After the success of the first Grovelands volleyball tournament, 23 of us set out on the short walk to the local beach volleyball courts for round two.
After the success of the first Grovelands volleyball tournament, 23 Grovelanders set out on a short walk to the local volleyball courts on Tuesday evening for round two. The weather was bleak but spirits were high and soon we split into our four teams for some friendly warm-up exercises before the games began.
I learnt the hard way that volleyball was not the easy, carefree game that American TV had made it seem. It soon became clear who the dark horses of the courts were and who needed a little practice and some fantastic playing took place. Regrettably our team took a crushing defeat in the first round and tensions mounted as our chances of victory ebbed away. Daren A’Court stepped up with strategic planning that Lord Nelson would have been proud of; which seemed to do the trick as the next round was a resounding, if not narrow, victory for team Four.
Man of the match, for our team at least, was Kieran Ives who scored an impressive 8 consecutive points from some expert serving. By this time team three, featuring the tallest members of the office it should be noted, were showing their dominance and overall victory was already only inches away.
Time flew and the two hours we had the court for were very nearly coming to an end. There was a slight extension for injury time as more than one Grovelander received a stout ball to the head. The most notable, and talked about for some days after, was when Darren A’Court powered the ball into Fiona Nunn’s face – who stood only feet away from him- ouch! She made a swift recovery and was ready for the final match, but our chance of victory had long since passed and team three were soon declared winners.
A good time was had by all but I believe we will book in a couple more sessions before we take our chances at the Olympics next year.