On 6th December, Korfball teams from the across the Midlands will be heading to Birmingham to compete in the hotly anticipated West Midlands preliminary stage of this year’s BUCS Championships.

Teams from the Universities of Keele, Nottingham and Birmingham will be fighting it out for qualification to the Midlands regional stage.

Keele are one of the most recent additions to the university korfball community and bring with them a fresh enthusiasm and determination. Only forming midway through last year and competing at their first tournament with only 6 players, Keele have doubled their membership since then and will be bringing the full complement of 12 to Birmingham. Bringing just one team will undoubtedly give them an advantage in terms of togetherness and team spirit. Having not competed in BUCS before they will be something of an unknown quantity – Birmingham and Nottingham, discount them at your peril!

One of the stalwarts of university Korfball, Nottingham has always been a force to be reckoned with and will no doubt return with high ambitions. Their second team met Birmingham in the first league game of the new season, with Birmingham recording a narrow victory. However, both teams will have developed since then and this should not be taken as any indication of future results.

As returning champions, Birmingham will be sure to be right in the mix come finals day. They have retained the core of last year’s winning squad including Danique Fintelman. Their chances will be boosted by the return of player-coach Andy Bovey and a strong intake of pre-university players. However, the losses of inspirational first team captain Steve Carter and Vicki Gee (now playing for Leeds City) will be keenly felt.

Birmingham’s second team produced a strong showing to secure third place at last years club championships and will be looking to build on that this year with many players having developed greatly over the season. Strength in depth will be provided by the third team – stiff opposition for anyone, packed with a mix of experienced heads and fresh talent.

Let the games begin!