Phan­toms the teams to watch

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DAVID BERRY

Phan­tom Her­cules and Phan­tom Masters will go in as fa­vorites to take out their re­spec­tive grades in a Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham Light­ning Spike Chal­lenge tonight on the back of good form dur­ing the round robin sec­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion.

In A Grade, Phan­tom Her­cules fin­ished with five wins and one loss to top the ta­ble in the T-20 ver­sion of the game, ahead of Hyp­nos Roar, Po­sei­don Mur­toa and Hades Nuggets.

The first semi-fi­nal fea­tures Hyp­nos Roar and Po­sei­don Mur­toa go­ing head to head for the first play-off spot in the gold-medal match.

Much will de­pend on the avail­abil­ity of the Po­sei­don Mur­toa year-12 boys, but if they field their full-strength team the match up be­tween Jay­den Mcqueen and Nathan Berry will go a long way to de­ter­min­ing the out­come.

Mcqueen is dy­na­mite in at­tack while Berry has the jump­ing abil­ity to put up a solid block­ing de­fence against the Mur­toa champ.

The sec­ond semi-fi­nal sees fa­vorite Phan­tom Her­cules up against Hades Nuggets.

The Phan­tom team has the fire­power with Tim Pop­ple, Tyler Snow­den, Camp­bell Ma­son and Pat Laffy feed­ing off the good set­ting of Kara John­son to cause enough grief for the Nuggets.

The Nuggets will make it tough as their back­court de­fence is their strength as they keep them­selves in the game more than most.

But if Matthew Berry can­not get the ball to Jon Fitzger­ald their at­tack is quite tame.

In B Grade, Phan­tom Masters are un­de­feated on top of the ta­ble and as­sured of a spot in the gold medal match, even with one game to go.

Phan­tom Rangers have been the sur­prise packet and sit in sec­ond spot, and would have to get smashed by Mur­toa to miss out on any medal match.

Von Steiger Shad­ows sit third and must beat, or only just lose to the Masters, to make a medal match.

Much de­pends on the Water­ham­mers as to who plays in what medal match as they must beat the win­less Saints boys and hope Mur­toa does not beat the Phan­tom Rangers to make the bronze medal match.

All in all the short­ened form of the game has been well re­ceived by both grades and an in­tense and fun night of vol­ley­ball is on the cards.

The first games start at 6pm with the A Grade gold medal game at 7.30pm and the B Grade gold medal game at 8pm.

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