Dream start in state com­pe­ti­tion

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

FULL VOL­LEY wo wins from two games has Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham vet­eran Tim Pop­ple re­assess­ing his team’s goals for the 2018 State League sea­son.

Pop­ple has taken charge of the Phan­toms men’s divi­sion-two team and en­joyed wins over Mazenod and East­side Hawks in its first games of the sea­son.

“It’s never easy when it comes to your first game know­ing firstly how your own team will per­form, least of

Tall know­ing what the op­po­si­tion will front up for the con­test,” he said. “To get two wins first up you’ll take any day, es­pe­cially in this com­pe­ti­tion when eight to 10 wins is what you need as a min­i­mum to make fi­nals.”

Pop­ple was blessed to have three boys who are mem­bers of the na­tional youth squad who helped his team no end.

“The three boys showed why they will wear the green and gold in Thai­land later this week, with some heady play and in the case of the two set­ters, smart choices when dis­tribut­ing the ball.

“Un­for­tu­nately we won’t have them for our next two games which is a real chal­lenge for us next week­end when we play Dan­de­nong’s two teams.”

In a his­toric day for the club, with the women play­ing in the premier divi­sion for the first time and eight teams rep­re­sent­ing the club for the first time, there were some great re­sults across all teams.

The premier women started their sea­son in perfect fash­ion, mak­ing short work of Hei­del­berg, in a re­sult that would have sent shock waves through the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The tone was set early when former Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham mem­ber Jess Radford opened the first with some strong serv­ing, open­ing up a 6-0 lead be­fore Hei­del­berg play­ers knew what hit them. Then fel­low set­ter Kara John­son made some great de­fen­sive ups and gave her hit­ters an arm­chair ride to fin­ish the set strongly.

“I felt com­fort­able out there after the first few points and happy how I set the ball. I’m ex­cited for the sea­son ahead,” John­son said.

In other games the premier men split their re­sults de­feat­ing Mazenod in five sets and go­ing down to East­side Hawks. The re­serves men did like­wise, beat­ing Mazenod and go­ing down to Monash. The divi­sion three men also en­joyed two good wins.

In the re­serves and divi­sion three women the Phan­toms lost both games, while the divi­sion-two women split their re­sults.

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