Friday, April 3, 2009

We are the champions!

With two victories yesterday, OVC Mixed is now the official winner of the Berkshire league 2008/2009. Our impressing record only shows one defeat to Basingstoke Mixed Up in the beginning of the season. In order to win the league we had to beat Newbury but I will get back to that later.

Final results 2008/2009(apart from one match to be played)
Oxford Mixed: 16 - 15 - 1 - 46 
Newbury Mixed: 16 - 13 - 3 - 41 
Basingstoke Mixed Up: 15 - 9 - 6 - 29 
Spikeopaths Mixed 1: 16 - 8 - 8 - 27 
Basingstoke Mixed: 16 - 8 - 8 - 26 
Maidenhead Mixed: 16 - 8 - 8 - 26 
Spikeopaths Mixed 2: 15 - 7 - 8 - 22 
Farnborough Lions: 16 - 2 -14 - 6 
Spikeopaths Mixed 3: 16 -1 - 15 - 6 

(played matches - won matches - lost matches - league points)

On Sunday afternoon we had a team of nine players; Jon, Rune, Corne, Tim, Tom, Kerstin, Helen, Maite and myself. Sam was meant to play but was too ill. To give you an idea of the OVC spirit in the run up to this day, I have copied in Maite’s reply to my email with the match details sent out one week prior;

Maïté Braud

That pretty much describes the atmosphere on the team. If I were Newbury, I would be scared!

Before the real battle we had to play Basingstoke Mixed Up. They turned out to be stronger than expected and we had a messy start, just for once. Nothing really seemed to work for us. At some point we were down 8 - 18 but managed to get 22 points before the set was over. By the second set we had recovered and won 25 - 13. Despite four serving mistakes in the tie-break, we finished off the match 15 - 10. It was a great team effort with good passings, sets as well as hits. Especially Tom and Tim did a good job. Jon was actually voted ‘Player of the Match’ - you finally got it! You deserved it.

The fight against Newbury had drama throughout the match. Although Corne and Rune hit and covered extremely well, we just managed to pull of 27 - 25 in the first set. Then Newbury reinforced their team even more and we got behind 5 -12 in the beginning of the second set. But after that we were all over them like a fat kid on a cup cake and managed to get to 12 -12 .We picked up all their tips and passed with precision. After almost an hour we could finally celebrate the victory 28 - 26, again a very close set which turned out to our advantage. Maite was voted ‘Player of the Match’ - well done! This leads me to the ‘Player of the Match’ scores for this season; 

Maite and Kerstin - 3
Jon and Helen - 2 
Sam - 1 

Thanks for this seasons guys. I am sorry that lots of you signed up for the mixed team but never got to play. Feel free to blame the bunch above. I couldn’t get rid of them! 

Thanks to Sam and Daniel for the support and cheering - are you really going to start up your own mixed team?


P.S. OVC ladies beat Oxford Brooks 2-1 tonight. Oxford rocks!

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