General Manager’s Update
In the GM’s update this month:
- Volleyball Victoria Junior Open
- AVL Super League Success!
- Board Update
- Special Board Meeting
- Strategic measures
Volleyball Victoria Junior Open
The inaugural Volleyball Victoria Junior Open was successfully hosted at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and Eagle Stadium, Werribee, from 1-4 December with 146 teams entered from Victoria and South Australia.
The Junior Open was conceived as a participation event by Volleyball South Australia and Victoria in response to many schools in both States expressing their inability to attend the 2019 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup on the Gold Coast.
A diverse composition of teams competed fiercely in an otherwise relaxed atmosphere, including traditional school entries, representative teams from local associations, and academy and specialist programs.
AVL Super League Success!
The 2019 Melbourne Vipers have enjoyed great success in their inaugural season of the Australian Volleyball Super League. Both the Men’s and Women’s Teams qualified for the finals hosted by Volleyball Australia on the Gold Coast in conjunction with the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup.
The Vipers Men played an extremely competitive three-set semi-final against Canberra Heat on Saturday; whilst playing some high standard volleyball, the Men were unable to maintain the level against an experienced and talented Heat line-up. The Men regrouped for the Bronze Medal match Sunday and defeated the UTSSU Shield in five closely contested sets, 18-16 in the fifth.
The Vipers Women have honoured the legacy of the Uni Blues and retained the Women’s national title in Victoria. After a slow start the Vipers took control in their semi-final against Adelaide Storm, winning in four sets. The Gold Medal match was a tough, tight affair, with the Vipers dropping the first two sets before regrouping under the leadership of Captain, Kelly Lean, ultimately winning 15-12 in the final set.
A fantastic result for the entire Vipers’ program and well-earned reward for all the players, coaches, and several significant key off-court contributors.
For more information on the results, visit http://www.avl.org.au/
Special Board Meeting
The Board held a Special Board Meeting on Sunday, 1 December and invited Affiliates to discuss strategic planning and commence consultation on the Rules of Association. The Meeting was held at MSAC, in conjunction with the Junior Open event, and engagement throughout was positive.
During the Meeting, Volleyball Victoria outlined the 2019 results against key strategic measures, see more detail below, and the priorities for 2020. Affiliates were invited to comment on the 2019 achievements, in addition to outlining their ongoing and upcoming focuses and needs.
The Board outlined elements of non-compliance present in the existing Volleyball Victoria Rules of Association and presented for discussion a proposal to adopt an amended Model Rules.
The Special Board Meeting was the commencement of an iterative process that would include ongoing discussions with Affiliates. The Minutes can be found here: Minutes Special Board Meeting 1 Dec 2019
The end of year results have been finalised and Volleyball Victoria has once again enjoyed an incredibly successful year.
In summary, participation and membership growth has continued with member registration exceeding 7,000. Volleyball Victoria remains engaged with key stakeholders, including current and prospective affiliates, State and local Governments, education institutions at all levels with improvements again at primary level. Our State teams continue to improve on benchmark performances of the previous years, highlighted by Gold Medals secured at each Australian Championship from U14s to open age. Numerous Victorians have been selected to national underage and open squads in playing, coaching, and officiating capacities. While Volleyball Victoria continues to enjoy a position of strong financial sustainability and has met current compliance with governance regulations.
For more information, please see Membership Infographics