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NVL Super 8 : All six London teams play in town
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2018/1/3 17:40:00 (160 reads)

One away match and five home with a sixth on Sunday (Men's and women’s Super8 - National Volleyball League)
Appeal to every volleyball fan
With apologies to Lord Kitchener: your sport needs you! Its spectator base is going to be spread thin.

London's teams are doing well and want to make their mark on this year's Super8 competition. The five sides playing out-of-town opposition would welcome big crowds urging them to greater things. Let's keep our New Year resolution or make a belated one to help spread a thousand of us across the matches,

Most in need of encouragement is probably IBB Polonia. The current men's title holders, they made a poor start to the season and only in recent weeks has their form improved. Opponents Wessex are three places below them in the current league table but have played one game fewer and, each team having won three times, are just two points behind. Both sides will be determined to win. Reinforcements on the bleachers are desperately needed. This match will enjoy a full setup that includes Taraflex flooring and TV broadcast. To attend reserve your tickets here: http://polonia.eventbrite.co.uk and if you can’t attend tune in to http://ibb.uk/tv/ for live stream.

Form looking as though it might be going the other way, Malory Eagles will be taking on Essex Blaze. The London side boasts four wins to Essex's one so far this season but Essex beat Richmond Docklands last time out and seem to be growing in confidence just as Malory's wanes. However, coach Jefferson Williams commented, "From Malory’s perspective we’ve had a good first half to the season despite losing the final match before Christmas. Our focus is to continue to develop as a team, pushing for a place in the play-offs and maintaining our place in the KO Cup." Let's make that happen by filling the sports hall at Ernest Bevin with noisy support: at least as many as at the pre-Christmas battle against Polonia.

The London derby will be at Richmond Docklands who are determined to bounce back from a shock defeat by Essex Blaze on 9th December. It was close at 25:22 25:17 25:23 but a straight sets loss is significant. They will want to play much better against Lynx. On paper, Lynx's record looks inferior and they lie bottom of the league table. However they have played only four games and, although all four were lost, they took a set off both Wessex and Polonia and two off both Malory Eagles and Richmond Docklands. That last encounter in early November ended 14:25 24:26 25:19 25:21 14:16. This, the return match, is one fans will not want to miss.

Essex return to London on Sunday and will have to travel right across the city to face Richmond Docklands exactly five weeks after they beat them at home. Both sides will have a point to prove. Don't miss the clash. How about a quick bite to eat at one of the many eating places near Kingston College Arena to plan your supportive tactics?

Polonia Sideout had a great first half to the season and are one of three women's Super8 sides with just a single loss so far with nobody undefeated. Their fixture on Saturday, like Polonia men, will be against Wessex and they will be determined to win. The other "one-loss" teams, Durham and Northumbria, meet earlier that afternoon so victory will be a confidence booster as they start the second half of the campaign. Wessex have won only once, against Birmingham early in the season but our heroines will want to produce their best as they prepare to face Durham, away, on 20th January and Northumbria next day.

Facing each of these "one-loss" teams in the first half of the season, Orcas went down only in five sets. However, when playing Tendring away last month, they had to battle to win 25:19 24:26 22:25 25:20 12:15 so Saturday's return fixture won't be an easy one. Let's make Caius House into Cheers House as we lift them to victory and a more successful second half to their season!

All the teams and their players hope to see you at their game but, don't worry, unlike a hundred years ago, you won't see a poster with Lord Kitchener pointing at you.

Polonia Sideout v Wessex, St Benedict's College LC, 6.00 p.m.
Pulsepoint Orcas v Tendring, Caius House LC, 6.00 p.m.
Richmond Docklands v Lynx, Kingston College Arena, 5.00 p.m.
Malory Eagles v Essex Blaze, Ernest Bevin Academy LC, 2.00 p.m.
IBB Polonia v Wessex, Brentford Fountain LC, 4.00 p.m.

Richmond Docklands v Essex Blaze, Kingston College Arena, 2.30 p.m.

Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, 658 Chiswick High Road, Brentford, TW8 0HJ (nearest station Kew Bridge),
Caius House Youth Centre, 2 Holman Road, SW11 3PG (nearest station Clapham Junction),
Ernest Bevin College, Beechcroft Road, SW17 7DE (nearest tube station Tooting Bec),
Kingston College Arena, Kingston Hall Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT1 2AQ (nearest station Kingston),
St Benedict's School, Marchwood Crescent, W5 2ES (nearest tube station Ealing Broadway),
13/14th January

With information kindly provided by Bartek Luszcz and Jefferson Williams

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Posted: 2018/1/3 20:40  Updated: 2018/1/3 20:40
Joined: 2009/1/5
From: Paddington
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 Re: All six London teams play in town
The referees provided for these matches:
2 International Referee doing 2 games each at Ernest Bevin
2 National referees brought in from outside London
3 Grade 1 referees
2 Grade 2 referees
and we still have one vacancy.