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National Beach Volleyball Tour Gears up for Action

The New Zealand National Beach Volleyball Tour is about to get underway. The first leg of the tour sees a return to Ohope Beach on January 6th and 7th, where thanks to the support of Whakatane District Council, the Maraetotara reserve will come alive with Beach Volleyball Athletes all vying for the first win. 

International Teams are coming from a far afield as Germany, Vanuatu, and Japan, along with plenty of New Zealand players, including local pairing Morgan Seymour and Rene Kapa who will enter the tournament as 4th seeds. 

Seymour, a two times World U19 competitor, states that it is great to see Beach Volleyball return to one of the most loved beaches. Seymour played his first Beach Volleyball competition at Ohope beach, and is looking forward to getting back to his original stomping ground. 

The tour will then move on to Main Beach at Mount Maunganui, for the "Bay of Plenty Times Mt Maunganui Open" where the event will look to grow on the already strong support it enjoys at what is commonly referred to as the home of Beach Volleyball in New Zealand. 

International travellers from Germany Patrick Gruhn and Max Levermann say "we love the atmosphere and it is a very welcoming environment to come in to. Gruhn says "I loves the attitude that the kiwi players bring to the sport".

The Tour will then move up the Country to the beautiful shores of Lake Karapiro, finishing in Mairangi Bay, north of Auckland. 

New Zealand’s top female team Shaunna Polley and Julia Tilley have represented New Zealand internationally for many years and say they are looking forward to competing at such a high level in their own country. "Japan will really push us in these first few tournaments, they are aiming for the Olympics so its a good bench mark for us." 

Once the "Open" event finished, the Pro Tour will start; moving from Hutt City to Mount Maunganui with the grand finale in Auckland. Teams from Netherlands, Canada and Australia also joining the Tour to do battle with the NZ teams who were able to emerge from the open events. 

Volleyball New Zealand and APAC Channel Partners would like to thank the following sponsors who have made this tour possible - Ecopods, Bolle, Loaded Sport drinks, STA Travel, BLK, Nice Blocks, Aituz, MyFix, Jandeys, Dole, and Solar D.

Finally; Seymour and the NZ players are excited that the tour has been reignited and is looking forward to Beach Volleyball growing in Ohope (Whakatane) and throughout New Zealand. 

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New Zealand Beach Volleyball Tour Confirmed


Volleyball NZ in conjunction with APAC Channel Partners is very pleased to confirm the 2016 New Zealand Beach Volleyball Tour schedule. Tour Director Tim Cleaver said “We have a fantastic team and family of sponsors that have made this tour possible and will guarantee that the beach volleyball action will be hotter than ever this summer.”

Ecopods have come on board as a major sponsor along with Dole Fresh Fruit, Nice Blocks, BLK Clothing, STA Travel, BOP Times, Solar D Sunscreen, Jandey's Jandels and Bolle Eyewear. These great sponsors will keep our athletes healthy, safe and looking good across this summer’s tour. Volleyball NZ would also like to acknowledge the fantastic support of the Whakatane Regional Council, Tauranga City Council, Waipa District Council and Hutt City Council.

We have secured some top international teams to battle NZL’s finest. Including teams from Japan, Canada, the Netherlands, and Germany, who will all be looking to get their hands on over $35,000 of prizemoney and the covererted tropies. Local Favourites and Oceania Zone Champs, Sam O’Dea and Mike Watson will have their work cut out for them as they face a very strong line up as they pursue their goal of qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games.

The tour schedule is:

Jan 6th & 7th Ohope Beach Open

Jan 9th & 10th Mt Maunganui Open

Jan 13th & 14th Lake Karapiro Open

Jan 16th & 17th Mairangi Bay Open

Jan 29th - 31st Hutt City Pro

Feb 5th - 7th Mt Maunganui Pro

Feb 12th - 14th Auckland Pro

The first 6 events will have free general admission, with the option of purchasing tickets to the VIP tent. The final event, the Auckland Pro (NZ Open), will have GA tickets and corporate boxes available for purchase. All tickets can be purchased through with Grab One giving fans an option of securing their ticket early at a discount price.

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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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