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Devon in UK

The S’PORT continues to attract talent from the volleyball community that can assist further with the development of our Club, still relatively in its infancy. This time we welcome Devon May, all the way from Vancouver, Canada. She has become an instant hit with our members of all ages and standards through her bubbly personality, knowledge and playing ability.

Nothing but versatile, analysing our elite women’s match for Coach Seb, joint training community adults with Coach Matt and today scoring in the NVL for Coach Rafa with our ever reliable, Mahesti.

Devon is a Head Coach for Volleyball Canada Regional Excellence Programme in British Columbia. She is a phenomenal beach volleyball player – having represented Team Canada – but will join Stockport Women’s squad in the GMVA whilst staying in the UK.

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These Girls Can

Could not be more proud in our inaugural Stockport Volleyball Club Women’s Team fixture against Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

The first time we had ever played together, Head Coach, Seb, assembled a combination of seasoned volleyballers and newcomers. Our Chair, Adrian watched the first two sets, both narrow defeats at 25-19.

A commendable performance – and pride in that MMU said more than willing to play us again as we prepare for a first season in local league. — at Manchester Met’s Platt Lane Sports Complex.

Pork Pie Hat

The only ‘pork pies’ out there today were the Stockport squad. This analogy as our Men’s NVL were defeated by the team from the home of those pies, Melton Lions VC.

MOM for Stockport on scoresheet was Adam Mitchell, Libero (Chairman’s choice also). What went wrong? Easier and shorter to describe what went right. Old adage is “failing to plan is planning to fail”.

The opposition had 2.5 hours drive pre-match and arrived straight in to warm-up. Stockport were complacent and expected to win. Melton only brought 6 players and no fans. But the competitors came 4th last year in this new league in which we play and so were never going to be a push over.

A classic case of a team showing more will to win deserving of victory. Lesson for the day E.A.T.P.I.E

E= energy levels need to improve through fitness
A= attitude to winning is a prerequisite
T= teamwork. Train as team, play as team, be a team
P= perform with discipline expected of position and team tactics
I = improve. We must improve
E= enjoy. Team respect and camaraderie can win the day.

Final score:

NVL Match 02:

Stockport lose to Melton Lions 1-3:

27-29
19-25
26-24
13-25.

What players to sign?

An interesting insight by experienced data analysts and economists was found in reading “Soccernomics” by Kuper and Szymanski (2012). This the updated version to the original text in ‘Why England lose’.

 

At Ballon Sports Agency, Russ and Adrian recognise value in analysis and many of our co-founder’s students have entered such roles in EFL and Non-league appointments.

 

For thought provoking purposes only, we cite a few of the findings from the authors’ sample and dataset.

 

  1. More heads are better than one in making that final decision

 

  1. The best time to buy a player is when he/she is in his/her early twenties (note to Ed. we added both genders here as we are proud to represent female players at Ballon)

 

  1. Try not to buy centre forwards

 

  1. Help new recruits especially foreign players with ‘on boading’ and settling in

 

  1. Sell any player if offered more than he/she is worth

 

  1. Abstinence – sometimes a Club might not need to recruit through transfers

 

  1. Traditional scouting might miss talent from a fixation on one outstanding (in appearance eg. hair colour etc) on the field of play

 

  1. Replace your best players before you sell them

 

  1. Buy players with problems and help them overcome them.

 

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