Juniors and Inter Regional Championships

INTER REGIONAL BOYS COMPETITION 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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U15
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.

Final
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

U17
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.

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;

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

INTER REGIONAL GIRLS COMPETITION 2016

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.

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U14A
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

U14B
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

U16
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)
Megan Grinyer (U14B SE)
Morgan Barwin (U14B EM)
Shayna Muhita (U14A EA)
Tejah Mossmam (U14A SW)
Isabelle Tucher (U14A SE)
Katy Murmanis (U16 WM)
Phillipa Willis (U16 NE)
Molly Saunders (U16 SE)

SOUTH EAST JUNIOR TRAINING 2015-6

South East Volleyball runs monthly training sessions for junior players

Under 14 Girls

Under 16 Girls

Under 15 Boys

Under 17 Boys

 

The teams for the Inter Regional competition are selected from these sessions.

 

Inter regional competition 2016 

Venue – Kettering Sports Centre, National Volleyball Centre, Northampton,  NN15 6PB

Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May 2016