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STARTING SIX Headlines from VNZ - JUNE 29 2015

Club Champs

A reminder that entries close Wednesday 1 July for Division I and II and the new Masters Grade.  Entry forms are on the VNZ website

We also remind all athletes that the Championships, like all VNZ events, are drug free and that Drug Free Sport NZ may undertake random testing at this or any of our events. 


Kelsie Wills Nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year

Congratulations to Kelsie Wills (formerly Waikato) who has been nominated as NCAA Woman of the Year.

This is a great way to cap off a highly successful 4 years which included two conference titles and all-American honours.



Senior Teams on Tour

 The Senior Men’s team played Australian Universities as the curtain-raiser to the Australia vs Brazil World League match in Sydney.  This was a very close game with the Australian Universities side prevailing 25-23, 25-19, 25-23.


The Senior Women’s team had some close matches in Tahiti, just failing to make the final on points difference by 4 points! 

Well done top both teams and great to see a Senior programme back on track for both genders.

Sport NZ Board Appointment

Congratulations to Paul Cameron on his recent appointment to the Board of Sport NZ.  Paul takes up the appointment as of 1 July.

VNZ President and Board Chair Jock Murley says Cameron has done an outstanding job at Volleyball NZ and had helped unlock the sport’s huge potential here.

“Paul’s knowledge in sector activity from juniors to masters is outstanding. As Sport NZ rolls out its new Strategic Plan, Paul’s governance and management skills will be invaluable. We at Volleyball NZ are privileged to still have him lead our team.”


World League and World Grand Prix Appointment

 Congratulations to Allan Brodie who has been appointed to two World League and a World Grand Prix fixture in Australia over three weekends.  Allan will be assisting the Match Supervisor at the Australia vs Brazil match in Sydney, Match Supervisor for the Australia vs Serbia match in Brisbane and at the Group 3 Women’s Grand Prix final in Canberra.


World Beach Championships

 Sam O’Dea and Mike Watson have had a tough start to their campaign and at the time of writing had their final pool match with a chance to make it through to the knock out rounds.  You can follow the event at

 Best wishes to Sam and Mike from us all.



Club Champs A reminder that entries close Wednesday 1 July...
Watson/O'Dea prepare for World Champs Debut

 Mike Watson and Sam O’Dea will begin their 2015 World Championships campaign over the weekend. The tournament, which is being held in the Netherlands, will be split over 4 different cities. This is new concept for beach volleyball and will see Mike and Sam play their pool matches in Amsterdam.

The first matches of the tournament are on Friday night local time, with NZL scheduled to take the court against USA at 7am Sunday (New Zealand time). The USA team they were scheduled to play were the daunting Dalhausser/Rosenthal combination, but due to an injury to that team the replacement team is the far less experience Doherty/Mayer.

Mike and Sam’s other 2 pool matches are against teams they know very well from the Asian Tour, on Sunday night at Midnight they will face McHugh/Kapa from Australia, then Monday night at 10pm they will battle Sidorenko/Dyachenko from Kazakhstan.

Mike Watson says “Sam and I have been working really hard in preparation for the World Champs. We both feel we are ready to take on the biggest tournament of our careers’ and make New Zealand proud!”

The 48 teams per gender at the World Champs have been split equally into 12 pools of four teams, with the top two teams from each pool automatically advancing to the first knockout round, along with the eight best third-ranked teams (based on match points, sets ratio and points ratio). This sets up a single elimination 32 team draw, where the team could be relocated to another of the 4 host cities.

New Zealand will also continue our fine representation at the top level in coaching. Jason Lochhead, since retiring from full time international competition, has been coaching a number of top teams, and he will be looking after the Vanuatu Women’s team of Pata / Manauatu, and the Canadian Men’s team of Schalk / Saxton. This will be a tough job considering they are playing in different towns for pool play.

Lochhead and partner Kirk Pitman have had an excellent World Champs record themselves, regularly out performing their seeding at their 4 visits to the pinnacle bi-annual event. In 2005 they finished 25th, in 2007 & 2011 they finished 17th and in 2009 they had a career highlight finishing 9th.

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 Mike Watson and Sam O’Dea will begin their 2015 World Championships...

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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