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.
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.
If you are a BBC radio presenter with the challenge of trying as many Olympic sports as possible while the Olympic Games are taking place in Rio then you are going to want to try volleyball. Of course you need a coach to teach you the basics and convey to your listeners that volleyball is a fun sport. That is what happened this morning on BBC Radio Oxford and who was the coach?
Step forward Jenny Boorman from Calne Comets.
Despite only have a few minutes before going on air, Jenny managed to teach the presenter Lilley Mitchell enough about volleyball that she mentioned making a flat surface with her arms when digging and creating a star (well close enough Jenny normal refers to a diamond shape) in front of her forehead when setting – concepts that we recognise from Jenny’s sessions here in Calne. It all sounded good fun and you can listen to the recording on iPlayer for the next 30 days (the bit with Jenny starts at time 02:22:15).
The Comets played their home fixtures against Swinton Engineers in Tidworth winning 3-0. More to follow.
The WVA pre-season tournament was held on Saturday (26 September) at Lavington School. There was only one Comets team (consisting of Cliff, Neil, Jörg, Matt Walker, Dan, Anji, David and Irénée). The first match was against Devizes Barrels against whom the Comets scrapped through. Next up was Olympiad and a fairly even match until the last five minutes when some fine serving from Dan opened a gap to give a decisive victory). Victories against Salisbury and Melksham and a narrow 27-25 loss to Devizes 6X saw the Comets through to the final. However, it was at a price as Irénée injured his ankle. With Neil and Dan as well as Irénée having already departed for other commitments, the Comets were unable to match 6X and had to be satisfied with the runners-up trophy.
Sadly our former player Thomas Mouillé passed away this week. I am sure he will be remembered fondly by our players. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sarah and their children.
Congratulations to the award winners at tonight’s AGM:
Player of the year: Jörg Steimer and Dan Smart
Coach’s award: Dan Smart
Junior player of the year: Charlie Adams and Jess Ball
Junior coach’s award: Andreas Casas
With the luxury of the entire squad present, the Meteorites comfortably beat Salisbury Warlocks 25-18 25-18 25-18. MVP was Neil.
Last night the Comets lost narrowly to Devizes 6X at Calne Leisure Centre. The final score was 16-25 25-23 23-25. The team was Cliff, Matt, Andy, Steve, Lukasz, Jörg, Dan and Fred.
After losing to Devizes Firkins last week the Asteroids gained revenge this week with a 25-19 22-25 25-18. The team was Serena, Mel, Kat, Andrew, Anji, Chessie, Harriet and MVP Matt.