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Docklands make it five in a row against Malory

21/12/03 Docklands have made it five in a row against their London rivals Malory, inflicting a 2-1 defeat on them in the first round of the Premier League. However, Docklands were disappointed not to take all three sets after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead. Docklands also allowed Warwick Riga back into their first game; Docklands won the first set but lost 2-1. However, this leaves the Premier League nicely balanced with all three teams gaining one win each.

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Sliti signs for Docklands    

12/12/03 Docklands today completed the signing of Mohammed Sliti from London rivals Aquila Lynx. Sliti has trained with Docklands for a number of years but always played his national league volleyball with TH Lynx. Following their merger with Aquila last summer Sliti decided to stick with Lynx and subsequently made his division 1 debut for Aquila Lynx. However, he struggled to settle in his new team and has decided to make the move to Docklands.

Coach Ian Legrand said, "Mohammed is a very useful signing, particularly given our current problems with injuries."

Of course Mohammed becomes the second Sliti to play for Docklands after his brother Yassir starred in Docklands' championship winning season of 2000/01.

Following assistance from Aquila, Sliti was today cleared to play for Docklands in tomorrow's game against Polonia.


Premier League - Docklands' draftees announced

01/12/03 Ahead of the first round of the Premier League on 21st December in Leicester, the players selected from other NVL clubs to bolster Docklands' squad have been announced. They are:

Aaron Stolberg, Mohammed Sliti (both Aquila Lynx), Steve Jump (Cambridge), Steve Bromell (Leeds), Dan Faulkner, Efe Eruero, Sam Thompson (all Sheffield).

Coach Ian Legrand hopes that these players will bring a mixture of youth (Sliti, Bromell and Thompson) and experience (Stolberg and Faulkner). In fact, the Premier League will mark the return of Stolberg to a Docklands squad for the first time in six years. When asked how he felt about this, Stolberg said "Cool".


Premier League - Less than one month to go

25/11/03 The build-up to the first round of the 2003-04 Premier League grows with less than one month till the first event in Leicester. Docklands will compete against Malory and Warwick Riga over three events.


Primus & Blair go under the knife    

14/11/03 Docklands stars Danny Primus and Alexis Blair have both had knee surgery this week. The treatments will hopefully bring to an end the frustration suffered by both players over the last few months when they have not been able to train or play to their full potential.

Both players are hopeful of speedy recoveries. Everyone involved with Docklands wishes them well and hopes to see them back on court soon.


Docklands complete a hatrick of wins
20/07/03 London Docklands Volleyball completed a hat trick of wins over their local rivals London Malory with a 3-1 victory at the weekend. The latest win came at the prestigious Whitefield Volleyball tournament held for the 30th time in Bath.

After comfortably winning their qualifying group on Saturday, Docklands took on their other main London rivals, Tooting Aquila, in the semi-final. Docklands started the match as they had finished on Saturday with tough serving and clinical hitting taking them into a quick 10-4 lead. Although Aquila fought back, Docklands held their nerve and eventually took the set 25-19. A similar pattern followed in the second set and with the pair of Danny Weemes and Albrecht Glitz powering past the Aquila block at every opportunity Docklands strolled to the second set 25-18 and hence the match 2-0.

This set-up another battle against London Malory who have dominated English men's volleyball for the last decade and just piped Docklands to the league title last season. However, Docklands had defeated Malory once in the league and in the cup final so they were now looking for an unprecedented three wins in a row over a strong Malory side.

The match started in front of a crowd of around 350 with Docklands' Martin Blake kill blocking Malory's England international Morph Bowes in devastating style. This led the way for Docklands to race into an early five point lead, stunning the experienced Malory squad, which boasted eight internationals. But Docklands' two young England internationals (Weemes and guest Alex Porter, returning to the Docklands team for the first time in four years) were having a much greater influence on the game as Malory's power hitters struggled to breach the Docklands block.

Despite a late surge from Malory, mainly through a run of four jump serves from Bowes, Docklands held onto the lead and the set ended 25-22 with a spectacular one-handed set by Artur Kwiecinski for captain Danny Primus to dispatch over the Malory block.

The second set saw the crowd treated to a display of power volleyball at its most intense. Both teams fought relentlessly for any sort of lead but the scores remained within two points of each other for the whole set. Both teams maintained a high standard throughout the set but after surviving two set points, Docklands succumbed as Malory took the set 27-25.

However, this did not dent Docklands' confidence and they started the third set well with the help of a run of four jump serves from Glitz to take a 5-1 lead. Despite a barrage of jump serves coming from Malory the Docklands passing unit kept supplying Kwiecinski with the quality of ball to pick his sets at will and his hitters did not let him down. The Malory coach tried to re-jig his team but to no avail as Docklands took a two sets to one lead with a third set win, 25-19.

After a long weekend of matches both sides were beginning to tire but the quality of play did not diminish. The beginning of the fourth set followed a remarkably similar pattern to set three with Glitz leading off with another run of serves. With strong blocking from Porter and Blake, and clever hitting from Primus and Glitz the momentum remained with Docklands and it was left to Kwiecinski to produce a cheeky service ace to complete victory 25-18 and hence the match 3-1.

This is the first time Docklands have won the Whitefield title and should give the squad confidence before starting their pre-season training in two weeks time. Meanwhile, Docklands are facing up to the fact that they will have to play next season without the services of their England star Danny Weemes who after turning down a contract to play professionally in Germany now looks set to take an offer from the Holte club in Copenhagen, Denmark. Weemes said, "It is a great opportunity for me to play at a higher level and hopefully further my international career. Holte are a strong club with a good set-up and I am looking forward to the challenges of playing in a foreign country."


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