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Docklands travel to Sheffield in KO Cup round 2

18/09/16 - Docklands' opponents in the KO Cup 2nd round have been confirmed as Sheffield 2. Docklands will travel to the steel city on Sunday 16th October after Sheffield beat Hull Thunder 3-1 in the 1st round.


Docklands face Sheffield in quarter final play-off

20/03/16 - Docklands' opponents in the Super8s quarter final play-off have been confirmed as Sheffield. Docklands will travel to the steel city on Saturday 9th April to take on Keith Trenam's men. Sheffield won both of the regular season games but Docklands pushed them all the way in a close five-setter in January. The winner will travel to Team Northumbria for the semi finals on 23/24 April.


Sobell SC confirmed as new venue

20/08/15 - We can now confirm that Sobell Sports Centre will be our new home venue for our matches. The venue in Islington was used as a volleyball training venue during the Olympics and has excellent facilities. Details can be found here.

Retail Insight show off signed shirt

15/08/15 - Docklands' main sponsor Retail Insight received a signed shirt from the club to mark their first season as a sponsor. Platon Vogiatzoglou can be seen here showing off the framed shirt at the company's headquarters.

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Double celebration for O'Malley

26/04/15 - Kieran O'Malley is celebrating a double achievement this weekend. On Saturday he was confirmed as the joint winner of the Super8s MVP award. He shared the prize with Nathan French and Taylor Wilson.

Then on Sunday he completed his first London marathon in an impressive time of 3:53. He can be seen here enjoying a well deserved beer.

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Super8s semi final details

28/03/15 - The details of Docklands' Super8s semi final play-off with Team Northumbria have now been confirmed. We travel for the two-legged tie to Durham University (Stockton campus) on Saturday 11th April. The first match on Saturday will start at 16:30 whilst the Sunday match is a 15:00 first serve. If each team wins one match each (regardless of the set scores), a Golden Set will be played after Sunday's match.

Pink engaged

25/01/15 - Docklands veteran Andrew Pink helped celebrate his 32nd birthday weekend by proposing to his girlfriend Mel. Thankfully she said yes and after a six year romance they are now making plans for the big day.

Congratulations from everyone at the club.

Docklands forced to forfeit cup match

16/01/15 - For the first time in our 20 year history we have been forced to forfeit a match. Due to work commitments, holidays and injuries we are not able to field a team against Team Northumbria in the quarter final of the KO cup. Therefore, we made the regrettable decision to inform Northumbria that they would receive a walkover to the semi finals where they will face either Polonia or Newcastle Staffs. We wish Northumbria well in the rest of the competition.


Miedzybrodski joins Docklands

13/11/14 - Docklands have made another big signing as Robin Miedzybrodski becomes the third Malory player to cross London and join their Super8s rivals. The Scot has 6 caps for his country and brings a wealth of experience to his new side. He has also played for City of Bristol and won the Super8s & KO Cup double with Leeds Carnegie in 2011-12.

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Floor damage leads to postponement of City of Sheffield match

01/11/14 - Docklands' big match against current Super8s champions City of Sheffield has had to be postponed due to a problem with the floor at Haverstock School. The photos show a bulge down the length of the hall. The floor is due to fixed by 3rd November so Docklands' cup match against York will go ahead as planned.

The match will now be played on Sunday 30th November at Bacon's College

A trio of new signings

19/09/14 - We're pleased to announce three new signings for this season - Andrew Pink, Kieran O'Malley and Mathieu Ras. Mr Pink returns after making his Docklands debut in 2006 (only making three appearances). O'Malley and Ras join from Malory and along with Pink bring some valuable Super8s experience to the squad.

I'm sure you'll join us in welcoming the trio to Docklands.


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Retail Insight - Docklands' major new sponsor

07/08/14 - Docklands are delighted to announce Retail Insight as a major new sponsor. The business analytics providers have pledged significant financial assistance and have also contributed Docklands' new match kit for their return to the Super8s. Platon Vogiatzoglou, who is a Product Manager at Retail Insight, said, "This is a great opportunity for the company and the club, and we're lookng forward to working together as Docklands make their comeback to the Super8s".



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Datler/Baechli third at Great Yarmouth

29/06/14 - This weekend Docklands' captain Mark Baechli and beach partner Christoph Datler finished 3rd at the VE Beach Tour event in Great Yarmouth. In the semi final they lost 2-1 to Phil Smith and Alejandro Fernandez after leading 1-0. The pair currently hold number 3 in the rankings with both players number 5 in the Champions Race.

Next weekend the pair compete in the invitational Action For Kids tournament at Canary Wharf.

