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London Volleyball : East London Lynx challenge from Help4Heroes
Posted by Media Team on 2018/12/1 9:20:00 (55 reads)

Sitting Volleyball, England Grand Prix
London's only representative faces bigger threat
The sitting Grand Prix is well reported on the Volleyball England web site, the second of the season's tournaments having recently been held. East London Lynx are again flying the flag for our sport in London but, in an increasingly popular version of the game, remain our sole representative at the top level. And it looks as though they have serious challengers.

Eleven teams contested the weekend’s event including new sitting volleyball clubs established in Salford and Buckinghamshire. There are also reports of plans for two more clubs, in Gillingham and Telford.
The line-up for the second Grand Prix of the season included a new team making a one-off appearance with many recognisable faces. The Surrey Reprobates consisted of Ashley Trodden, the assistant coach of Great Britain’s men’s sitting volleyball squad at London 2012 Paralympic Games and well known in London volleyball; Justin Phillips and Ben Hall, who were part of the GB sitting volleyball squad for London 2012; Matt Rogers, who was the technical manager at the Paralympic Games and former Sitting Volleyball Development Manager for Volleyball England; Sanne Rogers, former Dutch sitting volleyball international who represented her country at two Paralympic Games, winning a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008; and Kendra Hall, sitting volleyball star who won two silver and one bronze medal as she represented the USA in three Paralympic Games.
Looking toward the future Ashley said, “If the game is to go any further again, it is important to have national teams operating on a regular basis as an outlet for the top players and to offer more opportunity for national and international coverage. The two must go hand in hand as neither can fully flourish without the other.”
The weekend was testament to the great atmosphere within the sitting volleyball community and there were some great battles on court too…
Tier one
Making the sixth team in Tier One, Surrey lived up to their reputation, winning all five of their matches in straight sets. They were pushed hard though as East London Lynx and Help4Heroes A each took a set to the two-points required stage, while there was a brilliant battle between them and current champions of England, Sheffield VC. In a very tight contest, Surrey came out on top 22:20 and 21:19.
The reigning champions were in fine form as they won all their other matches to take second place in Tier One and surge up to third in the overall Grand Prix Series League Table, of which the top four will qualify for the finals stages.
Finishing third in the tier, Help4Heroes A underlined their potential to challenge for the sitting volleyball title this season with an impressive three-set victory over East London Lynx, which saw Help4Heroes drew level with Lynx at the top of the overall Series League Table.
It meant Lynx had to settle for fourth spot in the tier this time round, after they recorded victories over Lincoln SVC and Loughborough Fusion. In the battle to stay off the bottom and avoid relegation, Lincoln downed the Fusion 21:10, 21:17 which means Loughborough will play in Tier Two for the next Grand Prix in December.
The MVP award for Tier One was shared between six players: John Worrall (East London Lynx), Ian Lowe (Loughborough Fusion), Peter Hobson (Lincoln SVC), Kye Sykes (Lincoln SVC), Ned Groj (East London Lynx) and Rana Netra (Help4Heroes A)
Tier two
Having suffered relegation from Tier One in the previous Grand Prix, South Hants SVC 1 were at their best to win the Tier Two this time out and make an immediate return to the top group.
They cruised past Help4Heroes B and Sitting Bucks, as well as putting aside club allegiances to defeat South Hants SVC 2. Essex Pirates provided the sternest test as the match went the distance with South Hants edging the match 15:13 in the third.
The Pirates were in great form and won their other three matches without dropping a set. They defeated South Hants 2 (25:23, 25:11), Help4Heroes B (25:19, 25:15) and Sitting Bucks (25:19, 25:14). They were pipped to second place, to finish third in the tier though by Help4Heroes B, by virtue of bonus points.
South Hants SVC 2 finished fourth after recording wins over Help4Heroes B (25:18, 27:25) and Sitting Bucks (25:18, 26:24).
The Help4Heroes B and Sitting Bucks match would see one team remain winless but, as it was at the Grand Prix 1, it was a great battle. Help4Heroes B got the victory they needed to take second spot in the Tier, while Sitting Bucks will be pleased to have enjoyed another competitive match in which they took a set. The MVP’s for Tier Two were Amanda Pollard (Essex Pirates) and Ashleigh Aslett (South Hants SVC 1).
For more information, including the schedule and league table, visit the Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix section of the website.

1st= East London Lynx 36
1st= Help4Heroes A 36
3rd Sheffield VC 34
4th Lincoln Imps 30
5th= South Hampshire 1 22
5th= Loughborough Fusion 22
7th Help4Heroes B 14
8th South Hampshire 2 12
9th Essex Pirates 10
10th Sitting bucks 4
11th City of Salford 0

Source: Volleyball England

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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