State vol­ley­ball play­ers progress

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DAVID BERRY

With five train­ing ses­sions re­main­ing be­fore the 2019 Na­tional Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships, Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham’s state play­ers are pro­gress­ing nicely.

Tamikah Dockrill and Lae­lah Robert­son have been se­lected in the Vic­to­ria White un­der-19 girls team, Cleo Baker the Vic­to­ria White un­der-17 girls team, and John Kearns the Vic­to­ria Gold un­der-17 boys team.

To com­ple­ment the play­ers se­lected in state teams, Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham coaches Shaun Bray and De­laney Wills have taken over the Vic­to­ria Gold un­der-17 girls team as they ven­ture into the state coach­ing pro­gram for the first time.

Dockrill, who will rep­re­sent the state for a sec­ond time, is the key mid­dle blocker for her team, and is com­ing on well ac­cord­ing to first-year Mazenod coach John Dal Santo.

“Tamikah has been im­pres­sive in our prac­tice matches against the Blue team, es­pe­cially her block­ing, which is her strength,” he said.

“She is also start­ing to build a good con­nec­tion with our set­ters with her mid­dle quick at­tacks, which is im­por­tant as well.”

Dal Santo was full of praise for Robert­son, who, as a bot­tom aged player, has bought en­ergy and com­mit­ment to the group.

“Lae­lah is fan­tas­tic as she gives her all and has the right per­son­al­ity around the group,” he said.

Baker will be a key player in her team as she par­tic­i­pates in her fourth na­tional cham­pi­onships.

Her coach, La­trobe Val­ley’s Glenn Trem­bath, is push­ing the Mur­toa Col­lege young­ster all the way as he broad­ens her knowl­edge of the game.

“We’ll be play­ing a dif­fer­ent style to what we’ve done in the past and Cleo is learn­ing a whole new way, which is good for her de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

Mil­dura coach Chris Her­mans said Kearns has been im­pres­sive all the way through the train­ing pro­gram, both from a skill and lead­er­ship per­spec­tive.

“John is com­fort­able talk­ing with the boys and his all-round game is de­vel­op­ing to the point where he could be play­ing as a setter, libero, de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist or pass hit­ter,” he said.

All coaches were pleased the play­ers are putting into prac­tice what they have learned at state train­ing.

“We know the Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham play­ers are get­ting good train­ing back in Hor­sham, as well as the hard match play they need in the lead up to the cham­pi­onships,” Her­mans said.

“It makes our job so much eas­ier when this oc­curs.”

There is still op­por­tu­nity for boys and girls in­ter­ested in play­ing to join the Mon­day night Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion. There are some teams look­ing for play­ers. In­ter­ested play­ers can email [email protected]­ley­ball­hor­ for de­tails.

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