Beach Tour 2023 dates and locations locked in

Volleyball New Zealand is delighted to confirm the dates and locations for the 2023 G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour.

Following a comprehensive internal review of the 2022 tour, VNZ have confirmed a number of changes to the timing and structure of the tour in 2023 to improve the experience for stakeholders on and off the sand.

Regional Beach events, which provide opportunity for players to earn points towards involvement in the G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour, will take centre stage in the early summer months.

The Regional Beach tour event structure has also been simplified from 2022 version with events now in two categories only – 1-day and 2-day. Click here for full calendar of dates for Regional Beach events.

The 2023 edition of the G.J. Gardner Homes New Zealand Beach Tour will begin in Tasman on February 10-12 before the tour switches to Auckland (venue TBC) for February 24-26.

The tour then comes to the home of Beach Volleyball in New Zealand, Mt Maunganui Main Beach then playing host to the third event before the Tour Finals on back-to-back weekends in early March.

There will be two divisions of competition in the 2023 tour, with Premier and Division 1 competitions – full details of the structure of the competition will be available shortly.

VNZ is also continuing discussions with FIVB regarding the hosting of a World Pro Tour Futures level event in the 2023 summer and VNZ will confirm the outcome of those discussions shortly.

G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour 2023 – Dates and Locations

- February 10-12 – Tahunanui Beach, Tasman
- February 24-26 – Auckland (venue TBC)
- March 3-5 – Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Mt Maunganui
- March 10-12 – Tour Finals – Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Mt Maunganui

Consistent performers win Tour Finals

Some consistent performers on the 2022 G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour were rewarded on Sunday with Tour Finals victories at the North Harbour Volleyball Centre in Mairangi Bay.

A regular on the Sunday podium over the five tour events, Johann Timmer finished the summer on the top step in the final event, pairing up with Greg Vukets to claim the Auckland Tour Finals win 21-13, 21-14 over Giles Black and Jeremy Nielsen.

In the women’s competition, following three straight second-place finishes, Olivia Macdonald and Julia Tilley broke through to claim the final tour stop with a 21-15, 21-15 win over Anna Harrison and Antonia Harrison.

But Sunday’s results didn’t impact the respective overall winners of the G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour.

On the women’s side, Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley claimed overall victory on the tour, proving too strong with four victories from four events.

The dynamic duo now goes offshore to test themselves in Mexico before coming home via a Futures event in Australia. 

Polley says the pair were delighted with their work on the G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour this summer, including taking the National Championship on their home beach in Mt Maunganui earlier this month.

“We are super stoked to have won New Zealand tour champs this year after training hard all summer.

“We have had lots of things that we had been working on in training and we are proud that we were able to successfully implement them on the tour,” Polley said.

Meanwhile, on the men’s side of the competition, Brad Fuller and Sam O’Dea were overall winners, with the key moments coming from the duo’s sweep of the two South Island tour events in Tasman and Christchurch in February.

For Fuller, the two wins were his first on tour – a feeling he wants more of now he’s tasted it.

“Going from not having won an event before to wining the tour is special,” Fuller said. 

“Popping the champagne on top of the podium is a great feeling. There is no better feeling than having all the hard work this year pay off. 

With that personal milestone now ticked off, he and O’Dea have now shifted focus to the next big target.

“We have another week in New Zealand before setting off to lock in our selection for the spot at Commonwealth Games, starting in Coolangatta for Australian Champs and FIVB Futures event.

“We then go to Thailand for an event before coming back to New Zealand and training. If successful in getting the Commonwealth Games selection, we will be heading back overseas to compete around Europe in preparation for the Games in June.”

Click here for On-Demand viewing of Auckland’s Tour Finals 

G.J. Gardner NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top – Auckland Tour Finals, March 11-13

Women’s Final: Olivia Macdonald/Julia Tilley bt Harrison/Harrison 21-15, 21-15

Men’s Final: Johann Timmer/Greg Vukets bt Black/Nielsen 21-13, 21-14

Overall winners - 2022 G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top

Women’s: Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley (4 tour victories)

Men’s: Brad Fuller and Sam O’Dea (2 tour victories)

New duos claim national titles

Two fresh duos were crowned the best in the country on Sunday at the New Zealand Beach Volleyball National Championships at Mt Maunganui Beach.

Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley have dominated the 2022 G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour and the pair proved too good again on Sunday, taking a 21-14, 21-10 win over Olivia MacDonald and Julia Tilley in the final.

Sunday’s victory is the third national title in five years for Polley while Zeimann claimed back-to-back national wins following her 2021 win alongside Francesca Kirwan.

Third place went to former Silver Fern netballer Anna Harrison and Antonia Harrison with a win over Susan Imhasly and Birgit Wustenhagen in the bronze medal match.

On the men’s side, Ben O’Dea won his second National Championship in as many years after Sunday’s hard-fought three-set victory with partner Mike Watson over Tom Reid and Johann Timmer.

Sam O’Dea, National Champion with his brother Ben in 2021, grabbed third on Sunday as he and Brad Fuller claimed a win over Tom Hartles and Alani Nicklin in the bronze medal match.

Click here for On Demand coverage of Sunday's Finals Day matches.

G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour / National Beach Volleyball Championships
Sunday 6 March, 2021
Mt Maunganui Beach

Final – Shanna Polley/Alice Zeimann bt Oliva MacDonald/Julia Tilley 21-14, 21-10
Bronze medal match – Anna Harrison/Antonia Harrison bt Susan Imhasly/Birgit Wustenhagen 21-19, 21-14

Final - Ben O’Dea/Mike Watson bt Tom Reid/Johann Timmer 13-21, 21-13, 15-13
Bronze medal match – Sam O’Dea/Brad Fuller bt Alani Nicklin/Tom Hartles 21-14, 21-19