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Riga do the double at Whitefield 2016

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This year saw Riga mens team win Mens Division 1 and Riga ladies win Ladies Division 2 (for the third year running!).  Riga mixed team also put in a sterling performance narrowly missing out on a place in the final as it went down to points.  

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The Riga teams travelled down on Friday night with a mix of those camping under the fine British summer sky and those opting for the Premier Inn just down the road! Either way, Friday night was full of fun and laughter and gossip as everyone caught up after a couple of months off volleyball since the end of last season.  Fed and watered everyone retried to bed/sleeping bag for the night.

Saturday morning saw some gloomy looking clouds but it was dry!  With all three teams in action on the first game there was no time for a lay in.  It would be good to say all teams started strongly, but Riga Muppets (the ladies) let the side down - despite a good first set winning 25-15 the team then had another little snooze and lost the next two sets giving South Hants Foxy Chicks a win.  From that point on though the Riga teams didn't look back.  All supporting each other when they weren't playing win after win was clocked up.

Riga Minions (mixed) led the way with their fancy dress outfits and showed determination and team spirit in abundance.  The cry of banana could be heard across the playing field.  Riga men had some toughly fought contests but they played as a team and came out on top winning all but one of their games on the Saturday.  Riga Muppets (the ladies) play improved as they remembered what volleyball was.  The last game of the day saw them have a closely fought contest against Tonbridge Angels - best game of the day - with Riga coming out on top.

After a hard days play it was time for a quick shower before heading into Bristol for dinner, drinks and dancing.  Jamies Italian (a nice little family run Italian - for you Sarah and Jayne) was the setting for dinner.  Re-fueled it was off to Vodka Revolution for cocktails and dancing (the muscles weren't sore enough - although clearly the mens were as it was hard to get them on the dance floor this year - or perhaps they were saving themselves for Sunday's play!).

Sunday morning came round far too quickly!  All teams were on first game again as they each made their bid for the final.  By lunchtime the sun was out in full force and it lifted the Riga teams further.  The men won all their pool games earning themselves a place in the final.  The mixed team (Riga Minions) continued with their success winning games but their final pool game was tough.  They fought strongly winning strings of points and took a set, but when all the scores were added up they narrowly missed out on a place in the final by a few points.   The ladies won their pool games and set up a semi-final tie v Cheshire Set.  Determined to win so they didn't have to referee the girls got off to a good start, but a shaky moment saw them fall behind.  Cheshire Set got a run of serves and Riga lost the first set 25-21.  The semi was two sets so the girls needed to win the second by a strong margin.  The teams traded point for point up to the mid--teens.  Riga pushed on though and steadily put the points on and finally closed out the set 25-19 securing themselves a place in the final.  In the final they played Jambos and played a steady game serving well (even Michele served in!) and won the trophies in just two sets.   

In the final the men played TV Vets.  The men had played well all weekend and were now under extra-pressure giving the ladies win!  Yousef has also picked up an injury during the semi-final and spent a bit more time with the St John's Ambulance having his ankle treated.  At the start of the final he was in the massage tent getting treatment on all other parts of the body!  Despite this the men started well siding out when it mattered.  Good serving from Freddie and blocking from Chris and Lewis enabled Nick to use the ball wisely.  Tom and Chris found winners and the team took the first set comfortably.  After the change of ends TV Vets found some extra energy and edged ahead in the second set.  Yousef consumed his ice cream and looked on folornly from the side line.  Just as everyone thought this looked like it was going to a third set, Yousef ate a banana and much to everyone's surprise leapt up and subbed himself on.  The first ball he hit a winner through four and the team found renewed energy and motivation and soon fought their way back into the match levelling the score.  The momentum had changed and Yousef's ankle was holding out - Riga snatched the match with a block from Chris and Lewis - and the men were crowned Whitefield Champions 2016.

A fab weekend was had by all.  Massive thanks to all the Whitefield organisers and volunteers for yet another fabulous tournament.  Until next year...



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