Future looks bright
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...