NEWS ARCHIVE - 2005
 
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Andy Vincett's third postcard

30/12/05 - Andy Vincett has sent his third postcard from his travels. Click here to read it!

 

Andy Vincett's second postcard

22/12/05 - Andy Vincett has sent his second postcard from his travels. Click here to read it!

 

Masters wins his first England caps

18/12/05 - Neil Masters has gained his first England caps playing against Scotland in Glasgow this weekend. He came on in the first two matches as a back court specialist to help stablise England's first pass. He contributed three perfect passes at critical times. His mum was so proud of him see called Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 to pass on the news. Efe Eruero also added three caps to his tally to take him to 43 senior international appearances.

Meanwhile, Albrecht Glitz ends the year on top of the Most Valuable Player Award table in Men's Div 1. The updated rankings are:

9 votes - Albrecht Glitz

6 votes - Jiri Petrash (City of Bristol 1)

5 votes - David Roberts (Sheffield)

4 votes - Alex Bialokoz (London Malory), Ryan Cuthbert (London Polonia)

3 votes - Andy Lynn (Cambridge 1), Ben Wilson (London Aquila Lynx), Luciano Pinter (London Polonia).

 

Andy Vincett's first postcard

14/12/05 - Andy Vincett has sent his first postcard from his travels. Click here to read it!

 

Vincett & Sliti given grand send off

10/12/05 - Docklands legend Andy Vincett was given an emotional send off on Saturday after Docklands' 3-1 win at London Polonia. Afterwards the team presented him with a team caricature (click on the image on the left to enlarge).

The match was also Mohammed Sliti's last Docklands match this season as he is going traveling to South America for six months.

In a day full of events, Boris Halatchev announced that he has finally asked Gergana to marry him. Docklands' fourth wedding in 2006 will probably take place in Bulgaria in August.

Read the match report here.

 

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Eruero & Masters named in England squad

07/12/05 - Efe Eruero and Neil Masters have been named in the England squad that travels to Glasgow next week for a three match series against Scotland. Eruero will add to his 40 caps while Masters will be hoping to make his international debut during the event.

Andy Vincett was not considered for the trip as he leaves this Sunday (11th Dec) for South America ahead of his move to New York in the New Year. He will be hoping to go out with a win against London rivals Polonia on Saturday in his 197th appearance for the club.

Full England squad: Alex Bialokoz (capt), Steve Fee, Mark Brown, Joe Mildred, Grant Martindale (all London Malory), Neil Masters, Efe Eruero (both London Docklands), Ben Wilkinson (Sheffield), Chris Anderson (Warwick Riga), Alex Porter (Unattached).

 

Glitz sets early pace

29/11/05 - Docklands captain Albrecht Glitz is the early leader in the EVA's Most Valuable Player Award for Mens Division 1. In Docklands' first eight matches he had gained eight votes putting him five ahead of his nearest rival, David Roberts of Sheffield. Both teams nominate a man of the match after each game and teams can vote for players from either squad. Glitz won the same prize in the 2001/02 season. The latest voting is as follows.

8 votes - Albrecht Glitz
3 votes - David Roberts (Sheffield)
2 votes - Alex Bialokoz (London Malory), Andy Lynn (Cambridge 1), Artur Kwiecinski, Jiri Petrash (both City of Bristol 1), Ben Wilson (London Aquila Lynx), David Lovell, Richard Guest (both Newcastle Staffs), Ryan Cuthbert (London Polonia).

 

Blair on the mend

19/10/05 - Docklands supporters will be pleased to hear that Alexis Blair is making a quick recovery from his dislocated finger. He hopes to be back playing by the end of November.

For the none squeamish amongst you please click here for a copy of his x-ray.

 

Eruero to return to Docklands

08/10/05 - Efe Eruero is to return to Docklands after returning to London from Sheffield. Eruero trained with Docklands and played in their London League side before leaving to go to university. Since then he has gained 40 full England caps. With the help of his old club Sheffield, Docklands hope to complete his transfer in time for this weekends' crucial matches against Cambridge and Loughborough Students.

