NEWS ARCHIVE - 2008
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French stars in GB advert

14/12/08 - Docklands old boy Nathan French stars in an advert for Great Britain's first entry into the World Championships. He can be seen in the link below chasing a ball around Sheffield with fellow GB Development players Slawek Master and Pete Bakare.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=BwUuX9NTwJA

GB’s Women’s and Men’s teams will compete in the 1st round of the World Championships at EIS Sheffield from the 2nd - 4th January 2009. The Women will be up against Portugal, Israel and Montenegro with the Men battling against Israel and Belarus for a place in the 2nd round.

Friday 2nd January

14:00 GB v Israel (Men)

16:00 GB v Portugal (Women)

18:00 Montenegro v Israel (Women)

Saturday 3rd January

14:00 Israel v Belarus (Men)

16:00 GB v Montenegro (Women)

18:00 Portugal v Israel (Women)

Sunday 4th January

14:00 GB v Belarus (Men)

16:00 GB v Israel (Women)

18:00 Portugal v Montenegro (Women)

 

Stills from the video

Stills from the video

Stills from the video

Phillips returns to Solent

16/11/08 - Docklands have been hit this week by the decision of Adam Phillips to return to his old club Solent. He had spent the last season and a bit making the long journey up from Southampton for training and matches so his decision is understandable.

He said, "I have had great fun at Docklands and getting my Black Knight last year was the proudest moment of my short volleyball career". His team mate Jesse Kaptein commented, "It was a pleasure to have played with him ... we should all pray that they develop a really good operational procedure to remove unwanted tattoos".

He jumps straight into action today with a league match against New Forest in Div 3 West (Solent won 3-0). Everyone at Docklands wishes him well and if circumstances change hope to see him back in a Docklands shirt in the future.

 

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Vincett beats personal best

02/11/08 - Andy Vincett beat his personal best for the marathon by 50 seconds but just missed out on his target of a sub 3:30 time. He's now thinking about giving it one more shot next year.

After the race he said "Same story as 2006 really, nice and consistent through 20 miles and then gradually got slower and slower. I gave it one last effort at 2 miles to go but couldn't keep it going through to the finish."

He also admitted that "The time was not important this year. I had so many little niggles along the way that I'm well pleased to have gone quicker than in 2006. The most important thing was the money raised and I'm really blown away with all the support people have shown for MS."

Andy raised a massive $4,500 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (New York City Chapter). You can still donate to Andy's final amount by clicking here and then on "Sponsor Participant" in the middle of the page to search for Andrew Vincett's personal donation page.

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Vincett prepares for marathon

23/10/08 - Docklands legend Andy Vincett is less than ten days away from attempting his second New York marathon and has been getting in some last minute training (and fund raising) down at his local bar. Andy and his girlfriend Eileen hosted a fund raiser on Wednesday to drum up some funds for their charities (MS and Team For Kids). They had a raffle and a sweepstake on their finish times and they also worked the bar so they could donate their tips to charity.

Andy said, "It was great fun and about 100 people turned out for it....things got pretty exciting after this photo was taken!".

Please show your support by clicking here and then on "Sponsor Participant" in the middle of the page to get to Andy's personal donation page.

 

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White Eagles first in cup

06/10/08 - The majority of the 1st round of KO cup matches have been completed and Docklands now know that they will face Wandsworth White Eagles in the 2nd round. The South London side were given a walkover after Brentwood Estonians were unable to field a team. The tie to be played on November 15th will be a repeat of the quarter final match from the 2005/06 cup campaign which saw Docklands prevail 3-0 on the way to their second final appearance. The match will be at Bacon's College at 2.00pm.

 

Rak on comeback trail

02/10/08 - Docklands' old boy Oleg Rak last played for the club back in 2003. But after over a five year absence the 30 year old has started to get back into shape. "I would love to return to Docklands at some point in the future", he said. Oleg starred in Docklands' unbeaten season in division 2 and appeared a total of 33 times.

Click here to read more about his new regime.

 

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Blair makes it to 150

22/09/08 - Docklands' new captain Alexis Blair played in his 150th match just over a week ago and tonight he was presented with a polo shirt to mark the occasion. Alexis is the 6th player to reach this milestone for Docklands and he's now just six games off Mike Lams in 5th place on the all time list. His debut was back in 1999 and in 8 years and 349 days he is second slowest player to reach 150 matches (Danny Primus holds the record - 10 years and 130 days!). Click on the photos to see more from Alexis' career.

