Search

Highbury Korfball Club start 2014 with victory over promotion rivals Mitcham

09:00 08 January 2014

Highbury Korfball Club

Highbury Korfball Club's Moses Hutchinson-Pascal (right)

Archant

Swiss Cottage-based Highbury Korfball Club started 2014 with a bang, taking a big step towards promotion to the Premier League with an 18-6 home win over title rivals Mitcham.

Sara Rocha struck four goals, while there were hat-tricks from Moses Hutchinson-Pascal, Joanna Faure Walker and Martin Petrie and four from Sara Rocha as Highbury maintained their place at the top of the table.

Mitcham drew first blood with an early score, but Highbury then clicked into gear and Hutchinson-Pascal scored before Petrie struck with two identical long-range efforts in the space of two minutes.

Rocha and Niccola Hyslop added two more goals for Highbury and, although Mitcham replied with two of their own to make it 5-3, the visitors had no answer to Hutchinson-Pascal’s quickfire double, which included an outrageous one-handed shot on the run.

Faure Walker and Rachel Dixon added to the home side’s score before the break, with a solitary reply coming from Mitcham’s Kitman Wong, leaving Highbury with a commanding 9-4 lead at half-time.

The second period belonged to the hosts, with Mitcham already looking beaten – and goals for Dixon, Faure Walker and two each for Matt Dodds and Rocha took Highbury 11 goals clear at 15-4.

A couple of momentary lapses allowed Mitcham to register twice, but the home side finished on a high with three goals of their own through Petrie, Rocha and Faure Walker.

Highbury player-coach Andrew Speck said: “This game was a really important step for the club in our ambition to gain promotion, and every player came prepared and focused.

“Within minutes we gained control of the match, with the single- minded mentality and team spirit shining through, and the players genuinely enjoying their day.

“It was one of the most dominant performances seen in the club’s recent history, and this game has really prepared the whole club – from top to bottom – for the challenges facing us in 2014.”

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 17:30
Kirk Drummond took four wickets for South Hampstead. Pic: Max Flego

South Hampstead continued their winning start to the season with a commanding seven-wicket victory away against North London, who remain winless with just one point on the board in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Yesterday, 16:45
Highgate's Craig Gourlay (left) took 5-23 and then hit an unbeaten 42. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Craig Gourlay’s all-round display maintained Highgate’s maximum record this season as they beat Harrow Town by four wickets to stay top of the Division Three table in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Yesterday, 16:15
Hornsey's Chetan Patel was frustrated by Brentham's negative tactics. Pic: Max Flego

Sean Solia equalled the highest score by a Hornsey batsman in league history – but his side were left frustrated as Brentham ground out a draw in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Yesterday, 15:38
Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson, who took 5-60, was pleased with his side's performance in the field but says the batting must improve. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson was frustrated by two crucial umpiring decisions as Eastcote gained a controversial winning draw off the final ball of Saturday’s Division Two match in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder