Vol­ley­ball recog­ni­tion

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DAVID BERRY

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.

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