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2017 WK-League

Postby Gyongmaman » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:19 pm

The 2017 WK-League began on April 14. Games are being played on Fridays and Mondays this season so there have been two rounds already. It looks like we are up to 8 teams this season with the addition of Gyeongju KHNP so it means every team can play in every round this time. Here are the results so far:

Round 1 (April 14)

Incheon Hyundai 1-1 Gumi Sportstoto
Suwon City Hall 1-1 Seoul City Hall
Boeun Sangmu 1-0 Gyeongju KHNP
Hwacheon KSPO 1-0 Icheon Daekyo

Round 2 (April 17)

Hwacheon KSPO 3-1 Boeun Sangmu
Suwon City Hall 2-1 Incheon Hyundai
Gyeongju KHNP 0-2 Gumi Sportstoto
Icheon Daekyo 2-0 Seoul City Hall

And the next two rounds of fixtures (note after today there is a break next week):

Round 3 (Friday April 21)

(19:00) Gumi Sportstoto vs Hwacheon KSPO (Gumi Civil Stadium)
(19:00) Boeun Sangmu vs Seoul City Hall (Boeun Civil Stadium)
(17:00) Gyeongju KHNP vs Incheon Hyundai (Gyeongju Football Park - pitch No 4.)
(19:00) Suwon City Hall vs Icheon Daekyo (Suwon Civil Stadium)

Round 4 (Monday May 8 )

(19:00) Hwacheon KSPO vs Gyeongju KHNP (Hwacheon Life Sports Park)
(19:00) Boeun Sangmu vs Suwon City Hall (Boeun Civil Stadium)
(16:00) Seoul City Hall vs Gumi Sportstoto (Hyochang Park)
(19:00) Icheon Daekyo vs Incheon Hyundai (Icheon Civil Stadium)

Those grounds should be their regular ones - Incheon, who are away the next two rounds, are playing at Namdong Rugby Stadium again. Seoul will most likely play at Hyochang until the summer when if previous seasons are anything to go by, they'll move to the Jamsil practice pitch which has floodlights good enough for evening kick-offs.

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Re: 2017 WK-League

Postby Martyrs Forever » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:34 pm

This is the only league you can follow now! You work all weekend....and only watc games at Hyochang! I might be able to get to some games in the summer hols.

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Re: 2017 WK-League

Postby Gyongmaman » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:43 pm

Martyrs Forever wrote:This is the only league you can follow now! You work all weekend....and only watc games at Hyochang! I might be able to get to some games in the summer hols.


It doesn't get better than Hyochang on a late Spring Monday afternoon, Cass in hand and humming a tune I like to call "Oh, I wish I was watching the Martyrs". Last season I spent a lot of time at the R-League but this year it seems all of the local teams are playing their "home" games either at their training grounds or in the middle of nowhere. Or both.

It's the women or nothing this time around.

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Re: 2017 WK-League

Postby OttoSilver » Mon May 01, 2017 9:44 am

Suwon have "changed ownership"? They used to be owned by Facilities Management Company.

Also, the are somehow playing 7 away games in a row. :shock:

And then there is Seoul, the teams who feels it is super duper cool to play games at 3pm on a week day. :?
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Re: 2017 WK-League

Postby Rothesay Saint » Mon May 01, 2017 11:20 pm

I'm a bit out of the loop, but it's the U20 World Cup coming up? Suwon was one of the venues for the U17 World Cup last time so maybe same again?
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Re: 2017 WK-League

Postby Gyongmaman » Thu May 11, 2017 5:11 pm

I finally made it to a game this past Monday, Seoul City Hall v Gumi Sportstoto and oh my word, the pre-game fanfare. They had cheerleaders, mini-fireworks, speeches, signed balls etc all presided over once again this season by the Samsung Thunders and kt wiz announcer. All at 4pm in the afternoon although by the time the preliminaries were done with it didn't kick off until closer to 4:10. Actually I caught a Gumi signed ball...I think everybody caught a Gumi signed ball.

As for the game, Gumi took the lead in the 2nd minute after a Seoul defender put through her own net with a header. Seoul bounced back to score three in the fifteen minutes before half time. In the 2nd half, the only goal was Gumi pulling one back through...a Seoul defender putting through her own net with a header. Final score Seoul 3-2 Gumi.

Always good fun in Hyochang on a Monday afternoon.

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Re: 2017 WK-League

Postby eujin » Thu May 11, 2017 6:56 pm

What kind of cheerleaders did they have? Same types that they have at the baseball?

Are there lots of girls playing football in school these days in Korea? That's a large part of the market for the top teams in Germany these days. I wouldn't have thought KBO-style cheerleaders were the way to attract them. Maybe I'm wrong. K-Pop suggests I'm wrong.

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Re: 2017 WK-League

Postby Gyongmaman » Wed May 17, 2017 4:30 pm

eujin wrote:What kind of cheerleaders did they have? Same types that they have at the baseball?


Not that I took pictures of them or anything...but I kind of did...well a video of their pre-game performance anyway: https://www.instagram.com/p/BT0oLVmA4ES/

Actually they didn't reappear for this Monday's game (Seoul 2-2 Hwacheon KSPO - good entertainment once more) so it may just have been a one-off thing for the first home game of the season when the Ajosshis-In-Charge were present. The only half-time entertainment this week was the cat and mouse game between some sojued-up ajosshi (definitely not in charge) who had a bag of rubbish he kept emptying everywhere, and the stadium caretaker who was trying to get it off him.

Pretty much all the women's games I've been to have been reasonably well-attended - as in a couple of hundred anyway. Not sure they care about marketing it as they don't charge admission at any of the stadiums. Always surprised at Hyochang how many are supporting the away team; again this week, it was the visitors who were tossing out the "sign balls" and the clapper-cards before the game. Maybe because most of the companies who own the teams are based in Seoul, maybe not. A lot of schoolkids as well, mainly girls who most likely play football.

Monday's results:

Gyeongju 0-1 Suwon
Boeun 2-3 Incheon
Seoul 2-2 Hwacheon
Gumi 1-2 Icheon

I believe Otto is correct about Suwon - it is still the Facilities Management company, not the City Hall. No games this Friday, the next round is on Monday May 22.

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Re: 2017 WK-League

Postby eujin » Tue May 23, 2017 7:37 am

In terms of actual people attendance, where does the WK-League rank in Korea?

Behind the K-League Classic, behind the K-League Challenge probably too. But are there any other football leagues getting bigger crowds?


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