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London Volleyball : Three London boys' teams progress
Posted by Media Team on 2020/2/3 17:10:00 (80 reads)

London teams' latest results (National under 16 Volleyball Championships girls and boys)
Graveney & Malory Eagles and Richmond girls through too
It was another big weekend of volleyball for some of London’s junior teams as they competed in the round of 16 of the Volleyball England under 16 National Championships. Following the club's amazing junior successes last year, Richmond under 16 boys sealed another tournament win over the past weekend and gained another place in the last eight of a national Cup.

As with the under 18 boys' competition two weekends ago, the second round for under 16s was played on Saturday (1st February) in four groups. There were London sides in both Group C and Group D.
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The group C of the Second Round of the under 16 Boys National Cup was an all London affair hosted by Richmond VB on Saturday 1st February in which Richmond A, Malory Eagles EBC, Willesden Giants and Richmond B battled for two spots in the last eight of the National Cup. In the first match of the afternoon old rivals Richmond A took on Malory Eagles. The hosting team (last year’s under 15 champions) with six players part of the National Team pathway proved too strong an opponent for Malory and the match ended with a clear two set victory for Richmond (25:12, 25:16). Up next was Willesden Giants against Richmond B. After Willesden took the victory in the previous round in December, the young Richmond B team managed to keep their focus and come up with a hard-earned win, 25:21, 26:24. At that point, and with Richmond already qualified, it became a battle for the second spot. Malory’s most experienced team managed to come out victorious in their match with Willesden Giants (25:12, 25:14), followed by another win against Richmond B (25:18, 25:14), After a great afternoon of junior volleyball, Richmond and Malory secured for one more year their places in the last eight to take place on Sunday 1st March at the National Volleyball Centre.

Group D featured the Chelmsford, Essex school, Boswells, and from London, Marshalls Park Academy, Romford and from East and South respectively, London Lynx and London Giants. After an excellent competition Boswells finished on top and, with runners up London Lynx, will go through to the semi finals. Marshalls Park finished third and Giants fourth.

On Sunday it was the turn of the girls with Malory hosting Little Giants and Boswell School's A & B teams. The form guide suggested that Boswells and Malory would be the teams to watch out for and this proved to be the case. Boswells did not drop a set throughout the event. Malory lost in straight sets to Boswells A, but posted shutout wins over the remaining teams and will join Richmond A, who topped their group as London’s female representatives at last 8s. Open in new window
As ever the volleyball on display over the weekend was of the highest standard and we can be proud of the efforts of our young athletes. On behalf of all participants Graveney and Malory Eagles coach Carlos Johnson said, "I would like to thank all of the coaching staff and volunteers who made it possible, and once again the athletes involved were an absolute credit to their clubs."

The second round of the under 16 Junior Girls Nationals got under way on Sunday afternoon at Kingston Arena hosted by Richmond Volleyball Club. Reigning national champions Richmond A cruised through their first two matches as did South Bucks setting up the final match of the day between these two powerhouses. Open in new window Wessex and Richmond B fought hard against these two very strong teams but at the end of the day had to settle for third and fourth places respectively. Captained by returning outside Nina Erminio and with the support of a very experienced team including England setter Lisa Canevari plus NVL Division 1 Middle Gaia Tabanelli, Richmond A played tough against a very resilient South Bucks team captained by England outside Isabelle Tucker. In the end however the power and experience of the returning champions was a little too much for South Bucks. Congratulations to both teams for making it through to the Final eight and, looking at both teams, a re-match in the final may be on the cards.

Contributors, Barbara Echevarria, Carlos Johnson and Mike Keefe

Photographs, Barbara Echevarria, Carlos Johnson and Mike Keefe

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