DKC Committee 2018-2019

The following members were elected to serve on the club’s committee for the following year:

Chair/Captain (2nd Team): Alan Morrison
Caroline Scott
Treasurer/Youth Development Officer:
Nigel Cooper
Coaching Coordinator:
Graham Robertson
Development Officer/Publicity Officer:
Michael Nicholson
Social Secretary:
Fiona Iannetta
Child Protection Officer:
Cath Pithouse
Captain (1st Team):
Paul Grocott

Full minutes of the AGM will be circulated to members in due course.

Outdoor Training Sessions

The club will be holding a number of outdoor training sessions over the summer, bringing korfball to different parts of Dundee. The sessions will be informal, and are a great opportunity to try the sport out in a no-pressure environment.

All sessions will be from 1330 – 1500.

13th July – Magdalen Green
27th July – Baxter Park
3rd August – Balgay Park
10th August – Broughty Ferry Beach

If you have any questions the please e-mail us at We recommend you contact us before coming, as all sessions are subject to change (especially with the weather).

Kinnoull Primary School win Scottish Schools Open

SSO 2014 group photoKinnoull Primary School from Perth have been crowned the Scottish Schools Open korfball champions following a narrow victory over Dunbarney Primary, from Bridge of Earn.

The championship matches constituted the main event of a broader Festival of Korfball held at Dundee’s International Sport Centre on Saturday 21st June.  The festival was Scotland’s contribution to the 2014 “Worldwide Korfball Match”, which saw teams from across the globe participating in a wide array of korfball-based activities.

The event also formed part of SportDundee’s Commonwealth Games Challenge, a local initiative that challenged Tayside children to sample a broad array of sports over the weeks leading up to the 2014 Games in Glasgow.

Korfball is a sport of Dutch origin with similarities to netball and basketball.  Teams of four male and four female players- each able only to mark their own sex- attempt to score goals by throwing a ball through a korf- a basket 3.5m high with no backboard.  Players constantly rotate between attacking and defending, preventing positional specialism.

The 21 participating schoolchildren–drawn from the ranks of around half a dozen schools- were initially split into teams of 5-6 for a round robin of friendly matches, before being put through their paces in a series of training exercises by volunteer coaches from Dundee Korfball Club.  The championship finale was split over two games, with Kinnoull triumphing 7-6 on aggregate, winning one match 4-2 and succumbing to a narrow 4-3 loss in the other.  Both teams were supported by a handful of players from Blairgowrie and Dundee junior clubs, and Auchterhouse Primary School.

SSO 2014 actionAttendees were also treated to a demonstration match between Dundee Korfball Club and a team composed of players drawn from the Rest of Scotland, while a handful of parents gamely volunteered to try the sport for themselves in another friendly match.

The Scottish Schools Open was first held in 2013, with Fife’s Lawhead Primary emerging victorious.  This year’s event marked the culmination of an extensive programme of korfball coaching provided in schools by Nigel Cooper, Secretary of the Scottish Korfball Association (SKA).   Graham Robertson, Chair of the SKA, praised the good turnout of children and the Festival’s positive impact on not only the children, but also the adult volunteers.

“Having attended myself I found my enthusiasm for the sport being reinvigorated by the infectiousness of the local participants and those committed members of Dundee Korfball Club”.

SSO 2014 goalThe Scottish Korfball Association and Dundee Korfball Club would like to thank SportDundee for funding this year’s Festival of Korfball.  In addition thanks are extended to the many schools and teachers who welcomed korfball into their curricula over the last few months, especially Suzie Bee (Kinnoulll Primary School) and Hillary Whittaker (Dunbarney Primary School).  Finally, the SKA would like to thank the many volunteers from Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh City korfball clubs who assisted with the Festival’s organisation, and whose tireless dedication ensured the success of the day.

Dundee Korfball Club currently runs junior sessions in Dundee (Thursdays 1730 – 1830) and Blairgowrie (Saturdays 1000 – 1100), as well as a satellite club at Birkhill Primary School (Tuesdays 1530 – 1630).  For more information about these sessions, please contact

Copy: Michael Nicholson

Photos: Mary Cooper

more photos available here

Dundee Tournament 2013

Dundee Tournament 2013 (click here for photos)

Dundee played host to its second annual outdoor tournament yesterday as nine teams descended on Dawson Park to battle it out for the DKC Cup.  Saturday’s good weather continued into Sunday, ensuring that the games were played, for the most part, in beautiful sunshine but with a little bit of wind to make shooting that bit more interesting.  This year’s competition attracted a club outside of Scotland for the first time, with two teams from Lancaster University joining in the fun.

