IPC Tournament Teams

The standout performers at the 2022 Volleyball New Zealand Inter-Provincial Championships have been identified with the announcement of the event tournament teams in each grade.

The teams are chosen via discussion with a selected group of coaches co-ordinated via Volleyball New Zealand Game Development Manager Johann Timmer.

Senior Open Men's
Jeremy Nielsen - Waikato
Roy Ching - Wellington
Connor Gianotti - Wellington
Billy Johnstone - Harbour
Ashton Howard - Harbour
Manaia Harris - Harbour
MVP: Greg Vukets - Harbour

Senior Open Women's
Sophie Young - Tasman
Rachel Gunn - Harbour
Petra Manderson - Canterbury
Nicky Pio - Canterbury
Katie Adamson - Harbour
Hayley Flatz - Harbour
MVP: Hannah Davenhill - Harbour

U-21 Women's
Bernadette Vite - Manukau Auckland
Te Aorere Wharawhara - Waikato  
Mollie Allison - Waikato
Kalani Ruri - BOP
Charli Blackman - Harbour
Juliette Vukets - Harbour
MVP: Caitlin Studer - Harbour

U-21 Men's
Hamish Mortimer - Wellington
Nico Lietz - Harbour
James Sadlier - Harbour
Tom Vos - Harbour
Salem Tuaeu - Bay of Plenty
Scott Shipton - Bay of Plenty
MVP: Campbell Forsyth - Bay of Plenty

U-19 Girls
Lily Zwart - Tasman
Grace Tiplady - Bay of Plenty
Cathy Porter - Canterbury
Tineke Hinton - Canterbury
Holly Isherwood - Harbour
Zion Tibbotts - Harbour
MVP: Janke Pretorius - Harbour

U-19 Men's
Joe Baxter - Canterbury
Finn Howard - Canterbury
Stanley Paipuke - Otago
Hayden Robb - Tasman
Devon Taikato - Bay of Plenty
Spencer Campbell - Otago
MVP: Kyle Smith - Canterbury

U-17 Girls
Mackenzie Boyd - Wellington
Addison Schwirtlich - Wellington
Kendall McKane - Bay of Plenty
Kalea Norton - Harbour
Jaz Sanders - Harbour
Amelia Brown - Harbour
MVP: Kaia Buckley - Harbour

U-17 Boys
Anitelea Sagato - Wellington
Liam Smith - Waikato
Hikawera Puriri - Waikato
Jobe Mcauley - Tasman
Matthew Brett - Canterbury
Issac Weir - Canterbury
MVP: Thomas Vesty - Canterbury


Harbour dominate 2022 IPC

Harbour completed a strong performance at Volleyball New Zealand’s Inter-Provincial Championship on Monday, sweeping five of the eight grades at the Queen’s Birthday weekend event at the ASB Sports Centre in Wellington.

The Women’s side claimed the senior title thanks to a 3-0 victory over Canterbury while the Men’s side completed the pair of senior victories with a 3-0 result over Wellington in their final.

Harbour Women's captain Katie Adamson reflected on a performance which came just when it needed to after some patchy moments earlier in the tournament.

"I’m super proud of the way our team played the final, we knew we needed to play our best game going into that to beat such a strong Canterbury side, those girls have played together for so long," Adamson said.

"We had a couple of shaky games leading into the final, going to five with MAVA and four with Tasman. But we peaked at the exact game we needed to, the trust and support both on and off the court from the girls allowed us to play our best team game and we just pushed 100% for the whole game as a team.

Everyone got on and played a huge part in the final and it really was such a massive team effort to get the 3-0 win."

Meanwhile, Harbour Men's Captain Greg Vukets talked with similar pride about a group being able to imprint their desired approach on games when it was needed.

“I am very proud of our performance this weekend. It was a full team effort and we managed to create a really supportive environment in the short prep time for IPC, led by our coach Sooty," Vukets said.

“I think in the final and our other tight, high pressure matches, we were able to dig deep and find an extra gear in crunch time. This was something we had talked about in advance of the tournament, and we wanted it to be a core part of our team identity - it was really rewarding to see that come to fruition.”

The Harbour dominance continued in the U-21 grade, claiming the women’s crown 3-0 over Bay of Plenty while in a thrilling U-21 Men’s final went to Volleyball Bay of Plenty in a five set win.

