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Malory Eagles volleyball club

Malory Eagles vs London Polonia
Saturday 24 April, Crystal Palace Sports Centre, London

The final matches of volleyball’s 2009/10 season take place this weekend at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.  With the event returning to London, it’s fitting that the Men’s Cup Final will take place between league champions Malory Eagles and fellow Londoners Polonia.  This will be Malory’s 19th Cup Final appearance and their 15th Cup title if they win.  In contrast, Polonia (who finished fourth in the league this year) have won once, back in 1991.

The trophy mismatch means nothing as Polonia have been improving steadily through the season and beat current champions Sheffield at the end of February to make the final.  Malory have triumphed in both the teams’ league meetings this year but Polonia are fired up and totally committed to taking the title.

Polonia coach Krzys Hykiel will be expecting great things from his GB international Andrzej Saller, as well as Dominik Maslach, Patrik Selep and Jean Philippe Le Sausse.  “Our aim is to disappoint Richard [Dobell] before his retirement party.  Nothing personal, you understand, but as we were last there 20 years ago and he’s been there every year since, I won’t feel too bad for him.”

Malory Eagles will be fielding a strong and experienced team, many of whom have already enjoyed previous Cup success.  Veteran GB stars Richard Dobell and Alex Bialokoz will provide stability while rising stars Marc Richardson, Darius Setsoafia and Ashley Trodden supply the pace and fireworks.

Coach Jefferson Williams is clear, “Polonia will try to use their power to dominate us.  They have a tall offensive line but if we take control in a couple of areas, we can get ahead.  We need to keep the initiative.”

Malory Captain Dobell is hopeful.  “If we play close to our potential, we’ll have the edge with the ability and depth of experience in our team.”  Luciano Pinter, who joined Malory last year from Polonia, is excited “I am so happy to be able to get to my first Cup Final; really looking forward to it.  It’s in London too, so a lot of friends will be there supporting us.”

The Men’s Cup Final will take place at 3pm following the Women’s Cup Final.  Tickets are available in advance from Volleyball England and can be purchased at the venue.

“The size of venue, the crowd, the environment; everything is different which all adds to a really special occasion” declared Dobell.

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