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Volleyball England Awards night

27/04/14 - Docklands collected the Division 1 trophy last night at the Volleyball England awards ceremony in Kettering. The coaching staff and four of the team attended the glittering occasion that celebrates the season in English Volleyball.

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Match 400 up for Docklands

26/10/13 - Next Saturday sees Docklands compete in their 400th competitive match in a national competition (NVL, Premier League or Cup/Shield). Their opponents are Dartford in the 2nd round of the KO Cup. It's also Docklands' 50th KO Cup match.

Please come and help the club celebrate this landmark - Haverstock School, Saturday 2nd November, 15:15 FBS.

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New coach and players ready for the challenge

01/10/13 - Docklands are all set to start their National League campaign after an intense pre-season. After winning the prestigious VC Marl Cup in Germany two weeks ago Docklands have agreed terms with a new coach - Ercüment Karakoç. The Turk has a wealth of experience in coaching National League and university teams and will bring his reknowned passion and enthusiasm to Docklands' game. He has already recruited two new signings to the Dockands squad - young players Piotr Majorkowski and Tony Leung (both pictured).

Otherwise, Docklands have held onto the majority of their squad from last season, and welcome back captain Mark Baechli for his first match since December 2012 following an injury he picked up in training.

Sadly we have said goodbye to three players from last season; Alessandro Galli, Nicolo d'Elia and Michal Fronek. We wish them well in whatever they do in the future.


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Cup draw announced

31/08/13 - The National KO Cup draw has been released. Docklands have a bye into the second round where they will host Dartford or Sussex Dolphins on 2nd November at Haverstock Hill.

If they successfully negotiate that match they will then have another home tie but this time against current cup holders Wessex.

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A Glitzy wedding

09/07/13 - Docklands legend Albrecht Glitz and Joana tied the knot at weekend in a romantic ceremony in the Pyrennes. The happy couple were joined by several old team mates, a gold medal winning Olympian and Steve Fee.

The club wishes the happy couple a wonderful life together. Click here to see a few more photos.


Vincett ties the knot as Glitz sets up another one

27/09/12 - Docklands' all-time record appearance holder Andy Vincett married Eileen Normanly last Saturday in a touching ceremony in Buckinghamshire. Many of Vincett's former team mates were there to help the couple celebrate the joyful occasion with Martin Blake carrying out his Best Man duties with confidence and good humour.

Boris Halatchev had flown in from Bulgaria whilst Albrecht Glitz joined the party from Barcelona. He was accompanied by Joana, who unbeknown to the majority of attendees had accepted Albrecht's marriage proposal a few weeks earlier. Glitzy had kept it very quiet.

Congratulations to both couples from everyone at Docklands. Click here for more wedding photos.

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Pre-season preparations come to a close

20/09/12 - Docklands' pre-season preparations are complete and the squad are now eager and ready for the first match against East London rivals Knights on Sunday.

After five-weeks of intensive training and two tournaments the team is coming together well. Docklands welcome back into the squad the experienced Matteo Cottignoli and Raf Dürr whilst Slawek Omlyski is also back with the squad full time. The team also has some exciting new players including Nicolò dElia, Michal Kronek and Christoph Datler.

A small squad travelled to Germany two weeks ago to take part in the VC-Marl Cup. Run by Marc Schaepertoens' home club the team got some useful sets under their belts and ended up coming 4th. Then at the Lynx tournament last weekend, Docklands beat two Super8 teams and showed glimpses of their quality against old rivals Malory.

The first match is on Sunday 23rd August at 16:00 Bethnal Green SC.


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French and Pink selected for GB Olympic squad

29/06/12 - Ex-Docklands stars Nathan French and Andrew Pink have been selected in Arrie Brokking's final GB squad for this summer's Olympic Games. Both players left Docklands to start pro contracts on the continent and their hard work has paid off with their dream selections for the London Games. It must have been the Docklands number 9 shirt that did it!

However, there was disappointing news for another Docklands old boy Yassir Sliti, who just missed out on a place in the squad.

The men's competition starts on Sunday 29th July when GB take on Bulgaria at Earls Court.


Next season's confirmed fixtures

28/06/12 - Docklands will start their new league campaign with a tricky away fixture against local rivals London Knights on Sunday 23rd September. The two sides faced each other three times last season and Knights ran out winners on all three occasions.

Division 1 has been reduced to nine teams after Leeds Carnegie withdrew from the Super8s and Sheffield were reintroduced to the top division.