The U-19s girls title also belongs to Harbour after edging Canterbury 3-2 in the final while the Harbour dominance was broken by the Canterbury boys’ side – winning an all-South Island final 3-2 over Tasman.

The U-17 grade saw Harbour again flex their regional muscle, a 3-0 win over Wellington in the girls’ grade completing their haul of five titles. The boys title was claimed by Canterbury via a 3-1 victory over Waikato.

Volleyball New Zealand CEO Toni-Maree Carnie acknowledged the winners but was also thrilled at the nature of the event over the three days.

"It was fantastic to get a national event underway Carnie said. "The standard of play was impressive at all levels, the atmosphere inside the ASB Sports Centre was great and we were pleased to see so many regions represented throughout the competition."

For full tournament results please visit the IPC tournament home page here.

The 2022 Volleyball NZ IPC event is proudly supported by Wellington City Council, Grassroots Trust, Pelorus Trust and Futurewood.

NZ Volleyball IPC 2022

Senior Women:

  1. Harbour Volleyball
    2. Canterbury Volleyball
    3. Tasman Volleyball

Senior Men:

  1. Harbour Volleyball
    2. Wellington Volleyball
    3. Waikato Volleyball

U-21 Women:

  1. Harbour Volleyball
  2. Volleyball Bay of Plenty
  3. Manukau Auckland Volleyball

U-21 Men:

  1. Volleyball Bay of Plenty
  2. Harbour Volleyball
  3. Wellington Volleyball

U-19 Girls:

  1. Harbour Volleyball
  2. Canterbury Volleyball
  3. Volleyball Bay of Plenty

U-19 Boys:

  1. Canterbury Volleyball
  2. Tasman Volleyball
  3. Otago Volleyball

U-17 Girls:

  1. Harbour Volleyball
  2. Wellington Volleyball
  3. Volleyball Bay of Plenty

U-17 Boys:

  1. Canterbury Volleyball
  2. Waikato Volleyball
  3. Wellington Volleyball

Female focus at IPC

The 2022 Inter-Provincial Championship has brought together the volleyball community at the ASB Sports Centre in Wellington.

And while the action continues on court, outside the lines, VNZ have been using the opportunity to deepen connections with members and volunteers involved in our game.

Following the announcement of the Coach Development Framework in 2021, Volleyball New Zealand Performance Manager Colleen Campbell has been working hard behind the scenes at IPC with a focus on female coaches.

“We’ve been talking to our female coaches to talk to them about their experiences in coaching so far and how they see themselves in the pathway,” Campbell said.

“We’re looking to build relationships and begin to create a cohort of female coaches we can work with to design something that works for them as individuals and is understanding of their needs.”

One of the coaches Campbell has spent time with is Bay of Plenty’s Ella Carlsen, an assistant coach with the region’s U-19 boys’ side, who is also juggling commitments as a player this weekend with the senior women’s side.

But it’s clear Carlsen’s real passion is coaching – and the 20-year-old has valued the opportunity to korero this weekend on her story.

“It’s been great to have been heard,” Carlsen said.

“Having these moments where I can talk about it and people want to listen is great. Because not many people understand what it’s like being a female coach in this realm.”

Carlsen speaks passionately and openly about her experiences in the game, detailing how she regularly has dealt with bias and stereotypes – things which have influenced her journey so far.

“We’re slowly getting to a point where people won’t turn their heads as much when there is a female coach with a young boys’ side.

“Even in our region, I was one of the first younger wahine to work with the boys. I’ve had people first turn their heads and ask if I’m the coach and the not the manager.

“As soon as people understand I’m there for a purpose and I’m there to coach, they respect me in that role.”

Having lived that experience, Carlsen is well-placed to look ahead, and based on what she sees, the future is bright for women leading within the sport she loves.

“It would be great to see young female coaches go through the ranks, Carlsen said.

“There may be a small group of us, but that small group are talented enough to be able to take our coaching further.

“I think seeing us in those positions will inspire others to come through and follow in our footsteps.”

After IPC VNZ will shape an approach for further female focussed coach development opportunities over the next 12 months and beyond.

For more information on the VNZ Coach Development Framework – click here.

