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Malory Eagles vs London Docklands
Saturday 10 April, Ernest Bevin College, Tooting, London

As the referee’s whistle blew at 15:30 on Saturday April 10, Malory gave themselves a cheer; they’d won their 20th Division One title.

In ebullient mood, young playmaker Ashley Trodden led out the team, all knowing that at least one trophy would be heading to South London this year.  Despite Docklands’ Mo Slitti showing glimpses of the attack power that has put him in contention for 2010 Player for the Year, Malory were never put under sustained pressure.  The prowling middle dominance of Alex Bialokoz and Mark Brown subdued any significant probing from the Docklands team, forcing the visitors into loopy, placed shots that were easily handled by libero Steven Fee.  On the sunny spring afternoon, Malory only got into second gear but still cruised to a comfortable first set win, 25 points to 15.

Aussie outside attacker Russell Watson and captain Richard Dobell started set two, with coach Jefferson Williams wanting to exercise his entire squad as his thinking strayed to the forthcoming Cup Final.  Docklands drew first blood but soon trailed the Champions and were flattered by the mere five point deficit (25-20) when Malory took the second set.

Set three showed some initial promise of excitement as Docklands established a small lead.  A short serving run from Darius Setsoafia brought the Eagles level and they soon pushed on holding the visitors to 17 points in answer to their set winning 25.  Malory didn’t need a win to take the title but it was an ominous warning to fellow Cup Finalists Polonia that Malory beat third placed Docklands with such ease.

Said Williams, “It maybe title number, 20 but this one is special for a number of reasons.  It's the first where I have only coached (and not played), I’ve hit my personal milestone of 20, it’s the first title for a number of the team and it's the first one under the Malory Eagles banner.  After a barren last season, it's great to get back to winning again.”

“It’s fantastic to take the title again after missing out last year” said chairman David Jenkinson.  “We’re looking forward to the new Super 8 division and the greater profile it’ll bring.  The Eagles are going to be even stronger!”  Super 8, just like football’s Premier League, should see an increase in the quality of games and is intended to attract television coverage and sponsorship.

Malory’s final run-out of the season will be in the Cup Final at Crystal Palace on Saturday 24th April.  Fellow Londoners, Polonia will be trying to get their 2nd Cup title by stopping Malory securing their 15th.  Tickets are available through the club; expect a taught match from two of the country’s top teams.

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