The National KO Cup draws have also been released. Docklands have a bye into the second round where they will face Flaming 6 Aces (Battersea) or Horndean. If they successfully negotiate that match they will probably have a trip to Polonia in the third round.

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Docklands old boys fight for Olympic spots

01/04/12 - The Great Britain Men's long squad for their Olympic summer programme was announced this week and four Docklands old boys are still in with a chance of making the final 12-man squad.

Harry Brokking's 16-man squad features Nathan French, Yassir Sliti, Andrew Pink and Danny Weemes. The squad start training later this month as they build up to the London Games in July/August.

Good luck to the Docklands guys on making it to Earls Court.

Baechli completes Strongman run

12/03/12 - Mark Baechli returned to his native Switzerland last weekend to compete in the Fisherman's Friend Strongman Run. The event is a 16km run through mud and over obstacles.

Baechli completed the grueling course in 1 hour 48 minutes and 13 seconds in 567th place (out of 4,000 entries). Well done Mark!

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Vincett engaged

22/01/12 - Docklands legend Andy Vincett proposed to long time girlfriend Eileen Normanly last weekend and she said "Yes"!

The holder of Docklands' all-time appearance record did the deed on a trip to discover Eileen's Irish roots in County Sligo. He cunningly popped the question on his birthday giving him no excuse for forgetting the date. They plan to tie the knot later this year.

Congratulations to Andy and Eileen from everyone at the club.


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Legrand finally ties the knot

29/10/11 - Long serving Docklands coach Ian Legrand has finally married his long term partner Linda Stephenson. After 18 years together, the couple tied the knot at the ceremony at Trinity Church in Upminster. The day continued at the Thurrock Hotel where Ian gave an emotional speech. His brother and best man Kevin, a former Docklands player, also paid tribute to his brother and new wife.

Former Docklands players Alexis Blair and Andy Vincett and current coach Danny Primus along with Carol Gordon and Jefferson Williams helped the happy couple's day celebrate their big day.

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Malte Rieger becomes Docklands' 100th player

01/10/11 - Malte Rieger became Docklands' 100th player in today's match against Brentwood Estonians. In a bizarre coincidence Docklands' number 1 player (Ned Groy) was on the other side of the net playing for Estonians - a fitting way to mark the occasion especially with Rieger wearing Groy's old number 6 shirt. However, Rieger has a long way to go to match Groy's 208 appearances - see the updated All Time list here.

Rieger joined other Docklands new boys Platon Vogiatzoglou (98) and Tomas Wenzel (99) whilst since his debut Matthias Gilch (101) and Mark Baechli (102) have also made their first appearances.

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Sussex Dolphins first for Docklands in KO Cup

21/08/11 - The National KO Cup draws have been made and for the first time in 15 years Docklands will play in the first round. Their cup campaign will kick off with a home tie against Sussex Dolphins of Division 2 South. If they successfully negotiate that match they will face London Knights, again at home. If everything goes to form the winner of the 2nd round match will travel north to take on KO Cup Champions Sheffield.

Meanwhile, Swiss Cottage will be at home against either Flaming Six Angels (Battersea) or Team Bath in round 2. They have been drawn at home all the way through to the semi finals.


Docklands old boys star at Olympic test event

25/07/11 - Docklands was well represented at the London Volleyball International Invitational at Earls Court last week. The test event for next year's Olympics saw Great Britain take on the USA, Brazil, Serbia, Mexico and Egypt. Docklands old boys Yassir Sliti, Andrew Pink and Nathan French starred in GB's wins over Mexico and Egypt whilst Team Manager duties were carried out by Andy Hopper. Many of the Docklands family could also be seen in the crowd with Ian Legrand, Julie York, Danny Primus, Carol Gordon, Ned Groy, Matteo Cottignoli, Alexis Blair, Slawek Omlyski, Mohammed Sliti, Dejan Miladinovic, Adam Phillips, Christos Christoforidis, Efe Eruero, Alex Inglot, Alex Porter, Neil Masters, Pawel Stankiewicz, Martin Blake and Andy Omoshebi all enjoying some of the best volleyball ever seen in the capital.

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Sliti shares Super8 MVP award with Sinclair

16/04/11 - Mohammed Sliti has been awarded the Super8 MVP award for the 2010-11 season alongside Team Northumbria's Andy Sinclair. Both players were voted MVP eight times by the opposition and beat the likes of Luca Pinter, Kees de Hoogh, Phil Wyles, Arthur Faurre and Mathieu Ras into second place.

