Bal­larat chal­lenge

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DAVID BERRY

The fi­nal se­nior tour­na­ment for the year will be in Bal­larat this week­end and Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham will send two com­pet­i­tive teams.

Af­ter play­ing off in the fi­nals of di­vi­sion two at a re­cent Bendigo tour­na­ment, Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham teams will look to re­peat that ef­fort in Bal­larat’s 39th an­nual ‘skins’ event.

Nathan Berry and Tim Pop­ple will again lead the men’s team, and they will wel­come into the side 2017 Coun­try Champs di­vi­sion two All Star Chris Rad­ford and pre­mier set­ter Cam Robin­son.

They re­place un­avail­able Jack Han­nan and Shaun Bray from the team that swept all be­fore them in Bendigo.

For the girls, Kara John­son will lead a much younger team into bat­tle this time with key mid­dle Chloe Wil­son and pass-hit­ter Emily Han­nan re­plac­ing ex­pe­ri­enced trio De­laney Wills, Mercedes Arnott and Chloe Brown.

This team will have an av­er­age age of 17, so it will be a good op­por­tu­nity for younger play­ers to get valu­able match play.

The men face off against three metro teams and will re­new ac­quain­tances with the Bendigo Academy boys in what should be an­other good test for the side.

The girls will en­joy play­ing against Sun­raysia, Bal­larat, War­rnam­bool and Dan­de­nong and will be favoured to reach the fi­nal again.

It has been a big year for all mem­bers, start­ing all the way back in War­rnam­bool in March, fol­lowed by the coun­try cham­pi­onships in Hor­sham, State League then Bendigo and now Bal­larat.

In all of these events Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham teams have ac­quit­ted them­selves well, and we ex­pect the same again this week­end.

Matches be­gin at 9am on Satur­day with the men at Wen­douree Net­ball Cen­tre and the girls at Loreto Col­lege. Games con­tinue on Sun­day from 8am with fi­nals about 2pm.

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