swva-newsletter – issue 308 – 2016-June

June 2016 / Issue: 308 / SWVA Membership: 1,800


Hi all,

More news from around the region, IRC results and entry forms for the 2016/17 SW League (12th June Closing Date).


Dave Reece

SW League Entry 2016-17

SW League entry form are now available for the coming 2016-17 season. The closing date for entries is July 12th. The draft fixtures will be out hopefully around 9th August, from which point there will be a two week ratification period. Once that period has completed, fixture dates cannot be changed, so please make sure that you have someone available to confirm court bookings and be available to coordinate with other teams during this period.

I would be very grateful if you would let me know if you decide not to enter a team this year (also by the closing date), so that I won’t be bothering you with follow-up emails.

Please remember that this year to maintain your Volleyball England Affiliation it is now compulsory for all clubs to have a Child Welfare Officer – please see further information on the entry form. Universities have to have a Child Welfare Officer in their Athletic Union, they don’t have to be within the volleyball club.

Please feel free to pass this on to any other clubs in your region.
Rachel Rachel.Swindell@network100.co.uk

Inter Regional Championships – Girls 2016

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SW U14A & B Squads

After 68 matches played across Saturday and Sunday, North West and West Midlands girls came out victorious- the North West in the U16 and U14A competition, and the West Midlands in the U14B competition.

The South East and North West topped their respective groups although both dropped a set along the way.  In the semi finals, London managed to turn things around against the South East after losing the first set. North West had a comfortable two set victory over East Midlands, and followed it up with a win in the Final against London albeit with a slight dip in form losing the second set 25-11.

U14A MVP: Remi Knight (NW)

1. North West
2. London
3. East Midlands
4. South East
5. East
6. South West
7. West Midlands
8. North East

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West Midlands U14B finished on top after a close three set Final against the North West. A win for the North West would have seen them take a clean sweep in the girl’s competition but the West Midlands, led by Captain Carla Hulme, were determined not to go home empty handed. The South West finished 4th despite pushing the North West and London to three sets. On another day they could well have made the final.

U14B MVP: Carla Hulme (WM)

1. West Midlands
2. North West
3. London
4. South West
5. East Midlands
6. South East

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SW U16 Squad

In one of the best games over the two days, the North West hit back in the Final to beat the East after losing the first set 25-23. Both regions had looked particularly strong, so the final was always going to be a great match up. There was a great crowd to watch what was a fitting finale to the competition as parents and other teams gathered around the court- a great advert for junior volleyball.

U16 MVP: Maria Forson (NW), Holly Bentley (EA)

1. North West
2. East
3. South West
4. London
5. West Midlands
6. South East
7. East Midlands
8. North East

A special mention should go to the following for some notable performances across the two day’s play;

Harriet Bentley (U14B SW)
Tejah Mossmam (U14A SW)
Megan Grinyer (U14B SE)
Morgan Barwin (U14B EM)
Shayna Muhita (U14A EA)

Isabelle Tucher (U14A SE)
Katy Murmanis (U16 WM)
Phillipa Willis (U16 NE)
Molly Saunders (U16 SE)

A full set of results can be found here

SW Awards 2016

The South West Volleyball Association appreciates the importance of volunteers in our sport and the huge contribution they make. The Annual Awards go a little way to recognise their contribution, thank you to everyone who provided nominations for this years SW Annual Awards. The winners were:

• Doreen Dingle Award for administration – Dave Reece, presented by VE President Geoff Allan.

Doreen Dingle Award – Dave Reece 2016

Awarded to an administrator who has, over a number of years, made a significant contribution of time and effort, provides high quality administration and who continuously displays an outstanding commitment.

• Bert Williams Referees Award – Matt Bell

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Awarded, in memory of Bert Williams, to referees in recognition for their contribution and dedication to volleyball.

• Coaches Award – Steve Marshall

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Awarded to coaches in recognition for their contribution and dedication to volleyball.

• Commitment to SW Volleyball – Paul Locke

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An award for a volunteer who has made a significant contribution of time and effort and who continuously displays (or has displayed) an outstanding commitment to volleyball.

Inter Regional Championships – Boys 2016

After 41 matches played across Sunday and Monday, London boys emerged victorious in both the U15 and U17 Competitions.  There was some incredible volleyball on display and all the Teams should be proud of their performances.

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It took the final game of the U15 boys group between East and London to determine the group winners, with East recording the decisive victory which saw them win the match 2:0 (25-18, 25-10) and top the group ahead of runners up London. South West finished the pool phase 3rd recording three victories along the way, with South East taking that all important 4th place to book themselves a place in the semi-finals.

Semi Finals
East v South East
East continued their good run of form from the pool phase and built up a commanding lead taking the first set 25-10. South East responded in the 2nd set but some strong hitting from the East seen them take the second set and the match 2:0 (25-10, 25-15) to book themselves a place in the final.