Hopper reaches 300 matches

27/03/11 - Andy Hopper followed Ian Legrand to the landmark of 300 matches with Docklands. However, Hopper's "appearances" are a combination of 168 as a player and 132 as coach/assistant coach. Hopper was presented with a framed shirt to mark the occasion.

Hopper's 300th match was the first match of the play-offs against Coventry and Warwick Riga. After the disappointing loss to old rivals Riga, Docklands did Hopper proud by defeating Team Northumbria in a thrilling five-set win that keeps the club's hopes alive of Super8 survival.

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Blair becomes third player to reach 200 appearances

05/02/11 - Alexis Blair became the third player to reach 200 Docklands appearances today. He was presented with a framed shirt to mark the occasion.

Ned Groy and Andy Vincett were the first two players to make 200 appearances. However, Alexis was the quickest to 200, taking eleven years and 129 days to reach the landmark, eight days quicker than Ned. Andy took 13 years 126 days.

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Galli and Sliti star in new advertising campaigns

30/11/10 - Two of Docklands stars are currently appearing in two advertising campaigns. Alessandro Galli can be seen in Asics' new press and poster images - click here to see the advert. Meanwhile, a moving image of Mohammed Sliti is being using during sports coverage on Saudi TV - click here to see the piece (Sliti appears after about 21 seconds).

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Docklands reach Dig London Invitational final

19/09/10 - Docklands completed their pre-season preparations yesterday with an encouraging performance at the Dig London Invitational tournament. They just fell short in the final against hosts Malory Eagles, losing 2-1. However, some solid performances by Docklands' small squad will give the east London side hope as the new Super8 season starts next week. Also Docklands' new slim line captain Alexis Blair was awarded the MVP of the tournament from votes by the opposition teams.

Earlier in the day Docklands lost the opening match against Malory 2-1 but recovered from that disappointment to comprehensively defeat Super8 newcomers Leeds Carnegie. The second set was won 25-14, with Blair enjoying a run of eight unreturnable jump serves that took the match away from Leeds. Docklands then defeated Warwick Riga 2-1 in the semi final to set-up the final against Malory who overcame Polonia in the other semi.


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KO Cup draw announced

17/08/10 - Volleyball England announced the KO Cup draws today and Docklands now know that they will face either Canterbury City or Brentwood Estonians in the 2nd round. The winner of that tie, played at Docklands' home venue, will travel to South Birmingham, Newcastle Staffs 2, Willesden Men or Sussex Dolphins in round three. If Docklands get through those two matches they will be rewarded with a home quarter final probably against Coventry & Warwick Riga or Cambridge.

Meanwhile, Swiss Cottage will be at home against New Forest in round 2. They will also be at home in the third round against Team Bath, Canterbury City or IMKA London.


Boris & Gergana say goodbye

02/08/10 - Docklands legend Boris Halatchev and his wife Gergana said goodbye tonight with a few drinks with the team. The club will obviously be sad to see them go but wish them well back in their native Bulgaria. The night also saw the first appearance at a club social of Martin and Kate's new daughter Sophie. Click here for the photos.

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The magnificent 7 miss out on 5th Whitefield title

25/07/10 - Docklands reached their 5th Whitefield final this weekend but were just edged out by Team Northumbria (formerly Middlesbrough College) 3-1. Docklands' squad was down to the bare bones with only seven all weekend. The squad contained four regular Docklands players (Di Bella, Cottignoli, Omylski and captain Senatore) and was boosted by three guests; Antonio Codrington, Rafael Ferro and Christian Perri.

Docklands started slowly on Saturday with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Belgain side Eisden. They picked up in the second match against Team Northumbria but still lost 2-1. However, Docklands continued their improvement to defeat the University of Birmingham 2-0. Crucially, the second set was won 25-13 so when second place in the pool was decided on points, that set proved to be the clincher. This set up a semi final with Malory.


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Docklands arrived at Bath SC at 9am Sunday morning to find the surprising sight of Malory already warming up. However, the early start did not pay off as Docklands raced into a 5-0 lead in set one. They maintained their advantage to take the first set 25-20 but found themselves down early in the second set. However, they stuck in and slowly clawed their way back into the set. Despite this Malory had a couple of set points, one of which they thought they'd won until a late touch was called. A Malory error gave the advantage back to Docklands and they took the match at the second attempt, winning the set 29-27.

After the long wait, Docklands started very slowly and Andy Sinclair's Team Northumbria took full advantage, winning the first two sets 25-18. Docklands' small squad dug deep to battle their way to a 25-23 third set win, at last giving the large crowd a proper match to watch. TN took a five point lead in set four but Docklands didn't give up and earned a set point at 25-24. Unfortunately they couldn't take it and TN eventually won the fourth set 28-26.


