Nerves of steel

Joondalup Weekender - - NEWS -

WA’s top men and women’s vol­ley­ball teams will play un­der one name this sea­son.

WA’s top men and women’s vol­ley­ball teams will play un­der one name this sea­son.

The new brand Vol­ley­ball WA Steel will be launched at Warwick Sta­dium this Satur­day with an in­tra-team com­pe­ti­tion.

It will show­case the 2018 ros­ter of play­ers and will help raise funds for the Steel’s in­au­gu­ral Aus­tralian Vol­ley­ball League cam­paign.

Vol­ley­ball WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Robyn Kuhl said the launch event “will show­case the teams in an ex­cit­ing new for­mat de­signed to pro­vide a faster paced spec­ta­cle for those watch­ing”.

In a shift from tra­di­tional in­door vol­ley­ball games, the launch event will have games capped at one hour with less time-outs.

“The ac­tion-packed night will de­liver pow­er­ful hits, big blocks and fast­paced vol­ley­ball to get ev­ery­body ex­cited about the tal­ent we have in this state.” Kuhl said.

“Vol­ley­ball fan or not, I in­vite ev­ery­body in WA to re­in­force the Steel on Novem­ber 10 at the Black v Gold event.”

In 2017, un­der the pre­vi­ous Hor­nets and Pearls ban­ner, WA’s top teams both made it through to the AusAT tralian Vol­ley­ball League grand fi­nal. They bat­tled it out against the Mel­bourne Uni­ver­sity Blues and Queens­land Pi­rates and both re­turned home with a sil­ver medal.

Now two months into train­ing, Vol­ley­ball WA Steel cap­tain Jen­nifer Har­ris said the strength of the Vol­ley­ball WA Steel would be hard to match.

“The Vol­ley­ball WA Steel teams have been work­ing hard and they are look­ing ex­tremely strong,” she said.

“(Sea­son) 2017 left ev­ery­body with a drive to re­turn to the Aus­tralian Vol­ley­ball League fit­ter, stronger and more fo­cused than ever.

“The new name is an ex­cit­ing re­set for us all and we feel more de­ter­mined than ever to take out the na­tional ti­tle.”

The Novem­ber 10 event will also in­clude a spe­cial ju­nior vol­ley­ball clinic open to high school aged stu­dents who want to im­prove their vol­ley­ball skills. The ses­sion will be run by the Vol­ley­ball WA Steel play­ers and will in­clude a two-hour clinic, Vol­ley­ball WA Steel sup­porter T-shirt and en­try into the Black v Gold com­pe­ti­tion.

The Black v Gold event has a $5 en­try fee and will have a bar, food, and range of give­aways and prizes.

Funds raised at the event and ju­nior clinic will go to­ward the Vol­ley­ball WA Steel.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://bit.ly/SteelBlack­vGold.

Pic­ture: Joel 20-10 Pho­tog­ra­phy

Steel play­ers Elysse His­lop and Jen Har­ris.

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