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Updated Age Group Beach Squads Released

The squads for Age Group Beach Volleyball have been updated today subject to athlete acceptance. The wider training squads for the Girls U17 and U19 groups now include all athletes in the beach development programme.  We apologise that some names were missed on the original list circulated.

The Under 17 squads are preparing for the World Championships in Mexico, the Under 19 squads for qualification for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games and World Championships, and the Under 21 Squad for World Championships in that age group well. The updated squad list is here

Photo: NZSS Junior Girls Medallists with Sam O'Dea

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NZ Secondary Schools Beach Champs a huge tournament

With 143 teams entered in this years Secondary Schools Beach Champs a tough weekend of competition was in store for all athletes. In the end the junior girls the winner, Emily Johnston and Ruby Marsters of Bethlehem College had played 10 matches over the 2 days.  They held out silver medallists Grace Burnett and Brooke Ryan-Bidois, Otumoetai College.

The finals which were all played in front of vocal crowds on the centre court all produced some exciting action. The senior boys saw Tauranga Boys retain the title, with Caleb Apeharama and Thomas Reid defeating last years silver medalists Jack Boyle with his new partner Will Clague from Otumoetai College in 2 close sets.

The senior girls final featured Burnside High School (Christchurch) for the first time, with the impressive young team of Nicky Pio (Year 12) and Alice Zeimann (Year 11), facing off against Orewa College's Renee Ursem and Claudia Coghlan. This was another close final with both teams serving tough and swinging hard. The defence of Claudia was outstanding, picking up power hits from Alice without flinching. In the end Pio / Zeimann took the match 2-0 and continued the rise of South Island beach volleyball.

The junior boys final was played between two schools developing a great rivalry on the beach. Westlake Boys High School and Tauranga Boys College. Greg Vukets and Greg Nimmo (Westlake) took on Daniel Kilpatrick and Luke Carter. Vukets & Nimmo who recently were part of the team that won the North Island Junior Secondary Schools Indoor title were again out for gold and the Tauranga Boys were unable to stop them.

The Bronze medalist for the divsions were: Senior Girls - Annalise Vukets & Annuska Menoita (Westlake Girls High School), Senior Boys - Nate Moore & Perry Preston (Mount Maunganui College), Junior Girls - Devon Toi & Isabella MacDonald (Rangitoto College) and Junior Boys - Ryan Carter & Harry Adams (Rangitoto College).

Full results here

 

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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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