Brent girls clinch silver medal at London Youth Games
PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:44 21 June 2016
Willesden Volleyball Club put in an impressive shift as they came home with a silver medal from this year’s London Youth Games.
The club entered both a boys and a girls team to represent Brent in the 2016 volleyball tournament, which took place at the University of East London.
The Brent girls, who were the stand-out team of those selected, were looking to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish at the tournament.
The girls finished top of their pool, beating Croydon, Bromley, Kensington and Chelsea, Hillingdon and Camden.
Bromley were the only opposition to give Willesden a real stiff test, taking a 15-10 lead early in the set, but they rallied back and won the set 25-16.
In the semi-finals they faced favourites Newham, who had already beaten the girls in the London league twice this year.
The match looked beyond Willesden when Newham took an early 7-1 lead in the set, but a rampant 30-minute spell saw the Brent girls produced their best performance to date as they secured a 10-15 lead, before going on to book their place in the final with a 25-22 victory, cue delirious celebrations from parents and players alike.
The final proved to be one hurdle too many for the girls, who looked on course for gold after winning a hard-fought first set 25-21.
To Newham’s credit they came back strongly, though, winning the second set before clinching the cup with a 15-10 victory in the deciding set.
Elsewhere, after an absence of six years, Brent boys finished 13th in their respective tournament.
They came third the last time they competed in 2010, but were unable to repeat that feat this time around, as they failed to make it past the group stages. They did, however, do well to beat Hillingdon 25-22 in one of their clashes.
Most of the players came from Lycee International school in Wembley, with Elisa Krabchi organising the squad for the tournament.
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