Team banks on fundrais­ers ahead of Melbourne com­pe­ti­tion

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Peter Sweeney

The AVL used to be like the AFL. But there’s one ma­jor dif­fer­ence. Money. Foot­ball’s got it, vol­ley­ball hasn’t.

So now in­stead of fort­nightly road trips to con­test games, there’s a three-day, all-State tour­na­ment in Melbourne in De­cem­ber.

And that’s where an Ene­abba lass is head­ing.

Rep­re­sent­ing WA in vol­ley­ball is not new to Tessa Browne. Grad­u­at­ing from school — some­thing she did from Pen­rhos Col­lege in Perth last week — is.

Tessa, who con­tested the na­tional un­der-19 in­door cham­pi­onships for WA on the Gold Coast in Septem­ber, is Melbourne-bound for the women’s na­tional cham­pi­onship.

Also in the team are class­mate and close friend Jess Bur­ton, while her younger sis­ter, Sarah Bur­ton, is a trainer for the team.

“We all have to pay our own way, so there’s been lots of fundrais­ing,” Tessa said.

“We played a beach tour­na­ment in Perth on Satur­day. We’ve been train­ing three times a week for three hours each ses­sion. It’s been hard, but it’s been good.”

Next year Tessa has her eyes on study­ing phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and/ or sports science.

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