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Masters moves on

21/09/08 - Docklands will unfortunately say a sad goodbye to Neil Masters this week after he transfers to Tendring. Neil has been beset with injury problems over the last 15 months but is slowly making his way back to fitness and has decided to make his comeback much closer to home. Neil will be sorely missed after being part of two of Docklands' most successful seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07). In that time he made 40 appearances and Docklands won all the league matches that he started in.

We all wish him well on his comeback and hope all his hard work with the Tendring School teams continue to bring them success. All the best Noodle!

Blakey stays in shape

18/09/08 - Martin Blake was recently joined on his gap year by two Docklands legends, Andy Vincett and Albrecht Glitz. Andy and Al hooked up with Blakey in Thailand and Laos. You can see from the photos that they've been keeping in shape and have even been honing their volleyball skills. After Blakey lost... I mean said a sad farewell to Andy and Al, he went onto Beijing to sample the wonders of the Birds Nest and water beach volleyball.

He now moves onto Australia (October), Nepal (November) and then India (December) and is back in the UK at end of year.

You can read more about his travels in his blog here.

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New boys make their mark

13/09/08 - Docklands began their league season today and immediately blooded their new signings during the local derby win against London Lynx 1.

Rafael de Oliveira starred as Docklands' new Libero whilst the power of Adam El Kass proved useful at critical times in the match.

Matt Mills joined from Brentwood Estonians after training with Docklands once a week last season. He is hoping to follow in the foot steps of school mate Nathan French who has moved onto the GB Development squad to train full time in Sheffield.

Finally, Onno Bos, who played for Dulwich Knights last season, brings a great deal of experience to Ian Legrand's squad. Bos produced some important blocks and his serve caused problems all day.

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Rafael de Oliveira, Adam El Kass, Matt Mills, Onno Bos pose for the press - click the photo to enlarge.

KO Cup draws announced

11/09/08 - The KO Cup draws were announced today and Docklands were handed a draw that should see them play at home for the first three matches. Docklands enter the competition in Round 2 and will face either Brentwood Estonians or White Eagles on November 15th. After that the draw pans out as follows:

Round 3 (10th Jan) - London Lynx 2, Canterbury, Loughborough Students or Newmarket.

Quarter Final (14th Feb) - Probably either Polonia or Sheffield 2.

Semi Final (7th Mar at Nottingham Uni) - Probably either Malory or London Lynx 1.

The final will be held on the 25/26th April at EIS Sheffield.

Meanwhile Swiss Cottage have received a bye through Round 2 and will then host either Dulwich Tuskers, Solent Ladies or Canterbury in Round 3. Assuming they reach the quarter finals they will probably face the current cup champions ULU. After that the favourites to reach the semi final in Swiss' half of the draw would be Malory and Wessex.

Legrand celebrates his half century with big question

09/09/08 - Ian Legrand turned 50 today and had some early celebrations last night at training. He can be seen (right) tucking into a chocolate cake and sharing it amongst the players. After over 13 years with Docklands he has the grey hairs to prove it.

However, the biggest event of the day was left for his long term partner Linda who Ian proposed to. She gleefully said yes and is already planning the flowers for the big day. Congratulations to Ian and Linda, and well done to Ian for popping the question after only 18 years together.

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French in GB and England Junior squads

29/07/08 - Nathan French has been named in the Great Britain squad that is set to play Egypt five times over the next few days. Nathan will be hoping to gain his first GB cap ahead of moving to Sheffield to be part of the full time GB training squad. He is joined in the squad by ex-Docklands players Andrew Pink and Danny Weemes.

Update 02/08/08 - Nathan has also been selected in the England Junior squad that will travel to Iceland in September for the NEVZA tournament.

 

Marathon Man 2 - Vincett to tackle 26 miles again

28/07/08 - Following his appearance back in a Docklands shirt at the Whitefield tournament, Andy Vincett has put his kneepads aside again and pulled on his running shoes to start training for his second New York marathon in November. He said, "They say that if you can make it to the start line of a marathon then you'll make it to the finish....To get there I need to avoid injury, pound out the training miles and, of course, email everyone I've ever met to see if they might like to sponsor me!". This time he is running for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (New York City Chapter) and has set himself the daunting task of raising $7,500. "Well, I figure there's no point aiming low when it comes to the marathon!" he commented.

Please show your support by clicking here and then on "Sponsor Participant" in the middle of the page to get to Andy's personal web page.

 

Vincett after the 2006 marathon - click for more

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Glitz falls at the final hurdle again!

