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.
The stand-out achievement is - of course - our first team's performance in winning Division 1 and reaching the promotion play-offs. This is all the sweeter, given that at the end of the 2021-22 season, Guildford Thunder were a whisker away from relegation. It's all the more incredible given the season-opening Chris Carter Cup saw the team finish only third.
And this success for the first team has not affected the second team performance with a creditable fourth place in a highly competitive Division 2.
Of course, the success of our teams is due in no small part to our coaches, and it's been a real strength to be able to have expanded in such a well-supported way.
But what's next?
As the playoffs beckon, we plan for what happens if the first team is promoted, and how we support the second team to promotion and bringing the third team up to a truly competitive level.
All fun problems to have for a successful and expanding club.
Roll on the summer friendly tournaments, the cup and the new season! Party!
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!
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