Success at the National Finals and Noah Goalen named VE Young Coach of the Year

Peter Soczewka’s under 18 Boys secured an impressive victory with a mature all round performance against Newcastle Staffs.  Romario Stambolliu was awarded the MVP award in the 3-0 victory but the entire squad played a part in the success, on Sunday, and in the previous rounds.  And with the majority of the squad eligible for next season the future looks bright for Soczewka’s side.

At the same time, our under 15 Girls put up a valiant fight against Leeds Gorse.  Richmond staged a dramatic late comeback in the fourth set but Leeds managed to hold on to take the 3-1 win.  

Earlier in the day, Marjana Erminio’s under 18 Girls lost out to Boswells School in a high quality final. 

Under 18 Girls

And debut coach Jean Max Sourmarié, was disappointed to see his under 15 Boys side lose 3-0 in a close contest with Urmston Grammar but vowed to be back next year for revenge.

Under 15 Boys

On Saturday our under 16 Girls got the weekend underway but unfortunately were unable to defeat Boswells in the final.

Under 16 Girls

Club Chair Andy Hopper commented, “We’re all extremely proud of all our teams and to reach five finals is a great achievement in itself.  All our athletes, coaches and managers represented the club with great pride and played all the matches with a fantastic spirit.  Congrats to all involved and thanks to all the volunteers and parents for all their support.”

Congratulations to Noah Goalen who was awarded the Young Coach of the Year award at the Volleyball England Awards.  Goalen led the under 16 Boys to the National Cup semi finals and mentored a number of our boys throughout our junior programme.  George Ruddick was also runner up in the same category. Well done Noah and George!

Noah Goalen