As I arrived I was greeted by Russell Findley, CEO of London Youth Games who told me that volleyball was in a key position. Croydon and Wandsworth were challenging for the overall title and both Boroughs had reached the volleyball semi-finals in the boys and girls competitions.
As the day progressed the pressure increased as both finals were to be contested between these two boroughs.
With a five point gap between the boroughs in the overall placing, and a four point difference between 1st and 2nd places in each of the volleyball finals, each match represented an eight point swing. So a 16 points difference if one borough won both competitions.
Wandsworth took the first set in the girls final, and in the boys final, so it was looking good for Wandsworth.
Croydon however, had different plans and despite losing the girls final, came back after losing the 1st set in the boys to 13, won 2nd set to 18, and in the hard fought 3rd set won 15-12. So the trophies were shared one each.
Girls - Semi-Finals
Croydon beat Kingston 25-16 19-25
Wandsworth beat Bexley 25-11 25-22
Girls - Final
Wandsworth beat Croydon 25-15 25-17
Boys - Semi-Finals
Croydon beat Kensington & Chelsesa 19-25 25-14 15-5
Wandsworth beat Kingston 25-23 19-25 15-12
Boys - Final
Croydon beat Wandsworth 13-25 25-18 15-12
Volleyball Competition Director