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Courtesy of David Berry (Volleyball Horsham)


BBJSC Pakenham defeated Renegades

3-2: 25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13.

In a massive surprise the team from BBJSC Pakenham proved too powerful for the Renegades boys in a five set powerfest of volleyball. There was very little defence early in the game as power hitters exchanged monster blows, but as the game wore on there was some great defence shown by both teams. In the end the Pakenham boys kept their noses in front and scored a much deserved win.

Championship Men MVP – Scott Johnson (Hickman’s Warriors)

Runners up MVP – Kanwar Pal Singh (BBJSC Pakenham)



Horsham defeated Renegades

3-1: 25-19, 11-25, 25-19, 25-17.

The Volleyball Horsham girls improved as each game went by and surprised the Renegades girls in an historic victory – the first Horsham girls team to win a top division in 26 years. Renegades powerhitter Tilly McDonald put on a one woman show in the final and kept her team in the game up until the stage where she had to return to Melbourne, a change the Horsham girls took in their stride and powered to a memorable victory.

Championship Women MVP – Gabby Lougheed (South West Pirates)

Runners up MVP – Kara Johnson (Horsham)



Riddell’s Creek defeated Dolan’s Dynasty

3-1: 22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-14.

Once they picked up the services of class setter Matt DeSalvo the Riddell’s Creek boys were always going to be hard to beat and this proved so. The Dolan’s Dynasty team, with Noah Van Gemst throwing everything at the opposition were gallant in defeat, but the overall depth of talent in the Riddell’s Creek team proved the difference in the end.

Men’s division one MVP – Noah Van Gemst (Dolan’s Dynasty)

Runners up MVP – Elton Paraha (LTU)



Horsham defeated LTU

3-1: 25-22, 25-13, 17-25, 25-16.

Having to win their last game of the round robin phase to make the final, the Volleyball Horsham girls did just that, then carried that momentum into the final to make amends for the runners up effort the previous year. All four teams were very closely matched and it was going to be the team that fired up first that was going to win. Annika McDonald showed all her skill and smarts had not eluded her as she hit plenty of winners, well supported by setters Hannah Whyte and the experienced Kimberley Crabtree.

Women’s division one MVP – Steph Phillips (LTU)

Runners up MVP – Elana Penny (Riddell’s Creek)



Horsham College defeated Vic White U15

3-1: 21-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-23.

The Horsham College girls outlasted the Vic White U15 girls in a highly entertaining final. The game ebbed and flowed throughout with the Vic White girls always with their noses in front when it came to getting to 20 but they couldn’t quite close out each time. Casey Quick and Alurhian Leffler the best for the Horsham College girls while Naomi Broadbent and Mia Webber tried hard for the Vic White girls.

Women’s division two MVP – Ella Van Duren (Murtoa)

Runners up MVP – Naomi Broadbent (VW)



What a way to start the rebuild of volleyball across the state! The standard of play across the board was testament to all the players and full credit to everyone for putting on such a fantastic display. Volleyball Horsham was privileged to be able to provide such a successful event for everyone to participate in. Big thanks to our wonderful volunteers who did some amazing things. People such as Matt Jolly, Scott Davidson, Andrew Adamson, Clare Petering, Elena Fagan, Tammy James and Jo Baker who all lead the way so superbly. The tournament was able to use a live update of results service for all participants, and a QR code service which took them straight to the website to get the updates. Best of three matches were a winner, with 42% of all matches played going the distance. The finals were refereed and dutied by local personnel, making it easier for non-finalists to take off home. Yes, we were a little late in finishing but given the nature of the draw, that couldn’t be helped. Finally to all the Volleyball Horsham members who helped in any way – no matter how big or small your contribution it made a difference and added to a very successful Horsham Tournament.

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