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Volleyball NZ & NZ RACING BOARD TEAM UP

Volleyball New Zealand is pleased to announce a new partnership with the New Zealand Racing Board.

The agreement will allow the TAB (owned by the New Zealand Racing Board) to accept bets on Volleyball.

“We are excited that we can now take bets on Volleyball, the timing is perfect with Rio just around the corner,” Carl Jackson from the New Zealand Racing Board says.

Paul Cameron, CEO of Volleyball NZ, is pleased with the new relationship as  a percentage of the betting on Volleyball will be returned back to Volleyball NZ.

“We are comfortable to enter an agreement where the Volleyball community as well as the wider New Zealand community can now be engaged in Volleyball through regulated betting” Cameron says.

“Through this new agreement any monies coming to our federation will be invested into the future of Volleyball.”

In the coming months only Volleyball played outside of New Zealand will be offered to TAB customers.

The news follows from a recent policy adopted by Volleyball NZ around Anti Match Fixing to ensure the integrity of sport in New Zealand is maintained.

It is anticipated much interest in one of the world’s most popular sports will be heightened with Rio only days away.

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WILL THE SOUTH ISLAND DOMINANCE CONTINUE?

700 of New Zealand’s best Volleyball players from around the country hit Wellington from Monday night for the annual National Club Championship Finals being held at the top quality facility in Kilbirnie, the ASB Sports Centre.

48 teams have been playing in one of three zones (Northern, Central and Southern) across the country for the last three months qualify for the two division event, with both genders participating in two games each day, from early morning to late evening.

The pinnacle Volleyball NZ event will see the ProVolleyball Pines from Nelson in the Men’s & Shirley Silverbacks in the Women’s looking to defend their titles. In recent years Pines have built up a monopoly on the title with four victories in succession.

Pines coach, Colin Redpath, again has a strong squad to compete on one of the ten courts, set aside at one of the best facilities for indoor sport in New Zealand.

“This will be the hardest title to defend in our history. We will not be taking any teams lightly, and we know we are a big target again this year. The strength of teams from across the country has risen to another level this year and they will be all working extremely hard to take us off our perch,” says Redpath.

Volleyball NZ Game Development Manager, Matt Wenn, is delighted with the depth and calibre for this year’s finals, indicating with Rio just round the corner, that the interest and passion for Volleyball (a major sport at the Olympics, with some of the highest television ratings) is extremely high at the moment.

“Following Volleyball New Zealand’s successful Beach series last summer, indoor volleyball is also riding a huge wave of interest, support and participation” said Wenn.

Next year sees the World Masters Games in Auckland in April with Volleyball to be one of the key sports on the 28 sport menu with many NZ participants looking to play in the Masters action at the 49th Nationals.

Finals at the Volleyball nationals will be held on the evening of Friday 29 July at the ASB Sports stadium; Women's Final 5:00pm, Men's Final 6:30pm.

 

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

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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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