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Men's Premier : Onyx and Richmond unbeaten
Posted by Media Team on 2018/12/28 16:52:51 (245 reads)

End of year review (Men’s Premier Division - London Volleyball League)
Lynx in hot pursuit
The fixture list having worked admirably, each contestant in the division has completed five of its fourteen matches exactly on schedule and results indicate an interesting few months when matches resume very shortly. We can also report high standards of play in most of the games.

Having played only once before November, Richmond appeared low in the table for much of the time since the season began but beating Wildcats away 18:21 18:21 11:18 on 8th December in a very close game that ran out of time even though not even three sets had been played took them to the top of the table for the first time. They had previously enjoyed good 3:0 wins against Spikers and ULU and allowed their opposition only a single set while beating Inter and Aces.
They joined Onyx with fifteen points, going ahead with one set difference. Onyx had set a fierce pace beating ULU away and both Inter and Wildcats at home during October. These victories were followed by success in a tremendous contest at home to Lynx, 16:21 21:16 21:16 21:18 and away to Spikers, 19:21 19:21 21:12 13:21.

That was Lynx's only loss to date and we anticipate eagerly the climax to our season for their last four fixtures include Richmond at home and away and the home clash with Onyx on 17th March. They had dropped a set to ULU in the first game of their campaign before beating Inter away in straight sets and losing 21:13 16:21 21:16 21:14 at home to Flaming Six Aces. Then a 21:17 12:21 20:22 12:21 away defeat of Spikers enabled them to share top spot for three weeks.

Having faced Onyx in the first match of the season and Richmond in the last one of 2018, Wapping Wildcats' results were mixed but better than average. Competing at home against Inter time ran out with the scoreboard showing 16:21 19:21 28:26 21:15 3:2: so close! Then Aces failed to raise a team on 1st December and an unsatisfactory "walk over" was the result and leaves them in fourth place in the table ahead of Spikers.

Spikers wins came in four sets over Aces at home in Paddington Green and away to ULU, also in four sets. Aces only success came in the opening game of the season when they beat inter in four sets and neither Inter or ULU have yet to record a win although Inter's draw put them one point to the good at the foot of the table.

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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