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.
The Asteroids consisting of Anji, Serena, Mel, Matt, Chessie and Neil lost 25-7 25-15 25-21 to Swinton Engineers this evening. In losing the final set to 21, the Asteroids did at least equal the best score achieved by the Meteorites at Swinton. MVP was Neil.
After some initial concern in the first set, there was a straight forward win for the Meteorites against Devizes Firkins at Lavington School tonight.
With only give off the Meteorites available, Serena was brought into the team as a setter. In the first set the Meteorites failed to settle into any rhythm and found themselves 22-20 but sorted themselves out in a time-out to win 23-25.
The following two sets were much crisper with a tactical adjustment of the back-court setter staying further back, which together with a good ruin of serves from MVP Chris ensured the second set was won for the loss of nine points. The third set was equally decisive with the Meteorites finishing off with a 23-25 9-25 13-25 victory.
The team was Neil, Jack, Chris, Serena, Stuart and Lukasz.
The team of Andy Smith, Steve Ferris, Cliff Ball, Dan Smart, Neil Bentley, Rad and Lukasz list on Monday evening.