Having sneaked into the Play-Offs on the last day, Nomads presence at the play-offs may have come as a surprise to some but their performance over the two games justified it entirely.
Their Saturday match up against reigning champions Trojans proved to be the game of the weekend as Nomads battled superbly to leave the result in doubt right up until the final whistle.
The game started slowly with the first five minutes only being notable for Bijker inevitably opening the scoring for Nomads and Trojans then levelling with a penalty.
Ana Osbourne then won the Reds a penalty that was converted by Captain Ean Irwin but Trojans again responded with a penalty of their own for 2-2.
Trojans then sank three goals without reply to surge into a a 5-2 lead but where most teams with wobble, Nomads rallied with goals from Joe Olds, Sytze Bijker and Ollie Bell pulling the scores level at 5-5.
The Trojans response was just as efficient though, two mid range shots and a penalty gave them back their three goal advantage at 8-5.
Top level Korfball is all about reacting to pressure though and Nomads responded again. Bijker added to his tally, converting a free throw, Ean Irwin then blitzed past his player to score a running in shot.
With the lead cut to one goal, Nomads won a penalty and despite fluffing his lines with the initial shot, Irwin won the rebound and assisted Sam Rowbottom who levelled the scores at 8-8.
The remaining minutes of the half saw Trojans score another penalty but Sarah Knapper drew a foul and Bijker despatched a penalty of his own to leave the game 9-9 at the break.
Nomads came out stronger in the second half, Ana Osbourne and Joe Olds scoring and leaving Nomads two goals up and their support cheering in delight.
Both sides then traded goals, a neat drop off shot pulled one back for Trojans, Bijker scored his fifth of the match in response, Trojans responded, Sam then scored her second of the game but Trojans again replied with a penalty and another drop off.
Joe Olds gave Nomads the lead again and Nomads were 14-13 ahead.
Coach Butters, resplendent in suit and tie, called a time out but it was Trojans who came out stronger, two more goals to regain the lead before Bijker levelled with a long shot.
Trojans then took the lead back from a free pass and the game continued to see-saw as Sam Rowbottom sank her third of the game, jumping with delight.
With less than ten minutes to go, Nomads had the opportunity to pull off a shock win but a quick fire double took Trojans back into the lead and some exemplary defending kept out the Nomads attack in the remaining minutes and Trojans squeezed through to the final.
With Kingfishers despatching a weakened Nottingham side in the other semi final, Nomads had to pick themselves up and take on Nottingham in the 3rd/4th play-off.
Having showed their class and nearly sprung a surprise against Trojans, their strong start to the game came as no surprise.
Bijker again opened the scoring with a simple drop off shot and Ollie Bell then won a penalty that Bijker converted with ease.
Nottingham pulled one back but another penalty, this time won by Ana Osbourne and converted by Ean Irwin took Nomads into a 3-1 lead.
The impressive shooting continued with two more from Bijker before a Joe Olds drop off.
Fifteen minutes gone and Nottingham called a time-out that seemed to break Nomads rhythm and boost their cause. They scored four without reply and forced Coach Butters into a time out of his own.
Nottingham then levelled the game at 6-6 but some superb defending saw Nottingham buzzed out on the shot clock and the momentum swung back as Ollie Bell won a penalty for Bijker to despatch and Emma Cole then opened her account for the weekend for 8-6.
Nottingham rallied again before half time though and levelled the game at 8-8. Sarah Knapper then scored for 9-8 and Bijker scored yet again for 10-8.
Nottingham thought they had scored but a runner but it was ruled out for cutting, the disappointment was shortlived though as they scored a legal runner for 10-9.
Ana again used her nous to win a penalty and Irwin converted.
Ollie Bell then took Nomads 12-9 ahead before Bijker won and converted another penalty.
It was then Joe Olds turn to join the party, scoring from open play and then from under the basket for 15-10.
Nottingham responded again but it was too little too late.
Four goals split by a Joe Olds runner left the final score 16-13 to Nomads and third place was the prize for a seasons hard graft.
With Kingfisher wilting under the pressure of the final, losing 28-13 to Trojans, Nomads can only wonder as to what might have been if they'd closed out semi final or finished 3rd in the regular season table.
However as we live in the reality we create and not the world of what ifs, the squad and the management can only be applauded for a superb achievement in finishing 3rd and participating two thrilling games of a Korfball.
A well earned rest and maybe a few drinks now await!
Come On You Reds!