Other 2011/12 reports

Opponents: Brentwood Estonians
Competition: Division 1
Date: Saturday 1st October 2011
Venue: Bacon's College
Result: W 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-23)
The only way is Docklands
Author: Danny Primus



London Docklands beat Essex's Brentwood Estonians 3-0 in their first home game back at Bacon's College of the 2011-12 campaign.

The first set started with both sides trading point-for-point with neither team really taking advantage. Ironically enough it was Docklands legend Ned Groy (now playing for Brentwood) who rolled back the years by making a diving defensive play that separated both sides in the first set. This gave Brentwood the impetus as they pushed ahead 20-17 with Docklands struggling to deal with James Bernardi's middle attacks. Given some of the loose serves so far, the first set appeared to be a formality until Pawel Stankiewicez stepped up to service line for Docklands. As the serves started to increase in power Brentwood begun to tighten up and with every ball that came back over the net Docklands seized the opportunities with Alessandro Galli taking the lead in his new role as outside spiker cleverly rolling the ball to zone 1 and securing the first set for Docklands 25-20.

The second set was very nearly a carbon copy of the first, again both teams not really being able to make a mark in the game until Brentwood took a slender lead at 12-10 and then again 15-12. With the Docklands coach Danny Primus demanding more from his team the passing unit started to pass with more confidence allowing setter Marc Schaepertoens to find another Docklands new boy Malte Rieger who unleashed a devastating attack through zone 2 allowing Docklands to take the lead for the first time in the set at 19-18. Both sides then continued to trade points with Toby French (younger brother of former Docklands star Nathan) being the stand out player scoring on the outside but with a loose serve from Brentwood and a masterful power tip from Rieger Docklands rejoiced as they took the set 25-23.

The third and final set could not have started better for Docklands as they raced to a 7-0 courtesy of some powerful serving by Platon Vogiatzoglou and despite some resistance from Brentwood, Docklands were in complete control at 13-6. They did not have it all their own way as the Brentwood fight back started as Docklands started to lose focus until finally Stankiewicez managed to block Bernardi to give Docklands match point at 24-23 and then the game.

Primus said afterwards, "The guys have worked really hard the last couple of weeks and I don't think it would be unfair if I said we got what we deserved. We have our first win so now we can build on that for the next game against TH Lynx"

Black Knight: Alessandro Galli

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