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Men's League Play-Offs 2008

Sunday 1 June 2008, Leeds Met University

Sheffield VC 3-2 York VC (26-28, 25-16, 25-22, 16-25, 15-12)

A very successful and competitive play off final, between Sheffield who finished 2nd in the league and York VC who finished 4th. Sheffield beat 3rd placed Barnsley to reach the final and York surprisingly gained a walk-over against league champions Hawks.

Sheffield looked to be cruising to victory at 24-20 in the 1st set, but York snatched the set 28-26 with a late push. The momentum swung back and forth with both teams fighting for every point. York looked to have the match in their control in the 5th set, holding a small 11-9 lead. But Sheffield setter and Man of the Match, Gary Wollerton turned it around, with some precise float serves, hit from some 6 metres behind the base line. Sheffield squeezed home 15-12 in the 5th set.

Premier League Play Off Winners - Sheffield VC 

Back row: A Zwettler, J Burston, M Dotse, R Kittle
Front row:  M Ward, G Wollerton, C Antcliff 

Thanks to  Elle Tovey from York VC for scoring and Simon Loftus of Leeds Met Uni for the excellent venue. The final used the full sports hall and a central court.