The TournamentFind out information on the tournament such as results of our games and how Wales fared against the best of Europe.
Sixteen teams competed at the 5th IKF European Korfball Championships during late October of 2014. With the event being held in Portugal in the city of Porto, the tournament promised to be one of great excitement, fervour, and fierce competition. With the prospect of large crowds to cheer on the various nations, the scene was set for the best international korfball spectacle to date.
Having secured their space in the event through finishing second at the EuroBowl East qualification tournament, the players found themselves in a tight group with no predictable outcome. Wales were placed in Pool C, consisting of:
- Wales (WAL)
- Serbia (SER)
- Poland (POL)
- Turkey (TUR)
The tournament began for Wales in the coastal city of Porto, with their first game against Serbia on the 25th October.
The tournament followed the same structure as the recent Rugby League World Cup. Pool A and Pool B have been classified as ‘A Country’ pools, meaning that 3 teams from each of these two pools progressed to the quarter final stages. Pool C and Pool D were classified as ‘B Country’ pools, meaning that only 1 team progressed from each of these pools.
For Wales, who were in Pool C, this meant that only the top team from their pool could progress to the quarter final stages. Any teams that did not reach the quarter final stages moved into the bottom 8.
From the quarter final stages and beyond, all games are termed ‘knockout’ games, although all positions are played for, meaning that all teams receive the same number of games throughout the tournament. The hosts of the World Championship in 2015, Belgium, automatically qualify for the event; as do the reigning champions, The Netherlands. A further 8 places were available at the European Championships; these were awarded to the 8 highest placed teams, not counting Belgium and the Netherlands.
Wales meet Serbia in their opening game of the tournament on Saturday 25th October at 5pm. The following day they play against Turkey at 4pm, before their final group match at 2pm on Monday 27th October.
For full details, including live results and match overviews, see our ‘Fixtures & Results‘ page.
15 players will be taken to the tournament under the guidance of national coach Graham Box and assistant coach / player John Williams. Please refer to the ‘National Squad‘ page for the current lineup.
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