Great performance at the Volleyball London Youth Games!

On Thursday 8th March the boys and girls volleyball teams represented Sutton in the annual London Youth Games at the University of East London. Both teams have been working hard in training over the past few months ready for this competition.

In the group stages both teams were up against some tough schools, some of which we had played in the previous 2 years. Both teams started off really well winning their opening matches. In the second matches the boys were up against the previous winners Ernest Bevin who are renowned for their volleyball and unfortunately lost. The girls continued their winning streak in their second game, playing really well as a team.

In the third and fourth games both teams continued playing top class volleyball, winning more of their group games. The girls then had one more game in their group stage against a school that also had not lost a game. Although, both schools were into the knock out stages, they were now playing for 1st and second position. The game was very close, with both schools taking it in turns to gain a point. Towards the end of the game there were a few controversial decisions made against Stanley Park, which meant unfortunately the girls lost their final game 21-23, finishing second in their group.

After some lunch and a team talk both teams were ready for the next stages of the tournament, the boys had another group stage to play, which they successfully won and the girls were playing in the quarter finals against the school who won the title last year, so they knew it was going to be a difficult game.  In the girls quarter finals they all played really well as a team, supporting one another and playing as well as they could, but Orleans Park School were just too good, and the game finished 25-10, with Stanley Park finishing 7th overall.

The boys played really well in their quarter final game beating Orleans Park school 25-17. They then had to play Ernest Bevin again in the semi finals, again the boys played really well and it was a close game, but unfortunately Stanley Park could not match the power that Ernest Bevan had on the court and the game finished 25-21 to Ernest Bevin. Meaning the boys finished 4th overall.

Both teams were knocked out to the schools who then went on to win the London Youth Games, so all students should be proud of how well they did. The best results we have had since representing Sutton for the last 3 years. Well done to everyone!

Miss Rudd