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New Zealand Men's Team Depart for Fiji

New Zealand Senior Men's Volleyball Team depart for Fiji this weekend where they will begin their campaign towards the 2018 World Championships. Standing in their way are Fiji and Tonga. 

New Zealand Coach Colin Redpath said "after a good training camp a strong squad has been assembled with the aim of qualifying for the next stage of the World Champs. We are expecting strong competition from host nation Fiji who have had a very good international programme having recently been to the Oceania and Pacific Championships". 

Ben Glue will Captain the team, that will feature a mix of experience and youth, Brad Takai has continued his journey with the NZL team that has lasted over a decade. On the new side, Christchurch's Angus Gourlay joins the team after another strong club season with Pioneer. 

The team, of course, will feature a strong contingent from Mauao and Pines Volleyball Clubs, after they met in the Club Championship final. Mauao Captain Paora Morunga, after making the NZL teams over the last few years as a Middle Blocker has been selected as a Setter for this squad after a great 2016 season. 

The winner of the event will qualify to round 2 which will feature 2 pools of 5 with the best teams in Asia fighting for their place at the 2018 World Championships which will be co-hosted by Italy and Bulgeria. The venues for the next phase will be Australia and Iran and unfortunately the winner will not know where they will travel to until a drawing of the lots. 

The World Championship Qualification  round 1 matches will take place later next week, with the first 3 days of the tour involving playing a build up Oceania Zonal Tournament. The Cook Islands and Solomon Islands will also compete in the first tournament.

New Zealand Senior Men's Volleyball Team depart for Fiji this weekend where they...
Provincial Champions Crowned

The New Zealand Under 17 and Under 19 Inter-provincial Championships concluded at the Trusts Arena in Auckland Tuesday. 28 teams from 10 associations competed for the National titles over 3 days.

The Under 19 Women's trophy went to Canterbury, led by NZ Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Rep Alice Zeimann, they went through the tournament undefeated. In the final they faced a tough challenger from North Harbour who twice recovered from a set down to take the match to 5 set. The Canterbury team regrouped well in the 5th and eased to victory 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-8). The 3rd place match also produced a tight encounter with neighbours Bay of Plenty and Waikato battling hard. Bay of Plenty emerged the victors 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-23)

The Under 19 Men's title was claimed by Bay of Plenty, a team stacked with NZ reps. The final against North Harbour was also a 5 set thriller with the first 4 sets all remaining tight throughout. In the 5th set the match was tied at 11 all before BOP won a point on their serve, this swung the momentum and they pulled away to win. The match was sealed with a huge block from Daniel Michael. Final score 3-2 (25-27, 25-21, 25-21, 25-27, 15-11). The Bronze went to Wellington who defeated the 2015 champions Taranaki 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 25-18) in their play off.

The Under 17 Women's (the largest division of the tournament) was taken out by Bay of Plenty, who had been dominant all tournament. They met North Harbour in the final and were given a big scare in the third set after BOP had taken a 2-0 set lead, North Harbour regrouped and came from behind to claim the 3rd set thanks to some great attacking by Jesse Te Rito and Ari Pola. Bay of Plenty got back to business to take the 4th set and the match 3-1 (25-17, 28-26, 23-25, 25-19). Bronze went to Taranaki in an epic encounter with Canterbury 3-2 (25-18, 25-27, 25-19, 15-25, 15-9).

The Under 17 Men's crown went to North Harbour who played an excellent game to edge out Bay of Plenty 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-23). Canterbury picked up the bronze medal. Which added to the tally for the South Islanders.

The Inter-provincial Championship also served as a preparation tournament for Volleyball New Zealand staff who will be returning to the Trusts Arena to host the World Masters Games in April 2017. With 7 International quality courts the Tournament is sure to be of the of the highest quality. 17 countries are already represented in the entries (open to any team 30+ years old, Volleyball and Beach Volleyball) which promises to be the biggest senior tournament New Zealand has ever seen. For more info visit:

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Teams Announced For FIVB U19 World Beach Volleyball Championships and USA-West Coast tournament


Volleyball New Zealand is pleased to announce the team to represent New Zealand in the FIVB U19 World Beach Volleyball Championships in Portugal and teams to represent New Zealand in USA-West Coast tournament in early July. For More Info - Here

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