Vol­ley­ball mile­stones

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DAVID BERRY

While three of the four Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham grand fi­nal re­sults went against ex­pec­ta­tions, it was a night to cel­e­brate loy­alty and ded­i­ca­tion to the as­so­ci­a­tion for 23 mem­bers.

Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham has been punch­ing well above its weight for much of its ex­is­tence and the achieve­ments of many of our mem­bers did not go un­recog­nised on grand fi­nal night.

To have so many cur­rent-day mem­bers achiev­ing games mile­stones un­der­lines how im­por­tant vol­ley­ball is to these mem­bers.

For some, sim­ply play­ing on a Mon­day or Wed­nes­day night is their pas­sion and their way of for­get­ting about what is hap­pen­ing in the out­side world for a cou­ple of hours and en­joy that time with some won­der­ful team-mates and friends.

For oth­ers, play­ing do­mes­ti­cally sets them up for a crack at the big time, whether that be pre­par­ing for a coun­try cham­pi­onship as­sault, play­ing in the big league which is State League, or for a se­lect few, pre­par­ing to play for their state.

When­ever these mem­bers step onto the court at a coun­try cham­pi­onship, in State League or their state, they are fly­ing the flag for their home as­so­ci­a­tion and those team-mates who make that one or two hours as much fun as what it is.

Player mile­stones

100 or more games for Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham: Luke Hobbs, Blair Avery, Darcy Wills, Paddy Sherry, Vaughn Maroske, Jack Han­nan, Shaun Bray, Jay­den Mcqueen, Pat Laffy. 150 games or more: Ash Davidson, De­laney Wills, Emma Avery, Jon Fitzger­ald, Lou­cas Vet­tos, An­drew Adam­son, Peter Arm­strong, Mark Rad­ford, Rob Bahr. 200 games or more: An­drew Wundke, Dave Mcmaster, Chris Baker. 250 games or more: Kara John­son, Brady King.

There are only three play­ers who have played 300 or more games. they are Nathan Berry, Tim Pop­ple and Matthew Berry.

Loy­alty is a dy­ing trait in many clubs and as­so­ci­a­tions as play­ers drift in and out. In the case of the five who have played 250 games or more, all five have over­come ad­ver­sity in their ca­reers to reach these won­der­ful mile­stones and have clearly dis­played great loy­alty.

From ev­ery­one at Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham we say thanks and hope­fully these five set the ex­am­ple of ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment for many more mem­bers into the fu­ture.

DED­I­CATED: Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham mem­bers to clock up mile­stones, from back left, Jon Fitzger­ald, 150 games, Matthew Berry 350, Nathan Berry 300, Tim Pop­ple 350, Lou­cas Vet­tos 150, Shaun Bray 100, Pat Laffy 100; front, Ash Davidson 150, De­laney Wills 150,...

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