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NVL Super 8 : Derby win for Polonia, delight for Docklands
Posted by Media Team on 2019/10/28 11:10:00 (300 reads)

London teams' latest results (National Volleyball League)
Great weekend but more disappointment for Orcas and Dartford women
There was more joy than sorrow in London over the weekend with three of the four winners on Saturday domiciled in the capital and five out of six on Sunday. However, they included three cases of a London side beating another London side and two more on Sunday

With the scores again tied beyond 15:all in the fifth set of the Men's Super League match on Saturday (26th October) between Tendring and Richmond Docklands, a draw might seem a fair result. However, that's not volleyball's way and the visitors from London showed character and determination in winning the next two rallies. The win takes them into second place in the league table but, with Polonia, undefeated and with two games in hand and Malory with one game in hand, both just a point behind, they will want to perform still better. They will be hoping to gain points next Sunday when they entertain Newcastle, Staffs but the afternoon before Polonia will come visiting: well worth a couple of trips to Kingston Arena. Richmond will want to spring a surprise.

Seeing the fixture as key preparation for their European Championship match at the Copper Box on Wednesday, IBB Polonia began in fine form and in a determined mood at home in Brentford against Malory Eagles but their South London rivals adjusted well to their opponents' more sophisticated style, a very different one from last week's opponents. They competed very well to finish the second set only three points adrift but, although they played just as well in the third, Polonia looked just that little bit more determined as they took the third with six points to spare.

The journey to the Midlands to play unbeaten University of Nottingham in the Women's Super League
was a daunting one for Inter Orcas and they failed to turn some excellent play into winning form despite showing of their traditional quality for the middle part of the match, winning the second set and coming to within a whisker of taking the third. However, it was not to be and the university top the table with its unbeaten record while Orcas' elevated position results only from the additional matches they have played.

In Men's Division One Aces had a home fixture with Essex Estonians and rather ran away with the opening set. They were made to work harder in the second but managed to establish a two set lead before they wisely used the third to try some different things that did not quite succeed but they had enough talent in reserve to steam through the fourth. Having lost both their previous league matches in five sets, Aces will need to continue the progress to succeed in what looks like a very competitive division.

On Sunday, Polonia SideOut slipped up at home in the Women's Super League against fellow Londoners, Malory Eagles in their second league game of the season failing by the narrowest of margins in sets two and three. The win takes Malory into second place, equal on six points with four other teams. Polonia are close behind.

After a first win of the league season at home on Saturday Aces travelled to Manchester for Sunday's Men's Division One match, grateful that the clocks had gone back to give them an extra hour before setting off for the 1.15 start. Intervolley Manchester had played only one league game so far, a defeat in five sets by second placed (on points difference only) Miners Doncaster, so it seemed a tough match in prospect. However, the London side proved much the stronger despite an uncharacteristically weak display in the second set which it lost by three points to triumph in the north-west.

There were three matches involving London clubs in Men's Division Three, one a London derby. This, between Dartford and Baks turned out to be a very close meeting with the hosts winning in four sets, the third and fourth requiring a tie-break to resolve. The win puts Dartford into second place in the league table with Baks third but, with several games in hand, Baks look to be in the stronger position despite the loss.

In the same division, Giants had two long matches to open their league season in Southampton, both going to five sets. In the first against Wiltshire Mavericks they showed great composure to take the deciding set after four very close ones had been shared and immediately afterwards faced their hosts, Southampton and battled back to a second victory despite losing the first set fairly heavily. So Giants start their national league campaign with two wins and find themselves the only unbeaten side in the division.

Women's Division One's Dartford won by default last week-end when Sunderland failed to make the journey south but Birmingham, last year's relegated Super League team, who had lost in Oxford on Saturday, made it to Dartford. The hosts made a good start but slumped to a weak loss of the second set and failed to recover as the visitors gained in confidence.

Saturday, 26th October
Men's Super League
Tendring lost to Richmond Docklands, 30:28 28:30 25:23 22:25 16:18
IBB Polonia beat Malory Eagles, 25:14 25:22 25:19

Women's Super League
University of Nottingham beat Inter Orcas,.25:19 20:25 27:25 25:18

Men's Division One
Aces beat Essex Estonians, 25:14 25:19 22:25 25:14

Sunday, 27th October
Women's Super League
Polonia SideOut lost to Malory Eagles, 17:25 23:25 23:25

Men's Division One
Intervolley Manchester lost to Aces, 14:25 25:22 15:25 10:25

Men's Division Three
Dartford beat Baks. 25:21 25:20 25:27 27:25
Wiltshire Mavericks lost to Giants, 26:24 21:25 25:22 24:26 8:15
Southampton lost to Giants, 14:25 25:27 25:21 25:15 11:15

Women's Division One
Dartford lost to Birmingham, 25:16 11:25 20:25 17:25

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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