Ashcombe look forward to second half of the season.
Ashcombe Volleyball Club resumed training this week with players and coaches looking forward to what promises to be a busy start to 2014.
After a tough start to the season at Super 8 level, Ashcombe will be looking to secure the vital wins they require to stay in the top flight of Volleyball in England. The first half of the season was hard on Ashcombe with some good performances despite the results. There was also the ongoing dispute over International transfers which led to several players services being denied to Head Coach Luke Thomas however Team Manager Robin Martin remains positive. ”It has been an extremely challenging first half of the season but, with our resilience and team ethos, we can look forward to a brighter second half” Ashcombe will resume their campaign facing fellow rivals in the race for survival, Team South Wales at the Ashcombe Volleyball Centre on Saturday 25th January.
The Ashcombe teams competing in the Surrey League have all progressed well so far with Ashcombe Dorking 1 currently sitting in second in the Surrey Volleyball League Ladies Division 2 and Ashcombe Dorking 2 currently in 5th. Both sides have the majority of their fixtures still to come with Ashcombe Dorking 2 Away to Spelthorne Jaguars on 15th January, where Ashcombe Dorking 1 face local rivals Dorking Diamonds on 9th January.
It continues to be a busy season of competition for the clubs junior sides with several age groups facing national competitions. The Ashcombe Under 16 girls will travel to the Sir David English Sports Centre in Bournemouth in the second round of the National U-16 competion where they will face stiff opposition from Wessex, Richmond and The Academy of Beach Sports (Croyde). Ashcombe had a tough test in the first round tournament in November however eventually prospered through wins against Taunton and Newbury.
Meanwhile several of the Ashcombe Under 15 team will have their first taste of national action when they face the first round of the National U-15 competition on 1st February. The side under coach Tim Griffiths will be looking to produce a good performance and qualify for the southern divisional round in Reading on March 23rd.
Ashcombe continue to provide players to various representative teams with Rachel Higgins, Lydia Goodwin and Katy Begley all training with the England Cadet side this season. Elsewhere Edie Adams , Rachel Higgins, Maddy Nutt , Asia Perkins, Ailsa McDonald and Freya McDonald have all been selected as part of the South East training squad and will all be competing for places in Frank Welling’s squad to compete at the inter-regional championships to be held in Kettering in May.
For the first time this year, Ashcombe players will be competing in the South East Volleyball Association’s brand new Beach Bash. Each competition will comprise of ten mens and ten womens teams battling it out with individual games being capped at 21 points. Volleyball England will award appropriate ranking points and the competition finalists from each venue will proceed to the Grand Finals to decide the 2014 Beach Bash Champions. Further details will be released shortly.
And once again in June the Ashcombe Outdoor Tournament will be back for another year, bigger and better than ever, as always to be held on the Big Field, home of Dorking Rugby Club on 28-29th June. Last year saw glorious weather and over 1000 Volleyball players descending on Brockham for two days of top quality Volleyball and lots of fun had by all. Entries will be launched in April, please stay tuned to www.ashcombevolleyball.co.