Canterbury fall to Waikato

Canterbury Senior Open Men’s aim for back-to-back IPC titles was splintered on Sunday, the defending champions falling 3-2 to Waikato in the quarter-finals at ASB Sports Centre in Wellington.

Coming into the event as one of the favoured teams, Canterbury – coached by Volley Blacks coach Sebastian Gonzalez - entered the last eight with three wins from their four Pool A matches.

For their part, Waikato overcame losing both matches on Day 1, winning their final Pool B match over WECA before capping the great day’s work with a dramatic 3-2 victory in the last eight match. The deciding set was edged 18-16.

Waikato coach Sam Bray is proud of the way his side rebounded after a rough opening day on Saturday.

“After a tough day one with three players down from illness and injuries, we were not in a good position with two losses to start the tournament,” Bray said.

“Day two was a chance for opportunity with no reserves, and variety was the spice of life with a 3-1 victory over WECA to match up against Canterbury in what was a humdinger of a quarter-final.

“The crowd was alive and we got a spectacular array of performances by every player on and off the court.”

Waikato now look forward to Monday’s semi-final clash with Wellington while Harbour will play MAVA in the other last four match up.

In the senior women’s competition Canterbury Senior Women’s side remain in contention for repeat titles, earning a semi-final berth on Saturday with wins over Wellington and Tasman, seeing Angus Gourlay’s team unbeaten in pool play.

Canterbury will face Bay of Plenty in the Monday morning semi-final while Harbour will tackle Tasman in the other last four match.

Tasman coach Brendan Crichton said his side are “really pleased to come out of a very tough, evenly-contested pool and still be in the hunt.”

“We’re looking forward to our semi-final tomorrow against Harbour. It’s just awesome for the girls to be playing volleyball and quality opposition.”

For full draws, fixtures and results for Monday’s playoff day please visit the tournament home page here.

The 2022 Volleyball NZ IPC event is proudly supported by Wellington City Council, Grassroots Trust, Pelorus Trust and Futurewood.

Hot starts for Canterbury, Harbour

Canterbury women’s IPC title defence got off to a great start on Saturday with two wins from two matches at the ASB Centre in Wellington.

The day started early for Angus Gourlay’s team with an 8am three-set victory over Waikato before an afternoon 3-0 victory over WECA completed their opening day of their attempt to win back-to-back titles.

Gourlay is happy with how day one panned out for he and his Cannons team.

“We are pleased to get a couple of wins to kick off the tournament and we’re hoping to fire some more shots tomorrow,” Gourlay said.

Meanwhile, in the Senior Men’s grade – Harbour Volleyball had a strong opening day, going a perfect three from three – including a victory over 2021 champions Canterbury.

Coached by Richard Casutt, Harbour started the day with a three-set victory over Manukau Auckland Volleyball Association before the afternoon 3-1 victory over Canterbury – coached by Volley Ferns and Volley Blacks coach Sebastian Gonzalez.

Harbour finished their work with a 3-0 over Hawke’s Bay in the last match on the Taraflex Court.

Casutt said the win over Canterbury was a good boost for his team with several standout performers showing their quality.

"I thought our young harbour players stepped up to enforce their style against Coach Seb's quick style," Casutt said.

"The rallies were fast and powerful as the match was highlighted by big blocking and spikes. Standouts were Greg Vukets, who controlled the flow of the game and kept his chargers in control. Big middle hitting from Billy Johnstone and consistent play from Manaia Harris forced Canterbury into several errors at critical times.

"There is still a long way to go in the tournament, but the match set the standard high for all teams."

Despite the loss to Harbour, Gonzalez said he and his side were happy to be back on court but there is room for improvement over the next two days.

“It was a great day, and we’re happy to be at national tournament after a while not being able to play,” Gonzalez said.

“We played some good volleyball, and we just need to find more consistency if we want to be in the final.”

In the U-21 grades, Harbour again showed out – the only team to win both Saturday matches in the women’s division while also notching two wins in the men’s grade along with Wellington.

The 2022 IPC tournament continues Sunday ahead of Monday’s semi-finals and finals.

For full fixtures and results, including all U-17 and U-19 results also, please click here.

The 2022 Volleyball NZ IPC event is proudly supported by Wellington City Council, Grassroots Trust, Pelorus Trust and Futurewood.