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Croydon set for play-offs after Korfball event

THE FINAL round of matches in the England Korfball League's regular season were played on Sunday 14th April, at Whitgift School in Croydon.
The top four teams after the regular season would qualify for the end-of season championship play-offs.
Four London teams were in action – Nomads who are based in Epsom, Croydon, Trojans who are based in Croydon and Bec based in Tooting.
Korfball is a mixed team sport with four male and four female players on each team.
The game is Dutch and shares its roots with basketball and netball. It was invented in 1902 by a Dutch schoolteacher who wanted a game that all his pupils at the first co-educational schools in Amsterdam could play together.
The first two London teams to play were Nomads and Croydon who faced each other. Nomads ran out 13-10 winners.
Nomads were hoping to make the fourth play-off place so this was a much needed victory for them.
Meanwhile, Croydon could have been relegated automatically but the team below them had already lost so Croydon will now enter the promotion/relegation play-offs.
Next, Trojans faced Nottingham in a battle of the two teams in the league. Trojans won convincingly by an 18-7 margin. As a result, Trojans will now be the top seed in the championship play-offs.
The final game of the day saw Bec take on Kingfishers from Kent. A draw for Bec would have seen Bec pip Nomads for the fourth championship play-off place.
However, despite some tremendous backing from Bec's supporters, Kingfishers were victorious by 16-15.
This meant that, although Nomads and Bec had finished level on points, Nomads took the fourth play-off place due to the head-to-head results between the two teams earlier in the season.
The play-offs for the championship and for promotion/relegation will take place on 4th and 5th May, also at Whitgift School.
Final scores:
Bearsted 10 – Tornadoes 22
Norwich Knights 15 – KV 10
Nomads 13 – Croydon 10
Nottingham 7 – Trojans 18
Bec 15 – Kingfishers 16

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