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Indoor and Beach Coaches Workshop Announced


Theme:            Sharing the Magic

Venue:             Tauranga Boys’ College

Date:               Thursday Jan 28th                   

Time:               8.30am – 4pm                             

Cost:                $40

Registration:   Register here


This Volleyball New Zealand workshop is presented in association with Volleyball Bay of Plenty.

The day will be divided into FOUR sessions.


Session One:

8.30        Learn to serve.

Volleyball games are often determined by who wins the serve receive battle.

This is a practical session for Coaches to learn to serve and discover insights about serving.

A great way to start your day!


Session Two:

Fitting with the theme of the workshop the first session will focus on sharing experiences. 

A number of leading New Zealand Coaches will  “Share their Magic”  in 10 minutes followed by Q & A. 



Olaf Kortmann                      Former German National Team Coach 

(via Skype)                             Coaches Teams to European titles in both Beach and Indoor

Stew Henderson                 Head Coach Otumoetai College since 1978

                                                Including 10 National Titles

Al McKenzie                          New Zealand Senior Women’s Head Coach

Dave Clarke                           Squash New Zealand High Performance Manager

Byron Vaetoe                        Tall Black Captain 1984-1996

Phil George                           Western Heights HS Head Coach 1976 -1995

                                                Including 7 National Titles

Colin Redpath                       New Zealand Senior Men’s Head Coach

Rob Tarr                                 Former National Team Player USA Men’s Team

                                               Rob’s attendance will be confirmed in the New Year.                 

Mike Akkerman                    Former NZ Captain

                                               Mike played 113 tests and 142 games for NZ Between 1990 & 1998


Session Three:

Workshops:  There will be several workshops covering the following coaching issues.

-          Strategies for developing technical proficiency in a game like environment.

-          How do I decide what system to play?     5-1, 6-2 or 6-3.   

-          Athlete centred coaching: What is it?  Ways of making it work.

-          Is your programme aligned?


Session 4:

Participants will have the option to join beach or indoor stream.   This session will focus on discipline specific content.  

  Theme:           ...
New Zealand triumph in Oceania Championships

In the final of the men’s tournament, New Zealand’s Jason Lochhead and Ben O’Dea had a breakout win over another new combination, Australia’s Bo Soderberg and Casey Grice. This was revenge for O’Dea and Lochhead who were beaten by Soderberg (who played with Cole Durant) at the Continental Cup final earlier in the week. 

“We had a tough loss to the Aussies in the Continental Cup, so it was nice to get the job done in two sets today,” O’Dea said.

For Lochhead, it was a very productive day, as he coaches the Vanuatu women’s team of Pata/ Matuatu. He will now return to Los Angeles to resume his other coaching role with the Canadian men’s team as they prepare for the NORCECA Championships in Trinidad. O’Dea returns to Australia and will compete on the New Zealand Beach Tour which starts in Ohope Beach on January 6. 

Vanuatu’s Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu defeated Australia’s Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Nicki Laird 2-0 (21-13, 21-15) in the Women’s Gold-Medal Match at the Oceania Beach Volleyball Championships on Saturday. 

Pata/ Matauatu eased ahead for a 14-7 lead at the technical timeout and continued to dominate as they took the first set 21-13. In the second set, Australia were able to keep it close going into the technical timeout when they were only points behind, but once again Vanuatu pulled away, taking the set 21-15.

Miller Pata was named Tournament MVP. “I am very excited to win the MVP at the Oceania Championships,” he said.

In the men’s bronze-medal match, Mike Watson retained a place on the podium with Rene Kapa (who was a late injury replacement for Sam O’Dea) after winning the 2014 Oceania event with O’Dea. The match was a one-sided affair against American Samoa’s Sam Luaiva and Sigalu Aitui, running away with the match 2-0 (21-10, 21-14) in 28 minutes.

The women’s bronze-medal match was extremely tight. New Zealand’s Julia Tilley and Shaunna Polley were able to defeat nemesis Becchara Palmer, who partnered Justine Mowen, 2-1 (21-19, 15-21, 16-14). There were huge blocks from both teams in the first set and New Zealand prevailed 21-19. In the second set Australia found their rhythm and took the set 21-15, forcing a third set.

It was a nail-biting set, with New Zealand unable to capitalise on their first two match points. However, they held their nerve and took the decider 16-14. 

Polley commented: “We got to bring some fire, lots of screaming, so that was fun.” Tilley added: “It’s great to get a win of such an experienced team; Becchara has years of World Tour experience.”

In the final of the men’s tournament, New Zealand’s Jason Lochhead and Ben...

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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