Zeimann/Polley & Fuller/Nicklin claim tour titles

The 2024 GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top wrapped up in thrilling fashion yesterday in Mount Maunganui.

Kiwi stars Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley took out the final stop of the tour, completing their grand slam by winning all four tour stops. Alice and Shaunna were challenged by the visiting USA team Alaina Chacon & Mariah Whalen, whom they would match up with in the final.

On Saturday in an earlier round, Alaina and Mariah were able to take the first set pushing the match to three sets before eventually falling to the Kiwis 2-1 (17-21, 21-16, 15-9). 

When they saw each other again in the final, the Kiwis Alice and Shaunna were able to end the game in two close sets 2-0 (21-18, 21-19)

Alice and Shaunna said they were excited to have had the opportunity to compete against international talent in the USA team, which will help them prepare for what's next including the Olympic Qualifiers. 

The bronze medal would go to the USA team of Peri Green and Victoria Corcoran who overcame Kiwis Meile Rose Green and Katie Sadlier 2-0(21-18, 21-14)

Alice Zeimann & Shaunna Polley. Photo by www.phototek.co.nz

Fellow Kiwis Jack McManaway & Thomas Reid would take home the Men's division gold medals. To get to the final Jack and Thomas had to beat the visiting USA pair, Phil Dalhausser, a former Olympic Gold Medallist, World Champion and four-time Olympian alongside teammate Olympian Taylor Crabb. They did just that, forcing three sets after dropping the first, eventually winning 2-1(15-21, 21-18, 15-11).

After the Semifinal, Thomas Reid described it as a "Surreal moment" and an "unbelievable fight". Jack McManaway said "To be on the court with him (Phil Dalhausser) you want to take in the moment, but you also want to play some good ball. When we took the second set to take it to three, we went, it's about us right now. So let's do it for the home fans and get the job done". 

In the final, the Kiwis would overcome Canadian pair Jake MacNeil and Alexander William Russell 2-0(22-20, 21-19)

Jack McManaway & Thomas Reid. Photo by www.phototek.co.nz

The bronze medal would go to Brad Fuller and Alani Nicklin who defeated Phil Dalhausser and Taylor Crabb 2-0(22-20, 21-12).  

After a consistently good tour, Brad and Alani were crowned Tour Champions of the Men's division.

Brad Fuller & Alani Nicklin. Photo by www.phototek.co.nz

 

Results
GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top
Sunday 18 February, Mount Maunganui Main Beach

 

Men’s Premier - (Full Draw and Results)
1st / Gold - Jack McManaway & Thomas Reid
2nd / Silver - Jake MacNeil & Alexander William Russell
3rd / Bronze - Brad Fuller & Alani Nicklin

 

Women’s Premier - (Full Draw and Results)
1st / Gold - Alice Zeimann & Shaunna Polley
2nd / Silver - Alaina Chacon & Mariah Whalen
3rd / Bronze - Peri Green & Victoria Corcoran

 

Tour Champions
Women's - Alice Zeimann & Shaunna Polley
Men's - Brad Fuller & Alani Nicklin

 

You can follow the GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top on Facebook and Instagram

 

Dates Coming Up
March 7-10 Beach Pro Tour Futures 

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Dalhausser & Crabb take out Christchurch

The third weekend of the 2024 GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top came to a close in Christchurch at the Pioneer Beach Centre. 

Local stars Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley triumphed in the Women's division once again, making it three from three on this year's GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top. USA's Phil Dalhausser, a former Olympic Gold Medallist, World Champion and four-time Olympian teamed up with fellow American Olympian Taylor Crabb to take out the Men's division. 

 

Alice Zeimann & Shaunna Polley. Photo by www.phototek.co.nz

 

In the Women’s event, Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley continued their dominance taking out the final against Anna Harrison and Danielle Quigley 2-0 (21-15, 21-15).

Zeimann who is from Christchurch thanked the local organisers and volunteers for their hard work over the weekend. Adding " It was great to play back in Christchurch, and very special for me having family and friends come to support in my home town! We had a good time competing and look forward to coming back next year.”

Third place in the Women's event went to Kalea Norton and Tineke Hinton who overcame Maria Hanabadi and Kiana Stevenson 2-0 (22-20, 21-17)

In the Men’s event, kiwis Thomas Hartles and Ben O'Dea started strong against the visiting USA team of Phil Dalhausser and Taylor Crabb but would eventually fall 2-0 (21-15, 21-13). Dalhausser and Crabb will continue their New Zealand adventure next week at the finals of the GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour in Mt Maunganui.

Third place in the Men’s event went to Bradley Fuller and Alani Nicklin who defeated John McManaway and Thomas Reid 2-0 (21-18, 21-13)

 

Results

GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top

Sunday 11 February, Christchurch, Pioneer Beach Centre

 

Men’s Premier - (Full Draw and Results)

1st / Gold - Philip Dalhausser & Taylor Crabb
2nd / Silver - Thomas Hartles & Ben O'Dea
3rd / Bronze - Bradley Fuller & Alani Nicklin

 

Women’s Premier - (Full Draw and Results)

1st / Gold - Alice Zeimann & Shaunna Polley
2nd / Silver - Anna Harrison & Danielle Quigley
3rd / Bronze - Kalea Norton & Tineke Hinton

You can follow the GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top
On Facebook
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Dates Coming Up

February 16-18 (FINALS) Mt Maunganui

March 7-10 Beach Pro Tour Futures 

 

Photo Credit - https://phototek.co.nz/

ZEIMANN, POLLEY GO BACK TO BACK

The second weekend of the 2024 GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top came to a close today in Auckland at the Harbour Beach Volleyball Centre. 