 

Another one bites the dust

03/10/05 - Following the announcement earlier this year (see item below on 2nd April) that Alexis Blair will marry Karen (sister of Andy Vincett) next year, comes news of the end of Andy Hopper's bachelor days. After over five years of courtship Hopper has finally got engaged to Docklands' scorer Jane Bramwell. They hope to tie the knot towards the end of 2006 or early 2007.

 

Primus wins male coach of the year award

18/09/05 - Docklands' Club Captain Danny Primus today was awarded the EVA's Male Coach of the Year award. He won the prestigous award following his success with Swiss Cottage women and his dedicated work with the England Junior Women.

 

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Docklands draw Nottingham in KO Cup

09/09/05 - Docklands will travel to Nottingham in their first match of the 2005-06 KO Cup. Both teams received a bye through to the second round. The winners will play either Loughborough Students or Thames Valley in the third round. If the matches go to their seedings then Docklands should take on Polonia at home in the quarters. Malory are in the other half of the draw to Docklands and they could face Cambridge in the third round.

 

Sliti gains his first England call-up

21/08/05 - England travel to Morocco on Tuesday to take part in the African Gala in Casablanca. Andy Vincett has maintained his position in the squad while Mohammed Sliti will return to the country of his birth in his first England call-up. Mohammed is joined in the squad by his brother Yassir, who is among four ex-Docklands players.

The full squad is: Stephen Roper (Cito Zeist, Netherlands), Andy Sinclair, Danny Weemes (both Hylte, Sweden), Mohammed Sliti, Andy Vincett (both London Docklands), Luke Thomas (London Malory), Michas Saller (London Polonia), Matt Jones (Marseille Volley, France), Efe Eruero, Ben Pipes (both Sheffield), Alex Porter, Yassir Sliti (both unattached).

 

Glitz wins again

12/08/05 - As Albrecht Glitz is so modest he failed to mention to his Docklands team mates that last weekend he won another beach tournament. Unusually, for this victory he was partnered by Australian Brad Ruddock while his regular partner, Hendrik Neubert, played alongside ex-Docklands player Aaron Stolberg. In a twist of fate the two pairs met in the final, with Glitz and Ruddock claiming the Barry Island Beach Championship.

The previous weekend Glitz and Neubert won the Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic while earlier in the season Glitz claimed the King of the Beach title - a prize won by Stolberg in 2004.

 

Pre-season training begins at Bacon's

09/08/05 - Docklands returned to ball training last night with a record turn out of 20 athletes at Bacon's College. Nine nationalities were represented but the English were able to boast a 50% share of attendees.

Afterwards, coach Ian Legrand said, "Considering that was the first session back and the number of new faces, it was a good session that shows a lot of potential".

Docklands' next session is on Thursday 11th August. Click here for our training schedule over the next few weeks.

 

Docklands make it a hat-trick of Whitefield wins

24/07/05 - Docklands have secured a dramatic third Whitefield title in a row after a tense five set thriller against Manitoba (a Canadian province side).

Victories in pool matches over Newcastle Staffs, Aquila Lynx, Sheffield (+ Swedish guests) and Manitoba set-up a semi-final with the England Juniors. After a convincing semi-final win and taking a 2-0 lead in the final, it looked as though the title was heading back to London. However, Manitoba, who beat Malory 2-1 in their semi, had other ideas and forced the match into a deciding fifth set. The scores reached 12-12 before a run of serves from Boris Halatchev opened up a slender Docklands lead which they held onto to win 15-13. Albrecht Glitz was voted man of the match in his first Docklands appearance since last year's Whitefield final.

Meanwhile, Danny Primus helped himself to a coaching double as his women's side, Team DR, inflicted a crushing defeat on London Malory in the women's competition.

Click here for a full report from the weekend.

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Blake and Vincett in England squad again

20/06/05 - Andy Vincett and Martin Blake have again been selected in the England squad and on Friday will travel to Switzerland to face the hosts in a three match series. Vincett will gain his 25th cap in the first match on Friday when his place in the first six is guaranteed as the other setter in the squad, Ben Pipes, does not arrive until Saturday (he is sitting an A-level exam on Friday).

