State teams in Hor­sham

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DAVID BERRY

Vic West state team coaches left Hor­sham with more ques­tions than an­swers af­ter a suc­cess­ful train­ing camp at the week­end.

Three Vic West state teams – un­der-17 boys and girls and un­der-15 boys – used the week­end to fine-tune their prepa­ra­tions for the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onships on the Gold Coast at the end of Septem­ber.

Part of the camp in­cluded a mini tour­na­ment on Sun­day against Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham teams.

Vic West un­der-17 boys team Sun­raysia coach Chris Her­mans was full of pos­i­tives af­ter the tour­na­ment.

“This was ex­actly what my boys needed and what I needed as coach,” he said.

“The stan­dard of play was high and gave me plenty of ideas go­ing for­ward.

“My team was af­forded good match play by the Hor­sham teams, and while we were soundly beaten in two of the three games, I could see a lit­tle bit of im­prove­ment as each match was played.”

Vic West un­der-17 girls as­sis­tant coach, Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham’s Kara John­son, was also pleased with what her team achieved from the week­end.

“Our girls are learn­ing to play a new style of vol­ley­ball and the three matches they had en­abled them to put into prac­tice, un­der match con­di­tions, ex­actly how we want them to play,” she said.

“We don’t get as much re­ally good match play dur­ing our train­ings, so the mini tour­na­ment was ex­tremely valu­able for our girls.”

Vic West un­der-15 boys coach Gavin Penny from Rid­dell’s Creek praised the work of the Hor­sham as­so­ci­a­tion.

“Not only did my boys re­ceive great match play, the whole week­end was suc­cess­ful be­cause Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham was a tremen­dous host,” he said.

“Jo Baker and her ca­ter­ing crew were fan­tas­tic and went above and beyond what we were ex­pect­ing.

“It was a real eye opener for many of our par­ents who ex­pe­ri­enced vol­ley­ball in Hor­sham for the first time.”

The Vic West teams will gather in Bendigo next week­end for their fi­nal train­ing camp, be­fore par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Bendigo ju­nior tour­na­ment.

Na­tional ju­nior ti­tles will be on the Gold Coast from Septem­ber 29 un­til Oc­to­ber 6.

TEST GAMES: Jade Sali­gari from Mur­toa Col­lege digs out a ball dur­ing a mini vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment against a Vic West state team. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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