27/07/08 - Docklands legend Albrecht Glitz and his beach partner Steve Fee reached the Weymouth Classic Beach final for the second year in a row today. Unfortunately they were beaten by Morph Bowes again in a tense final. This year Morph was partnered by GB Beach coach Matt Grinlaubs, who represented Australia in the 2000 Olympics. Glitz and Fee came back from a set down to take the match into a deciding third set. They fought back to 12-12 but eventually went down 15-13. Click here for more photos.

At least Albrecht is able to look foward to a holiday this week when he will join up with Andy Vincett and Martin Blake in the Far East. More updates on this to follow...

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Docklands relinquish their Whitefield title

21/07/08 - Docklands five year reign as Whitefield champions came to an end at the weekend following defeat to Malory in the semi final. Docklands first won the tournament in 2003 and successfully defended their title three times. After last year's event was cancelled Docklands were hoping to defend the title they won back in 2006. With only a small squad available the team did well to reach the semis and put up a brave fight against the eventual winners. Docklands welcomed back Andy Vincett and Albrecht Glitz whilst guest Antonio Codrington provided some heavy handed hitting. Docklands started slowly, losing their first match against a combined ULU and Reading team that featured Docklands old boy Nik Ruh.

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They recovered with a scrappy win against Wessex before upping their game a few levels to defeat Warwick Riga 2-0. This set up the semi final on Sunday morning against old rivals Malory who used all their experience to defeat a battling Docklands side. Docklands eventually finished 4th after a thrilling 3rd/4th place play off match which saw ULU/Reading win 17-16 in a capped deciding 3rd set.

Meanwhile in the women's tournament, Danny Primus' Swiss Cottage side also lost their Whitefield title, going down 3-1 in the final against a combined Malory and Team Bath team (Balory).

 

Docklands and Swiss celebrate first season together

18/05/08 - Docklands and Swiss Cottage celebrated their first season together last night in another joint event. With Danny Primus being the integral link between the two clubs, the collaboration has been hailed as a great success. Danny coached Swiss to fourth place in women's division 1, making them the best ladies team in London, a remarkable achievement given the club were playing in division 3 only two years ago. Docklands failed to match their double winning season but have started to rebuild for the future and are looking toward next season already.

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The celebrations took place at Bar Kick and the guys took full advantage of the table football facilities. Departing Docklands star Francesco Riginelli was the undoubted expert which comes as no surprise when you learn that they have a table in his office. The night also saw the return of one of Docklands' veterans, Martin Blake. He is briefly back in the country, taking a break from his world tour and popped in to say hello. The night was also Irene Croceri's leaving do before she heads off to Ireland this week. Irene has been one of Swiss' mainstays during their rise through the divisions and will be sorely missed by her team.
York runs for Whizz-kidz

11/05/08 - Julie York ran in the Doitforcharity.com 5K run at Regents Park today raising over £400 for Whizz-kidz. She said, "The day went pretty well and I was delighted to make it round the course, although I snuck in a couple of brief walks here and there to stop myself from spontaneously combusting, it was roasting hot! Even so, I made it round in just under 40 minutes and without any major catastrophe. It was a marvellous event and really well managed. I have a special thank you to Arwa'a and the children, who waved me on at crucial points of the course and even joined it with me at the end. I couldn't have done it without them". She has already started planning her next "race", another 5k and next time plans to run the whole thing in 30 minutes. Well done Julie and good luck!

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French leads Boswells to national title

27/04/08 - Nathan French guided his school team Boswells to the national title today in a four sets win over Wessex in the under 18 men's final. With the help of his brother Luke and Matt Mills, a regular at Docklands training, Boswells recovered from losing the first set to close out the match 25-22 in the fourth. Nathan scored four aces and contributed exactly half of his teams attack points.

Sheffield clinch Docklands' cup crown

26/04/08 - Sheffield denied Malory their 14th league and cup double with a 3-1 victory in the cup final today. After missing out on the league title, Keith Trenam's side secured Sheffield's first cup win in their second final appearance. In the first final held at Bath University the set scores were 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18. Sheffield now join Docklands as the only other team to defeat Malory in a men's cup final. Click here to see the history of the cup.

Meanwhile, ULU won the women's cup after a thrilling 3-2 win over Polonia. ULU's win ensured that they stretched London's record of supplying at least one of the men's or women's cup winners every year since 1987.

 

Glitz on the run

16/03/08 - Since leaving Docklands at the end of last season it seems that things have gone downhill for Albrecht Glitz. News reaches us from Spain of an extraordinary incident that has seen Al flee his new home in Barcelona. He is said to be back in the UK, possibly in Warwick. Details are sketchy but suffice to say you should not approach this man if you see him. More details can be seen by clicking on the wanted poster (right). Why they have used his Docklands' player profile is unknown.

