Phan­tom Her­cules shows the way

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Three weeks into the Vol­ley­ball Horsham winter sea­son and Tim Pop­ple’s Phan­tom Her­cules is lead­ing the pack in a new-look A Grade com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion has been con­sol­i­dated to give com­peti­tors more op­por­tu­nity to play qual­ity matches and it has been Pop­ple’s team that has set­tled the best in the first three weeks.

The in­clu­sion of Pat Laffy and Camp­bell Ma­son has given Phan­tom Her­cules much-needed depth, with Laffy ever con­sis­tent in his pass-hit­ter role and Ma­son us­ing all his ath­letic abil­ity to be an ef­fec­tive mid­dle blocker-at­tacker.

All Phan­tom Her­cules play­ers re­ceive good de­liv­ery from the as­so­ci­a­tion’s num­ber-one fe­male set­ter Kara John­son.

Nathan Berry’s Hyp­nos Roar sits sec­ond, its last ef­fort a char­ac­ter-build­ing five-set win over Hades Nuggets.

Berry has a team that is con­sis­tent in de­fence with De­laney Wills and Tyler Puls lead­ing the way, while Paddy Sherry and the re­turn­ing Lachie Wil­son pro­vide va­ri­ety in at­tack.

Matthew Berry’s Hades Nuggets sit third and are just shad­ow­ing Jay­den Mcqueen’s Po­sei­don Mur­toa on the lad­der.

The Nuggets need to find an ex­tra string to their at­tack­ing bow as Jon Fitzger­ald is their go-to man at the mo­ment, while James David­son and Lou­cas Vet­tos are find­ing rhythm as mid­dle at­tack­ers.

Mcqueen’s Mur­toa team is set­tling un­der Jordy Wei­de­mann’s set­ting and will look to con­tinue to im­prove as the sea­son pro­gresses.

In B Grade, the se­nior teams in Phan­tom Masters, Von Steiger Shad­ows and Water­ham­mers are lead­ing the way against more youth­ful op­po­nents in Saints, Phan­tom Rangers and Mur­toa.

The key to these three teams is the amount of im­prove­ment they have in them as the sea­son pro­gresses, while the younger teams will steadily im­prove as each week goes by.

Just how much they im­prove, only time will tell, as long as they don’t leave their run too late.

Any­one in­ter­ested in play­ing A or B grade on Wed­nes­day nights or C Grade or ju­niors on Mon­day night in Horsham can drop in to St Brigid’s Col­lege sta­dium on ei­ther night to in­quire.

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