The 2022 edition of the Volleyball New Zealand Inter-Provincial Championships gets underway on Saturday at the ASB Centre in Wellington.
A total of 74 representative teams from 14 regional associations spread over four grades of competition for men and women will gather in the capital.
With Covid-19 ruling out a number of national volleyball events in recent times, Volleyball New Zealand CEO Toni-Maree Carnie is glad to see the community back in action in Wellington.
"It’s great to be able to get a national event underway after a year of cancellations of many of our events," Carnie said.
"The inter-provincial champs are an opportunity for the very best athletes from a region to wear their regional colours and take on the rest of New Zealand.
"Demand and interest for the event is high and the standard of play is expected to be impressive."
Canterbury Volleyball Association will be looking for back-to-back titles in both Open Men’s and Open Women’s grades after claiming the 2021 crowns in both divisions.
In the Under-21 grade, hosts Wellington will aim to defend their 2021 title while Harbour Volleyball were winners of last year’s women’s division.
In the U-19 competition, Harbour were 2021 champions on the men’s side while Bay of Plenty claimed the women’s victory.
In the U-17 bracket, Harbour again were strong, claiming both the boys and girls titles.
The semi-finals and finals of the 2022 Open Men’s and Women’s grades will be livestreamed on Monday.
The 2022 Volleyball NZ IPC event is proudly supported by Wellington City Council, Grassroots Trust, Pelorus Trust and Futurewood.
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