Junior Men's Indoor squads confirmed

Volleyball New Zealand confirmed on Wednesday the squads of players targeting 2024 events in the Junior Men’s international pathway.

Following camps and trials held earlier in 2023, a total of 46 players have been named across two wider squads in preparation for events set to take place in 2024.

Junior Men’s Head Coach Ben Laing says it was a tough exercise in making the final selections for the squads with places highly contested across the groups.

“The level of competition for spots in the squad has been phenomenal,” Laing said.

“This has been the biggest challenge of my coaching career having to confirm the wider squad for the Asian Championships.”

“The depth and quality of volleyball being played around New Zealand is growing - the older players in our sport need to watch out, the new generation is coming in hot!”

Now the squad is confirmed, the next steps for Laing, the coaching staff and the wider team becomes the activity and planning ahead of the next in-camp contact scheduled for Christchurch in April (Asian Championships Wider squad). The Asian Volleyball Championship squad of 12 athletes and four non-travelling reserves will be named following that camp.

The Development Teams targeting the Australian Junior Championships are also to be finalised for action in mid-2024 following their camp opportunity slated for Palmerston North in March.

Junior Men’s Indoor – Asian Volleyball Championships 2024 wider squad
Aidan Roberts – Bay of Plenty
Ari Leckie – Canterbury
Calum Stewart – Bay of Plenty
Daniel Hitchens – Bay of Plenty
Jamie Julian – Bay of Plenty
Jobe McAuley – Tasman
Jovan Bosch – Bay of Plenty
Kameo Wagner – Bay of Plenty
Luke McIntosh – Canterbury
Matthew Brett – Canterbury
Michael Tyler – WECA
Netana Samia – Bay of Plenty
Noah Smith – Otago
Ryan Jefferson – Harbour
Thomas Vesty – Canterbury
Xhovante Siolo – Wellington

Junior Men’s – Development Squads
Arama Turner – WECA
Ben de Goeij – Waikato
Caleb van Eekelen – Canterbury
Cameron Douglas – Bay of Plenty
Cameron Mullet – Tasman
Charlie Brady – Canterbury
Cuba Rihari – Harbour
Daniel Malcolm – Canterbury
Davi Pacheco – WECA
Hikawera Puriri – Waikato
Isaac Weir – Canterbury
Izayah Aniseko – MAVA
James Walker – Bay of Plenty
Jasper Nowacek – Harbour
Jerome Julian – WECA
John Petrucci – Harbour
Jova Waqa – Canterbury
Justin To’o – WECA
Kaipo-Natanahira Nga Tokowaru – Canterbury
Kiah Jackson – Bay of Plenty
Kodin Wilton – Waikato
Lancer Leilua-Tiatia – Wellington
Logan Vorster – Harbour
Mateo Roa – Harbour
Mitchell Stone – Waikato
Oliver Downs – Wellington
Roy Tatupu – MAVA
Sam Currin – Harbour
Sebastian Lams – Tasman
Taiki Pou - Canterbury

Junior trials set for September

Volleyball New Zealand is excited to confirm the timing of the trial opportunity for inclusion in the NZ Junior indoor programme.

The trial will take place at Pulman Arena over September 25 and 26 and will include a mix of training and match play.

A full programme outline, indicative calendar and FAQ documents are below providing all the information.

Link to trials registration: Register here

Registration close Friday 8th September, 2023


Junior camp provides connection & direction

Almost 100 of New Zealand’s most talented young volleyballers were in Palmerston North earlier this week for the Junior Indoor camp at Central Energy Trust Arena.

Nine Regional Associations were represented in the 45 boys’ players at the camp while ten regions had players included in the 49 girls involved in the two-day contact overseen by 10 coaches from seven regions around the country.

Volleyball New Zealand Game Development Manager Johann Timmer said the quality of programmes around the country in Regional Associations and school environments is showing through nationally.

“The development of these athletes in their own regions is evident,” Timmer said.

“To have so many excited athletes having fun and competing all at a high level is amazing. A big congratulations goes to their school coaches and Regional Associations for the development in this space.” 

Andrew Kilham, head coach of the Junior Women’s programme, said the theme of the camp was connection and direction with the players together for the first time since the identification phase of the programme in October 2022.

“The coaches looked to develop connections with squad members from all over the country and offer them some direction as to where the programme is heading, as well as areas where they may need to grow as players,” Kilham said.

