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NZL Men win Gold at Oceania Beach Volleyball Champs in Australia
The New Zealand Men's pairing of Sam O'Dea and Mike Watson downed two top Australian teams on their way to their first Oceania Gold Medal at the Oceania Beach Volleyball Championships, held on the weekend at Sydney's Manly beach. In a hard-fought semifinal, the 3rd-ranked Kiwis kept their noses in front of Australians Casey Grice and Cole Durant to win in three sets (21-18,18-21,15-8), while they cleared out in the Final against Damian Schuman and Josh Court to take the Gold medal in two sets (21-15,21-14). The Australians went into the event higher ranked than the Tauranga-based team on the world stage, making the win in front of an Australian crowd "very satisfying," according to Watson. The other NZ men's pair of Rene Kapa and Thomas Hartles made the semi-finals but could only finish fourth, while both women's pairings – Julia Tilley and Shaunna Polley, and Danielle Quigley and Chantal Tung – went down at the Quarter Final stage. PIC attached: Mike Watson (left) & Sam O'Dea with their 2014 NZ Champions silverware
The New Zealand Men's pairing of Sam O'Dea and Mike Watson downed two top Australian...
Southland's state of the art SIT Zero Fees Cycling Velodrome will change tack at the end of November when it hosts the New Zealand Beach Volleyball Champions and other competitors in the 'Southland Grand Slam' Beach Volleyball Tournament. Complete with heating turned up and enough sand for four courts, the Velodrome will be converted to a beach for several days for the visit of the NZ number one beach pairings of Tauranga-based men's champion pair Sam O'Dea and Mike Watson, while Hamilton's Julia Tilley and Shaunna Polley will be packing their uniform bikinis for the trip south. Both pairs are on their way up in the world of beach volleyball, with the Watson/O'Dea combination scoring a podium finish in the Indonesian leg of the Asian Beach Volleyball circuit last year, and Polley and Tilley breaking through for their first international podium position in the Vietnam event last season. As well as competing for the prize money on offer in Southland's first-ever Grand Slam event on the 28th and 29th November, the four will join other athletes and coaches in conducting a volleyball camp for aspiring locals players at the Velodrome on 30th November. “Local businessman Lanzi Arnott from W A Arnott Drainage specialists has really made this all possible. Without Lanzi’s huge generosity in supplying all the trucks and workers, as well as organising to borrow the sand and piping; bringing it in, setting up and taking it all away again, we would never have been able to pull this off without a huge price tag attached,” said Regional Volleyball Development Manager Donna Milne.
Southland's state of the art SIT Zero Fees Cycling Velodrome will change tack at the end...

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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