The Scotland National Team have returned from The Netherlands where they competed in the International Korfball Tournament hosted by Stadskanaal ’74.
Finishing 3rd overall and winning two International matches on the Sunday the group had a successful visit which marks the start of their cycle in the build up to the European Championships next year.
With 3 days of competition it was a great chance for the coaching team of Johan Oosterling and Bas Harland to see the newly selected squad in action.
Many of the travelling squad have already represented Scotland before, but there were debuts for Jimmy Seymour, George Rourke and Rocio Melus.
The squad began the tour with a training session in nearby Groningen, heading to Stadskanaal for some team building exercises before the tournament kicked off on Friday evening.
Scotland opened the tournament against the hosts Stadskanaal ’74, a strong second half performance led the team to a convincing 14-5 win.
The second match of the evening was against the Argentinian side and again ended with a comfortable 13-4 score line ending the day perfectly for Scotland with 2 wins from 2.
Saturday began with an untidy performance against Brazil, but managing to grind out a 6-3 win meant that the squad had qualified for the semi-finals and the last group game against Wales would decide who topped Pool A.
A tense, back and forth game with Wales ended with the narrowest of defeats. Losing 8-9 meant that Scotland would face Pool B champions Tornadoes in the semi-final.
Eventual tournament winners Tornadoes were a class above and their fast tempo game was too much for Scotland, eventually going down 10-18.
The result in the other semi-final meant that Scotland would again face Wales in the 3rd/4th playoff with a chance to reverse the earlier result.
Another tight game followed, with both Wales and Scotland showing a strong desire to win, a tense back and forth contest finally opened up towards the end of the match with Scotland finishing in 3rd place after a 10-7 victory.
The final day of competition saw Scotland take on Colombia and Argentina in two international matches. Both matches were comfortable victories for Scotland, triumphing over Colombia 18-4 before also claiming a 12-4 win over Argentina.
The international victories capped a successful tour for the Scotland National Squad who now look forward to December when they meet in Edinburgh for an intense training weekend at Oriam Sports Performance Centre.
The tour also marked the end of Zöe Bennett’s tenure in the Scotland squad after 4 years with the team.
Her fierce on-court competitiveness along with her bubbly off-court attitude made her an ideal member of the squad and she will be dearly missed.
Zöe will be venturing to New Zealand in 2018 and everyone from the Scotland National Team and the Scottish Korfball Association wishes her the best of luck!