Women volleyroos look to future after 2015 Grand Prix

-

BARNARD CALLS FOR MORE SUPPORT TO HELP ACHIEVE OLYMPIC DREAM

The Australian women’s volleyball team has finished the 2015 Grand Prix series without a win, with head coach Mark Barnard pleading for more support for the sport to succeed.

The Australians were unable to finish with a win in the finals series in Canberra, the first time the team has played in Australia since the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

The Volleyroos lost the bronze medal playoff to Colombia, 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-16) while Kenya won the gold medal and promotion to Group 2 in 2016 with a shock 21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 win over Peru.

Barnard said Australia was only able to compete in this year’s Grand Prix because of the generous support of backers like Hancock Prospecting, and for the team to make Tokyo in 2020 more help would be needed.

“We cannot do it under the current way that things are done,” he said.

“You can’t just play two tournaments a year, train for two weekends and then go to Tokyo. It’s unrealistic.”

While the Australian men’s indoor team, and the men’s and women’s beach teams, all get Government funding, there is no money for the women’s program because it is not considered a realistic medal prospect in the short term.

But Australia has jumped from a world ranking of 100 to 46 in under a year, and Barnard believes the team will continue to improve if the conditions are right.

“If the situation changes, and we have a place where the players can train regularly, get strength and conditioning, then Tokyo becomes a realistic goal,” he said.

“If it stays like this, then 2024 should be more of a consideration. We have to do some things tomorrow, realistically, if we are going to get there.”

Sunday’s match against Colombia also signaled the end of the career of setter Lauren Bertolacci, who is about to take up a role as coach of a professional men’s team in Switzerland.

Despite playing for Australia for more than a decade, this weekend was the first time she had the opportunity to play for her country in Australia.

30-year-old Bertolacci, said while she was sad to finish her playing career, she is excited about the future – and would one day like to coach an Australian team.

“It would be nice, wouldn’t it,” she said.

“I’d love to. Of course I’d be interested. 100 per cent.

“To be honest, before the game I didn’t even think about my retirement. But at the end I looked around, and thought this was a pretty good way to go out. It was pretty emotional.”

International Women's Volleyball Comes to Canberra

-

Volleyball Australia is pleased to announce that it will throw the doors open at the Finals of the World Women’s Grand Prix offering all spectators the opportunity to see world class women’s volleyball for the first time since 2000 Olympics at a door entry price of just $5.

Two major sponsors have come on board to support the hosting of world women’s volleyball, comparable to the World League of Men’s Volleyball which completed this weekend in Melbourne.

BendonLingerie.com and Hancock Prospecting have both underwritten the hosting of the event to ensure equality of opportunity for our women’s Volleyroos and to continue the commitment of Volleyball Australia to gender equality in all aspects of the delivery of volleyball in Australia. 

“As the world’s largest gender equal team sport, its imperative we build the profile and opportunities for our Women Volleyroos.  For too long a lack of government funding has dictated a lack of focus but last year Volleyball Australia committed to delivering to our women’s team a rebuilding program towards Tokyo 2020.  The World Women’s Grand Prix is the ideal event for our Volleyroos who have competed in Kazakhstan and Algeria in the preliminary rounds ahead of the Group 3 Finals this weekend at the AIS Arena in Canberra.”

The World Women’s Grand Prix will be the first world women’s volleyball event hosted in Australia since Sydney 2000 and Volleyball Australia implores volleyball and women’s sport supporters to attend the event and support in numbers the Volleyroos as they take on Columia,, Peru and Kenya in the finals this weekend in an event televised globally.

Matches start at 4pm Saturday, with Columbia playing Peru, and the the Volleyroos will take on Kenya at 7pm.  Sunday's finals are set for 1pm and 4pm.

Get your tickets online at http://eventopia.co/WGP2015

 

Australia pulls of stunning last-gasp win to avoid relegation

-

AUSTRALIA AVOID RELEGATION WITH THRILLING FIVE-SET WIN

The Australian men's volleyball team has avoided relegation from the prestigious Group One of World League with a thrilling five-set win against world number eight, Serbia, in Melbourne.

The Australians went into the match knowing anything short of a win would see them drop back to Group Two of World League next year.

wcq 2013  0506RGThe Senior National Men’s Volleyball Team consists of the best volleyball players Australia has to offer. The team has a strong history with success at numerous events and championships. The Men’s Volleyball Development Program is an integral component of all national indoor team programs (senior, youth and junior), preparing and developing athletes for international competition.

The Men's Volleyball Program was originally established in 1990 in Sydney. In 1997 both the men's and women's Senior Programs were relocated to the main campus of the AIS in Canberra. As of January 2014, the Men’s Volleyball Program operates directly as a part of Volleyball Australia even though it remains based at the AIS in Canberra. The AIS is still vital to the National Team Program providing key sport science and sports medicine expertise required to compete at the international level.

Through use of the world-class training centre and resources at the AIS training centre, the ranking of the Men’s Indoor Volleyroo’s (formerly known as Volleyball Team Australia Men’s (VTAM) ) has improved significantly since their initial involvement in the early 90’s. After the teams' success in late 2007, winning the Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championships and coming 8th at the 2007 FIVB World Cup, the team climbed as high as 11th in the world. The team is currently ranked 14th  in the world and will be looking  to improve that ranking through the 2014 season where they will compete in the World League for the first time since 1999, as well as their involvement in the 2014 World Championships.

The Men’s Volleyroos have now qualified for five consecutive World Championships (1998, ’02, ’06, ’10, ’14) and will be sure to figure prominently in this year’s event. 

The majority of the senior members of the Men’s Volleyroos Program have professional contracts in overseas Volleyball leagues and return to Australia for the international competition season from approximately May through to September each year. The remaining athletes within the Men’s Volleyroos Program, are on Volleyball Australia Men’s Indoor Volleyball Scholarships. 

As far as Olympic representation goes, the Men’s Volleyroos team competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics as well as  in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games. Australia narrowly missed out on a Quarter-Final berth in the 2012 London Olympic Games and finished in a respectable 9th place.

 

WOMEN

BEACH

Image not available

MEN