Edinburgh University 1 dominated proceedings, winning all eight of their games to walk away with the trophy.  Second place went to the Dundee Crocs, securing the highest ever position for a Dundee team in any competition, a final win against the Dundee Dragons securing their position.  Reigning champions Edinburgh City finished fifth, while Dundee Dragons finished bottom of the pile, despite playing some very nice korfball all day.

The lunchtime break brought a chance for some our juniors to play a short game, and it was really fantastic to see those youngsters out on the astroturf, both watching the adult games and also showing what they themselves can do.

A massive debt of gratitude is owed to all those who made the competition a success: to Nigel and Mary Cooper, without whom the day would not have happened, and without whom we wouldn’t have a club; to Marion, Emily and Elaine, who came along to help with the food and drink; to Gareth and Eleanor, who travelled all the way from Crewe to lend us the pitch tapes and to man the results desk all day long; to all the referees, some of whom officiated in every session in which they were not playing; to all those who provided baking to help keep us all going; to all the teams, who played out the day in a great spirit; to the parents who brought their children along to help inspire the next generation; and to each and every member of Dundee Korfball Club, all of whom worked incredibly hard on the day to make the competition happen.  We look forward to seeing you all back again next year.

Full results and standings can be downloaded here.

Dundee Korfball Club AGM 2013

The club’s 2013 Annual General Meeting was held in Broughty Ferry on 11th May.  Full minutes of the meeting will be posted in due course, but the main points may be summarised as follows:


  • Training fees will remain fixed at £4 for adults for the coming season.  Concession of £2.50 for those who require them will also remain, as will the system of receiving one free session if five are paid for in advance.
  • Fees for Scottish League will continue to be charged over and above training fees in order to cover hall costs.  These will remain priced at £15 per half season (£10 for concessions).  Occasional players will have the option of paying £5 per game instead.
  • Beyond the Scottish League, tournament fees will be split between those players that compete in that competition.
  • In order to provide clarity it was decided to implement a policy for the reimbursement of petrol money to those driving others to games.  Members will now be asked to pay their driver £6 for games in Glasgow, £5 for Edinburgh and £3 for St Andrews.  Amounts for other destinations will be decided as and when needed.
  • It is hoped that sponsorship for a second team kit can be sourced, which will allow those without their own kit to purchase a strip.  Our current strip is no longer in production.


  • Our present membership numbers suggest that we will enter only one team into the Scottish Korfball League next season.  However, this may be re-examined depending on recruitment and retention of further players, and also depending on the structure of the league next season, which is currently under review.
  • Dundee Day will take place on Dawson Park’s astroturf on Sunday 26th May.  Volunteers (both players and non-players) to help with this event would be most welcome, and a full list of tasks needing done will be circulated shortly.


Chair: Nigel Cooper
Vice-Chair: Michael Nicholson
Captain: Steven Morrison
Secretary: Mary Cooper
Treasurer: Alan Morrison
Development Officer: Erwin Oosterhoorn
Social Secretary: Chris Moffat
Child Protection Officer: Caroline Cohen
Publicity Officer: Ross Thomson

In addition, it was agreed to form a Publicity sub-committee to co-ordinate spreading the word about the club in Dundee.  This comprises Ross Thomson, Michael Nicholson, Chris Moffat and Fiona Iannetta.  Further members would be most welcome.


The following awards were distributed:

Best Team Player: Paul Grocott
Most Improved Player: Nicki Finnigan
Contribution On and Off the Court: Alan Morrison; Terri Lloyd

In addition, Graham Robertson of Glasgow Korfball Club was recognised as a “Friend of Dundee Korfball Club” for the significant support he as provided the club in its founding years.

Dundee 1 [6] v [13] Edinburgh University 1

Dundee 1 [6] v [13] Edinburgh University 1
St Leonard’s Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
4th February 2013


With the round robin stage of the Scottish Korfball League over, attention turns to the post-split calendar where, in a manner similar to football’s Scottish Premier League, the top six teams play one another once more, and likewise the bottom six teams.  Dundee, having had to wait over a month from completing their own fixtures to learn their fate, find themselves in the dizzy heights of the top six in only their second season in existence and travelled to the capital to face Edinburgh University’s first team.

