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NVL Super 8 : Malory men and Docklands win away
Posted by Media Team on 2019/2/11 10:30:00 (102 reads)

Mixed results (men's and women's National League)
Orcas beaten at home, Malory women away
Malory and Docklands moved well clear of the rest of their half of the Super League competition as a result of a good away win by both sides on Saturday. Malory Eagles top the table but only by a single point and Richmond having played one game fewer, are poised to leap-frog them.

In the Potteries, Malory settled well into the men's Super League match against Newcastle, Staffs and shaded the first set before hitting top form and sweeping the opposition aside in the second. However, they lost the third, albeit by a tiny margin, as they varied their play but returned to safety with an imperious performance in the fourth set.

Richmond Docklands had travelled in the opposite direction to face Southampton. In their first top-flight match since before Christmas, they failed to maintain their standards in the second set which went the way of the home side but they recovered well to take the next set by a tiny margin before sweeping through the fourth.

Both London's women sides were in action in their Super League. Away in Durham, Malory Eagles put in a spirited performance against the unbeaten league leaders particularly in a tight third set while Orcas fell at home to a superb display of volleyball by the improving Tendring who replace them in second place as a result.

In Division Two, Richmond's club team were at home to Milton Keynes who gave them a bit of a shock when they won the first set 23:25 before the home side regrouped to keep themselves on track as they recover their matches in hand and approach parity with top of the table City of Bristol who have also suffered a single defeat all season.

Southampton's second side were also facing London opposition in Division Three. They won the first set against Baks before the Londoners won the next three. Baks then faced local visitors Urbond Portsmouth and put up a valiant performance against a team two places above them in the table and eventually losing by only 31:29 in the tightest of fourth sets.

Their women's side completed a busy and successful day for the Richmond club. Facing a side from the other side of London in Division Three they overcame Dartford in three sets looking particularly strong in their second set performance. The result moves them to second place in the division, one point behind leaders, Oxford Ladies with a game in hand.

On Sunday, London's Inter took on Oxford Students in women's Division Two, and overcame the division's bottom side relatively easily although they were eventually made to work hard in the third when the hosts looked rather more adventurous.

Durham beat Malory Eagles, 25:16 25:18 25:22
Orcas lost to Tendring, 17:25 14:25 15:25
Super League
Newcastle, Staffs lost to Malory Eagles, 22:25 13:25 25:23 15:15
Southampton lost to Richmond Docklands, 18:25 25:19 23:25 14:25
Division Two
Richmond beat Milton Keynes, 23:25 25:20 25:14 25:19
Division Three
Southampton lost to Baks, 25:23 19:25 21:25 18:25
Urbond Portsmouth beat Baks, 21:25 25:22 25:20 31:29

Division One
Inter beat Oxford, 25:14 25:15 25:22

Caius House Youth Centre, Island Sports Trust, Kingston College Arena, 9/10th February. 2019.

From the side-lines
Richmond Docklands secure first Super League win of 2019
Richmond Docklands returned to Super League action for the first time in almost two months and came back from Southampton with a critical 3:1 victory.
They clearly didn’t have it all their own way but afterwards coach Luis Bello was confident the right team won in the end, commenting, “We were clearly the better team in the first set but we let our standards drop in set two. However, we showed again in the last two sets that we deserved the win and I’m happy with how we played. We need to build on this next week and take advantage of our better skills”.
With the temperature in the gym making it hard for players to come off the bench it was pleasing to see Ben Lucas make a sizeable impact when he came on in the second set – enough to earn him the Black Knight award. The match also saw the return of Vuk Kosanovic who produced a solid display despite having only one training session this year.
Richmond Docklands host Southampton next Saturday at Kingston. A win will guarantee their place in the Super League next season.
Black Knight: Ben Lucas
Docklands MVP: Javier Bello
Southampton MVP: Cristian Dobranszki
Andy Hopper

Orcas fall to Tendring
Spectator chat before the game was anticipating a long evening between sides close in the table and with a similar record. It was not to be.
Nevertheless, there was little between the sides. The taller Tendring players made a confident start but slow progress through the opening set, leading by a single point at the first technical time-out and by two at the second. The score eventually reached 17:20 when Tendring took a time-out and their subsequent performance left Orcas reeling.
Orcas made a poor start to the third, disorientated by what they perceived as screening of the serve. However, they recovered to 6:8 quite quickly before slipping a little further behind until it reached 13:20. Then, once again, confidence seemed to ebb away and the set was lost by eleven points.
The third was not dissimilar but a little worse for Orcas. This time they were two points adrift at the first technical time out and four when Tendring reached sixteen. They closed slightly to 15:18 then failed to win another rally as the visitors raced to secure their well-deserved victory.
Despite the rapid victory and emphatic score-line, there was not a lot of difference in standard between the teams. Tendring's blocking, however, was much superior and kept Orcas back-court under such pressure that it limited the team's ability to launch their varied attacks. Those arriving well before the first serve will have noticed that a couple of minutes of the visitors' warm up had been dedicated to a well-planned blocking drill. The writing had been on the wall from that moment.
Douglas Barr-Hamilton

Richmond bounce back against Milton Keynes
Meanwhile, the men’s NVL2 team maintained their winning run to consolidate their position near in the top of the Division 2 South table. They defeated Milton Keynes 3-1 in Kingston. Coach Peter Soczewka said afterwards, “The team had a slow start with 14 errors in the first set. In the second set we made some personnel adjustments and reduced our errors which was just enough to win. Once we got things under control we allowed some court time for the younger players. But overall a decent performance with the experience of Sreten Kostic certainly helping”.
Andy Hopper

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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