Blakey delivers another surprise

23/06/10 - Martin Blake became a father last Saturday and played a larger part in the delivery than he had expected. Sophie was born at 2.10am on Saturday morning, weighing in at 6 pounds. Kate and Sophie are fine despite Martin having to act as an emergency midwife.

Well done Kate and Martin!

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Docklands' Italians try their hand at football punditry

02/06/10 - Two of Docklands' Italian players took time out from their busy schedules to try their hand at football punditry. Local newspaper Newham Recorder asked a number of local sporting stars to give their views on the forthcoming World Cup. Matteo Cottignoli and Daniele Di Bella's thoughts can be read here.

Legrand to take time out

25/05/10 - It was announced at Docklands' AGM last night that coach Ian Legrand is to take a break from coaching the club. In the lead up to the 2012 Paralympics Ian, quite rightly, will be focusing all his efforts on coaching the GB Men's Sitting team.

The club took the opportunity last night to give their thanks for all Ian's efforts over the last 15 years. He was instrumental in the club establishing itself as a major force in Men's volleyball in England and the club's four national titles are due in large part to him. The club wishes him well with the sitting team and look forward to seeing him at a Docklands match very soon.

Awards night 2010

18/04/10 - Docklands held their second joint end of the season awards night with Swiss Cottage last night. Amongst the awards handed out were:

Boris Halatchev - Best Blocker
Riccardo Senatore - Worst end to a match/season
Andy Vincett - The Glynn Archibald award for being carded while on the bench
Danny Primus - Transport Selection
Matt Butterworth - Taking Care of Gizness
Cris Madeddu - Lifetime achievement award

Later - as Mohammed Sliti could not attend the awards night he was presented with his Players' Player of the year award at the club's AGM. Other awards presented at the AGM were:

Alessandro Galli - Best Model
Matteo Cottignoli - Ever Present
Mohammed Sliti - Best Server and Best Scorer
Slawomir Omylski - Best debut

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Boris bids farewell

11/04/10 - Docklands legend Boris Halatchev played his final match for the club on Saturday. Boris and Gergana will return to Bulgaria in the summer with their expanding family. After 128 appearances and seven seasons with Docklands Boris will be sorely missed. After the match he was presented with his own Black Knight (Boris is pictured right after receiving it). He ended his career with 15 Black Knight wins, level at the top of the table with fellow legend Albrecht Glitz (who despite reports to the contrary will not, unfortunately, be returning to Docklands' squad).

The club wish Boris and Gergana well for the future and hope to see them again soon.


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Swiss' cup defence ends in semi final

27/02/10 - Swiss Cottage's defence of their KO Cup title came to an end today against Leeds Carnegie (24-26, 21-25, 22-25). Danny Primus' side put up a valiant effort against a strong Carnegie side who also won the Student Cup two weeks ago. Carnegie will now face Polonia Ladies in the final.

Polonia men produced the shock of the weekend when they came back from 2-1 down to defeat defending champions Sheffield 15-10 in the fifth set. Malory defeated Newcastle Staffs in the other semi final to set up an all London final at Crystal Palace on 24th April.


Swiss make it to the semis again

07/02/10 - Swiss Cottage have made it through to the semi finals of the KO cup for the third year in a row. The defending champions saw off Ashcombe Dorking 3-0 yesterday to set up a semi final against Leeds Carnegie. Although Carnegie are in Div 3 North they will be tough opponents - they've so far won all their 13 league and 4 cup matches without dropping a set. If Swiss win they will face either Polonia or Tameside in the final at Crystal Palace on 24th April.

Meanwhile, Docklands' conquerors Polonia will take on Sheffield in the semi finals while Malory face Newcastle Staffs in the other last four tie. All four semi finals are being held at Volleyball England's Kettering Training Centre on Saturday 27th February.


Docklands to face Polonia in the quarters

19/01/10 - It has been confirmed that Docklands' next opponents in the KO Cup will be Polonia after they beat East Midlands Lions 3-0 in the third round last night. The quarter final will take place at St Benedicts School on Saturday 6th February.

It has also been announced that the Cup Final will be staged at Crystal Palace for the first time in nearly 20 years - an added incentive for both Docklands and Polonia to appear in a London based final on the 24th April.


Christmas party photos

29/12/09 - On Saturday 12th December Docklands held their Christmas party with Swiss Cottage again. The venue was Bloomsbury Lanes, a combination of ten-pin bowling, American diner and karaoke bar.

Click here to see some photos from the evening festivities.

