Match report by A
This match may not decide the league
championship, but it certainly has high tension as HVC2 attempt to revenge their earlier season defeat by two points in the final set.
The crowd have turned up for what will be an intriguing and a much
anticipated match between these two teams. Both teams are nearly at full strength and will have young and old talent on show. Future Olympic potentials Jenny Little and Johnny Willis will be representing HVC1. HVC2 will have their tremendous young talent, Lewis Cheung, and of course the crowd pleasing handsome NicK Ivan, sporting that “George Michael” unshaven look.
Both teams are looking sharp in the warm up as the captains conduct their firm handshakes and pleasantries. Simon Hannaford is really worked up for
this. He’s sporting a new head
band just for this revenge match.
Shows how much this game means to HVC1, as they bring back old timer
Jackson to give them much needed experience.
It’s a storming start for HVC2 in the first
set as they take a 5-1 lead. The crowd, cheerleaders, mum and dad are all in rapturous applause as Nick Ivan serves up 8 consecutive points.
HVC1 are in disarray!
Jackson is looking flustered, lost and way out of match practice. HVC2 take the first set 25-15 and look unbeatable!
Looks like the team talk has worked as HVC1
produce a much more positive start in the second set. Jackson is using that wise head and is dictating the game and his team. Nice cross court smash by Jenny. That’s what the crowd have come to see and her GB coach will be pleased with that finish.
Fastidious Ziggy picks out a lovely placed shot to the corner. Spirited
fight back by HVC2, but it can’t prevent HVC1 claiming the set 25-19.
The 3rdset is going point for point. Jonny is playing some tremendous volleyball tonight. Finishes off a long rally with a smash at the 3m line. Runs across court to give a cheeky wink to the camera to please his groupies.
Kenny takes a SMASH from Jonny! Wow that hurt. Kenny lifts his shirt to
expose a red ball imprint...the girls go crazy as they get a glimpse of his well toned beer belly. Ever present Alice Walton is gradually getting into the game. The ubiquitous Ashleigh Huntsman is working hard to keep HVC2 in contention.
Nice move...a Cheung and Ivan quick rat-a-tat combo has brought them
level to 24 each. These two who have been using this move to much success all season.
HVC2 clinch the set 26-24.
Best set so far and both teams giving their all!
HVC1 take a commanding lead in the 4th set 12-6. BOOM ! Jonny blocks. Ziggy goes crashing into the referee’s stand in an attempt to retrieve a wide set. That’s how much this game means to him. HVC1 lead by 10 points. Lovely pancake save by Anthony Smith for HVC2 and a point to go with it too.
Simon is doing his best from the bench giving his team plenty of encouragement. The introduction of Graham and Adam has proved decisive as Ziggy serves to claim the 4th set 25-21. The momentum has swung
and HVC1 are looking stronger as the game goes on.
What a thrilling match this has been. We’re going all the way to the final
set. Can HVC2 get revenge or will HVC1’s fight back prove too strong? Boy the crowd are excited!
Glad we don’t have a commercial break because this is going all the way
to the wire!
The referee is struggling to control the noise from the full crowd tonight as we approach the start of the final set. Big man Simon is back on but
a little bit of indecision gives HVC1 a 4-1 lead.
HVC1 take a quick 8-2 lead as the teams swap ends. Kenny is doing all he can to keep his team in it. 11-3. 12-3. There doesn’t seem to be a way back for HVC2. Young Alice tries her best with some nice serves.
13-6. Match point.
HVC1 win the final set 15-6 and take the match and honours
What an unbelievable match!
Jackson looks exhausted as he crawls off the court.
He’ll be hurting for a few days.
HVC2 are shaking their heads and just can’t believe they have thrown away
a tremendous start to the game.