Astonishing performance by the ladies at the Cardiff open! Travelled for the experience and pre-season prep, not having trained since May or played since July. Topped our pool of 6 on Saturday, dropping only one set, qualifying us for the top competition on Sunday against 5 other teams composed wholly or mainly of NVL players. Won our first 4 matches, but sadly lost the last (nightclub hangovers finally caught up!), ending 3rd overall but separated only narrowly from first. And we were the only team to beat the overwhelming favourites and eventual winners, Team South Wales. Fantastic team spirit and performance, way above anything we've done before - be proud of your club team! Setters: Donna, Zuz Z, Sam; Middles: Marta, Carly, Zuz P; Wings: Nina, Helen, Mirella, Katya.
Sadly we bade farewell to Katya who returned to Moscow next day - but we should seriously consider Moscow for our next club tour (she says £300 flights)?!
Irwin and Olivier were also there, playing in the mens section with Mavericks (who finished 2nd). Olivier confirmed that he will train with WB and play A-team when he can (not always available weekdays for away matches, and our home matches could clash with SWL).