Witches of the Orient – Watch the film and earn money for our club!

With the Olympics just around the corner, Modern Films approached Richmond Volleyball Club see if we would could help them promote a film on volleyball and also raise money for the club. We said why not!

The film is called “Witches of the Orient”, and is about the Japanese Women’s Volleyball team and their journey to beating the Russians at the 1964 Olympics. These “Witches” were also the inspiration behind the Manga/Anime series Haikyu which many of our Juniors love!

It is a very interesting watch and Modern Films will also give a portion of the proceeds of each ticket to the club so tell your family and friends to watch!!

Also, our own Katie and Anna Keefe will be in a live Facebook Q & A session with the Film Director, Julien Faraut and hosted by the Telegraph Women’s Sport journalist Fiona Tomas this Thursday evening at 6 pm.

Make sure you tune in!

Interesting Factoid: Our Club Chairman, Vera Kenyon, was coached by one of the players on the 1964 Russian team who played against these “Witches”!! She is excited to find out what it was all about!

Richmond Volleyball Beach Series concludes with UKBT 3* weekend

While it’s been a much shorter summer series this year, the 3 tournaments were full of thrilling games and top-quality plays. Thank you to all the players who took part in the tournaments and helped bring back the fun at the beach courts in Teddington.

1* Richmond Mixed

The series kicked off with a 1* Mixed tournament, which was full of close matches and epic rallies. In the end, Rachel Steinitz and Noam Devey won the gold medal match against Sam Yang and Cecilia Manduca. The bronze medal match was an all Italian affair with Luciano Quercia and Elisabetta Bottaro claiming victory over Luigi Antonaci and Giulia Ponti (RVB coach).

1 star mixed 2020

Final Rankings:

1Rachel Steinitz / Noam Devey
2Sam Yang / Cecilia Manduca
3Luciano Quercia / Elisabetta Bottaro
4Luigi Antonaci / Giulia Ponti
5Pauline Gan / Martin Rees
5Melissanthi Papacharalampous / Jean-Michel Abecassis
7Duy Nguyen / Sara Mata
7Emilie Levich / Ivan Hadzhihristev
9Erika Mangialardi / Max Zwiessele
10Nikolas Tsirimokos / Natasha Goodrich
11Ben McCracken / Ali Wolff
12Nina Erminio / Anja Erminio

3* Richmond Classic (Women)

In the 3* women’s tournament, the final was a surprise battle between the 5th and the 9th seeded teams, with the young pair of Lisa Canevari (RVB player) and Isabelle Tucker (5th seed) beating the 9th seeded pair of Gerda Berstautaite / Kanako Hayashi who won silver. The two top seeds battled it out for the bronze medal with Julia Constantinou and Eva Holt beating Cleo Jongdijk and Eszter Nagy.

3* women's podium

Final Rankings

1Lisa Canevari / Isabelle Tucker
2Gerda Berstautaite / Kanako Hayashi
3Julia Constantinou / Eva Holt
4Cleo Jongdijk / Eszter Nagy
5Judit Maynou / Francesca Liati
5Katie Keefe / Beth Morgan
7Michiko Takenaka / Daniela Stuppia
7Petra Vukmirovic / Ilva Chunka
9Petra Farmanova / Sylwia Miazga
10Laura Bugnariu / Cait Donnelly
11Lucy Knott / Nina Erminio
12Zoe Tucker / Emilie Levich

3* Richmond Classic (Men)

While there was a surprise final in the women’s tournament, the men’s final was between the two top seed teams. The gold medal went to Mark Garcia-Kidd and Mark Baechli winning the final against the Welsh pair of Noam Devey and Sean Davies. In the bronze medal match, RVB coach Courtney Cross and Marek Bisczyko claimed the victory over the all RVB pairing of David Novotny and Martin Alfonso.

3* Men's podium

Final Rankings:

1Mark Garcia-Kidd / Mark Baechli
2Noam Devey / Sean Davies
3Courtney Cross / Marek Biscysko
4David Novotny / Martin Alfonso
5Roman Zakrzweski / Chris Sherfield
5Krzysztof Przydrozny / Mariusz Kozik
7Richardson De Sousa / Michael McShane
7Tomek Stepien / Slawomir Master
9Simon Elliott / James Laing
10Piotr Makowski / Maks Makowski
11Bartek Soczewka / Peter Soczewka
12Jake Sanders / Phillip Russ

Coming Soon: Winter Series 2020/21

After a successful winter series last year we are planning on running more winter tournaments this year. Stay tuned to our social media and website for announcements!

September junior beach training courses

Following the high demand for our junior summer camps, we have decided to offer beach training opportunities throughout September, to keep the juniors playing while the indoor divisions are working hard behind the scenes to ensure a safe return to indoor volleyball.

Starting next week we will run the following beach training sessions:

– Saturdays (starting 5th September), 9 – 10:30 am: Boys Beginner & Improver Training (aimed at boys aged 9 – 14*)

– Saturdays (starting 5th September), 15:30 – 17:00: Girls Beginner & Improver Training (aimed at girls aged 9 – 14*)

Cost for the course (4 sessions over 5 weeks): £24 (more sessions may be added in autumn depending on demand)

Click here to register for the beginner courses.

– Mondays and Wednesdays (starting 2nd September), 17:15 – 18:45: Girls Intermediate & Advanced Training (aimed at girls aged 12 – 16*)

– Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting 1st September), 17:15 – 8:45: Boys Intermediate & Advanced Training (aimed at boys aged 12 – 16*)

Cost for the course (10 sessions over 5 weeks): £60
Click here to register for the intermediate courses.

* The age groups are meant as a guide only – it is fine for experienced under 12s to sign up for the intermediate course and for beginner over 14s to sign up for the beginner course.

All the courses are strictly limited to 8 players, so if you / your child wants to join, please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please make sure that you read and agree to comply with the COVID-19 player code of conduct before registering your child.

Juniors over 16 are welcome to join the mixed adults open session, Saturdays 11 am – 1 pm or 1 pm – 3 pm. Sessions need to be pre-booked through Team App only. Click here for more information.

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