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NVL Super 8 : Northumbria men and women in town
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2018/2/5 11:20:00 (52 reads)

Four matches to watch in London, two in Colchester (Men's and women’s Super8 - National Volleyball League)
Lynx take on Malory
There will be one London derby game attracting London spectators this coming week-end (10/11th February) but with Northumbria travelling south with both men's and women's sides, the women playing Birmingham on Saturday and Orcas on Sunday while the men take on Richmond Docklands again on Saturday, having beaten them a week before, and Malory Eagles next day.

Tendring are one place below Polonia Sideout in the women's Super8 league table with a game in hand so, although the Londoners cannot be overtaken by this result, a loss will make things dangerously close so they will be looking for a win. All support willing to travel to Colchester for the 12.15 match at the University of Essex (CO4 3SQ) will be most welcome, especially an early arrival of fans of IBB Polonia whose game against Essex Blaze follows.

Having played three matches more, Orcas are top of the table, a single point ahead of Sunday's opponents, Northumbria. The visitors will be keen to gain that top spot but they will also recall that they only beat Orcas at home in a 16:14 fifth set and lost (to Polonia Sideout) on their last visit to London as well as carrying a lot of motorway miles in their bodies. Nerves and tiredness could play a big part but so could loads of Orcas support. Let's fill Caius House.

Saturday's match of the day will take place at SportsDock where Malory Eagles will challenge Lynx. The visitors will be hoping for a victory that could see them into the top half of the table if other results go their way but Lynx, after a most disappointing first half to the season, will know they are a better side than the statistics suggest and want their first Super8 victory of the campaign.

In Newcastle last Sunday Richmond Docklands took Northumbria to 26:24 in their first set before fading so know they should do better at home. They must do it on Saturday and will be encouraged by loads of support but do remember a rival sporting event at nearby Twickenham starting fifteen minutes earlier will be attracting a big crowd too so allow plenty of time to travel. Rail recommended.

Results from IBB Polonia have improved since the early season and are better than those of opponents Essex Blaze but the visitors have regularly challenged top sides and will be determined to topple the Londoners. The match on Saturday follows the game between Tendring and Polonia Sideout at UEA in Colchester at about 2.15 p.m. We expect our support to match the hosts'.

Northumbria and Malory Eagles will both be in action again on Sunday, this time playing one another. The visitors are a class side and worth going to see but Malory is a proud club, not without a shed load of ability and with the most experienced of coaches. If any team can produce another shock for the league favourites, it's this one. Not a game to be missed; indeed watching both Orcas and Malory's games is a practical possibility.

Fixtures
Saturday
Women
Tendring v Polonia Sideout

Men
Lynx v Malory Eagles, UEL, 16.45
Richmond Docklands v Northumbria, Kingston College Arena, 17.00
Essex v IBB Polonia

Sunday
Women
Pulsepoint Orcas v Northumbria, Caius House Y C, 11.00

Men
Malory Eagles v Northumbria, Ernest Bevin College, 13.30

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, Kingston Hall Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT1 2AQ (nearest station Kingston)
UEL SportsDock, 4-6 University Way, E16 2RD (nearest DLR station, Gallions Reach),
10/11th February.

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