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London Volleyball : Cup successes
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/10/7 18:00:00 (48 reads)

Knock-out cup (men's and women's English Volleyball Cup)
Manchester falls to two London sides
It was the second round of men's cup games today (7th October) and there was a little anxiety as all the London teams playing non-London opposition had been drawn away. Was it going to be tough?

The first result to come in during the afternoon was from the south coast where Sussex were challenging IBB Polonia and there we had an encouraging start. The pride of Brentford showed their class in winning 15:25 18:25 18:25 although the home side delighted their fans with a battling display against the winners of the competition for the past two seasons.

In the end it turned out to be disappointing for the home team from the coast, polonia reported. The players under the watchful eye of Piotr Graban easily beat the hosts and progressed to the next round. The team from London played well at the opposition’s venue, who despite giving it their all, failed to win a set.

“There were times that the game was very stop start, when the hosts became overawed of the Champions of England and tried something unusual to win a point. They worked hard for every ball, for which we congratulate them. We focussed on our own game and specifically to improve specific aspects that previously had caused us problems in order to make progress for the next match. We achieved 80% of our targets, and so we still have something to work on. We have made another big step forwards, but to play at our true potential, we still have a number of these steps to make. In time, we will keep moving forwards. There is no rush, as we have a very young team and many new players” said IBB Polonia London Head Coach, Piotr Graban.

The next round of the cup will take place on Saturday, 11th November against New Forest at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre. The winners move on to a place in the quarter finals. In the meantime, the Londoners prepare for the next Super 8 league game. “I would like to invite all fans. Your support will help us very much during this game” added Graban.

Then came news from Manchester: Lynx had beaten Manchester Marvels fairly comfortably before the hosts' second team had to face Richmond Docklands. With a landmark victory to open the Super8s season over reigning champions IBB Polonia under their belts, Richmond Docklands made it back-to-back debut victories with a three-set victory. Shorn of both members of the coaching staff, Luis Bello and Andy Hopper, Richmond Docklands travelled north with a depleted roster of able bodied players too. Just seven names made it onto the team sheet after calendar clashes, and a few minor injuries were picked up during mid-week training. Yet 'Bello's Boys', under the temporary stewardship of the vastly experienced Matteo Veggian - who also excelled on the day at Libero - made it two wins from two with a comfortable 9:25 15:25 7:25 victory.

Belgian phenom Julian Marcon, who top scored in the match while playing as an opposite, hailed the professional nature of the team performance: “These early cup rounds can be very tricky, so I'm pleased to come away with safe passage to the next round.

"Although we were small in number today, the squad really focused on their jobs and turned in one of the more professional performances I can remember. London Docklands suffered a somewhat embarrassing reverse at this stage of the competition last year, so that was more than enough motivation for us to ensure it didn't happen again."

Richmond Docklands will return to cup competition on 11 November when they host Wombourne VC at Kingston Arena Sports Centre. The winner will go straight into the quarterfinals and be just a few victories away from glory.

London was going strong until we heard the result from Essex, perhaps not a surprise but hopes had been high that Baks would provide a stronger challenge to Blaze.
Lynx 2 had completed their first round only three days ago on Wednesday (4th October) in what turned out to be a colossal contest with Onyx who refused to give in after losing the first two sets and scaring their hosts in the fourth before going down by the narrow margin of 28:26 25:20 20:25 14:25 15:11, actually outscoring them. Now they were to put in a magnificent performance threatening to shock Malory Eagles throughout the entire game although they eventually went down in three sets.

There having been a very small preliminary round in the women's competition, it was nominally the second round on Sunday meaning the Super8 teams, with a bye to round 2, were not involved.

Dartford made a terrible start to their tie against Rhinos but recovered well and battled back with great determination before falling to defeat. Bears, on the other hand, found Inter much too strong in the first of two London derbies while the game between Malory Eagles and Wapping turned out hardly being a contest as the NVL Division One side triumphed.

Results
Saturday
Men's Cup
Essex beat Baks 25:11 25:15 25:8
Lynx 2 v Malory Eagles, result awaited
Manchester Marvels 1 lost to Lynx 1 17:25 18:25 18:25
Manchester Marvels 2 lost Richmond Docklands 9:25 15:25 7:25
Sussex lost to IBB Polonia 15:25 18:25 18:25

Sunday
Women's Cup
Dartford lost to Rhinos-St Philip's 10:25 22:25 23:25
Bears v lost to Inter 15:25 15:25 16:25
Malory Eagles beat Wapping 25:11 25:4 25:4

With kind contributions from Gaia Canevari and Andy Hopper

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