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NVL Super 8 : Orcas take set off Durham, Malory two off Tendring
Posted by Media Team on 2019/2/25 11:18:44 (52 reads)

London teams' results (men's and women's National League)
Lionhearts top their table
Following the excitement of Cup semi-finals day on Saturday (23rd February) several teams took the opportunity of Sunday to get in some league fixtures, notably Orcas, away in the North-east, to play an away league fixture in the area.

So it was that Orcas faced women's Super League leaders, Durham Palatinates following their defeat by Northumbria the previous day. Their efforts belatedly took their toll in a rather disappointing fourth set but they had worried the league leaders by their excellent play in levelling the score in an exceptional second set.

Tendring are challenging Durham hard in the division and they were startled by a storming display from Malory Eagles who had lost the two opening sets rather tamely before hitting their very best form to take sets three and four and then continued to prove tough opponents until late in the fifth.

Nottingham University are the run-away leaders of women's Division One but Inter, fresh from their Shield success 24 hours earlier, bounced back to come within a whisker of winning both the second and third sets. While the loss leaves them comparatively low in the league table, they ought still to finish mid table and will be encouraged as they prepare to meet Leeds in the Shield final.

Dartford came within a whisker of doing London's women's Division Two challengers Richmond a favour at home to division leaders, Oxford. It was 2:all after four sets but they faded badly in the fifth. Although they have played an extra match, they could themselves have gone top of the table so a double opportunity was missed. Reading Aces at home next Sunday is a "must win" match.

Lionhearts retained their unbeaten record in women's Division Three beating Portsmouth easily in three sets at home. They play both their nearest challengers during the last weekend of the season but wins next weekend against Ashcombe and Sussex will guarantee them the title.

Dartford played two matches in men's Division Three and won one and lost one. The loss was against run-away division leaders, Weymouth Beach VC but they became only the third side to take a set off the side that has now secured the title. They had tied the score at the end of the second set and for a while looked as if they might take to match to five sets. They then faced mid table Southampton and won in three sets. They play Urbond Portsmouth next Sunday. The result should determine third place in the division.

Results
Sunday 24th February
Men
Division Three
Weymouth beat Dartford, 25:23 20:25 25:13 25:18
Southampton 2 lost to Dartford 19:25 18:25 16:25

Women
Super League
Durham beat Orcas, 25:19 19:25 25:19 25:16
Tendring beat Malory Eagles, 25:15 25:14 22:25 23:25 15:11
Division One
Inter lost to University of Nottingham, 15:25 24:26 24:26
Division Two
Dartford lost to Oxford, 27:25 25:27 15:25 27:25 5:15
Division Three
Lionhearts beat Portsmouth, 25:14 25:8 25:21

Island Sports Trust, Dartford Technology College, Green Spring Academy, 24th February

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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