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.