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IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017

The IKF is proud to announce its first ever beach korfball tournament:  ‘IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017’! The event will take place in the weekend of 19 and 20 August 2017 and will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands. The organiser is the Royal Dutch Korfball Association (KNKV).

Beach korfball is already played in multiple countries in all continents around the world. It has a different lifestyle approach and is especially popular with the younger age groups. Therefore IKF is convinced that beach korfball helps to invest in the future of korfball. To point out this important role in development, the tournament in The Hague will consist both of a Senior and an Under 19 category.

With only four players needed to form a team, instead of eight in regular korfball, IKF is aiming to make it easier for national associations to initiate new korfball activities and reach new players. On the competition level IKF believes to create more equality between the teams and lower costs for national associations by having less athletes involved and using a short tournament format.

The venue of the tournament will be ‘The Hague Beach Stadium’. This unique accommodation is located directly on The Hague Beach and has all the necessary requirements for hosting a top beach sport event. The spectacular location at the waterside is perfect to host multiple side events and really involve korfball fans and visitors with the event. With the track record of the KNKV in organising events, the IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017 can only end up being a success!

More updated information on http://ikf.org/event/ikf-open-european-beach-korfball-championship-2

KC Barcelona: New IKF Europa Shield 2016 Champion

Congratulations to Korfbal Club Barcelona from Catalonia, the new IKF Europa Shield 2016 champion. After an excellent tournament with 5 victories in 5 games, they are the new champions after beating in the final 14-13 the 2015 winners English Bec Korfball Club.

This is the 1st time they achieve this trophy, after only two previous international participations. The 1st was two years ago in IKF Europa Cup 2014  and the 2nd last year in IKF Europa Shield 2015.

An impressive and succesful course that ended with this well deserved 1st place in IKF ES 2016. Congratulations!

Photos by (c) Andreas Voss and Dani Ezpeleta (IKF.org):

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IKF EShield 2016: Day 3 (Finals)

Final day of IKF EUROPA SHIELD 2016 in Castrop-Rauxel (Germany). Semifinals were played early in the morning, and after that, the two games for 5th to 8th places. The bronze medal game and the big final between KC Barcelona and Bec Korfball Club ended a day that crowned the catalan KC Barcelona as new Europa Shield 2016 champion, after beating 15-14 the english Bec Korfball Club in an incredible and thrilling final.

The bronze medal was achieved by the local Schweriner Korfball Club e.V. ’67 (GER), after winning 11-10 the hungarian SZAC Budapest 1908.

The closing ceremony was presided by IKF President Mr. Jan Fransoo, in which medals and individual awards were given to the winners. This ceremony ended a great and exciting 3-day tournament, that showed every day how spectacular, beatiful and thrilling korfball is.

These are Day 3 Results (Sunday 23th, January, 2016):

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IKF EUROPA SHIELD 2016 Final ranking:

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IKF EUROPA SHIELD 2016 Top scorers & MVP’s:

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Review all tournament in:
http://www.worldkorfball.org
https://www.facebook.com/korfball.org
https://twitter.com/korfball

http://www.ikfeuropashield.com
https://www.facebook.com/IKF-Europa-Shield-2016-885329788217300/

LIVE STREAMING OF ALL IKF EShield 2016 GAMES:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-ncMdsqbqM

Pictures from the tournament by Andreas Voss:

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IKF EShield 2016: Day 2

Second day of games in Castrop-Rauxel (Germany) during this exciting IKF EUROPA SHIELD 2016. Emotions, close games, golden goals and lots of games decided in the last minutes. An incredible tournament that ends this Sunday 24th with the semifinals, the games for 5th to 8th place and the big EShield 2016 final.

These are today’s results (Day 2 – Saturday, 23th):

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Day 3 Game Schedule (Sunday, 24th January 2016):

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Follow the tournament in:
http://www.worldkorfball.org
https://www.facebook.com/korfball.org
https://twitter.com/korfball

http://www.ikfeuropashield.com
https://www.facebook.com/IKF-Europa-Shield-2016-885329788217300/
https://twitter.com/Euroshield

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PKC/SWKGroep (NED): New IKF Europa Cup 2016 champion!

Congratulations to the new 2016 IKF Europa Cup korfball champion: Dutch champion, PKC/SWK Groep.

After a great championship and 3/3 victories, the 1st over the German SG Pegasus (44-13) and the 2nd against the Czech Brno KK (15-40), the Dutch defeated 31-21 its most dangerous rival in the final: the Belgium champion Boeckenberg KC.

The crowd inside the Gabányi László Sportshall in Budapest enjoyed a fantastic 1st half were none of both teams clearly leaded the game. The 16-12 score by the Dutch with 0,6 second to go before the end of the first 25 minutes and the 17-12 within 10 seconds after the start of the 2nd half was a big blow in the Boeckenberg ambitions. In the 2nd half the Dutch were able to open the gap in the scoreboard, arriving at the end of the game with a comfortable and definitive 31-21.

Congratulations again to PKC/SWK Groep players and staff for an excellent tournament, and enjoy the well deserved 50th Alfons Janssens IKF Europa Cup. The 8th IKF Europa Cup for PKC in the history of this event; they are the most successful club team in the IKF history.

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Photos by (c) Marco Spelten (www.Facebook.com/ActiefotografieNL)

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