Docklands to face New Forest

16/11/09 - Docklands now know who they will face in the 3rd round of the KO Cup in January after New Forest beat non-league Canterbury City 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-20). New Forest play in NVL 3 West and are currently top the league after six wins from six games. The only Men's Division 1 side to loose in the 2nd round were City of Bristol who lost to Wessex in five sets.

Meanwhile, Swiss Cottage despatched SGTV Solent Ladies in three sets to set up a 3rd round tie with Team Bath.


Plymouth forfeit cup match

10/11/09 - Docklands have effectively been given a bye into the 3rd round of the KO Cup after Plymouth Activate forfeited their match. Plymouth have been hit by a number of injuries and have recently also had to forfeit two league matches. Therefore, Docklands will now start their cup campaign in the New Year when they will face either New Forest or Canterbury City at Bacon's College on 9th January.

Meanwhile, Swiss Cottage take on SGTV Solent Ladies on Saturday as they begin the defence of their KO Cup title.


Vincett breaks his marathon personal best

01/11/09 - Andy Vincett completed his third New York Marathon today in a time of 3 hours, 28 minutes and 42 seconds. His target of breaking the 3.5 hour mark was achieved at his third attempt and he can now return to the UK a happy man! So far he has raised $3,480 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (New York City Chapter). You can still donate to Andy's final amount by clicking here. Well done Andy!


Sliti recovering after dislocation

09/10/09 - Mohammed Sliti is making good progress after dislocating a finger in training this week. He was hit by Riccardo Senatore during a blocking drill and had to spend several hours in A&E before being treated. He was already due to miss the next three matches but is hoping to be fit again for Docklands' trip to Newcastle Staffs on 24th October.

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Plymouth first in the cup

05/10/09 - Docklands now know who they will face in the 2nd round of this season's KO Cup. Plymouth Activate (NVL Div 2) beat Wiltshire Mavericks (NVL Div 3W) in the 1st round (25-22, 25-22, 25-23). This was Plymouth's first win of the season after defeats against Richmond and London Knights.

The match will at Bacon's College on Saturday 14th November. The winner of that match will play at home against New Forest or Canterbury City in the New Year.


New season preview

12/09/09 - With the start of the new season almost upon us here is a brief introduction of Docklands' new players:

Matteo Cottignoli - started training with Docklands back in February, just missing out on the registration deadline for last season. The Italian has proved to be a solid libero and will look to build on a promising pre-season as he makes his debut this Saturday. Matteo is a physio which always comes in handy when he's off court.

Alex Chevau - following in the foot steps of Docklands' previous French setter Chris Penne, Alex is a fiery competitor who demands equal amounts of passion from his team mates. A landscape gardener by day he will be hoping to drive Docklands onto success this year.

Chris Christoforidis - the veteran Greek power hitter has impressed coach Ian Legrand in pre-season training and is hoping to use his experience throughout the season. Chris works for London 2012 as Lead Venue Planner.

Slawomir Omylski - trained with Docklands for all of last season and since switching to the middle has forced his way into Legrand's squad.

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NVL restructure announced

11/09/09 - On the eve of the new season, Volleyball England announced today that the NVL will be restructured to try and create more competitive matches and therefore a more marketable product to help increase the profile of the sport in this country. The main change is the reduction in size of the top division to eight teams and the re-branding of the division (working title is the Super 8s). The restructure will also see the current Division 2 drop to ten teams (from 12), whilst remaining as a national league and being renamed Division 1. Below that the new Division 2 becomes a regional league split into North and South with more regional leagues underneath to form a development pyramid.

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Andy Hopper, who sits on the NVL Strategy Group, said, "We [Docklands] have been lobbying for a restructure for a number of years and this new format gives the NVL a great chance to re-invent itself after a number of years of stagnation. It should make the top league more competitive with no easy matches and keep it interesting right to the end of the season at both ends of the table."

The new structure will start from the 2010-11 season so this year there will be a different format for relegation/promotion between the various leagues. Division 1 will still see two teams automatically relegated whilst 8th place in Division 1 will play-off against the winner of Division 2 to decide the final place in the Super 8s. It is all to play for so please come and support Docklands as they start their NVL campaign at St Benedicts this Saturday.


Legrand appointed Great Britain Sitting Head Coach

09/09/09 - Today it was announced formally that Ian Legrand has been appointed the Great Britain Men's Sitting Volleyball Head Coach. Ian has been coaching the squad for the last few weeks as they prepare for the European Championships in Poland, starting on the 21st September. He said, "We are all very excited by the changes within Sitting Volleyball. With the 2012 Paralympics fast approaching we are building a great set up to be potential medal contenders. I'm pleased to say that the future is looking bright". Ian is hoping to combine his two roles with GB and Docklands but the Euros will mean he misses the first three matches of the NVL season.

