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The 2015 Zone Volleyball Champions have been crowned

The 2015 Zone Volleyball Champions have been crowned. After 4 months of zone competition, the cream has risen to the top and secured their spots in the Division 1 Club Champs.

Southern Zone Champions:

Men’s:                  Pines (Nelson) - #1 seed for Club Champs

Women’s:           Shirley (Christchurch)

Central Zone Champions:

Men’s:                  Eagles Black (Wellington)

Women’s:           NZIS (Wellington)

Northern Zone Champions:

Men’s:                  Harbour Raiders (North Harbour)

Women’s:           Harbour Raiders (North Harbour) - #1 seed for Club Champs

Along with the zone champions, the next 9 best teams per gender from across the country will converge on Mount Maunganui next week to fight for club volleyball supremacy at the 48th Volleyball NZ Club Champs.

This year’s Club Champs will feature a Masters grade for the first time. 8 teams will battle for the inaugural title.

Matches start 8:45am Wednesday, August 12th

Semi-finals Friday evening from 6:30pm

Finals Saturday evening, from 5pm

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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 http://volleyballnz.org.nz/club-nationals

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.

 http://gohofstra.com/news/2015/6/8/VB_0608155723.aspx?path=vball

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

http://gohofstra.com/news/2014/12/17/VB_1217140215.aspx?path=vball

 

 

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 http://netherlands2015.fivb.org/en/news/no-ticket-no-problem-follow-the-action?id=53669

 Best wishes to Sam and Mike from us all.

 

 

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Junior Champs Underway

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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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