Grove End eases into finals

2015-06-17 06:00
Grove End eased into the final of the Ralph Reuben memorial K.O. Cup after beating Randsons 2-1 on Thursday night.x

Grove End eased into the final of the Ralph Reuben memorial K.O. Cup after beating Randsons 2-1 on Thursday night.x

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GROVE End Volleyball Club eased into the final of the Ralph Reuben memorial Knockout Cup (hosted by KwaDukuza Volleyball Association) after beating Randsons 2-1 in a pulsating semi-final clash played before a huge crowd at the association courts on Thursday night.

The defending champions stamped their authority in the match midway into the first set of their semi-final clash against Randsons after taking a commanding 15-10 lead (forcing their opponents into an early timeout).

Randsons battled to block out big hitter Vinnie Singh who kept the score-board ticking for Grove End. Lennox Dayi tried to catch the Grove End rear-guard with his deft touches. Grove End extended their lead (23-16) before Ronald “Tiger” Ponnsamy and Dayi combined superbly to reduce the deficit to 4-points (19-23).

Grove End quickly wrapped up the set (25-19) to go ahead 1-0. Randsons stunned their rivals after taking a commanding 5-0 lead at the start of the 2nd set.

Grove End battled to overcome the early setback and were soon trailing 11-16 before taking their first timeout in the match. Chezwyn Thulsiram, playing against elder brother Cyprin continued to frustrate the Grove End backline.

Down 11-18, Bevlin Thaver was introduced into the fray.

But, Randsons held onto a 25-16 win to level the scores and push the game into a third and decisive set.

Randsons, who rallied back gamely in the second set were all at sea in the final set, trailing 2-8 at the change of sides. Neven Baldeo and man-of-the-match Singh guided Grove End into the final with a comfortable 15-4.

Meanwhile, all eyes were on the quarter-final clash between Sunbrook and Darnall United.

Darnall won the first set 25-21 before Devan Moonsamy’s charges rallied back to win the next two sets (2-1) to secure a semi-final berth against KSST.

KSST hardly worked up a sweat in their fluent 2-0 win. Tomorrow (Thursday) Grove End and KSST will lock horns in the final of the Ralph Reuben memorial K.O. Cup at 8pm. Sunbrook and Randsons will play in the curtain raiser at 7pm

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