The new indoor season is now well under way and the Ravens entered two teams in the first tournament of the monthly Suffolk Indoor 6-a-side series held at Northgate School.
Ravens have a new look this season showing our emphasis on developing their juniors and ladies in particular. Their first team, which entered Division 1, included three of their most promising U18 boys, giving them some fantastic experience against the top adult sides around the county. Although they lost all four games, they were highly competitive throughout, with some tight finishes sparing us from last place on point’s difference.
Captain Chris Giles summed up with cautious optimism,
“That was our highest standard of volleyball ever at this early stage of the season. Despite not winning a game there were positive signs putting into practice the new tactics we’ve been working on in training.”
Meanwhile, their developing ladies team entered Division 2 and brought them a degree of success, finishing fourth with two wins and two defeats. Especially pleasing, was a very mature performance from U14 Alana Flewitt, including the winning strike in an exciting game against Bury with the scores tied at 24-24. Captain Georgina Greenham was also quick to praise Cynthia Obeng-Asare for groundwork in particular.
If you have ever thought about giving volleyball a try, now is a great time to do so. It’s a fast and exciting sport, it’s perfect to help build fitness, and being non-contact it is largely free from injuries. At Ravens, they are actively seeking new members and will welcome anyone male or female, experienced or complete beginner, and any age from 13 upwards.
Qualified coaches run the sessions with a mixture of training drills and friendly games, making them very enjoyable while helping participants to improve their skills and fitness. They meet every Saturday from 2-4pm and every Tuesday from 7-9pm at St Alban’s School in Rushmere.
For more information visit: www.ipswichravens.org.uk