Congratulations to Ian and good luck with this exciting new opportunity. Click here for more info about GB Sitting Volleyball.


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Cup draw

11/08/09 - Docklands now know who they will face in this season's KO Cup. The draw pitches them against either Plymouth Activate (NVL Div 2) or Wiltshire Mavericks (NVL Div 3W) in round 2 at Bacon's College on Saturday 14th November. A win would give Docklands another home tie against either KS Osemka, New Forest, SGTV Solent 2 or Canterbury City in the New Year. If the other matches go according to seeding, Docklands would face Polonia in the quarter finals. If Docklands got through that tough challenge they would probably face either Sheffield or London Lynx in the semi final. Click here for Docklands' full fixture list.

Meanwhile, Danny Primus' Swiss Cottage begin the defence of their KO Cup title against either Sussex Dolphins or Solent Ladies. They are seeded to face either Coventry Riga or the team they beat in last season's final, the University of Birmingham (formerly City of Wolverhampton), in the semi finals.

Be sure to come and support both Docklands and Swiss as they begin their quest to win the cup again on the 14th November.


Docklands win VE Media/Promotion award

27/07/09 - Docklands have won Volleyball England's Club Media/Promotion award at the annual Volunteer Awards. The ceremony held for the first time during the Whitefield tournament in Bath rewarded many of English Volleyball's volunteers in eleven categories. Docklands were joint winners with Richmond who also won the Club Of The Year award.

Earlier in the day Docklands defeated Richmond's mens team in the pool stages of the Men's Premier Division. They also beat the England Juniors and United Nations whilst they suffered narrow defeats against Malory and Newcastle Staffs. These results set up a semi final against Staffs on Sunday morning. After winning the first set 25-22, Docklands saved three set points in the second set before succumbing 26-24. They gave up an early lead in the deciding set and although they recovered to tie the scores at 13-13 they couldn't manage to finish off the match and lost 15-13. Docklands went on to win the Plate competition whilst Staffs lost 3-1 in the final to Malory.

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Polonia first for Docklands

07/06/09 - Docklands' league fixtures for next season have been confirmed and they will start with two tough away matches before hosting the current league and cup champions Sheffield. Docklands travel to Polonia on the opening day of the season (12th Sept) and then to Warwick Riga the following week. Docklands have begun their season against Polonia on four occasions and will be hoping to add to their only opening day victory against the West London side in 2004.

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Kubr weds on the shore of Lake Zürich

26/05/09 - Ex-Docklands star Cyril Kubr tied the knot with Simone yesterday with another Docklands old boy helping the happy couple celebrate their big day. The ceremony took place in the afternoon and was followed by a reception on the shores of Lake Zürich. Nik Ruh represented Docklands on the day with girlfriend Kathleen and her sister Maddy. The club wishes Cyril and Simone all the best for their life together.

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Awards night honours Docklands' stars

26/04/09 - Docklands and Swiss Cottage held their first joint awards night yesterday at the Old Crown Inn. During a well attended event all of Docklands' and Swiss Cottage's stars were rewarded with exclusive certificates to mark their individual achievements last season.

For Docklands, captain Alexis Blair dominated the playing awards winning 3 of the 4 awards based on match stats. Additionally he picked up the award for most Black Knight wins. Also for the first time Docklands' players voted for their Players' Player award and it was no surprise that Blair was recognized by his peers for his performances this season. The full list of awards is below. Click here for more photos.

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Wayne Davies - Most NVL MVP awards
Mark Hitchcock - Best serving substitute
Matteo Cottignoli - Best physio
Atanas Apostolov - Most number of (unnecessary) press ups completed after training
Riccardo Senatore - Punctuality Award
Wayne Davies - Best line judge
Martin Blake - Best traveller
Mohammed Sliti - Best player called Sliti
Yassir Sliti - Second best player called Sliti (received by Mohammed on behalf of his brother)
Danny Primus - Coach of the year
Matt Mills - Best junior player (received at Docklands' AGM as the awards night was after his bed time)
Marc Schaepertoens - Best Defender
Boris Halatchev - Best Blocker
Alexis Blair - Best Server
Alexis Blair - Best Receiver
Alexis Blair - Best Attacker
Alexis Blair - Most Black Knight Wins
Alexis Blair - Player's Player


