MATCH REPORT
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Opponents: Portsmouth
Competition: National League Division 1
Dates: Saturday 6th April 2002
Venue: -
Result: 3-0 Win (25-0, 25-0, 25-0)
Headline: Docklands Seal Second
Author: Mike Lams
 

 

Portsmouth conceded the game as they could not raise a team. Below is a summary of the 2001/02 season.

The volleyball season came to an end last weekend leaving London Docklands Volleyball to reflect on a major achievement. As the newly promoted underdogs from National League Division 2 they stunned the First Division with exciting and mature performances all year, giving them an impressive runners-up spot.

The season got off to a good start in September against old rivals Tooting Aquila. On home ground Docklands announced their arrival with a confident 3-1 win. But the honeymoon period was very short lived. After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against Salford in their next match, the new boys suffered three further defeats in a row, against Stoke, Malory and Warwick, and were clearly struggling to deliver the consistency required in the national top flight.

This would seem to have set Docklands' campaign in disarray, but lead by experienced coach Ian Legrand (also coach of the national side) Docklands were to stage a spectacular recovery. The London team displayed a new found discipline and focus, hammered out through hours in training, and went on a winning streak all the way until the Christmas break, taking the scalps of Leeds, Wessex, Polonia, Portsmouth and Aquila again along the way.

Docklands were sitting pretty in the top half of the table and contemplating an assault on the league and the Cup, but further disappointments were in store. The New Year break seemed somehow to unsettle the team's confidence and after losing from a 1-0 lead to champions Malory in the first game back, Docklands gave up the next two games as well - losing for the second time to Stoke in the League and, crushingly, against Warwick in the Cup quarter finals.

If losing their cup dream seemed to shake Docklands up, it was only in a positive way. Determined to show that they were not to be seen as also rans, they refocused again - to great effect! There followed a six match-winning streak, not losing again for the rest of the season. Leeds, Salford, Warwick, Wessex, Polonia and Portsmouth saw first hand the determination and team spirit of the Docklands side, and there could be no argument come the final day as the table showed them clear on points in second place - for the first time in the club's history.

The icing on the cake was the award of most valuable player in Division 1 to Docklands' Albrecht Glitz.


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