Two new teams welcomed at Sitting GP 2
26th October 2014
The second Grand Prix of the season welcomed two new teams to the competition, Manchester Marvels and DRM with the latter captained by London 2012 Paralympian Claire Harvey. DRM got off to a quick start against Essex Pirates who were making their return to the GP after a year’s absence. A 9-1 lead was reeled back however, as Essex took the first set 25-23 and went on to comfortably win the second. Portsmouth won a tough 3 setter against Battle Back B, 15-8 in the third and were swiftly back on court where they beat DRM 2-0. Manchester Marvels gave a good account of themselves in their first match, losing 25-17, 25-19 to Tier 2 frontrunners Essex Pirates. Their second match against fellow newcomers DRM was a little closer. After losing the first set, they took the match into a decider where both teams had the opportunity for glory. In the end it was DRM who notched up their first win, 19-17.
Portsmouth made it 3 wins out of 3 against Manchester Marvels, leaving it up to a final match decider against Essex Pirates to determine who would end the day with a 100% win record. As some may have predicted, it went to 3 sets with Portsmouth coming out victors 15-8. This left Portsmouth at the top of Tier 2, with Battle Back B in second due to the bonus points* they had picked up throughout the day.
In Tier 1, Newcastle Staffs gave GP1 winners East London Lynx a run for their money in the first match of the day, but were unable to push the match into a third set, losing 25-15, 25-19. Reigning GP Champions Battle Back A were next onto court against Lincoln Imps. The first set was closely fought, with Battle Back A edging it 25-16. Their momentum carried through the second set, as they took the match 25-16. There was no rest for the winners as Battle Back were back on to face Newcastle Staffs. A highly competitive 3 setter ensued, which Battleback managed to steal 15-12 while Lincoln Imps found it tough going against a strong East London Lynx side, losing 25-11 25-15. The final match of the day saw Battle Back A take on East London Lynx to decide the top two places in Tier 1. East London Lynx proved too strong on this occasion, winning in straight sets to make it two Grand prix victories in a row.
*in Tier 2, up to a maximum of 6 bonus points can be awarded per match for each disabled players that is on court for a completed rally
Tier 1 MVP for the day was Tyler McClarron (Lincoln Imps)
Tier 2 MVP for the day was Josh Ledward (Manchester Marvels)
Full results for the second Grand Prix can be found here