Basingstoke Bulls debuted their new kit in style with two huge wins over Southampton University. The first team started the day with a record breaking 30-7 win. This was the first time in Basingstoke's history that they had scored 30 goals. 10 players got in on the goals with 11 players providing an assist. Viktor Bogdanov led the way with 6 goals but was closely followed by Adam Gillies on 5. Kieran Davey managed 4 goals despite only being introduced with 20 minutes to play. Although the boys were high on the scoring charts (Steve Wadsworth, Rich Bloomer and Vlad Stolojan all scored 3), it was the girls who made the plays and set the boys up well. Louisa Gillies assisted 6 goals on a day where the Bulls were rampant. Defence was key to this match with 29 rebounds being recorded from the defensive division and good hustle play led to 41 interceptions or forced turnovers.
It is fair to say that Basingstoke Bulls 1 have sent a real message to the other title contenders with 48 goals scored in their first two games. With plenty of games left this month it will be interesting to see who tops the table at the end of October.
Basingstoke then went on to make it two wins from two with the Second team winning comprehensively against Southampton Uni 3. Although most of the squad have been playing for less than a year they more experience than their opponents and played simple korfball to devastating effect. Eight different players scored goals in a 16-2 victory with Holly Wakefield topping the charts with 4 goals. In contrast to the first game it was the girls getting the goals as Margo Bogdanova added 3. The boys provided assists this timee with Kieran Davey adding to his day with 3 assists (and 3 goals). Matt Shortell and Jonny Crook added 2 assists each. Given that the second team has only played two matches it was a very assured display of korfball and the team will surely be feared in future matches.
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