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Island Age Group Teams Gear Up for Australian Challenge

The North and South Island Select Under 17 teams are training this weekend in final preparation for the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships in Canberra, 6-12 July.

Final teams have now been confirmed and the teams leave New Zealand on 5th July to attend this event at the AIS in Canberra. This is the first time that Island Select teams have attended this event.

North Island Select U17 Boys

North Island Select U17 Girls

South Island Select U17 Boys

South Island Select U17 Girls

Photo: Action from 2013 South Island Junior Championships

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Trans-Tasman Honours Shared

The honours in the Trans Tasman Quadrangular Tournament were evenly shared between New Zealand and Australian sides in Tauranga. The tournament features Secondary School Selections from Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand's North and South Islands.

In the girls, Queensland took home the trophy after a 3-1 win over North Island Select whilst the boys reversed the results with North Island Boys prevailing over their Queensland counterparts. Following the Quadrangular tournament, New Zealand and Australian selections were named to battle it out for Trans-Tasman bragging rights. In the girls match, Australia won 3-1 in a tight fought match, whilst the New Zealand boys fought out a 3-2 win over the Australian selection.

NZ Select Girls:

Emily Farron, Kahla Tyson (Otumoetai College) Ariana Moffatt (Tauranga Girls College) Renei Ursem (Orewa College) Antonia Harrison, Rachel Gunn (Rangitoto College), Eloise van Velthooven, Alex Parker (Marlborough Girls College), Georgia Davies (Waimea College) Nicky Pio (Burnside High School). Coaches - Des Kererkere, Mary Edmondson (Riccarton High School)

NZ Select Boys:

Andrew Wise, Jayden Crosbie-Piritae, Ruben Jenkin (Riccarton High School) Reece Matier, Maddison Riddall, Jackson Ellis (Mt Maunganui College) Tom Mabbott (Tauranga Boys College) Brad Monaghan (Napier Boys High School) Kahurangi Robinson (Western Heights High School) Kane Turketo (Tikipunga High School). Coaches - Eugene Bogun (Western Heights High School) Nic Richards (Marlborough Boys College)

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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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