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Women's Div. 1 A : SQUAD chases Giants
Posted by Media Team on 2019/1/5 17:30:00 (72 reads)

End of season review, Division 1A (Women’s London Volleyball League)
Inter and Malory threat
Giant's performance along with the club's other teams' success means a mini report has already been published. However there is much to be said about the other teams in the division, not least that of second placed SQUAD, still poised to take over if the leaders slip up.

Until they met Giants on 9th December, SQUAD had also remained undefeated. They had overwhelmed Polonia IMKA at the end of September in a decisive 5:21 9:21 13:21 victory at St Benedict's before dashing Wapping Wildcats' hopes 21:16 21:14 21:11 at home. Then came a visit from Flaming Six Angels and another win: 21:13 21:7 21:14. Eight days later in the first tough challenge of the season they scraped a two set tie in Tooting Bec with a two point advantage: 20:22 14:21 21:16 23:21. Then Inter took them to five sets before losing in Rotherhithe 19:21 15:21 21:13 21:9 15:12. SQUAD and Giants are due to clash again on 31st March, this time at SQUAD's home court at Bacons SC. Depending on two months' results, that could prove a decisive evening.

Until that loss, Inter too had remained unbeaten, having conquered in turn Lionhearts Cats at home 21:12 21:15 21:11, IMKA Polonia away 9:21 3:21 21:14 13:21 and Wapping Wildcats at home 21:5 21:5 21:15 before that. Then came losses to Inter and Giants before they returned to winning ways with home success against Malory Eagles on 4th December, winning 21:14 23:21 19:21 21:15. They resume their fixtures on 8th January at home to Angels and then face Giants, also at home, a fortnight later on 22nd in an encounter well worth watching.

Since the lost "tie" against SQUAD, Malory Eagles have enjoyed some success. The first game was at home against Angels and they swept the opposition aside 21:12 21:14 21:11. Two away games followed. At Inter they worried their hosts in sets two and three before going down 21:14 23:21 19:21 21:15 then, in a superb match at Wapping they came away with the spoils 12:21 23:21 21:19 9:21 8:15.

Since the defeat by Giants, Lionhearts Cats have been playing very well. They outscored Angels at Battersea Sports Centre, albeit by a single point, while losing in five sets 13:21 21:7 8:21 21:19 15:11 before beating IMKA away and Wildcats at home. The score-lines were 16:21 14:21 14:21 and 21:12 21:15 21:17 respectively.

Apart from the deduction of a penalty point, Flaming Six Angels would enjoy the same record as Cats and be two points above Wapping whose only win of the season has been that opening, unplayed fixture of the season against Angels. They have not yet met IMKA Polonia. They are due to play in Wapping on 12th January and in Ealing on 28th April. The bottom of the table could look very different when the season ends.

All that said, Giants will be determined to be the side that wins the title and earns promotion

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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