Docklands ease to win over Boro

PUBLISHED: 10:44 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:33 05 October 2010

Docklands were dominant at the weekend

Docklands were dominant at the weekend

London Docklands consolidated their third position in the National Volleyball League with a professional performance against Division One newcomers Middlesbrough College

London Docklands consolidated their third position in the National Volleyball League with a professional performance against Division One newcomers Middlesbrough College.

It was an ace by Alessandro Galli (pictured right) that took Docklands 6-3 up in the first set as both sides edged their way into the game.

Middlesbrough recovered after some good hitting by Stephen Harrison, who was making his Division One debut, but two blocks by Docklands stalwart Boris Halatchev restored their advantage, forcing Goodchild to call his first time out.

Two aces from Daniele Di Bella underlined Docklands' dominance, but Middlesbrough were not giving up and when the first set looked to be going Docklands' way at 22-17 up, three quick Middlesbrough points planted the seeds of doubt in the Docklands camp.

However, Docklands re-established their sideout game and two points from Riccardo Senatore secured the set 25-22.

Coach Legrand introduced Mohammed Sliti at the start of set two and he made an immediate impact, causing Middlesbrough's passing unit problems with his serve from the off.

But some tenacious play by the visitors meant that Docklands could not pull away, and with the help of three consecutive points from Michael Grainger, Middlesbrough closed to within a point at 14-13 down.

However, points from Galli and Raf Dürr combined with a careless Middlesbrough error gave Docklands a cushion of four points and with Sliti a constant threat from all over the court, Docklands cantered to a 25-18 second set win with a Di Bella block on Grainger.

That would prove to be Di Bella's last play of the match with Andy Vincett replacing him at the start of the third set.

Vincett was quickly into his stride and connected well with all his hitters. He found Galli and Sliti early on in the set as Docklands took a 7-3 lead.

Service runs from Dürr and Sliti helped Docklands stretch their advantage at 20-10.

Legrand brought in Carlos Lara for his first taste of English volleyball, and in doing so surprisingly became the first Spanish player to play for Docklands.

Despite a short run of Docklands' errors, including a bizarre attack error by libero Matteo Cottignoli, the home side ran out comfortable winners 25-14.

Docklands are in cup action next week when they take on Polonia in the quarter-final.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Latest East London Sports News


England captain Ben Stokes rallied his side with four wickets on day three of the first £raisethebat Test, but the West Indies were still able to leave the field with an enviable 99-run lead.


West Ham United manager David Moyes is hoping Sebastien Haller can play a crucial part in the final stretch of games but questions whether Robert Snodgrass will be able to.


All 18 First-Class Counties have agreed to participate in the same competitive red-ball and white-ball competitions during this summer’s shortened men’s domestic season.


Those involved in boxing across London are being invited to take part in one of three KO Racism online workshops, which will be staged later this month and in August.

Yesterday, 19:51

West Ham United Women’s manager Matt Beard is delighted to be back in pre-season training ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Yesterday, 19:32

West Indies captain Jason Holder landed the first significant blow in the battle of the star all-rounders, claiming career-best figures of six for 42 to put Ben Stokes’ England under pressure on day two of the first £raisethebat Test.

Yesterday, 14:00

After a wait of more than six months, Great Britain’s men’s and women’s teams will return to playing international fixtures in October.

Yesterday, 13:08

Reece Topley and David Willey have been included in a 24-strong behind-closed-doors training group which will go into camp at the Ageas Bowl later this month to prepare for three one-day internationals against Ireland.


People across the country are being encouraged to enjoy summer safely by following official advice and staying safe.

The NHS Test and Trace service brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management into an end-to-end service to stop the spread of the virus and help us move out of lockdown.

The UK Government has launched a campaign to shine a light on businesses and employees across the country who have responded to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in remarkable ways and are now going back to business.

Most read sport

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser