News and Announcements
I hope you have all had a great summer.
We revert back to Indoors from Monday 4th of September, until mid-May. Note all sessions this year are at Winchester Leisure Centre
Ladies and Men’s training night moves to Wednesday’s, with separate courts for each. A milestone for the club. This is by invitation only
Building on from last year our Junior U12’s and U14’s will continue to train on a Saturday morning, between 9 and 10.30
New this year will be our U16’s who will be training on Sunday mornings between 9.30 and 11.00
I look forward to seeing you all throughout the season
The Eagle has landed
Our mascot has made a cameo appearance at the last fixture of the SADVA Mixed League, landing at Woodlands to support the Brown-Tailed Eagles and the Golden Eagles.
In the first game, the Brown-Tailed Eagles quickly took the first set against SVC, who simply could not return the Eagles’ powerful serves. In the second set, SVC put up more of a fight, even taking the lead mid-set but, after a time out, the Eagles came back more determined and went on to win the match.
The second game was an all-Eagles derby – our mascot sitting neutrally in the middle. It had not started very well for the Golden Eagles, who were quickly down 8-0, struggling to cope with Carlos’ strong serves. After a time out, the Golden Eagles decided to fight back, won the serve and closed the point gap, mainly thanks to Liz’s strong serves and Andy’s powerful hits. It was an amazing come back for the Golden Eagles, who found their momentum back and went on to win the set. The second set saw some brilliant volleyball actions from both sides but the Golden Eagles comfortably won the set, securing a 2-0 victory.
In the third game of the evening, the Golden Eagles beat SVC with an easy 2-0 win, remaining undefeated in the league and taking home the gold.
What a great SADVA season for our club, with our teams winning all three leagues (Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed)!
The July evening was exceptionally hot and a restorative drink at the pub was very much needed after all that volleyball so both Eagles Teams headed down to the Master Builder to celebrate.
All leagues are now officially over and we’ll just have some outdoors volleyball fun sessions, ready to start again in September.
A huge thanks to all the coaches and players who worked very hard this season to manage all the teams in our growing club, giving up their time for free and showing great commitment and dedication to the club.
Have a great summer everyone and well played!
What an amazing weekend of volleyball for the Winchester Eagles Volleyball Club! On Saturday, they competed in the Ashcombe grass tournament entering a girls’ and a boys’ team in both the Under 16 and in the Under 14 category.
All four teams performed extremely well in a fun-filled day where they played countless volleyball matches under a gorgeous blue sky.
For some of our young athletes, this was their first ever volleyball competition and they all impressed us with their skills and resilience.
It was a steep learning curve for our Under 16s, who had never played a six-a-side game before. Both teams raised to the challenge and made incredible progress throughout the day, quickly learning to switch positions and to play with one-setter system.
With half of the team competing for the first time ever and the challenge of courts that were way bigger than the ones they were used to, our Under 14 girls adapted well and put up a good fight in all their games.
Our Under 14 Boys were full of energy despite the heat. They fought hard in every match and brought home the bronze medal, a great result for a team that included under 12 players.
On Sunday, it was our seniors’ turn to shine and they didn’t disappoint. Back to Ashcombe with two teams entered in the Mixed league, the Golden Eagles and the Black Eagles survived a day of matches under a scorching sun and finished 3rd and 4th, a brilliant result, which our loyal Eagle mascot was able to help us celebrate with her long-awaited return.
Well played everyone!
Yesterday, two of our Under 14 players went all the way to the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering to take part in the Volleyball Futures event – an all-day volleyball camp led by national team volleyball coaches.
Our Eaglets had three very inspiring practical sessions. The first one, run by England Cadets’ coach Carol Gordon, was about movement and balance, with some very challenging activities (some even with your eyes closed!) to perfect the ready position and transition movements.
This was followed by a presentation by Bertrand Olie on the Talent Pathway to join the junior national squads. Bertrand also led a workshop on the importance of nutrition and sleep and information on this will soon be shared with all club members.
The second practical session was also led by Carol and included some very interesting drills aimed at perfecting your pass (we might sneak in some of these in our future sessions so watch this space).
Then our juniors had a chance to interview the Under 17 women squad before joining the last practical session of the day: “Learn to spike powerfully” led by Senior England Men’s Assistant Coach Jeff Williams. Our young athletes were blown away when Jeff bounced the ball to the ceiling with just a flick of his wrist and they had a lot to take away as they were shown the building blocks of a powerful spike.
It was a challenging but fun-filled volleyball day, which gave our youngsters a unique opportunity to get advice from some of the best coaches in the nation and meet young talented players from all over the country.
At the end of the day they were happy but exhausted and they even managed to take home a Coaches’ Award.
Our club has now sent a total of five young players to Volleyball Futures and we are hoping to increase this number next season.
What a great achievement for our growing youth section!
Today, the Winchester Eagles Ladies Team competed at SEVA in the regional finals against the top teams from five counties.
It was a long day of tough games in a crowded, hot and noisy hall with no chance to warm up but this year the Ladies came better prepared and took advantage of every second and every corner to try and be game ready at the sound of the hooter.
Although they didn’t make it to the semifinals, they performed extremely well and were able to put up a good fight in all games against really strong sides.
They had moments of brilliance, some monster blocks, powerful hits, strong serves with many aces and they worked their socks off in defence, fighting hard to keep the ball alive. The passing unit was challenged at times, with floating serves putting our Ladies under pressure but they had very good strategies to quickly get back into the red zone.
They managed to beat Epsom , nearly took a set from Oxford (the pool winners) and kept both Dartford and Worthing on their toes.
It was great to see how much the team has grown in just one season. They are now able to compete at the highest levels, they are really working well as a team and supporting each other and definitely belong with the top teams in the region. We are very very proud of all of them and have high hopes for next season. Well played everyone!