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Great weekend at Bridlington Beach Tournament!

posted 6 Jul 2011, 02:48 by Web Admin   [ updated 6 Jul 2011, 02:54 ]
Last weekend 27 Rockets players and family members travelled up to Yorkshire’s coastline to take part in the Bridlington Beach tournament in the beautiful sunshine. A mixed fours competition, this is the 29th year of ‘Brid Beach’ and as last year it was a very well organised and enjoyable weekend!




Rockets 1: Marta, Jole, Pawel, Klára and Mathias

Rockets 2: Ieuan, Lauren, Owen and Courtney

Rockets 3: Sharon, Paul S, Rachel, Kate and Mark

Rockets 4: Paul L, Sian, Jeff, Alison and Lara


All 4 Rockets teams had a good day of Saturday competition with all escaping the Bucket & Spade competition and Rockets 1 and 2 making the main KO cup thus earning themsleves a lie in on Sunday morning.


On Saturday afternoon, there was also the opportunity to play in the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed competition and 9 Rockets pairings duly entered. Congratulations to Marta and Jole who made the final of the Women’s pairs, narrowly losing out to a more experienced pair. Well done also to Rachel and Klára who were knocked out in the semi finals (by Marta and Jole) and Owen and Ieuan who as one of the youngest pairings in the competition reached the quarter finals of the Men’s competition.


On Sunday the 4s competition recommenced and Rockets 3 and 4 found themselves in the same pool of the Plate competition. Rockets 4 combining ‘experience’ and the Tax Revenue Massive pulled out their A game for the all Rockets game easing ahead with strong serving and unstoppable blocking from Jeff and Paul. In a complicated results add up, Rockets 3 ended up making it through to the next round and with Rockets 1 & 2 finding tougher opposition in the KO Cup, were the only Rockets team to make it through to round 3 of the competition. Left us plenty of time to go swimming instead J


Jole and Mathias also made it through to the semi final of the Mixed pairs competition, played during a match break on Sunday in front of a crowd of more than 200 players and spectators. They faced a pair from York Volleyball Club who had also brought a lot of teams down to the event; support from both clubs was very loud! The Rockets pairing faced a tough challenge with the tall York male player taking every attack even on the 2nd ball but served tough to keep the scores level. Unfortunately due to clever tipping from the York team and some service errors they just crept behind to lose the set… but some excellent play putting Rockets well on the map!


In all a great weekend (thank you weather) and well done to all the players who took part. We look forward to seeing as many club members as possible there next weekend!


Quote of the weekend: “I have sand in places where I don’t even want to tell you I have sand!”


For all the photos from the weekend, please visit the Nottingham Rockets Facebook page.