Mak­ing his­tory

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FULL VOL­LEY han­toms Vol­ley­ball Club will make his­tory on Satur­day when eight teams com­pete in Vic­to­rian Vol­ley­ball League.

Seven­teen cur­rent and for­mer Vol­ley­ball Horsham mem­bers will be a part of the his­toric day with the high­light be­ing the first time a Phan­toms team will play in a premier women’s di­vi­sion.

This is a mas­sive achieve­ment by the club, which started out with one team in men’s di­vi­sion two in 2011 and has grown each year.

The level of in­ter­est by ath­letes from across western Vic­to­ria to play with the club re­sulted in coaches hav­ing to make cuts at se­lec­tion tri­als in Fe­bru­ary.

The work the as­so­ci­a­tions are do­ing to pro­mote tal­ent and what it means to play for the club has re­sulted in this un­prece­dented in­ter­est.

Matthew Berry, Nick Adam­son and Cameron Robin­son will line up on the premier men’s team, which will be con­fi­dent of se­cur­ing wins against Mazenod and East­side Hawks.

Nathan Berry and Jack Han­nan will be key play­ers in the men’s re­serves team, and they too have a dou­ble header, against Mazenod and Monash Uni.

Vol­ley­ball Horsham vet­eran Tim Pop­ple will lead the di­vi­sion-two team, which plays Mazenod and East­side Hawks.

“I’m ex­cited with the team I’ve got which in­cludes three cur­rent Aus­tralian youth team mem­bers, so we’ll be keen to re­peat last year’s re­sult when they made fi­nals,” Pop­ple said.

In men’s di­vi­sion three Ai­dan O’con­nor and Shaun Bray will take on Mazenod and Croy­don

Pin two winnable games. Vol­ley­ball Horsham’s top fe­male player Kara John­son will play in the his­toric premier women’s team and she will share the set­ting du­ties with for­mer mem­ber Jess Rad­ford, when they take on Hei­del­berg.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to play­ing in the premier di­vi­sion and test­ing my skills against qual­ity op­po­si­tion week in week out,” John­son said.

Mur­toa Col­lege young­sters Lae­lah Robert­son and Cleo Baker and the re­turn­ing De­laney Wills will be key play­ers in the re­serves team and they have games against Hei­del­berg and Morn­ing­ton.

Tamikah Dock­rill will play on the di­vi­sion-two team with games against Hei­del­berg and East­side Hawks.

In di­vi­sion three, for­mer Vol­ley­ball Horsham mem­ber Kim­ber­ley Crab­tree will make her re­turn to the sport af­ter a se­ri­ous knee in­jury and she will have Mur­toa Col­lege young­ster Jade Sali­gari be­side her.

The team have two winnable games against South Gipp­s­land and Croy­don.

It’s an ex­cit­ing day for the club, one that un­der­lines the im­por­tance of the club and how it com­pletes the path­way for many tal­ented ath­letes in as­so­ci­a­tions across western Vic­to­ria.

Vol­ley­ball Horsham mem­bers, fam­i­lies and friends will get their op­por­tu­nity to see just how far the club has come on May 26 and 27 when State League ac­tion re­turns to Horsham, with Phan­toms host­ing Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity.

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