South London Korfball’s second team – Balham – made the trip to the near full sized pitch of Trinity School, home of Trojans. A mixture of new payers and more experienced players suffered a heavy 20-6 defeat but learned a lot – particularly about how games start.

Balham set out with Captain Graeme MacCallum in first defence, accompanied by Balham stalwart Richard Smith-Utchotski, Froeks Kamminga and Vitoria Franceschini. In attack, Edwin Huijberts was joined by new player Charlie Corfield, Alice Howard and Beth Fieldsend. Trojans raced into a 3 goal lead, but new boy Charlie scored his, and the team’s, first goal. After 3 more goals, Balham scored again through Edwin. After 3 more goals, Edwin scored again. Graeme twanged his calf and was replaced temporarily by coach Clarke and the half ended 11-3.

The second half saw the girls chip in. Graeme came back on. Froeks scored her first, Vitoria put up a trademark quick shot before Froeks scored her second. Trojans continued to chip away and ended up 20-6 winners. Charlie won most valuable player for scoring the first goal on his debut.