Ex-Docklands player Yassir Sliti returns to the squad after a two year gap. Sliti, who will gain his 30th cap on Sunday, has now finished his Philosophy degree at Long Beach University and is looking to gain a playing contract on the continent. He will be hoping to impress any watching scouts this weekend.

Full squad: Alex Bialokoz (capt, London Malory), Andy Vincett, Martin Blake (both London Docklands), Andrzej Saller, Michas Saller (both London Polonia YMCA), Matt Jones (Marseilles Volley, France), Efe Eruero, Ben Pipes, Neil White, Tom Ward (all Sheffield), Stephen Roper (VV Utrecht, The Netherlands), Yassir Sliti (unattached).

 

Pre-season training starts

09/06/05 - Docklands' pre-season training started today in the weights room. The team are using the Legends Gym in Dalston every Tuesday and Thursday between 8-10pm. Anyone interested in coming along should contact Andy Vincett.

Gym details: 6 Ridley Road, off Kingsland High Road, Dalston E8 2NR. Click here for map.

 

Blake gets late call up in more ways than one

31/05/05 - Martin Blake answered a late call from England and Docklands coach Ian Legrand to join the England squad for the World Championship qualifiers in the Czech Republic. Blake received his first cap in the second match against the Ukraine coming on court for ex-Docklands player Efe Eruero.

However, this was not Blake's only late call as he over slept on the last morning forcing the team to leave 20 minutes late. He duly wore the "Stupid-Boy" horns (click on photo to enlarge) for the rest of the journey back to London - something he strangely seemed to enjoy.

Full match reports can be found at 3Touch.

 

Vincett named in England squad for World Championships

11/05/05 - Docklands captain Andy Vincett has been named in the England squad set to travel to the Czech Republic in two weeks time for the second round of the World Championship qualifiers. Vincett will be joined by ex-Docklands players Danny Weemes and Efe Eruero. Docklands Head Coach Ian Legrand will lead his England squad into uncharted territory with club secretary Andy Hopper providing help in his Manager/Assistant Coach role.

The same squad will play Norway in two warm-up games on 21st/22nd May at the ACS Cobham International School (click here for more details).

Full squad: Andy Vincett, Danny Weemes, Efe Eruero, Alex Bialokoz, Steve Fee, Matt Jones, Ben Pipes, Stephen Roper, Andrzej Saller, Michas Saller, Andy Sinclair, Stuart Watson.

 

Mixed fortunes for Docklands old boys

02/05/05 - The collection of Docklands alumni playing abroad have enjoyed mixed seasons this year.

Danny Weemes, MVP in Docklands' cup final win in 2003, was voted newcomer of the year in the Swedish league as he helped Hytle to an emphatic league win in the final play-off matches.

Yassir Sliti's Long Beach State University team narrowly missed out on the semi-finals of the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship. Sliti is in his final year in the US but his next destination is not yet known.

Meanwhile, Alex Porter experienced a tough year in Austria where his team, SVS Sokol V, ended up 4th in the league. Porter is looking for a new contract for next season and is currently considering offers in Belgium and Sweden.

Albrecht Glitz has enjoyed a quiet year playing at Berkeley University although his team, Cal, did win the NCCVL Championships and he was voted Tourney MVP (click here for more details). He is due back in the UK shortly and is keen to get back to playing with Docklands again.

 

Docklands boys succeed at cup finals

16/04/05 - Two of Docklands' longest serving members enjoyed success at this weekend's cup finals in Loughborough. Club Captain Danny Primus coached his Swiss Cottage women's team to the shield trophy. Then Sean Marshman helped Thames Valley Jets retain the Men's Shield - he even managed to play in the first two sets before retreating to the sidelines to coach his team through in four sets. Afterwards he said, "That's it. I'm calling it a day now, going out on top or at least on a win!"

In the main finals Malory completed the double again with their women's team beating Loughborough Students in five sets after letting a 2-0 lead go. The men then defeated Warwick Riga 3-1 again after leading 2-0.

 

Athlete Awards 2004/05

08/04/05 - At the Docklands' AGM last night Andy Hopper announced the following Athlete Awards for the 2004/05 season.