The first league clash between the pair back in November ended in a draw, and both teams were anxious to better that result here.  Despite Dundee resolutely defending, determined to score the first goal, it was Edinburgh that took first blood, taking advantage of a fumbled possession to sneak in for a simple run-in.  A nice drop-off shot doubled the students’ lead and Dominic Gillespie made it three for the students, getting past his man to score a simple short-range effort.

Things began to look ominous for the away team when Max Wartelle sunk a fourth- a stunning long-range effort that didn’t even touch the sides of the korf as it dropped in- and Ella Paul added a fifth.  Mary Cooper replied with Dundee’s first, rebounding a long effort from Kirsty Campbell that sailed over the korf, but Edinburgh soon hit back with another run-in.  Nigel Cooper continued his good scoring form with another effort from distance, but Edinburgh added a seventh before the half-time whistle blew.

The students continued in the same vein after the restart, another long shot hitting its mark early on before a penalty awarded for contact on the shot- a silly foul for a shot under the post with little prospect of scoring- was converted by Dominic Gillespie.  Wartelle sunk another long effort, this time from the side of the court, before Dundee awoke from their slumber and began to threaten in attack.  Kirsty Campbell ended her goal drought with a magnificent effort from the half-way line, while Erwin Oosterhorn reacted first to a rebound, losing his marker and dropping in a straightforward effort.

Wartelle added another to his tally with a simple run-in, but Caroline Cohen responded for Dundee with a mid-range effort.  The comeback was not to be, though, Edinburgh chalking up another two before Shane Thornhill snagged another consolation for the Taysiders.

Dundee never really looked like taking anything from this match, particularly after allowing Edinburgh to build up a sizeable lead early on, but will take some solace in a second half display that was solid, if unspectacular, and demonstrated the attacking ability in the team.  All four ladies found their way onto the scoresheet and the fact that all six goals were scored by different people demonstrates a depth of talent, with perhaps confidence being the only barrier to stronger performances.

Michael Nicholson

Team:   Kirsty Campbell, Mary Cooper, Alan Morrison, Erwin Oosterhorn, Caroline Cohen, Nigel Cooper, Tanjeel Maleque (Paul Grocott, 31′), Shane Thornhill.

Goals:   Mary Cooper, Nigel Cooper, Kirsty Campbell, Erwin Oosterhorn, Caroline Cohen, Shane Thornhill

MVP:   Shane Thornhill

EIKT 2013 report


Sighthill Sports Centre, Edinburgh

26th – 27th January 2013

The team (UEA Game)

The team (UEA Game)

With Dundee still celebrating the news that they will finish in the top half of the Scottish League this season, attention turned to the first tournament of the season, the Edinburgh International.  A well-established fixture in the Scottish calendar, the International generally attracts some big names from the korfing world.  One look at Dundee’s group showed, ominously, that this was the case again this year.

A quick reshuffle of the selected teams preceded Dundee’s first match, against the Scottish national team, with Michael Nicholson drafted in to replace Erwin Oosterhorn, who was running late.  The Scottish internationals never really hit top gear but their performance was electric enough to dispatch Tayside’s finest, 5-1, with Nigel Cooper scoring a terrific long shot to provide some consolation.

The next opposition, Oxford University, proved to be more of an equal match.  Nigel Cooper again popped up with a long shot in the first minute but, despite spells of sustained pressure, Dundee were unable to capitalise and failed to grab a second.  Somewhat inevitably, the Oxford students equalised with less than a minute to go to the secure the draw.

A heavy defeat to Lancaster University followed, though the final scoreline (6-1) was more an indictment of Dundee’s shooting than of their general play.  Rattled by some debatable decisions awarded against them, the Dundonians nonetheless played some nice korfball but, as against Oxford University, simply couldn’t put the ball through the korf when given the opportunity; Nigel Cooper’s third goal of the day proved scant consolation.

A tactical masterclass from the Original Ruff Shakers (of Norwich) came next; Dundee were never really able to cope with the speed and technique of last year’s runners-up and succumbed to a 7-1 loss.  The name Cooper was on the scoresheet yet again, though this time it was Mary Cooper who pierced the Norfolk team’s defence with a hard-earned running in shot.

Day one ended with another loss to an experienced Edinburgh University Alumni team.  Despite both Nigel and Mary- the “Super Coopers”- chipping in with goals (a long shot and a run-in respectively) Dundee’s leaky defence was breached six times.  The result left Dundee rooted to the bottom of their group and competing in the C Road on day two.