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French guides Boswells to National Finals

09/03/08 - Docklands' Nathan French helped his school team Boswells to their second successive under 18 men's final. They beat Ashcombe in the semi final at Keele University and will face the same opponents as last year Wessex. Nathan will be hoping to help reverse the result from last season which saw Wessex win in five sets. The final is at Bath on April 27th.

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Swiss fall at final hurdle

08/03/08 - Swiss Cottage just failed to make the final of the Women's KO Cup after a dramatic five set battle with London Polonia. Danny Primus' team came back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to take the match into a deciding 5th set but couldn't convert a 13-11 lead. Ex-Docklands player Donald Deans guided Swiss' west London rivals to their first cup final where they will face another London team ULU who defeated Wessex-Team Bath 3-1 in the other semi final.

Polonia were hoping to make it a cup final double with their men's team taking on a depleted Malory side in the men's semi finals. It looked as though Polonia would reach their first final since 1992 when Malory's Steve Fee twisted his ankle in the 3rd set forcing coach Jefferson Williams to bring himself on. But Polonia let their 2-1 lead slip as Williams guided his side through to their 7th cup final in a row - it is ten years this month that Polonia last beat Malory and Kryz Hykiel's team will probably not have a better opportunity. Malory will face Sheffield 1 in the final who eased past Sheffield 2 in the other semi. Both Malory and Sheffield are still able to emulate Docklands' double of last season but on current form it looks as though both the league and cup titles will be going outside London for the first time since 1983 when Speedwell did the double. This year's finals are in Bath on April 26th.

Blakey's blog

15/02/08 - Many of you will have been wondering what Martin Blake was up to on his year off. Well now you can keep up with all his travels by logging onto his blog at

www.getjealous.com/martinblake

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Primus' passion

14/02/08 - Danny Primus fame is growing after he and his Swiss Cottage team were featured for the second time on the website of Lube Volley. Currently 4th in the Italian league, Lube's press office were looking for a story so Danny sent them a photo of his team all wearing some Lube/Italian kit. The article drew on Swiss reaching the cup semi finals and hoped that their success would rub off on Lube as they enter the key part of their season. You can see the full article here and read a translation provided by Angie Bonci.

 

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Vincett on ice

04/02/08 - Andy Vincett recently took time out from his busy schedule to take his tentative first steps on skis. Click here to see video evidence. In Andy's words, "I’m actually quite good I think, although you’ve no idea how many takes this took! You should listen with sound – I think you may even hear the word ‘awesome’ escape from my lips while my guard was down!". The other voice you can hear is Andy's girlfriend Eileen. Enjoy!

 

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Swiss make the semis

02/02/08 - After beating the current holders Loughborough in the previous round Swiss Cottage made the KO Cup semi finals for the second year in a row with a 3-0 win over Division 3 side Middlesbrough College. Undaunted by the long journey north and an 11am start, Danny Primus' team demolished a confident Middlesbrough side who had defeated opposition from higher divisions in their two previous cup matches.

Swiss will now face Polonia who like Swiss were defeated in last year's semi finals. If they make the final Swiss will face Wessex-Team Bath or ULU. The latter beat last year's beaten finalists Malory.

Meanwhile, Malory men beat London Lynx 1 in four sets and will face Polonia. The other men's semi will be an all Sheffield affair after Sheffield 1 beat Warwick Riga while Sheffield 2 defeated Docklands' conquerors Reading.

Photos from Riga win

30/01/08 - Jon McGugan attended Docklands' 3-2 win over Warwick Riga and you can see his excellent photos here. There are also shots from Swiss Cottage's 3-0 win against Warwick Riga Ladies. Also you can see Docklands old boy Nik Ruh in action for Oxford Students in the link above Docklands' match.

 

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Glitzy success continues

08/01/08 - Docklands legend Albrecht Glitz has continued his winning streak with his new team in Barcelona. They are called Club Voleibol Mundet and play in the 3rd national division which Al says is on average slightly stronger than NVL 1. Before Christmas they played in a league of six teams home and away in the Barcelona area and finished top on points after losing just two matches. The top three of this group are now put together with the top three from the south to form a new league. They then have another 10 games, starting next weekend with an away game in Alicante. The top two teams will then go to the final with two other teams from another league.

Click here to see the club's website. Click on Al to see his new team and supporters.

 

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"I am the grumpy fellow in the front row on the left" Albrecht Glitz

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