In the women’s event, first seeds Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley took out first place as they continued their dominant run on the beach tour, having not dropped a set so far. Alice and Shaunna overcame Anna Harrison & Danielle Quigley 2-0 (21-17, 21-14) to take out the final at the Auckland stop. 

Eventual runners-up Anna Harrison & Danielle Quigley took a humble approach to the final, recognising the significant competition they were coming up against. 

“Alice and Shaunna are New Zealand's number one and arguably the best New Zealand team we have ever had. We are here to challenge them and help them prep to get to the Olympics,” said Anna Harrison

Third place in the women's event went to Meile Rose Green and Katie Sadlier who defeated Tineke Hinton and Kalea Norton 2-0 (21-14, 21-17).

In the men’s event, third seeds Tom Hartles and Ben O'Dea were able to overcome the first seeds Brad Fuller and Alani Nicklin, 2-1(18-21, 21-14, 15-11). 

Brad and Alani, last week Mt Manganui Gold medalists were able to win their first set in a strong display 21-18, but would crumble in their second 14-21 and eventually lose the third deciding set 11-15. 

Third place in the men’s event went to John McManaway and Tom Reid who overcame Martin Kaufer and Ty Landers 2-0 (21-19, 21-17).

Results

GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top

Sunday 28 January, Auckland, Harbour Beach Volleyball Centre

 

Men’s Premier
1st / Gold -  Tom Hartles & Ben O'Dea

2nd / Silver - Brad Fuller & Alani Nicklin

3rd / Bronze - John McManaway & Tom Reid

 

Women’s Premier 

1st / Gold - Alice Zeimann & Shaunna Polley

2nd / Silver - Anna Harrison & Danielle Quigley

3rd / Bronze - Meile Rose Green & Katie Sadlier

 

Full draw and results (LINK)

 

You can follow the GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top
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Dates Coming Up

February 9-11 Christchurch

February 16-18 (FINALS) Mt Maunganui

March 7-10 Beach Pro Tour Futures 

 

Photo Credit - https://phototek.co.nz/

Zeimann, Polley make fast start

The first weekend of the 2024 GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top at Mount Maunganui came to a close today. 

In the women’s event, first seeds Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley took home first place and the gold without dropping a set in their four games. Alice and Shaunna would overcome Kalea Norton and Danielle Quigley (2-0, 21-14, 21-10) in the final.

Third place in the women's event went to Kiana Stevenson and Maria Hanabadi who defeated Meile Rose Green and Katie Sadlier (2-0, 21-13, 22-20) in the 3rd/4th match.

In the men’s event, first seeds Brad Fuller and Alani Nicklin claimed they used their semifinal victory as a rhythm and confidence builder to support their performance in the final. Which saw Brad and Alani come away victorious against second seeds John McManaway and Tom Reid (2-0, 21-18, 21-17).

Third place in the men’s event went to Tom Hartles and Ben O'Dea who overcame Martin Kaufer and Ty Landers (2-0, 22-20, 21-16) in the 3rd/4th match.

Results

GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top
Mount Maunganui Main Beach, 19-21 Janaury

Men’s Premier
1st / Gold -  Brad Fuller & Alani Nicklin

2nd / Silver - John McManaway & Tom Reid

3rd / Bronze - Tom Hartles & Ben O'Dea

Women’s Premier 

1st / Gold - Alice Zeimann & Shaunna Polley

2nd / Silver - Kalea Norton & Danielle Quigley

3rd / Bronze - Kiana Stevenson & Maria Hanabadi

 

Full draw and results (LINK)

You can follow the GJ Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top
On Facebook 
On Instagram

Dates Coming Up

January 26 - 28 Auckland
February 9-11 Christchurch
February 16-18 (FINALS) Mt Maunganui

Photo Credit - https://phototek.co.nz/

Beach coach development opportunity

Are you a passionate coach guiding talented athletes on the G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top?

Volleyball New Zealand is launching a brand-new initiative to support selected coaches and their involvement in the prestigious national beach volleyball tour over the 2024 summer ahead.

As a coach of athletes on the tour, as part of the programme, you’ll have access to:

  • Mentoring support from VNZ High Performance Beach Coach Jason Lochhead and Craig Seuseu
  • Financial assistance to cover crucial coaching expenses
  • Development of your coaching approach and knowledge
  • National exposure – you’ll be part of the renowned G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour and have the chance to impact player development

If you are a dedicated coach, committed to nurturing beach volleyball talent and contributing to the growth of the sport, this programme is tailor-made for you.

To apply, please email VNZ High Performance Beach Coach Jason Lochhead – jason@volleyballnz.org.nz and include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Names of athletes you are coaching and which events are they playing
  • What costs you are applying to be covered
  • Whether you would like mentoring from either Jason Lochhead or Craig Seuseu during the tour
  • Your coaching goal for the G.J. Gardner Homes NZ Beach Tour presented by Tip Top
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