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.
Richmond Docklands’ KO cup campaign came to an abrupt end in the quarter finals against a strong Sheffield side. Luis Bello’s team travelled with only eight players and without a regular opposite player. Joaquin Bello stepped up to the challenge opposite his brother Javier and did a great job but a high error count cost Docklands against a clinical Sheffield team.
Less than 24 hours after doing the double over cross-London rivals Lynx, Richmond Docklands were back in action at the Kingston Arena against Essex Blaze.
With a strong coaching set-up in place and a team littered with talent, albeit of a more recent vintage than the hosts, Essex have improved immeasurably throughout their first season of Super8s volleyball.
London Lynx were the first of two visitors to try and prolong Richmond Docklands’ worrying three-match losing streak – in fact the home side hadn’t won a Super8s league match since the reverse fixture way back on 4th November.
Yet despite the long holiday break and just a few training sessions to knock the rust off, coaching duo Luis Bello and Andy Hopper’s side stormed out of the gates and took the first set of 2018 with ease, running out 25-15 winners.
Richmond VB is a vibrant club with a strong history in national competitions. It is running 11 adult and junior teams and is committed to developing talent through innovative coaching in an inspirational training and playing environment. This has led to a host of players receiving international recognition. RVB represents London and Surrey and has a thriving community focus, attracting a growing and engaged fan base.
Men’s 1st Team
National League Men’s Super8
Richmond Volleyball & Docklands VB has merged to create a new National League Men’s Super8 team (Volleyball England’s top performing league) and doing well – Won 3 and lost 3 (6th).
Richmond Boys are 1st in the Men’s National League Div 3 South (won 12 and lost 1)
Richmond Girls are 1st in the Women’s National League Div 3 South East (won 9 and lost 1)
Seven RVB Junior players & a coach represented England Juniors at various 2017 North European Volleyball Championship age group tournaments held in Denmark and England.
Richmond Men are 4th in the Premier League (won 4 & lost 4)
Richmond Women are 3rd in Division Two A (won 4 & lost 1)
Richmond Men are 1st in the 1st Division (won 6 & lost 1)
Richmond Women are 4th in the 1st Division (won 5 & lost 3)