“Points raised by coaches were actively addressed by athletes during our match play. The standard of play and level of commitment during these matches was excellent. Overall, the camp provided a strong and encouraging starting point for the Junior Women’s programme as we seek to develop teams to compete domestically this year and overseas next year.”

The next contact for the Junior teams is in July when the groups get together in Auckland.

Junior indoor men's squad named

Volleyball New Zealand confirmed on Tuesday the Junior Men’s and Women’s indoor squads for the coming international cycle.

Junior Men’s coach Ben Laing says the selection process was tough with the talent level really high across the board.

“When it came to selecting the Junior national side I have never had a job so hard,” Laing said.

“This speaks hugely to the depth of quality we have at our disposal in Aotearoa, not only of our athletes as volleyball players but as tremendous young humans.”

Laing said another element was the recent collaboration with Senior Volley Blacks and Volley Ferns coach Sebastian Gonzalez and VNZ Coach Development Manager Shaun Matthews in discussing the philosophies and strategies underpinning the national team set-ups.

“This allows us to lay a solid foundation of understanding within our junior program with the sincere hope of building towards further national representation as they progress through their volleyball journeys.”

Both men's and women's squads will assemble in Auckland in early July for a programme of training and games with an eye on international events next year.

Click here for the full squads for both Men’s and Women’s Indoor Junior Teams.

Vacancy: VNZ Junior Coaches

Volleyball New Zealand is seeking applications for Junior Men's and Women's Head Coach and Development Coach roles for the 2022-2024 cycle.

The following positions are available:   

  • New Zealand Junior Men’s Head Coach 
  • New Zealand Junior Men’s Development Coaches 
  • New Zealand Junior Women’s Head Coach 
  • New Zealand Junior Women’s Development Coaches 

The voluntary roles report to the VNZ Performance Manager and run from 2022-2024 with a 2-year extension option.


Volleyball New Zealand (VNZ) is a National Sporting Organisation committed to leading, developing and supporting volleyball across New Zealand. Our vision is for an athlete identification and development system that underpins our NZL Performance programme, creating a pathway to our High-Performance teams, competing on World, Asian and Oceania stages. Our National Team Coaches are intrusted to drive that vision. 

Purpose of the Role - New Zealand Junior Head Coach 

The NZL Junior Head Coach is charged with leading and implementing a training and performance programme for the Junior Indoor Programme (athletes born between 1 Jan 2005 and 31 December 2006). The Coach will also be considered “Head Coach” of the national programme and work with appointed Development Coaches to implement the VNZ Athlete Development and High-Performance Strategy, with the outcome of leading and contributing to an athlete development pathway that inspires, and is manageable and sustainable.  

Purpose of the Role - New Zealand Junior Development Coach 

The NZL Junior Development Coaches will support the Junior Programme with implementing a training and performance programme lead by the NZL Junior Head Coach.  The Junior Development Coach will also be considered “Head Coach” of a Development Team and work with other appointed coaches to implement the VNZ Athlete Development and High-Performance Strategy across all levels, with the outcome of leading and contributing to an athlete development pathway that inspires and is manageable and sustainable. 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following: 

  • Demonstrates an ability to meet competing demands through effective prioritisation around athlete development in performance environments 
  • Proven and effective leadership and communication skills including a capacity to liaise with a wide range of people 
  • Outstanding technical knowledge of individual and team principles including techniques, tactics, coaching trends, and international developments for Volleyball 
  • Strong understanding and demonstration of a growth mindset 
  • Demonstrates an ability to understand and support an athletes’ well being  

Programme Plans 

Successful coaches will lead the Junior Programme for the next two-year cycle. The Junior Men’s and Women’s Programmes will be targeting possible events including Trans-Tasman series, Australian Junior Volleyball Championship (AJVC), and Asian Junior Championships in 2003/2024. 

Coaches will need be aware of the following dates:  

  • Junior South Island Trials – 2-3 October 2022, Christchurch 
  • Junior North Island Trials – 5-6 October 2022, Hamilton 
  • Squad Camp following New Zealand Secondary School Nationals – 2-3 April 2023 
  • Competition window – July School Holidays 2023 
  • Trials for 2024 Asian Champs– October 2023 
  • Squad Camp following New Zealand Secondary School Nationals 2024  
  • Competition Window - May – August 2024 

To be considered, please send a cover letter (including the position(s) you would like to apply for, and a current CV to admin@volleyballnz.org.nz before the deadline noted below. Applicants are also expected to provide the contacts for two referees upon request. 

Applications close 5pm, Friday 16 September. 

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