the barbecue.
Finally, in August, several of our intrepid members headed off to Leiden to play in the Velocitas tournament - getting some great experience against Dutch players and having great fun into the bargain.
If this wets your appetite for playing korfball this autumn, just send us a message to let us know you want to come along for a trial session.
News from around the Guildford Thunder family.
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