Volleyball Horsham members won recognition as part of Phantoms Volleyball Club’s end-of-season presentation night.
A crowd of more than 130 guests from across the state attended the evening, which celebrated a successful year of state league for the club.
Four of the Phantoms’ eight teams made finals and a division-three men’s team claimed a premiership.
Veteran spiker Tim Popple won a division-two most-valuable-player award.
Popple enjoyed a consistent season in which he took on the playing coach responsibility for the first time, resulting in his team making the finals, only to exit in straight sets.
Murtoa College’s Cleo Baker enjoyed a great first season of state league and took out the division-two runner-up MVP award. The hard-hitting spiker played in both division two and reserves throughout the season and is a bright star on the horizon for the Phantoms girls.
Fellow Murtoa College student Laelah Robertson won a coach’s award in reserves women.
Robertson played most positions for her team and was a great team player. She will be pushing for higher honors in 2019 within the club.
Returning to state league action after three years off, Delaney Wills was runner-up in a reserves women’s MVP award.
Her experience in the team shone throughout the season and she was also rewarded with games in premier division.
A coach’s award for the division-three men went to Scott Davidson.
Davidson played state league for the first time after returning to the sport following a shoulder reconstruction and was instrumental in helping his team win the title.
He played his libero role to perfection each and every game, also bringing to the team great enthusiasm and as a more senior player among youngsters was a great calming influence on the playing group.
Thirteen players were acknoweldge for milestones in their volleyball career.
Nick Adamson, Jack Hannan and Jess Radford reached their 50-game milestones throughout the season, with Radford only the third female to reach that honor, behind fellow Volleyball Horsham member Kara Johnson and premier women’s captain Georgie Hassell.
Nathan Berry moved into second on the most-games-played list when he chalked up his 100th game for the club during the season.
Outgoing premier men’s coach Damon Minotti acknowledged Berry for his loyalty and determination and used the young setter as an example for all club members when he said that patience and persistence paid off after he was rewarded with his first game in the premier division.
Cam Robinson moved to third on the most-games-played list when he chalked up his 100th game for the season.
Robinson was there when the team first played in 2011, like Berry and games record holder Matt Gordon from Bendigo.
The club finished the evening with the announcement of coaches for season 2019.
Highly decorated and respected Bendigo coach Todd Broadbent will coach the premier men next year in a move that will hopefully help the team finally break through for a place in the premier division finals.
Broadbent takes to the position after successfully coaching within the Bendigo Academy program and the state under-16 schoolboys team.