In the GM’s update this month:
- Three Day Schools Cup
- Greg Thomas Award
- Board Update
- National Stakeholder Meeting
- 2019 Australian Volleyball League
Three Day Schools Cup
The annual Three Day Schools Cup has been successfully hosted at the State Volleyball Centre and Springers Leisure Centre from Friday to Sunday, 26-28 July. Achieving growth on 2018, the premier event for schools in Victoria attracted 182 entries with 179 teams from 39 Schools ultimately taking to the court to contest over 540 games.
The Three Day Schools Cup is a significant undertaking for all involved and focuses much of the Volleyball Victoria resources. We appreciate the effort of Schools from across Victoria in attending the event, many who have commenced at the One Day event, and ‘graduated’ to the Three Day event, before going on to compete the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup. We aim to provide an accessible, affordable, quality volleyball experience that engenders collegiality and engagement.
In regard on court performance, in what was a repeat of the result from 2017, Mazenod College claimed the Champion School with 581 points, which included two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the Honours Divisions, followed closely by Billanook College on 576 points, and Eltham High School on 555 points.
I commend Tim Heathcote, Events & Competitions Coordinator, and his very able support crew, including Katherine Walton, Events Officer, and the entire Office who helped bring the event together. Thanks also to the Venue, Hall and, Court Supervisors, First Aid Officers, and all event personnel for your contributions in ensuring an event that was smoothly conducted and enjoyable for all participants.
Volleyball Victoria also thanks Australian Volleyball Warehouse as our primary event partner. And to the Schools who have again turned out in great numbers to compete hard but in good spirit.
Greg Thomas Award
In 2019, Volleyball Victoria commenced recognising those individual teachers who have specifically made significant contribution to the school events.
On behalf of the Board, I take great pleasure to announce the conferring of a new Award at the Volleyball Victoria Three Day Schools Cup. To be presented for the first time in 2019, the Most Valuable Player from Open Boys’ Honours Division will receive the ‘Greg Thomas Award’.
The Award is conferred in recognition of the contribution Greg has made to school volleyball and support for Volleyball Victoria events over an extensive career. Greg commenced the Eltham High School volleyball program in 1996 and under his guidance, the School has been a successful nursery for volleyball and produced many Victorian and Australian champions.
For a full wrap of the event, video, images, and the final standings, please visit:
- Volleyball Victoria website – Schools Cup results
- Facebook images and video
- Conferring of Greg Thomas Award
National Stakeholders’ Meeting
In June, Volleyball Australia hosted the National Stakeholders in Canberra for the first of two annual meetings. The structure includes the State Executive Directors meeting for two days, prior to the Presidents joining for a further two days.
A range of topics were covered during the first two days with Volleyball Australia outlining the event calendar proposed for the next three years with some work regarding the underpinning events strategy outstanding. The aim is to establish a guide to the evolution of existing events, such as underage national championships, development of new events. Advice was provided regarding the key principles being applied to the current events:
- each event aligned with expected outcomes for high performance, elite development, centre of excellence, pathways, and participation
- a focus on the ‘event experience’ for participants
- ensuring commercial viability
- planned use of technology for competition management and e-scoring
Volleyball Victoria was also confirmed as one of two States to work with Volleyball Australia and Victoria University to participate in a Light Volley trial; an entry-level program utilising a modified ball targeting women and girls.
The Presidents were presented a new, decentralised model for the National Centre of Excellence and a greater focus on beach volleyball. Volleyball Australia also noted their financial position as at end of March significantly ahead of budget.
2019 Australian Volleyball League
At the same meeting, Presidents were asked to give in principle support for a new model of the Australian Volleyball League (AVL). The proposal is in response to the ongoing work of an independent consultant embedded at Volleyball Australia to develop a sustainable model for the League.
Consultations that commenced with State Executive Directors in December 2018 immediately identified the need for a transition period and while the final recommendation for the new League has not been released by Volleyball Australia, the 2019 and 2020 AVL Super Leagues will be conducted as interim propositions.
The key impact is felt in New South Wales and Victoria with the opportunity for only one team to represent the State and for that team to be directly supported by the State Office. In effect, State Volleyball New South Wales and Volleyball Victoria are now the recognised AVL Super League Clubs and the opportunity for University Blues and VVA Vultures now sits in the second-tier AVL Championship, to be conducted on the Gold Coast in conjunction with the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup similar to the 2018 AVL Championship.
On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank and congratulate both University Blues and VVA Vultures for their representation of Victoria throughout their history of participation. In particular, the unprecedented success of University Blues’ Women in this last decade has shone alight on the extraordinary talent in Victoria and the hard work of Club personnel.
Volleyball Victoria will be shortly commencing the search for a Team Manager, seeking expressions of interest from Coaches, and announcing trials. The express aim will be to field the best possible team from Victoria that includes athletes from University Blues, VVA Vultures, and those not previously aligned with either Club but have the ability to compete on the national stage.