Darnall blown out K.O. Cup

2015-11-25 06:23
The jubilant Sunbrook lads, who sent Darnall United crashing out of the EZE’S Electrical year-end knockout tournament. Photo: supplied

The jubilant Sunbrook lads, who sent Darnall United crashing out of the EZE’S Electrical year-end knockout tournament. Photo: supplied

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

DARNALL United Volleyball Club were blown out of the EZE’S Electrical-sponsored KwaDukuza Volleyball Association year-end Knockout Cup after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of nemesis, Sunbrook at the association courts on Thursday night.

Darnall stunned the newly crowned KDVA Division One League champions with a nail-biting 26-24 win in the first set. Sunbrook got their act together in the second set, taking a commanding 9-4 lead,

The “sugar-cane” lads playing with pride in their famous green and white silks clawed their way back into contention to level the scores at 17-17. They took the lead (19-17) for the first time in the second set and with just six points needed to seal an infamous victory, the odds were stacked against the Stanger Heights-based Sunbrook outfit.

Sunbrook manager, Devan Moonsamy immediately summoned a timeout and did not mince his words during the break.

Whatever was said to the boys during the timeout produced the desired result with Darnall hitting a stone-wall and failing to move beyond the 19-points barrier. Leon Naidoo and Nishen Govender turned on the heat to keep the scoreboard ticking and guide Sunbrook to an impressive 25-19 win.

The third and decisive set was characterised by a catalogue of unforced errors by the fatigued Darnall lads, who were trailing 4-8 at the change of sides. The lanky central attacker Leon Ramsamy and Aaron “The Bullet” Marie rubbed further salt into the wounded Darnall outfit to extend Sunbrook’s lead (11-4).

The left and right combination of the Sunbrook attackers (Lee Perumal and Suman Chetty) landed the blow upon Darnall’s hopes of advancing further, who bowed out in the first round after slumping to a humiliating 15-6 defeat.

Meanwhile, Gideon Pillay saved the blushes of the Manor outfit, who came close to going down to rookies Frendz in the opening round of the year-end knockout tournament.

Frendz stunned their more illustrious opponents to canter to a fluent 25-17 win in the opening set. Alvin Moonsamy’s charges led 17-13 midway into the second set and with just 8 points to secure their biggest win of the season, Manor made a tactical substitution, bringing on Gideon Pillay for Adhil Khan.

Manor picked up four successive winners to level the scores at 17-17 before Stallone Govindasamy restored Frendz lead (19-17). Yogan Naidoo piled on the pressure with his deft winners to move Frendz closer (23-20) to the finish line.

At 24-24 Frendz requested for an illegal timeout (with Frendz already taking their two legitimate timeouts) and the umpires had no choice but to award Manor a point (25-24). Khan’s charges held on for a nail-biting 26-24 win to level the scores at 1-1.

The leader-board continued to change hands throughout the third and decisive set with the scores locked at 12-12. Man-of-the-match Pillay coming on as a super-sub midway into the 2nd ser put Manor ahead (13-12) before hammering the final nail into the coffin of Frendz (15-12) to guide Manor into the second round.

Meanwhile, KSST trounced MOB in straight sets (25-17; 25-21) to set up a mouth-watering 2nd round clash against arch-rivals Manor. Tournament favourites, Grove End walloped Warriors 25-17; 25-14 in a one-sided affair.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.