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NVL Super 8 : Lose and win for Malory men
Posted by Media Team on 2018/12/4 14:50:00 (18 reads)

Success and disappointment for London teams (men's and women's National League)
While their women win again
Mixed results for London teams in the national league over the first weekend of December. In the Super Leagues on Saturday Malory Eagles' men were beaten in a close match by visiting Wessex while their women's side, playing the same club away, won in four sets but, next day the men overcame Richmond Docklands in five close sets. Men's first division Aces outdid Leeds in the number of rallies won yet lost in five sets and women's first division Inter also lost a close game in Salford. In the triangular fixtures of the South-East section of women's third division next day,
Richmond 2 lost to second placed South Hants but found Maidstone a fairly easy opposition.

Wessex move from fifth to second in the men's Super League table although challenged by Durham Palatinates who have played one game fewer. They had travelled to Tooting Bec and, in a very close game, overcame Malory Eagles UEL in three sets who case so very close to forcing the continuation of the game in the very close third. The loss leaves the London side in the dangerous seventh place in the table with the teams below them due to meet next week-end and a daunting visit to Kingston in less than 24 hours. Then they celebrated a battling five set victory away to Richmond Docklands, each team winning alternate sets with Malory taking the fifth by just three points.

Already two places above their opponents in the women's Super League, Malory Eagles enjoyed a successful afternoon against Wessex especially after losing the first set by a wide margin. The squad regrouped well and stormed through to take the next three sets in a determined fashion, showing excellent teamwork to strengthen their position in the division.

Aces recovered magnificently after losing the first two sets to visitors, Leeds, at Lambeth Academy recovering to two sets all in their men's division one clash only to go down 12:15 in a competitive fifth set. The win puts Leeds top of the table although they have played three more games than unbeaten Tendring and leaves Aces fourth in a very tight middle of the table.

We had another London loser in women's division one when Inter, playing away in Salford lost in four sets to the side just below them in the league table. As a result, Salford move a point ahead of them but with one more fixture completed. Inter will be away to Darkstar Derbyshire next weekend and on this form should pose a threat although their opponents are a couple of places ahead of them in the current standing.

There was success for Richmond, however, in women's division two (South) who recovered from losing the first set at Kingston College Arena to win against Essex blaze in four sets. It had been a busy day for Blaze who had lost another four set game to Ashcombe in the morning. The success takes Richmond to third in the league table, one of three teams who have lost only once with no side having an undefeated record.

Playing on Sunday in women's division three (South-east), Richmond faced South Hampshire and Maidstone at Maidstone Leisure Centre. After Maidstone had gone down in three sets to South Hants lifting them from second place to division leaders, Richmond suffered the same fate although competing much more strongly especially in the third set which they came close to winning. Then it was relatively easy to take the three league points from their hosts, the feat lifting them to third place although all the teams have an eye on London Inter who, with games in hand, have not yet lost a game. Two matches in a fortnight's time should see them in the mix at the top.

Results
Saturday
Men
Super League
Malory Eagles UEL lost to Wessex, 20:25 22:25 26:28
Division One
Aces lost to Leeds, 19:25 22:25 25:16 25:18 12:15

Women
Super League
Wessex lost to Malory Eagles UEL, 25:11 17:25 19:25 20:25
Division One
Salford beat Inter, 25:22 25:18 21:25 25:22
Division Two (South)
Richmond beat Essex Trinity, 21:25 25:16 25:22 25:19

Sunday
Men
Super League
Richmond Docklands v Malory Eagles UEL
(Durham v Essex)

Women
Division Three (South-East)
South Hants beat Richmond 2, 25:16 25:13 25:23
Maidstone lost Richmond 2, 11:25 13:25 8:25

Ernest Bevin College, Lambeth Academy, Kingston College Arena, 1st and 2nd December.2018.

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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