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No Training on 17th Dec - See You in 2015!

posted 16 Dec 2014, 11:16 by Luke Vanhegan   [ updated 8 Feb 2021, 12:46 ]

Ho! Ho! Ho!  As everyone seems to have a Christmas party to go to this week, our training session for Wed 17th Dec is cancelled.  Booo!  Wishing everyone a fantastic Christmas and New Year, and see you when we start back on Wed 7th January 2015!

Even Better at the November Grand Prix!

posted 10 Nov 2014, 15:45 by Luke Vanhegan   [ updated 10 Nov 2014, 15:45 ]

Keep calm cos we won!
Top result from Team Arena at the November Notts volleyball Grand Prix.  Unbeaten over five matches to win the event this month!  Well done to Krys, Piotr, Aron, Martyna, Adam, Jakub, Piotr and Luke :-)

The results in a little more detail are on the Nottinghamshire Volleyball Association web site.

Good Start at the first Nottingham Grand Prix

posted 5 Nov 2014, 15:30 by Luke Vanhegan   [ updated 5 Nov 2014, 15:30 ]

Well done to Team Arena for a credible 3rd place at the first Nottingham Grand Prix event for the 2014/15 season.  In our first competitive event since moving back to Rushcliffe Arena, Adam led the brand new team well, pulling ever-improving performances from the team.

Roll on the next Grand Prix on Sunday 9th November!

Training Back on - Wed nights @ Rushcliffe Arena

posted 15 Sept 2014, 14:13 by Luke Vanhegan

Training sessions are back on, at our original home of Rushcliffe Arena.   Wednesday evenings, from 20:00 to 21:30 - see you there.

Men's Team Win! L'Bro 2 - Arena 3

posted 26 Nov 2013, 04:36 by Luke Vanhegan

Green shoots of progress
Arena Men's team post their first victory of the season with a hard fought 5 set win over Loughborough Students.

With a hastily assembled team, mostly meeting each other for the first time during the warm-up, Arena built on their previous performance against Ashfield Vipers to deliver the result they wanted.  Although, it could have been delivered a bit quicker for most members of the team....

Arena played solidly to take the first two sets convincingly, before easing off enough in the third set to allow L'Bro to take it 26-24.  Fatigue began to set in for Arena, allowing L'bro to take the fourth set, pushing the match in to a fifth set decider.

Fortunately, Arena's collective experience saw them run away with the final set, allowing them to take a well-earned victory.

As the saying goes, 'Youth and enthusiasm will always lose out to age and treachery....'

November Grand Prix - So Close...

posted 26 Nov 2013, 04:35 by Luke Vanhegan

Keep Calm, we Nearly Won!
Team Arena put another great display at the November Nottingham Grand Prix competition, and were pipped at the post for first place, narrowly losing out to Worksop 16-18, and finishing second over all.

Well done to all those that played on the 23rd - keep up the great work and roll on December!

Ashfield vs Arena - First Game of the Season

posted 17 Nov 2013, 11:39 by Luke Vanhegan   [ updated 17 Nov 2013, 11:40 ]

So having made the late decision to enter a men's team into the East Midlands League, we pulled a brave new team together for our first game of the season... Fortunately we had played together for a whopping whole practice session!

We all made it to the venue, which was a good start, we won the toss: excellent, and traded points in the first set, but were never able to pull away.  At about 11 all, a good tactical time out by Vipers allowed them to re-focus and they pulled a 3 point cushion (taking 5 on the trot)... which meant they held onto to win the first set (25-19)... damn. 

... But we were a new group of players and looked pretty good, only let down by our own unforced errors... Onto set 2.

So having had a rude awakening... we took a good attitude into set 2... and played well again, this time moving to 9-6 up.  But then seemed to loose some concentration and ended up 18-13 down... again unforced errors were the order of the day.  Then, despite some excellent individual pick-ups, Vipers closed out 25-17... :-(

So we were now looking a little worried... losing was no quite what we were prepared for!

Set 3... Well what can we say... We simplified the tactics, tried hard, made it to 7-7 then decided to implode a little!  Running out 25-13 losers...

So all in all... A very rude awakening against a team we didn't expect much from... But Vipers have got a lot better, their hall is rubbish (we lost at least 5 points per set cause of the low roof!), and we were a new bunch of players!

While there weren't many positives to point to - we can hold onto the fact that we made most of the mistakes - and thus - we can get a lot better by getting to training and learning our system.

Well done... Was a tough lesson to take... But its now onward and upwards!

Allez Arena!

posted 20 Oct 2013, 11:04 by Luke Vanhegan   [ updated 20 Oct 2013, 11:05 ]

Keep calm, we won!
Nottingham Arena win the first Notts Grand Prix of the 2013/14 season, taking the honours on points difference in a nail-biting finish against Casualties.

Team Arena narrowly missed a clean sweep, winning all but one of their 6 matches, with an injury to foreign import outside hitter Steven G coming at a crucial point in the crunch match against Casualties.  The City Council road mending team will be out first thing on Monday morning to fix the pot-hole he made with his knee on an extreme pickup!  Ashfield kindly lent one their players so that the match could be finished with 6 players on court.  Despite a brave effort all round, this proved to be the turning point, allowing Casualties to edge the game 18-16 when the final whistle went.

Big wins in earlier matches thanks to Steven's outside hitting, strong middle hitting from foreign imports Steve T and Anna M gave Arena the crucial extra points that saw them win this month's Grand Prix.

Another foreign import, Simon, all the way from the Republic of Binghamistan produced some fine middle hitting and back-court passing that helped the highly experienced yet new setting partnership of Chris and Luke look like they knew what they were doing (Well, the one with the hangover at least!  The other one looked good anyway!).  Arena's confidence took hold throughout the afternoon, and a sense of adventure in the last two games of the tournament even saw penetration setting and three attackers.  Will they go for shorts next time round?

An excellent start to the season for Team Arena in their first competitive match.

Plan B Sorted! Training is Back On!!

posted 19 Sept 2013, 14:50 by Luke Vanhegan

I love it when a plan comes together
After many many phone calls, we now have a new venue!  Southglade Leisure Centre just North of Nottingham City Centre is our new home.  We also will be moving to Monday nights, starting at 8:30pm and finishing at 10pm.

Training starts on Monday 23rd September at Southglade - make sure you don't get us mixed up with the other volleyball club training there on a Monday night!

Prices will be adjusted now that we only have 90 minutes on court - details here.

See you on Monday!

Plan B Required...

posted 27 Aug 2013, 14:58 by Luke Vanhegan   [ updated 27 Aug 2013, 15:02 ]

Searching for a new venue
The new owners of Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre have decided to convert the Sports Hall (where we train) into offices.  This means we need to find a new training venue.

The club is in the process of finding a new venue and will post here when one is found.  Please check back for further updates

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