Junior Country Championships Wrap Up

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It was fitting that Volleyball Horsham and Geelong Volleyball Association split the results at the Junior Country Championships as both Associations, along with Sunraysia gave their junior players a great opportunity to experience a championship event for the first time, and what we hope will be the forerunner of things to come.

All three contested the boys under 17 event, with Sunraysia entering a mixed team, while Horsham and Geelong girls went head to head in a three test series on the Saturday, before meeting each other in the gold medal match on the Sunday.

The environment was full of hype and youthful exuberance throughout, with plenty of family and friends in the crowd to offer support.

To complement the Junior Championships and Mixed Championships ran in parallel, ensuring the participants got maximum court time. In the end the players from both associations played 10 games of volleyball with some very tired boys and girls looking forward to their sleep on Sunday night.

In the girls gold medal match Volleyball Horsham came out on top in four sets.

The final score being 3-1: 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21.

The All Star Seven for the girls were:- Zara Miltenoff, Phoenix Harding and Charlotte Williams from Geelong and Sophie Quick, Ella Van Duren, Grace Turner and Clare Whyte from Horsham. Grace Turner the best setter and Charlotte Williams the best libero.

In the boys gold medal match Geelong were too strong winning in straight sets.

The final score being 3-0: 25-15, 25-17, 25-16.

The All Star Seven for the boys were:- Roland Brooke, Logan Young and Jasper Ponseca from Horsham, Taylan Karakurt from Sunraysia and Justin Gangco, Kay Ra Sho Kler Tha and Nay Soe Htoo from Geelong. Justin Gangco won the best setter award.

The referee of the tournament was Volleyball Horsham’s Shaun Bray while Sunraysia’s Piper Heley received the referee encouragement award.

Volleyball Horsham is commended for their administration of the tournament, having an army of volunteers taking on administration jobs, on the canteen and barbecue roster, serving as jury members, presentation personnel and providing a full complement of duty members for both gold medal matches.

“I’m sure the participants, family and friends went home more than happy with the weekend’s work, and we look forward to Sunraysia hosting the event in 2023,” said Championship Commission chair Murray Mansfield.

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