Clare Francis

Clare Francis

This weekend Riga NVL ladies travelled to Ashcombe Dorking in Surrey in the next round of the Volleyball England National Shield.  Ashcombe play in Division 1 having recently been demoted from Super 8s.  Therefore, it was going to be a tough match for our division 2 ladies.

Sunday, 04 January 2015 12:38

Happy New Year

Training starts again this week.  Ladies - 7.30 - 9.30pm at Centre AT7 in Coventry (first session 6 Jan).  Club nights - 6-8pm at Bablake School (first session 8 Jan).  Mens - 8 - 10pm at Bablake School (first session 8 Jan).

Friday, 19 December 2014 22:02

Christmas social

Tuesday saw the annual Christmas social.  With around 40 people coming along from across the Club it was a great opportunity to get to know new people and all share our love for the game!  Organised by Netti and Jayne we were divided into four teams for a mini-tournament with timed sets. 

This weekend saw the ladies have a double header of home fixtures - Saturday v Nottingham Rockets and Sunday v Birmingham.  Although back up to full numbers the team were plagued by injury to Claire Tintillier's shoulder giving coach Jon less options.  The girls sided out straight away from Rockets serve and put on a few points until Rockets middle player served consistenty to give Rockets an early lead into the first TTO.

Our very own Freddie has recently been awarded Community Coach of the Year Award at the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards.  Freddie won the award through his contribution to coaching in volleyball.  It's a fantastic achievement and reflects Freddie's hard work and dedication in working with a number of groups - including many of us at Riga Volleyball.

On Tuesday evening the West Midlands ladies faced NEST as their next league fixture.  With an array of new players the team settled down but it was sure to be a close match.  The teams were matching each other point for point all the way through.  Riga missed opportunities to close the game out at the end of the fourth set as a strong NEST side hit well to take it into the decider.

A gutsy performance from Riga saw the girls fight to the end but ultimately NEST clinched it 16-14.  Click read more to watch the videos

Sunday, 12 October 2014 17:11

Women beat York in under an hour

Under the watchful eye of Torsten (while Jon is on holiday), this weekend the Riga ladies travelled to York for the first round of the Volleyball England National Cup.  The girls arrived at the sports centre and were directed to "Tent 1".  An unusual name for the court we thought...until we got there - it was literally a tent!  And very cold.  After a long long warm up the starting 6 took to the court determined to come away with a win.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 20:02

Men's first game of the season v Leeds

The men travelled to Leeds last weekend to play their first game in NVL Division 1.   The game was immediately after the ladies game - so after a quick shower and some food the girls were on the side line to give some support.

With a number of new signings coach Freddie had options and the starting line up included a mix of old a new together with the first game of the Young brothers playing together (Jack as libero and Tom through four).  The team settled down and traded points with Leeds.  The pass enabled the team to open up options utilising four and middle well.  It was a scramble to the end and Leeds narrowly stole the set 25-23.

Sunday, 28 September 2014 17:29

Autumn training and games

Training continues now through to Christmas as follows (check for sessions during half terms)

- Mens NVL team - from 8 - 10 pm every Thursday at Bablake School in Coventry.  If you are interested in joining the team please use the contact us function.

- Womens NVL team - from 7.30pm to 9.30pm every Tuesday at Centre AT7 in Coventry.  If you are interested in joining the team please use the contact us function.

- Womens Regional team - from 7.30pm - 9.30pm every Tuesday at Centre AT7 in Coventry.  If you are interested in joining a session please use the contact us function to check whether there is a game or training on the relevant week (as womens home games are held on a Tuesday evening).

- Recreational sessions - from 6pm to 8pm every Thursday at Bablake School in Coventry.  All welcome.  If you are interested in joining a session please use the contact us function for further details.

You can also watch some great volleyball games for free!  The fixtures for all three competitive teams are available in each team page and the calendar.  Do come along to support your teams - all welcome.

Sunday, 21 September 2014 17:22

Disc Golf - winners

On a sunny September Saturday Riga volleyball Club descended onto Quarry Park Disc Golf Course for a friendly, fun (and competitive!) round of disc golf.  After dividing into three teams, Team 1 set off to hole one for some instruction and to try their hand at this sport.  Team 2 set off shortly after with Team 3 bringing up the rear.