General Manager’s Update
In the GM’s update this month:
- Volleyball Victoria State League
- 2019 Australian Volleyball League
- Women’s Head Coach Appointed
- What Is Melbourne’s Identity?
- School Sport Victoria
- Board Update
- Strategic Measures
Volleyball Victoria State League
The 2019 State League season has drawn to a close with Grand Finals completed over two weekends. In the Premier Division, Melbourne University Renegades secured the Women’s title against Monash University 3-1, extending one of State League’s great rivalries and Renegades’ recent success. Southern Cross Cobras defended their 2018 Men’s title, defeating Melbourne University Renegades in four sets, giving them two wins from four consecutive finals. In Junior Girls, Monash University 1 defeated Croydon 36’s Red, 3-0. And in the second week of Grand Finals, Mazenod 1 defeated McKinnon Volley White 3-2, successfully defending their 2018 title in a highly competitive and tense Junior Boys’ final.
The League continued recent trends, experiencing growth in team entries of 9%. In total, the Victorian State League composed 114 teams from 19 Clubs, requiring 793 round matches and 51 finals, more than 80 officials, and 12 venues.
At the Awards Dinner, Melbourne University Renegades were crowned winners of the Tomas Santamaria Shield for best performing State League Cub, securing the Shield by two points, one of the closest results in living memory.
I congratulate the players, coaches, referees, especially David Rosamilia as our chief Delegate, game day officials, Club volunteers, and the Volleyball Victoria Office, especially Tim Heathcote and Katherine Walton, for all the time and effort invested in season 2019.
I would also like to acknowledge Australian Volleyball Warehouse, individual sponsors of the State League.
For a full wrap of the event, video, images, and the final standings, please visit:
2019 Australian Volleyball League
Preparations for the 2019 Australian Volleyball League (AVL) are well underway with Team Melbourne playing host to New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and away to Australian Capital Territory and Queensland.
Women’s Head Coach Appointed
Volleyball Victoria is pleased to announce Michael Brookens has accepted the role of Women’s Head Coach and will supervise trials commencing Wednesday, 4 September. An announcement is pending on the Senior Assistant who will work closely alongside Michael.
What Is Melbourne’s Identity
Volleyball Victoria is calling for suggestions for the newly conceived Melbourne team to compete the 2019 AVL. We invite suggestions from members and fans.
Volleyball Victoria will collate a shortlist and conduct a member vote to determine the team name. The nominee of the winning name and one member who votes for the successful name will receive free AVL seasons tickets and team merchandise.
Nominations for team names close Monday, 9 September.
For more information on AVL, to read the full article on Michael Brookens’ appointment, or to propose a team name, please visit:
School Sports Australia 15 & Under National Volleyball Championships
School Sport Victoria returned modest results from the recent 2019 School Sports Australia 15 & Under National Volleyball Championships hosted in South Australia.
The Championships were held at Heathfield College, near Mt Lofty, a school with a long and proud history supporting volleyball. On court, Victoria secured Bronze in the Boys’ section, while the Girls’ finished equal fifth place.
Congratulations to Volleyball Victoria members, Todd Broadbent and Scott Ross, Head Coaches of the Boys’ and Girls’ teams respectively, their Assistant Coaches, and all the players.
For more information on results and final standings visit School Sport Australia
Participation and membership continue to improve in 2019 tracking ahead of this time last year. Growth has been experienced across all major events and activities, including all Schools Cups conducted to date, with the Primary Schools Cup scheduled for late November, and State League which grew by 9% and concluded in late August.
For more information, please see Membership Infographics