The Grovelands office split into teams to play a competitive game of volleyball in Brighton.
Having well and truly caught the volleyball bug, eighteen hardy Grovelanders embarked on the third instalment of beach volleyball down at the seafront. This week saw a season debut for Mark ‘Volleyball Queen’ Davies as he lined up in Team 3. The customary warm-up was co-ordinated by organiser Laura Real and amidst darkening skies the four teams locked horns.Late withdrawals meant that Teams 2 and 3 were relegated to four players per team, but this did not dampen enthusiasm or indeed hinder ability.
Considering the level of performance in our first tentative volleyball session, the improvement was vast (this could, in part, be down to the absence of Ollie Benn).
In fact over the course of the evening there was no clear winner, rather a series of round robin matches that concluded with a three-way tie for first. Unfortunately one team remained winless and reluctantly clutching the wooden spoon – despite Kesia Tucknott’s furiously energetic performance let’s just say Ben Wilson and his team had an “off night”.
Overall this was an evening of immense fun – as has become the norm – though the wind did impact heavily on proceedings. Miscued shots that seemed to be heading hopelessly out suddenly turned into winners and those that coped with the conditions the best were the ones that really excelled. Star performers included Davies, Marker, Tang and Gnacadja whilst Ives confirmed his reputation as “maker up of numbers”.
As winter draws close this may well be the final volleyball session of the year, but it’s fair to say that should any challengers lay waiting out there then get in touch – because just as Grovelands is sweeping all before it in the recruitment field, so they will on the volleyball sands.