Highbury Korfball Club make a perfect start with victory over reigning champions

Ana Rocha (right) in action for Highbury Korfball Club

Ana Rocha (right) in action for Highbury Korfball Club - Credit: Archant

Highbury Korfball Club emerged victorious against reigning champions Bec II in their opening fixture of the season, triumphing 16-12 in the London Regional League.

Ana Rocha’s four goals secured the win for Highbury, who are eyeing promotion to the England Korfball Premier League.

Rocha’s neat turn and shot at the post gave the away side the lead, only for Bec to equalise.

Moses Hutchinson-Pascal restored the lead, but again Bec came back to claim a second equaliser.

Rocha was on fine form though, as she hit her second and third goals of the game to claim an early hat-trick, but Bec came back into the game one more with three unanswered goals.

In reply, Highbury fought hard for an equaliser and it arrived through Niccola Hyslop, to level the score at 5-5 at the break.

Debutant Will Tiddy fired home a long-range shot after the restart, before another debutant Mirelle Geervliet scored to give Highbury a two-goal advantage.

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But, true to form, Bec got themselves back into the game with a trio of goals to take the lead.

Hutchinson-Pascal and Hyslop restored Highbury’s lead before Bec equalised once more.

Highbury’s Hutchinson-Pascal, Geervliet, Hyslop and Matt Dodds then all scored without a Bec reply to extend their advantage - and Rocha and Leonie Ansems De Vries sealed the win before a late Bec consolation.