The futures bright, the future is Browne…

Ipswich ladies have finished their NVL season in 4th position, only 5 points off the play-off positions. Kev Abbott has served two years as Ipswich Ladies NVL coach, both seasons finishing in 4th position. Unfortunately with Kev recently becoming a Dad, time is becoming very stretched and he is unable to continue as ladies coach for Ipswich VC. Luckily for Ipswich Ladies Simon Browne has stepped forward to take on the ladies coaching.

Simon has previously played for Ipswich Mens team and has a long history of volleyball achievements, so the ladies will be in good hands for next season. Simon’s first fixture in charge of the team was on Wednesday 11th April against Chelmsford Ladies in the Essex league. The ladies were keen to make a good impression on Simon and worked hard.

Despite an injury setback to Michelle Abbott in the second set, the ladies pushed on and played some great volleyball to win the match 3 – 0. Iza Karwacka picking up another MVP for the ladies team as setter.

You can get a chance to see Simon Brown’s Ipswich Ladies team in action on Saturday 21st at 3pm against Brentwood at Northgate Sports Centre. Ipswich Men will be in action prior to this fixture at 1pm.

Ipswich Ladies Team with coach Simon Browne

Cat Wright, Michelle Abbott, Everita Sokolova, Simon Browne, Otylia Miazga, Jen Ubasa, Iza Karwacka, Kasia Plesnar

Firework Celebrations for Ipswich Ladies

Ipswich Ladies started their Essex League campaign today against Chelmsford Ladies. 

For this match Ipswich were down to only 6 players due to injuries, but the ladies were still confident. 

Otylia Miazga 10, Everita Sokolova 18, Iza, Karwacka 13, Julia Vidot 11, Jen Ubasa 1, Emma Goosey 19.


Ipswich had a good start to the first set and with Jen Ubasa serving strong managed to get an early 10 point lead 13 – 3. The game carried on point for point until another strong serve run from Iza Karwacka. The first set going to Ipswich 25 – 13. 

The second set saw the visitors make a better start leading 5 – 3 to Chelmsford, this time Julia Vidot stepping up with a good serve run to bring the game to 11 – 6 in Ipswich’s favour. Some great link up play between Iza Karwacka (setter) and her two middles Emma Goosey and Otylia Miazga made sure the points kept coming in. The second set going again to Ipswich 25 – 14. 

The third set saw a lot more fight from Chelmsford, but some great receiving from Julia Vidot and Everita Sokolova made sure the ladies took the set 25 – 17 and the match 3 – 0. 

Jen Ubasa nominated MVP for the match. 

Otylia and Iza blocking the attack from Chelmsford whilst Everita and Jen setup the defence.

Action packed weekend in Essex

Ipswich Ladies and Ipswich Men’s teams both start their Essex League campaign this weekend. 

Ipswich Ladies host Chelmsford Ladies in Northgate Sports Centre at 2pm on Saturday, while Ipswich Men’s team travel to Southend on Sunday for a 7pm evening match. 

Both teams will be hoping for a positive start to the season, especially as this is both teams first appearance in the Essex League. 

“Come on you blues”