Vol­ley­ballers set for grand fi­nals

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DAVID BERRY

An­other ex­cit­ing sea­son of vol­ley­ball will reach its fi­nale tonight when Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham presents its grand fi­nal night for all grades.

An A Grade grand fi­nal in­volves Sha­dos Inala do­ing bat­tle with New York Nuggets.

Sha­dos Inala will go in as fa­vorites, hold­ing a 3-1 win­ning record over the Nuggets, the most re­cent meet­ing in the sec­ond semi­fi­nal re­sult­ing in a Sha­dos Inala four-set vic­tory.

Sha­dos Inala will look to vet­eran Tim Pop­ple and young gun Jack Han­nan as its go-to play­ers.

Pop­ple has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der his belt, while Han­nan has been the player of the com­pe­ti­tion this year with his con­sis­tent hit­ting and strong block­ing. Their fate will rest in the hands of set­ter Tim Carter. Carter suf­fered an in­jury at coun­try cham­pi­onships and is in a race against time to be fit for the grand fi­nal.

Nuggets have three big hit­ters in Erik Cor­nelisse, Chris Hans and Jon Fitzger­ald.

How well set­ter Kara John­son dis­trib­utes the ball to these three will prove cru­cial to the out­come.

In B Grade, Water­ham­mers will face against the Von Steiger Shad­ows.

Their last meet­ing was in the sec­ond semi­fi­nal when the old warhorses of the com­pe­ti­tion, off the Water­ham­mers, won in five sets. An­drew Wundke, Chris Baker and Ash Hop­per are the key play­ers in the Water­ham­mers team. If they can com­bine well again, they will make life tough for the Von Steiger Shad­ows.

Emma Avery is the key set­ter for the Von Steigers and her abil­ity to get the ball to key hit­ters Adam Har­ri­son and Nathaniel Leon­forte will de­ter­mine the out­come of this con­test.

In C Grade, a new pre­mier team will be crowned af­ter the Pic­colo Nuggets dis­posed of reign­ing pre­mier Mur­toa Rail­way in a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

The young Nuggets team will face a stiff con­test from Von Steiger Shad­ows, who have El­liott Kelly and Frank Sweet as their two main play­ers. Blake Turner and Oliver Garth-lind­say played well for the Nuggets in their pre­lim­i­nary­fi­nal win, and if they play as smart as they did in that game, will be hard to beat.

In a ju­niors grand fi­nal, Dream Team will go into bat­tle against HC Rebels, who have won three fi­nals in a row.

The Dream Team has Iggy Kearns and Bai­ley Bren­nan as key passers, while Ryan Ge­bert, Ben Dunn and Ro­han San­ders are strong servers.

But Rueben Fer­gu­son, Tayla Eltze and Gavin Brown played well in their pre­lim­i­nary-fi­nal win and will be con­fi­dent of caus­ing an up­set.

Grand fi­nals start at 6pm.

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