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Men's Div. 1 B : Alpha and Squad still unbeaten
Posted by Media Team on 2018/12/31 18:13:02 (180 reads)

End of year review, Division 1B (Men’s London Volleyball League)
Bald Eagles tipped from perch
After their winning start to the season, Bald Eagles came up against Alpha and SQUAD in the first two weeks of November as these two sides began to impose themselves on the division. The two meet on 17th January at Mulberry Academy, Shoreditch, a date and place to seek out for a good evening's entertainment to witness the first signs of divisional winners.

Lionhearts Alpha top the division because of two extra sets won as teams take their mid-season break but they have played one more home game than second placed SQUAD so it's all to play for, at least until 17th January - and it won't be over then. Having won its first two fixtures, Alpha's first mark on the table was made in defeating Bald Eagles, the side relegated in the spring from the Premier Division, the score of 21:12 21:19 19:21 21:23 at home indicating that competition among all the leading teams is going to be close. They followed up with good wins away to Waltham Forest 12:21 16:21 21:23 and at home against Black Bears 21:17 21:15 21:17

The competitiveness was underlined at the end of October by SQUAD's narrow victory at home to Osemka 2, the score being 21:7 21:17 11:21 14:21 17:15. The team then followed the success up with their victory away to Bald Eagles, 19:21 17:21 15:21 and a win at home against Waltham Forest 21:12 21:16 21:16.

After their defeats by Alpha and SQUAD, Bald Eagles' form seemed not to have recovered for their next match. They were to play away to Inter and go down 21:17 21:15 21:13 but then at home against Osemka 2 they played well to enjoy success 21:19 21:14 21:11. Their first game after the break will be against Black Bears in Balham where they will want to continue where they left off.

Inter are just a point behind Bald Eagles and have played one fewer match but starting the New Year with successive games against Alpha at home and SQUAD away might push them down the table temporarily although they will feel able to spring a surprise and throw the division open. After all, they have finished off 2018 with three straight set wins, at Black Bears 20:22 12;21 16:21, at Osemka 2 20:22 16:2113:21 and at home to Bald Eagles.

All this means that Osemka have just two wins from six games to occupy fifth place in the table, followed by Waltham Forest with one from five and Black Bears, still without a win but clearly capable of causing an upset as the two sets won against SQUAD shows.

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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