The Miners Doncaster Volleyball Club set for National League promotion battle

The Miners Doncaster Volleyball Club are poised to launch a promotion assault in 2018.

Thursday, 25th January 2018, 5:00 am
Mihail Caraion (5), who was MVP against Stockport, is leaving the club to return home.
Mihail Caraion (5), who was MVP against Stockport, is leaving the club to return home.

Currently third in Division Three North of the National League, the former Yorkshire League club are hoping to secure a top two finish and begin climbing the English pyramid system.

“We finished last year on a major high by beating the previously unbeaten Stockport, who are also top of the league,” said chairman Jozef Balazs.

The Miners (left) are pictured with players from Blyth and Stockport. Photo: Kathryn Thacker

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“This is the team to beat.

“We also beat Blyth Valley 3-0, another contender for first or second place and fighting for promotion.

“Both games were crucial wins for us to secure our place in the top two. Now we just need to maintain it.”

The Miners, formed in 2015, have two games in hand on Stockport and second-placed York and could go top of the table with victory in their next two games, against Haughton Darlington and Newcastle Staffs 2, next month.

The Miners (left) are pictured with players from Blyth and Stockport. Photo: Kathryn Thacker

They have also reached the quarter-finals of the Shield competition and will travel to Polska Przychodnia Intervolley Manchester on January 27.

“Unfortunately Mihail Caraion, one of our best players, will be leaving us and heading to his home country, Moldova,” said Jozef.

“But we are hoping he will return later in the year. He is our best middle hitter and received most of the MVP awards so far this season.

“We have signed Adam Kupka from Hull though. He was their best player, so he is a major signing for us.”

For more information visit the club’s Facebook page.

Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Jozef by emailing [email protected]