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Malory Eagles volleyball club

Malory Eagles
Super 8s

Ernest Bevin College
Saturday, 25 Sep 2010

Men
vs London Docklands

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The summer saw a couple of big signings at Malory in the form of beach supremo Phil Smith (6ft 8in) and northern import Ruari Isted (6ft 9in).  Jefferson Williams' squad has also been strengthened by new libero Chris Frost (the team's youngest player at just 17) and wing attacker Christian Perri.  Following the retirement of setter Richard Dobell, Ashley Trodden now takes the spot as play-maker.

With a squad weakened by injuries, Malory tried to blast their way into the first set but were met with steady defence from their fellow Londoners Docklands.  Trodden had no problem with the pressure of his elevation but his hitters failed to contain their enthusiasm, frequently pounding the ball out of court.  Steady blocking eventually give the Eagles an edge which they seized to take the first set; 25-23.

Williams calmed his team down during the break but, once unleashed, Malory blasted their way to a convincing lead which Docklands could never recover.  Setsoafia's summer training regime and increased focus has paid dividends; most Super 8 blocks will struggle to contend with his immense attack jump.  The referee's whistle at 25-16 seemed like a welcome relief for Docklands.

In set three, new boy Isted's aggressive blocking helped contain Docklands key attacker, Mohammed Sliti.  Malory once again revved up their attacking power with Trodden continually finding his wing attackers Smith and Setsoafia.  Docklands resisted for slightly longer but an Eagles victory was never in doubt.

Having won the double last year, the bigger and more powerful Malory sent out an ominous warning to the rest of Super 8 (volleyball's premier league).  The weekend's other winners were London Lynx, Sheffield and newly promoted Leeds Carnegie.


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