THE first night of the Weymouth Volleyball League got off to a smashing start.

In total, 12 teams have entered the league, which is sponsored by the Ghurka Restaurant, and this year sees a new format. Teams are now in three divisions with two rounds of relegation and promotion to seed teams before playing for the relative titles.

The top division served up a real treat with last year's league and cup winners Parkers facing Portland Prison who were their main rivals last time out.

Despite not being to field a full team, Portland Prison ran out winners three sets to nil.

The threat of Parkers' Matt Board through the middle was expertly countered by Portland Prison's David James and Ryan Stout swung well for the Prison to give them a dream start to the season.

In the other game, CSSC Wildcats lost out three sets to one against Weatherbury Warriors A.

A close first set which the Wildcats took, seemed to ignite Weatherbury A who upped their game to take the next three sets, restricting the Wildcats to below 20 each set.

In Division Two, the Old Spa beat Diggers with Attitude three sets to nil despite losing setter Matt Palmer during the game to a knee injury.

The third set was a tight fought battle however, a well-timed time-out called by Coach Graeme Sawyer saw the Old Spa regroup and get the job done.

Weatherbury Warriors B team took on SYNT.

Weatherbury won in another 3-0 game with ex-SYNT outside-hitter Rich Wheeler picking up some crucial points for Weatherbury having changed sides in the Summer.

Despite a great start to the second set by SYNT, with some ferocious serving by Chloe Oldrid, Weatherbury rallied, eventually winning the set 25-23.

This appeared to take the wind out of the sails of SYNT and Weatherbury ran out comfortable winners in the third set.

In Division Three, with teams vying it out to move up the leagues, Renegades beat a depleted Ultra Ballers three sets to nil with man of the match Riley Greenwodd-Neate.

Team ASM played a four man Meercats side coming out 3-0 victors.

Both sides saw some new talents start with young Ben Hunter looking a player to watch out for.

By chance, next Tuesday sees each losing team facing a winning team so there is potential for the league tables to be totally changed up ahead of the final game of this first seeding round.

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