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.
Harriet Adams and Harriet Bentley (both pictured) from Calne Comets Volleyball Club won the U14 girls category at the South-West Mini-Volleyball Championships at Wellsway School near Bristol on Saturday along with the season-long grand-prix title. Both girls have recently being selected to represent the South-West at the inter-regional championships in May.
In the U12 boys category the Calne Binary team of Alex Steimer and Ollie Morris held on to the runners-up spot in the grand-prix despite being unable to compete due to illness.
Three junior teams from our club competed in Taunton at the weekend in the first SWVAgrand-prix of the season.
In the U12 boys category we had two new teams Binary (Alex Steimer and Ollie Morris) and Galaxy (Charlie Adams and Stefan Young). Both teams played very well and there was a good battle between both teams as Binary beat Galaxy by one point in their first match only to lose by two points when they faced each other a second time. In the end both teams could not beat the eventual winners from Plymouth but Binary managed a draw allowing them to take second place with Galaxy third.
The Milky Stars (Harriet Adams and Harriet Bentley) are now in the U14 girls category and continued their dominance from last year.
Major IT firm CGI has provided the Calne Comets with a grant from its UK charity committee to help with the costs of our coaches getting qualifications. In particular our Junior Development Officer, Neil Bentley, has obtained his Level 1 Award in Coaching Volleyball.
The club and in particular the juniors want to thank CGI and their staff for the donation.
The U14 boys had some tough matches particularly given that only one of our boys is in the age category but they had some good matches and it was a shame that the match against St Peters U15 boys had to finish early as our was developing into a great match.
Our only other team was the Milky Ways a.k.a. Harriet Squared in the U13 girls competition. The two Harriets won all six of their matches and therefore the competition.
Training starts on Friday 5 September as usual at 7PM in the leisure centre. There will be training every Friday until 19 December except on 24 and 31 October.
Unfortunately Andrew had resigned as junior development officer. A variety of people will be running the training sessions until we find a permanent replacement starting with Cliff and myself on Friday.
For those juniors old enough to take part, the start-of-season tournament is on 14 September in Melksham. Please let Neil know if you want to play.
The first SWVA grand-prix is on 4 October in Bournemouth. Later dates can be found on the SWVA website.