NEWS ARCHIVE - 2002
 
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New signings    

13/09/02 With less than one week to go before the start of the new season Docklands can now confirm two massive new signings. The first is England's young power hitter Danny Weemes who has joined from Wessex. Meanwhile Polish student Artur Kwiecinski, who has been impressive during pre-season training, has signed ahead of other clubs including Polonia, giving coach Ian Legrand another option in the setter position. The squad have been training hard for nearly two months now and are desperate to start the new campaign, ironically at Weemes' old club Wessex.

 

Docklands win at Whitefield    

22/07/02 Docklands returned from their first Whitefield tournament in three years with a handsome trophy to show for their hard work. Sadly it was for winning the plate competition and not the trophy for the Men's Premier title. However, Docklands left Bath satisfied with their efforts after only one defeat in seven games and a rewarding victory over eventual finalists Video Time St Truiden from Belgium who had five England internationals in their squad. The tournament marked the return of Yassir Sliti to a Docklands shirt and he was dominant through two, producing numerous unstoppable attacks. Guest setter Dan Faulkner, standing in for Andy Vincett, fitted in well and was able to find all his attackers as competently as Vincett, especially Mike Lams who produced his traditional array of scuffs and miss-hits. Martin Blake also starred and finished the tournament with a 100% kill percentage. Malory won the final 3-0.

More success for Carol Gordon as she led her scratch Malory team to the Women's indoor title for the second consecutive year. Well done Carol! To celebrate her recent successes Carol has bought a new car!!

 

Gordon named Female Coach Of The Year

18/07/02 Docklands assistant coach Carol Gordon has been named the English Volleyball Association's Female coach of the year. This well deserved award recognises Carol's hard work with the England Cadet and Junior Men squads aswell as her efforts with Ian Legrand at LDVC. Congratulations Carol.

 

Blair and Sliti in England squad    

6/06/02 Alexis Blair has again been picked in the England squad for their matches in Belarus in the European "B" Championships next week. Although Blair did not get a lot of opportunities at the recent Spring Cup his strong jump serve remains a useful weapon and his ability to fit into the passing unit when required makes him a good player to have in the squad. The Europeans also marks the return of Yassir Sliti to the England squad. The Docklands player, currently on loan to Long Beach University, only arrived back in the country last week but made enough of an impression on coach Ian Legrand to warrant his place in the squad. The team will first play some warm-up matches in Riga before making their way to Grodno in Belarus for three matches against the hosts, Moldova and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

 

Glitz confirmed as best player in league  

29/05/02 It will come as no surprise to the Docklands faithful that Albrecht "you can call me Al" Glitz was confirmed today as the best player in the English 1st Division. Al's outstanding performances this season were one of the reasons why LDV achieved their best ever league finish. In the end Al beat England's Danny Weemes and Jody Gooding by 10 votes in the pole conducted on the EVA's website. Docklands' coach Ian Legrand said of Al's victory "It's great that for once the best player won. I am also delighted that Al will be back next season to help our push for the league title". In a simple ceremony today Al was presented with a framed certificate to recognise his achievement. Al is now looking forward to showing off his skills in the Whitefield tournament in July when Docklands will return to Bath for the the first time in three years.

 

Blair selected For England    

23/04/02 After an excellent season, Alexis Blair has been rewarded with a place in the England Squad that travel to the Spring Cup in the Czech Republic next week. This will be Blair's first taste of this prestigious 16 team tournament where he will add to the six England caps he already holds. Blair said "I'm over the moon". England will be looking to improve on the 8th place they achieved last year. However, they face a tough job as they first need to negotiate their way out of group that also contains Romania, Slovenia (last year's winners) and Switzerland. Alexis will be joining Ian Legrand (Head Coach) and Andy Hopper (Manager) on the ten day trip that will begin with a warm-up match against Amstetten near Vienna.

 

LDV hairdresser departs    

10/04/02 LDV are today recovering from the departure of their Italian star Patrick Cappellini who has had to move back to his home town, Udine. Cappellini only played for Docklands for four months but made an immediate impact and was highly influential in the team's best ever season. Docklands hope to visit Cappellini during their pre-season tour but many of the players are now having to find somewhere new to get their hair cut and are already missing Cappellini's exciting helicopter flights.

 

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