It is almost the start of the 2017-18 season. Training will begin again on Friday 1 September at the leisure centre (juniors from 7PM and adults from 8PM). Fixtures for the season have now been published but the Wiltshire pre-season tournament will be on Saturday 16 September at the Christie Miller Sports Centre in Melksham.
The forecast is reasonable so I will set up the net at the Recreation Ground on Friday evening. I will run a junior session from 18:45 to 19:30 and then there will be a game open to everyone.
As usual we would appreciate a £1 donation.
There will be no junior training at the leisure centre on Friday 16 June as the weather forecast is good. Instead the training will take place on the Recreation Ground at Anchor Road from 18:45 to 19:30. It will be followed by a fun game to which adults are invited as well.
As in previous summers we suggest a donation of £1 that will be used to buy new balls.
On Saturday Calne Comets hosted for the first time a SWVA mini-volleyball grand-prix tournament. The grand-prix sees junior teams from across the south-west region competing on a monthly basis to win their age group category in the season-long grand-prix series.
This was the first time that the grand-prix has come to Calne and there were teams from Bristol, Bournemouth, Devizes, Ivybridge and Plymouth as well as Calne competing at Calne Leisure Centre.
It was a successful tournament for Calne Comets with their U12 boys team using home advantage to go one better than their runners-up spot in the previous round to be overall winners despite losing one match to Plymouth.
In the U13 boys category Devizes (under the banner of Wiltshire Mavericks) held eventual winners to a draw but had to settle for the runners-up spot.
Calne had two teams (Calne Galaxy and Calne Milky Ways) in the U15 girls category. Calne Milky Ways had been undefeated last season and despite this being their first grand-prix of the current season they picked up from they left off scoring 88 points in their four games to only 37 conceded. Despite being a new partnership Calne Galaxy were able to win all their matches except against the Milky Ways to claim the runners-up spot.
The Meteorites won their first match this season when they defeated Olympiad B 25-19 27-25 23-25. The team was Stuart, Cliff, Ben, Anji, Charlie, Ben, Marketa, David, Chessie and Harriet.
The juniors held a joint training session with Bristol Spikers at Wellsway School.
It is official we have a star in our club! Volleyball England has announced that Serena has been awarded one of six awards awards for safeguarding by the Child Protection in Sport Unit. Congratulations to Serena.
In a tournament that coach Cliff Ball described as hard-fought, Calne Comets were the winners of the plate competition.
The fixtures for the new season have been published. These have been updated to include the dates of the Ladies and Junior tournaments.
Training for the new season starts on Friday 2 September at Calne Leisure Centre with the juniors starting at 7PM and the adults at 8PM. New players of any experience as well as existing players are welcome.