Fu­ture looks bright

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Two grand fi­nal per­for­mances in as many tour­na­ments has set up the new-look Vol­ley­ball Horsham women’s team for a pos­i­tive fu­ture.

The women’s di­vi­sion-two team swept all be­fore it in the an­nual Bal­larat tour­na­ment, claim­ing the ti­tle af­ter win­ning all five round-robin matches to fin­ish on top of the lad­der and the fi­nal against Dan­de­nong.

The team started strongly with a straight-sets win over War­rnam­bool, be­fore beat­ing Ko­rum­burra 2-1.

A solid three-set win over Bal­larat fol­lowed be­fore wip­ing Dan­de­nong off the court in a strong dis­play to close out the first day with four straight vic­to­ries.

On the sec­ond day, the team de­feated Sun­raysia in three sets to head the table and go into the fi­nal with great con­fi­dence.

The first set was all one-way traf­fic as the Horsham girls steam­rolled their op­po­nents, win­ning 25-8 on the back of great serv­ing from Emily Han­nan and strong block­ing from Chloe Wil­son and Eadie Garth-lind­say.

The sec­ond set went very much the same as Cleo Baker started to find her range on serve and hit plenty of win­ners. Tamikah Dock­rill was also good in her role as pass hit­ter.

The fi­nal set was close all the way, but the girls showed great char­ac­ter to fight back from 22-24 to win 26-24 and take the ti­tle.

Ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in Kara John­son and Siob­han Robin­son led from the front and gave younger play­ers great guid­ance and en­cour­age­ment all week­end, which helped the team no end.

Younger play­ers such as Lae­lah Robert­son and Han­nah Whyte were the main ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this guid­ance and will carry great con­fi­dence go­ing into the Na­tional Schools Cup.

It was not the same for the men’s team, which fin­ished sec­ond on the table and went down to even­tual win­ner Bendigo in their cross­over semi-fi­nal.

The men won three of their four games at the end of the round-robin sec­tion of their draw, but could not get past Bendigo in the semi-fi­nal.

Once again the team showed great fight­ing spirit and dis­played some great vol­ley­ball, which will stand them in good stead go­ing for­ward.

All eyes will now be on the school teams from Mur­toa, St Brigid’s and Horsham col­leges as they head off to Mel­bourne in 10 days time for the Na­tional Schools Cup.

POS­I­TIVE: Vol­ley­ball Horsham’s divi­siontwo women’s team cel­e­brates its ti­tle at the an­nual Bal­larat tour­na­ment. Pic­tured, from back left, are Kara John­son, Siob­han Robin­son, Chloe Wil­son, Eadie Garth-lind­say, Tamikah Dock­rill and Emily Han­nan; and...

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