Team banks on fundraisers ahead of Melbourne competition
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.