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NVL Super 8 : Mixed results for London's teams
Posted by Media Team on 2018/10/1 16:05:47 (78 reads)

London clubs' results
Inter and Orcas' joy: two of three Richmond teams disappoint
Kingston College Arena was a busy place although generally there were relatively few national league matches over the week-end (29/30th September)

Most fixtures were scheduled for Sunday but on Saturday there was an important Men's Premier League encounter between Richmond Docklands and Newcastle, Staffs.
Richmond Docklands began the new Super League season with a disappointing 1:3 loss to Newcastle Staffs. The new league format requires the nine teams in the new Super League to play each other once before Christmas. The league then splits in two for the remainder of the season. So the race to get into the top half of the league will be a tough one and every match will be crucial. On the opening day, Newcastle Staffs just had too much for the home side and deserved their first victory in the top tier for five seasons.
Richmond Docklands gave three debuts at the start of the match to juniors Ben Lucas and Josh Green along with Michal Gordziejewski in the libero shirt. All of them made promising starts to their Richmond careers but Staffs forced themselves into an early lead and never looked like relinquishing their advantage, finally taking the set 20:25.
In set two the Richmond Docklands coaching team looked to veteran setter Anton Kornilov to steady the ship. He contributed two blocks to lead from the front and help the home side take the second set 25:19.
But Staffs regrouped and with young setter Matt Smith running his offense with maturity, the visitors dominated sets three and four to take the three points.
Coach Andy Hopper said afterwards, “We simply didn’t perform to our capabilities today while Staffs caused us problems all day. We have plenty to work and need to get back into training and regroup quickly. I still think we can do well in this league but we need to start winning quickly”.
Dan Westphal was awarded Richmond's Black Knight and MVPs were Docklands' Ben Lucas and Roman Neveykin for Staffs. Richmond Docklands start their K O Cup campaign next Saturday away to Division three Newmarket and will be on court again on 13th October when they have to travel to play Wessex.

There were two matches at the same venue on Sunday. In the women's third division (South East). Richmond 2 took on Sussex 2 and went down in five sets despite winning sets three and four relatively comfortably. Their next opponent will be South Hants 2 in Purbrook on 21st October. They were succeed on court by the club's first team playing against Sussex Dolphins in the second division (South). They too were forced to play five sets but came out on top in an incredible 16:14 decider. The first team's next league challenge will be Dartford, away on 14th October.

The Dartford that elsewhere had travelled to play Bristol 2 and enjoyed a comfortable victory in three sets. Good preparation for their challenging week-end: Dolphins at home on 13th October and Richmond next day.

In the women's first division Inter went top of the table with their second win of the season this time away to Birmingham 2 and took the honours in three sets. Their next challenge will be in Oxford on 21st October.

The remaining match featuring a London side was the visit by Orcas to play Bristol in the Premier League. They already have a reputation as strong over five sets and the reputation was enhanced as, after being a set down, then a set up, came back from two sets all to win a thrilling deciding set. Their next league match is the much anticipated clash with Polonia away on 13th October.

Results
Saturday 29th September
Men's Premier League
Richmond Docklands lost to Newcastle, Staffs., 20:25 25:19 16:25 22:25

Sunday 30th September
Women's Premier League.
Bristol lost to Orcas 15:25 26:19 25:19 23:25 12:15

Women's first division
Birmingham lost to Inter 19:25 18:25 22:25

Women's second division (South)
Richmond beat Sussex Dolphins, 17:25 25:16 25:21 19:25 16:14
Bristol 2 lost to Dartford, 10:25 19:25 14:25

Women's third division (South-East)
Richmond 2 lost to Sussex Dolphins 2, 24:26 22:25 25:18 25:13 12:15

Kingston College Arena, Kingston.

Contributors: Andy Hopper, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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