Richmond Docklands’ season comes to an abrupt end

Richmond Docklands’ season came to an abrupt end when an unfortunate injury to Julian Marcon forced the forfeit of the play-off quarter final against old rivals Malory Eagles.

With only seven players available due to injuries and holidays, Richmond Docklands were forced into some positional changes. Panos Karagiannis made an assured debut as a setter and Joaquin Bello provided a solid platform from the Libero role. Meanwhile, Marcon switched back to outside hitter to partner captain Andrew Pink. All was going well up until 21-20 and the crowd were being treated to some good quality volleyball. Then disaster struck when Marcon and Pink went for the same ball, colliding in the air.

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Missed opportunities frustrate Richmond Docklands

Richmond Docklands were forced to rue missed opportunities as they attempted to do the double over Super8s champions IBB Polonia London. Luis Bello’s side had stunned Polonia on the opening day of the season with a dramatic five-set victory, giving Richmond Docklands’ a massive boost at the start of the season. But Polonia gained revenge in a hard fought encounter that so easily could’ve gone the other way.

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Docklands rue missed opportunities on the road

Richmond Docklands travelled the five hours back from Newcastle on Sunday with no tangible reward from a long weekend of volleyball action. Luis Bello’s side at times again demonstrated the good form that they’ve shown this season and gained set points against the two best teams in the country but unfortunately lacked the consistency required to mount a sustained challenge at this level.

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