Riginelli wins in Oz

20/04/09 - Ex-Docklands star Francesco Riginelli has won the New South Wales beach volleyball competition at the first attempt. After moving to Manly with his girlfriend Alice De Innocentiis last summer he has trained relentlessly to recapture his beach form. He won two of the first eight tournaments and picked up two runners up prizes. A delighted Frank said, "Unfortunately this year there was no national tour, they did just the Masters and I came 13th out of 36. As a new guy I was seeded 36th so it was tough. But I'm very happy with my NSW award." Alice also came 6th in the women's competition. Click on Frank for more photos. You can see more details of his results here


Mills leads Boswells to national title

19/04/09 - Matt Mills won the MVP award as he led Boswells School to their fifth national title in the under 18 Men's final in Sheffield today. Together with Docklands training players Luke French (Nathan French's younger brother) and Andy Saward, Boswells beat Wessex 3-1 in the last final of the weekend at Ponds Forge. Mills said, "I got the MVP but played like a muppet, oh well".

Nathan was a proud spectator as he watched his brother win. He was sporting a cast on his left arm after a freak training accident saw him break his arm while doing box jumps. He has just signed his first professional contract with Tenerife Sur and hopes to be fit for pre-season training at the end of the summer.

Swiss do the double

18/04/09 - Danny Primus' Swiss Cottage side powered their way to a league and cup double today when they despatched City of Wolverhampton in the KO Cup Final. After winning their maiden Div 1 title three weeks ago, they made quick work of their opponents in the first two sets winning to 15 and 13. They made hard work of it in the third set but eventually took the set 27-25. Primus said afterwards, "It may not have been pretty at times, but I don't care. We deserved to win and it makes all the hard work worthwhile."

Sheffield also achieved their first double after they saw off Malory in three sets. Their second cup win in a row was completed in just over an hour with a 25-14 third set win - they had been 16-2 up at the second technical time out. That was Malory's third cup final defeat in a row and with their ladies team also without a trophy this year, it's the first season since 1986 that the club has failed to win one of the four titles on offer.


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Eruero departs for the North

31/03/09 - After four seasons with Docklands Efe Eruero is leaving the club to move up North again. Before joining Docklands, Efe spent eight years in Sheffield as the perennial student and is now heading back there to work as a management accountant for his old Polytechnic, sorry University (Hallam).

Efe, who turns 30 in May, has been one of Docklands' star performers over the last few years and was a key part of our double winning campaign in 2006-07. He made 55 appearances for Docklands and although injury has limited his court time over the last two seasons he will be sorely missed by all. We wish him, and especially Tara, the best of luck for the future. Cheers FA.


Swiss make their first KO Cup final

08/03/09 - Swiss Cottage yesterday made their first KO Cup final after a comfortable 3-0 win over Ashcombe in the semi final at Nottingham University. Ashcombe are currently top of Women's Div 2 and had beaten Malory in the quarter final but Swiss made quick work of their young opponents 25-18, 25-15, 25-18. The final is on 18th April at Ponds Forge (Sheffield) when Swiss will face City of Wolverhampton, KO cup winners in 2006. Coach Danny Primus said, "That was a professional performance and exactly what we needed to do. We can now park that and concentrate on our next league match." Indeed, Swiss next face Loughborough Students on 28th March at Bacon's College when a 3-0 win will see them lift their first ever Div 1 title.

Earlier in the day Malory defeated Polonia 3-0 in the first Men's semi final. Sets 1 and 3 both swung Malory's way when coach Jefferson Williams introduced Docklands old boy Andy Omoshebi to serve. Polonia, who beat Docklands 3-2 in the quarter final, didn't seem able to cope with his serve. Malory will face Sheffield who are still aiming for a league and cup double after over-coming Newcastle Staffs in the other semi.


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Legrand takes charge of his 300th match

14/02/09 - Docklands' coach Ian Legrand coached his 300th match today against Polonia. He has led Docklands from the very first match back in 1994 and 14 years and 133 days later he has reached this exceptional landmark. Saturday was the 307th Docklands match but as three of those were walkover victories Ian has only missed four matches. Ned Groy, who holds Docklands' all-time appearance record and was also part of Docklands' first ever match, presented Ian with a framed photo montage of images from Ian's career. You can see an enlargement of the frame and some more facts from Ian's Docklands career by clicking on the image on the right.


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Vincett and Blake reach appearance milestones

17/01/09 - Docklands legends Andy Vincett and Martin Blake both reached appearance milestones today in Docklands' win over Sheffield 2. Vincett became the second athlete to reach 200 caps (after Ned Groy) whilst Blake made his 150th appearance.

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