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Women's Premier : Season will open with a bang
Posted by Media Team on 2019/9/19 16:09:18 (123 reads)

Premier Division (Women's London Volleyball League)
Four games on same day
The women's Premier Division gets under way a few days after the men's but it starts with a burst of fixtures. The plan was for an explosive start with all eight teams in action on the same day. 6th October, but a venue booking difficulty at Caius House means that Rebels visit to play Giants is being postponed, probably until 24th October.

Rebels made a strong start last season and will be looking to repeat the success against one of the promoted sides which, in turn, will be determined to make an early mark on the division. It's a pity we have to wait. Nevertheless the day is still an opportunity for the other promoted team, ULU, back in the top flight after twelve months. They have to face Polonia IMKA in Ealing, IMKA did not quite live up to their promise in 2018-19 so it will be another game where lovers of the game will be looking to assess form. At about the time that the third set gets under way QKX begin the defence of their title when they entertain Inter Crocs at St Augustine's School. When these teams met at the start of last season they drew 2:2 and 96:96 as the long, long match ran over time. Will it be as close again? Then, to finish that opening day, Onyx will be at home at the Harrow Club in Ladbroke Grove to entertain Lionhearts East. At the end of last season East finished ahead of their opponents but home advantage may well even prospects and make this as interesting a fixture as the others. What a start to the season it is going to be!

The fixture list continues with matches between Inter Crocs and Giants WP and Rebels and IMKA on 15th October then, the following week ULU are at home to Onyx and Lionhearts East to QKX in Shoreditch before the month ends with a clash between Lionhearts East and Inter Crocs. The competition will be in full swing.

There are nine fixtures scheduled between now and the end of October and they make the division look very competitive drawing all eyes to the results on 3rd November when six of the eight contestants will be in action. It will be interesting to try and assess form for the rest of the season. The experienced Antonio Codrington is once again the division's administrator so everything is set for a thrilling competition. Antonio told us he’s looking forward to a thriller of a season. It will be interesting to see how the newly promoted teams fair against the well established teams in the division. Exciting times!

London Competitions Secretary Cisel Ormanci is also looking forward eagerly to the new season. She added “Welcome to the League Season 2019/20. Congratulations to the 2018/19 trophy winner, QKX as well as Giants and ULU who arrive as first division champion to join the teams in the top division this year.
A quick message to all clubs who don’t have junior programmes: please develop one...I know it is hard work but a necessity if we are going to be around in another ten years.
I hope you all continue to enjoy your volleyball and best of luck and smooth running this season.”

Opening fixtures
6 October Polonia IMKA v ULU. St Benedict's School, 14.00
6 October QKX v Inter Crocs, St Augustine's School, 15.00
6 October Onyx v Lionhearts East, Harrow Club, 16.30
15 October Inter Crocs v Giants WP, Talacre SC, 20.00
15 October Rebels v Polonia IMKA, Peckham Academy, 20.00
20 October ULU v Onyx, St Augustine's School, 20.00
21 October Lionhearts East v QKX, Mulberry Academy, 19.00
*24 October Giants WP v Rebels, Caius House, 12.00
28 October Lionhearts East v Inter Crocs, Mulberry Academy, 19.00
*provisional

St Augustine's School, Oxford Road, NW6 5SN (nearest tube Kilburn Park)
Caius House Youth Centre, 2 Holman Road, SW11 3PG (nearest station Clapham Junction),
Mulberry Academy Shoreditch, Gosset Street, E2 6NW, nearest tube Bethnal Green),
Peckham Academy, Peckham Road, SE15 5DZ (nearest station Peckham Rye)
St Benedict's School, Marchwood Crescent, W5 2ES (nearest tube station Ealing Broadway)
Talacre Sports Centre, Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3AF, nearest tube Kentish Town),
The Harrow Club, 187 Freston Road, W10 6TH (nearest tube Ladbroke Road)

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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