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

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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.

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