Thanks to a “Return to Play” grant from Sport England, we have a new outdoor net and some lightweight balls for the juniors.
Our juniors have a new U12 boys team called the Saturn Smashers. The boys made their JuVoTo debut at Lavington School on Saturday where they played two teams from Devizes and a team from Wessex. Although they were unable to secure a first win they played very well and both said they enjoyed the experience.
Many thanks to their parents and other family members for taking the boys and supporting them so passionately throughout the day.
The forecast for Friday is good. Therefore there will be an outdoor junior training starting at 7PM. As usual it will be on The Rec on Anchor Road close to the Bowls Club.
After their first season of competitive volleyball our U12 team finished as overall winners of the SWVA mini-volleyball grand-prix after winning the final round at LeAF.
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 juniors held a joint training session with Bristol Spikers at Wellsway School.
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.