I rejoined the Bulls as coach in September 2017. My first training session had about 7 players attend. We met at the end of October to determine whether the club could afford to keep running. We had a couple of new starters and decided to keep going for another couple of months. We played games, won some, lost others. It was frustrating for me as a coach as there was never a consistent line up.
Then January 2018 happened. A super-aggressive recruitment campaign saw a huge influx of new players. By the end of the season I had an established first team and a brand-new second team.
This season saw the hard work of the previous year pay off massively. The first team won all their games in the first half of the season including a record-breaking victory over reigning champions Southampton Uni. A very tense game against eventual runners-up Farnborough finished with a last second winner from top scorer Adam Gillies, after conceding an equalizer with 10 seconds left of the game!
The second team lost their first ever game against a very strong Guildford team but gained a confidence boosting win against Southampton Uni the week after. A hard-fought draw against Guildford in the return fixture and victories against Farnborough and Reading left the Bulls top at Christmas in both leagues
We finished 2018 with the news that Chairperson and all-round korfball God Viktor was leaving us to join local rivals Farnborough.
The club again rallied around and kicked off 2019 the way we left off – with wins. However the first team clearly decided that winning was boring so all decided to go on holiday! This left the second team stepping up against Oxford and Abingdon and, although they fought hard, succumbed to the first defeats of the season.
The fixtures God (AKA Matt Buckley) had set the season finale up beautifully with the season ending with both Bulls teams facing off against both Jets teams with both the titles on the line for the winners – presuming they won by more than 3 goals. Two close games ensued with the Bulls coming out on top and taking their first title since Southampton Uni’s dominance.
Getting to the top of both leagues was hard – staying there next year will be even harder. Bring it on!