London v South West
London started off their semi-final match against South West in the right fashion taking some crucial early points which gave them a first set lead 25-15. South West picked up their game in the second set and made London work hard for their place in the final by gaining 3 points in a row whilst London were on set and match point, however it was London who managed to secure one final point to win the match 2:0 (25-15, 25-22) to book themselves a place in the final against East.

The Final was a repeat of the close match between the East and London.  The East started fast taking the first set 25-16, but London bounced back winning the second set 25-20.  The final set was a tense affair that could have gone either way, but it was London who opened up a margin to win 15-13 and claim the title.

U15 MVPs: Ben Lucas (SE), Adam Ketley (EA) and Mithuran Prabhakaran (LO).

1. London
2. East
3. South West
4. South East
5. West Midlands
6. East Midlands

Matches on Sunday were extremely close with three going the distance, and all three of them including the South East.  The East Midlands stunned the South East in the first match of the Competition.  The North East and West Midlands came into the competition with strong promise, and both lost out narrowly in their games on Sunday.  By Sunday night only London and the South West remained unbeaten.

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On Monday, the West Midlands recorded their first victory of the competition in the final match, meaning that all teams had won matches at the event, demonstrating how close the competition was, and how on a different day things could have been different.  The South East carried on where they left off, preferring to play 3 set volleyball, which probably went against them as they tired as the day went on.  The North East played the most sets with 11 and were competitive throughout despite only winning 2 out of 4 of their games on the day.  The East Midlands found their form from the first match of the Competitions to see off the North East and secure 4th place.

It came down to the Final game to decide the top three.  With the South West having lost narrowly to London, and the East having lost to the South West, both the East and the South West required an East win in the Final Game.  London had gone into the game with an air of confidence, having not lost a set in the tournament.  In the first set London started strong, but the East were game for a fight and despite an early London lead, kept fighting until the end.  London however proved too strong in the first set as they took it 25-20.  In the second set, there was still all to play for, and the East started quickly, opening up a gap on their rivals, and looked comfortable as they past the mid-point in the set.  However, London were not going to lie down, they would fight all the way, in the true spirit of Champions.  They took a pulsating set 25-23, and with it the title.

U17 MVP: Theo Lucas (SE), Ed Van Wingerden (SW), and Javier Bello (LO).

1. London
2. South West
3. East
4. East Midlands
5. North East
6. South East
7. West Midlands

A special mention should go to the following for some notable performances across the two day’s play;

George Longmore (U17 SW)
Iraj Safaee (U15 SW)
Oliver Bunting (U15 EM)
Josh Green (U15 SE)
Christian Ioannou (U15 LO)
David Hodson (U15 WM)
Jack Arnold (U17 EM)
Daniel Sach (U17 EA)

A full set of results can be found here

Club Competition with a Difference

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Spot the ball competitions use to be a good fund raiser in the past, I notice that the Academe of Beach Sports have been holding a “Name the Diver” competition this week.

I believe someone got it right…

Beach Pair – World University Championships

Beach Pair Selected for World University Championships

Issa Batrane and Andrew Clayton have been selected to represent GB for beach volleyball at the FISU World University Championships 2016.

The pair will head out to Parnu in Estonia to compete from 13-17 July and it will be the first time in a number of years that GB has been represented at this competition.

Issa recently made English beach volleyball history when he, with partner Harry Jones, became the first team representing England to make it through the pool stages of an FIVB Under 21 tournament.

“I’m really happy to be selected,” said Issa, who plays for Wessex, Bournemouth University and Richmond. “I was one of the youngest at the selection camp, I had no expectations so I just threw everything at it –  and it paid off.

“It’s been a great season so far and it’s really given me confidence in my game.

Read more at: beach-pair

My IRC Experience – Fi Pugsley

Following each Inter Regional Championships event, we ask a number of our representatives about their experience, today we focus on Fi Pugsley (SWVA no. 4), who was taking part for the first time.

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On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May I was privileged to take part in the England inter-regional competition representing under 14 south west girls. The competition was held at the national volleyball centre in Kettering.

It was an impressive and large facility. It was a great pleasure to play with other girls from around the south west and I have developed really good friendships with them.

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We played five matches in the pool and then we succeeded in getting through to the semi-finals on Sunday. The team fought hard with many clear servers and amazing three touch play. I think we were most proud of our performance in the match against North West who were the main competition. The referees and North West coach remarked upon how well we played.

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Sadly we lost in the semi-finals against London but we took it to a close 3 sets.
Being involved in the competition has really helped me to improve my all round skills and how to cope under pressure. It’s prepared me to know what to expect from future competitions and I know I need to work on tactics.

Fi Pugsley