The Meteorites ended their 2017-18 league campaign with a 25-12 25-17 25-23 defeat at Royal Wootton Bassett. Against a team comprised only of men (and as Richard pointed out their smallest player was almost as tall as our tallest player) it was always going to be a tough match. Things did not start well as Bassett raced into a 10-1 lead before we called a time-out. After that the Meteorites played to their strengths and produced a very good performance from which they can consider themselves unlucky to not win the third set. Harriet Adams was the MVP having produced some ferocious hitting in the second and third sets.
It means that Meteorites end the season bottom of division 1 but having produced some fantastic performances in the second half of the season.
The leisure centre has decided to close early this evening due to the snow and therefore both the junior and adult training sessions have been cancelled.
The Comets’ match at Salisbury on Sunday afternoon has been postponed. We have had a request from Salisbury to postpone the Meteorites’ match as well but we have suggested delaying a decision to see whether the weather improves. If the leisure centre is open on Sunday evening there will be an adult training session starting at 7PM even if the match is postponed.
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.
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.
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.
The local volleyball club for Calne and the surrounding area of Wiltshire