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O'Dea/Watson make final four at Asian Beach Volleyball Champs

 Sam O'Dea and Mike Watson have recorded their best result of the international season at the pretigious Asian Beach Volleyball Championships held in Jinjiang, China.

O'Dea/Watson defeated Taipei, Iran, and China on their way to the semi-finals. In the semi they faced Kapa/McHugh from Australia, who placed 9th at the recent World Tour event in Shanghai, the match was a tight battle going to a tie breaker where NZL went down, 19-21, 21-11, 12-15.

The boys then had to regroup to face Qatar in the Quater-finals, another team who have been delivering solid results on the World Tour. With a place on the podium at stake the Sam and Mike fought hard but unfortunately came up just short losing 19-21, 25-27.

This result comes as a great reward for the months of hard training at Mount Maunganui.

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 Sam O'Dea and Mike Watson have recorded their best result of the international...
Island Select Age Group Teams Named

The North and South Island Select Under 17 and Under 19 teams have been named.

The Under 19 teams will attend the Trans Tasman Quadrangular Tournament that will be hosted by Volleyball Bay of Plenty in Tauranga 9-13 June. The teams will come up against selections from New South Wales and Queensland schools.

The Under 17 selections will travel to the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships in Canberra, 6-12 July.

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The North and South Island Select Under 17 and Under 19 teams have been named. ...

Junior Champs Underway


A large turnout of Year 9 & 10 school volleyball teams will be vieing for the 'Island Champion' titles at the Volleyball New Zealand North and South Island Junior Secondary School Championships, being held simultaneously in Tauranga and Christchurch.

The North Island Championships take place at the ASB Baypark Arena in Mount Maunganui from Monday 25th to Friday 29th November, with a field of 49 Girls' teams and 42 Boys' teams participating. Favourites for the top division Girls' title are a raft of local Tauranga teams from Otumoetai, Bethlehem, Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Girls Colleges. Their main challenge is expected to come from Whakatane's Trident High, North Harbour's Rangitoto and Orewa Colleges, and Rotorua's Western Heights High. The dominance of Bay of Plenty sides in the top seedings is expected to draw large crowds throughout the week.

The top Boys' section features a wider spread of teams, with Western Heights leading the way from Orewa and North Harbour's Westlake Boys High, with South Auckland side Manurewa High, and Otumoetai, Bethlehem and Rangitoto all expected to mount a credible challenge. Also featuring at the event will be Girls' and Boys teams from Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay/Poverty Bay, Manawatu and Wellington.

Down south, the Island event will be played in Christchurch at Pioneer Stadium, and Middleton Grange school, with 39 Girls' and 22 Boy's teams in action from 25th to 28th November.

Girls favouritism is shared equally between Tasman region schools Nayland and Waimea Colleges, and Nelson and Marlborough Girls Colleges, and Christchurch teams from Riccarton, Burnside and Aranui High Schools, and Middleton Grange school.

The southern Boys' title is expected to be fought between schools from the same regions – Nelson, Nayland and Waimea Colleges, with Riccarton and Shirley High being joined from further south by Timaru and Otago Boys High teams in the top seeded positions.

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