Playing mainly for pride now, Dundee changed things around for the second day, with four replacement players coming in.  There was no time to settle, though, as Edinburgh Mavericks proved to be stiff competition as always.  Paul Grocott’s long goal- the first Dundee goal of the tournament from a person not named Cooper- was a particular highlight of the weekend, but the team from the capital ran out 6-1 winners.

The real highlight came in the next fixture, though, as the Taysiders finally scored their first (and, is it turned out, only) win of the competition, overcoming local rivals St Andrews University 3-2.  Goals from Fiona Iannetta, Alan Morrison and Mary Cooper gave Dundee enough of a cushion to survive a tense last few minutes and guarantee themselves not to finish last.

After a four hour wait, Dundee took to the court one last time to battle the University of East Anglia for 21st place.  Mary Cooper put Dundee ahead early on with a nice run-in shot, but UEA soon pulled ahead.  Dundee continued to apply attacking pressure, but found themselves unable to break through a stubborn UEA defence.  With time running out, Tanjeel Maleque hammered in a shot from way out to level the scores and push the game into a sudden-death penalty shootout.  Only one apiece was needed, though, with Nigel Cooper failing to match his counterpart’s effort, consigning Dundee to 22nd place, ahead of Edinburgh University 3 and St Andrews University.

Dundee did see some representation in the higher levels of the tournament, with Nigel Cooper being the teams’ choice of referee for the final,  following solid performances officiating both earlier in the competition.  Scotland v Original Ruff Shakers, a rematch from the previous day (when the Original Ruff Shakers prevailed 7-2) was fast-paced and physical, featuring two injuries and sixteen goals- the Norwich team once against besting the Scots in a deserved 10-6 victory.

It would be easy to look at this weekend in negative terms, but some clear positives shone through.  For last year’s tournament, Dundee had to team up with the Mavericks due to a lack of players.  This year, not only was there a full complement from Tayside, they were in fact oversubscribed!  Drawn into an exceptionally tough group, the team persevered and never gave up regardless of how large the score-lines got, with every game featuring a Dundee goal.

Our thanks go to Edinburgh University Korfball Club, and especially to Tournament Secretary Poppy Simpson-Wells, for organising the competition.

Dundee 1 v 5 Scotland
Team:   Kirsty Campbell, Terri Lloyd, Nigel Cooper, Michael Nicholson
Caroline Cohen, Mary Cooper, Alan Morrison, Ross Thomson
Goals:   Nigel Cooper
Dundee 1 v 1 Oxford   University
Team:   Emely Paul, Terri Lloyd, Nigel Cooper, Michael Nicholson
Caroline Cohen, Mary Cooper, Erwin Oosterhorn, Ross Thomson
Goals:   Nigel Cooper
Dundee 1 v 6 Lancaster   University
Team:   Kirsty Campbell, Caroline Cohen, Alan Morrison, Erwin Oosterhorn
Terri Lloyd, Emely Paul, Nigel Cooper, Michael Nicholson
Goals:   Nigel Cooper
Dundee 1 v 7 Original   Ruff Shakers
Team:   Kirsty Campbell, Caroline Cohen, Alan Morrison, Erwin Oosterhorn
Mary Cooper, Emely Paul, Michael Nicholson, Ross Thomson
Goals:   Mary Cooper
Dundee 2 v 6 Edinburgh   University Alumni
Team:   Kirsty Campbell, Terri Lloyd, Nigel Cooper, Alan Morrison
Mary Cooper, Emely Paul, Erwin Oosterhorn, Ross Thomson
Goals:   Mary Cooper, Nigel Cooper
Dundee 1 v 6 Edinburgh   Mavericks
Team:   Caroline Cohen, Fiona Iannetta, Nigel Cooper, Tanjeel Maleque
Kirsty Campbell, Shane Thornhill, Paul Grocott, Alan Morrison
Goals:   Paul Grocott
Dundee 3 v 2 St Andrews   University
Team:   Kirsty Campbell, Fiona Iannetta, Nigel   Cooper, Alan Morrison (Michael Nicholson, 9′)
Mary Cooper, Shane Thornhill, Paul Grocott, Tanjeel Maleque
Goals:   Fiona Iannetta, Alan Morrison, Mary Cooper
Dundee 2 v 2 University   of East Anglia
Team:   Mary Cooper, Fiona Iannetta, Nigel Cooper, Michael Nicholson
Caroline Cohen, Shane Thornhill, Paul Grocott, Tanjeel Maleque
Goals:   Mary Cooper, Tanjeel Maleque