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VOLLEYBALL: Palace show for Weymouth Ladies
2:35pm Friday 6th September 2013 in Sport
WEYMOUTH women’s team start the season at the highest level this weekend, when they travel to the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace.
The squad will compete in a tournament over two days against England’s elite clubs.
The opposition will include National League Super Eight squads from Swiss Cottage, City of Salford, Ashcombe, as well as England South and England North teams.
There is also likely to be strong representation from several continental teams With significant prize money at stake, the teams will not just be using the event as a pre-season workout. The prize money if won will contribute hugely towards the club’s seasonal travelling expenses.
Coach Ian Loke, pictured, said: “The event is the highest standard that Weymouth have ever competed at, but following our success in Dorking at the end of last season, the squad know that at the top of their game, they are capable of beating the elite.”
Weymouth will travel with a highly-competitive squad that include several new players.
Celia Gregory has signed from Loughborough Dolphins and will assume the opposite hitting role.
Also joining the squad from London Polonia is the hugely experienced Anna Wachula, who will lead the wing attack and also captain the squad.
The middle-hitting roles will be taken by Yuri Chadavagh and Pat Willis, both of who featured highly at the Dorking Tournament.
Weymouth will also take two setters with them.
Sam Wei Choi will start but also likely to feature in the play-making role will be another debut- ant Nomeda, who has signed from London Premier League side Isis.
Weymouth from: Chadavagh, Fargher, Gregory, Ilva, Nomeda, Wachula, Wei Choi, Willis. Coaches: Ian Loke, James Kemp
* The following week, Weymouth make the short trip to the Leaf Sports Accademy in Poole where they will take on Wessex and London Polonia in a triangular fixture on Saturday, September 14.
Weymouth will rotate their squad from the previous week.
Yuri Chadavagh and Sam Wei Choi retain their places but in come Daisy Haynes and Becky Gymer.
Also returning to the squad will be the Italian trio of Marta Cerri, Rossana Logodice and Chiara Martello.
Missing from both weekends will be German-based players, Ramona Dienel and Nadine Kluge who are not available until October.
The fixture means that in just seven days, Weymouth will have played five of the top eight ranked club teams in the country, and victory against any of them will be seen as a significant achievement
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