Best server - Andy Vincett

Best passer - Nicolas Ruh

Best attacker - Vaclav Petricek

Best blocker - Aaron Stolberg

Best scorer - Aaron Stolberg

The awards were judged from the match stats collected in each of Docklands' 2004/05 matches.

 

Blair to tie the knot

02/04/05 - Docklands are looking forward to hearing wedding bells next year after Alexis Blair proposed to Karen Vincett (sister of Andy). To the surprise of everyone, Karen said "yes" and the England international, currently out with a knee injury, was said to be delighted.

The couple hope to tie the knot next year. Everyone at the club wishes them both the best of luck!

 

AGM 2005

01/04/05 - Docklands' 2005 AGM will take place on Thursday 7th April at 7.30pm at Bacon's College.

The meeting is open to everyone. If you wish to attend please contact Andy Hopper.

 

KO Cup semi-finals

13/03/05 - The KO Cup semi-finals were completed this weekend at Loughborough University. Favourites Malory made it through to the men's final with a comfortable win over the hosts while Warwick Riga overcame Cambridge in four sets. This means that there will be repeat of last year's final back in Loughborough on 16th April. Malory's ladies also made it to the final where they will face Loughborough.

Meanwhile, Docklands old boy Sean Marshman guided his current team, Thames Valley Jets, into their second consecutive Shield final. The holders came through a five set thriller against RAF Harriers with a 22-20 fifth set win. They will now face Danes who also won in five sets against Swiss Cottage. Consolation for Swiss came from their women's team who will face Cleobury in the final of the women's Shield competition.

For more details please see the EVA's website.

 

Under-the-thumb-ometer

14/02/05 - A new measure of who wears the trousers in the households of Docklands players has been created to mark Valentines Day 2005. The first "under-the-thumb-ometer" is shown below.

As you can see our first leaders are Stolberg, Strockis and Halatchev who failed to attend training on Valentines day i.e. instead of showing their respective partners how much they love and care for them each day of the year, they gave into the commercialisation of Valentines and let down their team mates. Groy is in second place after agreeing to go away for a romantic weekend on a match weekend. Primus only made a respectable fourth place as his reemergence at training has started to disprove earlier rumours. Finally Kaptein gets a special mention as the only one without a girlfriend he has a negative mark.

Marshman is a father

16/01/05 - Ex-Docklands player Sean Marshman has become a father for the first time. His partner, Catherine, gave birth to Max Henry Marshman on Saturday 15th January at 10.31pm, weighing in at 7lbs 4oz. Mother and child are both doing well.

Our best wishes go to them all from everyone at the club.

 

Weemes stars as England cruise into second round of World Championships

15/01/05 - Docklands head coach Ian Legrand was a relieved man tonight as his England side progressed to the second round of the FIVB World Championships. Ex-Docklands player Danny Weemes was the star of England's first ever matches in the tournament. In the two matches in Sheffield against Northern Ireland and Scotland, Weemes topped the player charts in scorers, spikers and servers, helping England to gain two comfortable 3-0 wins and progress to the next round in May. The match tonight against arch rivals Scotland was a sell-out with the 900 strong crowd willing the home side to victory.

After the deciding match against Scotland, Legrand said, "The guys did a very professional job and I am proud of the way we played tonight. We prepared well and gave both teams the respect they deserved but I think in the end we were just too powerful for them. The second round will be much tougher but I am confident we can cause some surprises."

Weemes said afterwards, "I am very happy with my performance and pleased we are through to the next round. The crowd were great, that was the largest crowd I had ever played in front of. Now, where can I find the Albanian women's team?"

Click here for the tournament stats.

 

Primus returns to training

05/01/05 - Docklands' Club Captain Danny Primus made his long awaited return to training tonight after over two years out with injury. Although Primus is limited to just light training and no jumping he is looking forward to getting back amongst the team. He commented, "It's been so long that I'm going to take my time and I'm aiming for a full comeback at the start of next season. I've got some catching up to do!"

As you can see below, at first his team mates were not really sure who he was but as soon as they saw him gasping for air after just 5 minutes they realised who he was. Needless to say, everyone at the club is delighted to see him back and hope to see him in full action soon.

 

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