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Beach Volleyball Season Off to a Challenging start

 Picture: Julie Fitzgerald

It was 4 seasons in 1 day for the first beach volleyball tournament of the season in Hamilton's Te Rapa Beach Volleyball Centre.

With 30 eager teams entered the morning started with a heavy hail storm during the first round. However the sun was out by the end of the game and the mixed conditions continued for the rest of the day.

It was great to see so many new athlete hit the court. A big congratulations to Greg White, Blake Fairweather, Daniel Michael, Kuratea Broughton, Leon Horsley, Tim Walters, Matt Williams, Alex Jaffrey, Cameron Hunter, Dylan Mcneely, Nic Mangino, Aaron Edwards, Brooke Ryan-Bidois and Sophie Samson.

At the business end of the tournament local player's were able to capitalise on new partnerships to take victories.

In the women's event Shaunna Polley paired with Susana Vega, and they were to strong for the young pair of Alice Bain and Bex Story in the final.

In the men's event Rene Kapa paired with Thomas Hartles, in their final they took down Paora Morunga and Griffin Muller.

The National Beach Series now heads to the Mt Maunganui Main Beach for the Mauao Challenger and Satellite Tournaments, which will come on the back of the North Island Junior Beach Camp, so we are expecting a huge event.

Final Positions:
1 Kapa/Hartles
2 Morunga/muller
3= Harris/Hawkins
3= Fullerton/Lewis
5= Cleaver/Quistorff
5= Hamlin/Vukets
7= Anderson/M.Polley
7= Connolly/Dryden
11 Hone/Bunyan
12 Horsley/Walters
13 Marsters/Sek
14. Hunter/McNeely
16 Williams/Jaffray
17. White/Fairweather
18. Michael/Broughton

1 S.Polley/Vega
2. Bain/Story
3= Tung/Dunne
5= Yap/Hamp
5= Coughlan/J.Lawrence
5= Redpath/Blyth
9 Venter/Venter
10 Sanson/Thwaites
11 Te Kani/Burnett
12 Ryan-Bidois/Samson


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