NSW Premier launches Manly Volleyfest



NSW Premier, Mike Baird, joined Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalists, Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook, for the media announcement of the biggest beach volleyball event in Australia since the Sydney Olympics.

In the space of just two weeks, Manly Beach will host the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour Finals, the inaugural 4 Nations Cup, and the Asian Volleyball Confederation Beach Volleyball Championships.

Joining Premier Baird and the Olympic gold medalists at the launch this morning were Manly locals Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar, who are hoping to qualify later this year to represent Australia in Beach Volleyball at the Rio Olympics.

The Manly Volleyfest, which will run over three weekends from March 18 until March 28 and will become a regular fixture over the next three years at Manly Beach, thanks to the partnership with the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

“Volleyfest is a festival of beach volleyball that sees some of the world’s best converge on Manly Beach for nine days of competition. With the Rio Olympics around the corner the competition will be intense, and it will attract visitors to Manly from around Australia and overseas,” Mr. Baird said.

Over the next three years Volleyfest is expected to attract more than 8,000 domestic and international visitors, with an estimated visitor spend of $6.2 million. The event will also showcase Manly Beach to a worldwide audience, highlighting the spectacular beach and surrounds.

Taking place just after the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach, the event will see the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour Finals played from 19-20 March, the 4 Nations Cup played from 21-22 March and the AVC Asian Championships played from 25-28 March.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the event was perfectly suited to Manly Beach.

“Manly is one of our State’s most iconic beaches, and is the ideal host for Volleyfest. I encourage all visitors to Volleyfest to take some time to explore the area’s restaurants, shops and natural attractions as there is something on offer for all ages and tastes,” Mr. Ayres said.

Volleyball Australia would like to thank the NSW Government, Destination NSW, Manly Council, Hancock Prospecting, the Georgina Hope Foundation, Bendon Lingerie, Three Threes Condiments and the Schwartz Family Company for their on-going support of its beach and indoor programs.





If winning form is good form, than three of our male Volleyroos are in incredible form at the moment.

Volleyroos captain, Tom Edgar, has just helped his new team, Beijing BAIC Volley, to its 16th consecutive win in China.

In Germany, fellow Opposite, Paul Carroll, and his team, SCC Berlin, are tracking at nine wins from nine outings.

And in the Netherlands, Jacob Guymer and his team, Abiant Lycurgus, have just clocked their 14th consecutive victory.



Volleyball Australia is proud to announce the appointment of its Head Coach for the Women Volleyroos (indoor team) for the 2016 international season including the FIVB Women’s Grand Prix.

Shannon Winzer has been the coach of the winning WAVL (Women’s Australian Volleyball League) team for the last 3 years, and in 2013 and 2014 also contributed as an Assistant Coach to the Women Volleyroos. She played in the WAVL for 5 years, and was a member of the national team in 2008 and 2009. A Canadian national, she also has playing experience in her home country and the UK.

She will guide the Volleyroos during the FIVB Women’s Grand Prix (Group 3) in June, when they will play against Cuba, Colombia and Croatia in Wollongong from 3-5 June, and against Mexico, Colombia and Kazakhstan in Colombia from 10-12 June, aiming for the finals in Kazakhstan from 17-19 June.

The campaign begins with a camp in Melbourne at the Maribyrnong Academy of Sport and Fairhills High School from 22 to 24 January, followed by camps in Adelaide (February), Sydney (Easter) and Brisbane (April) before some international matches in May.

“Shannon brings both enormous enthusiasm and passion to the Volleyroos campaign, together with significant and sustained success in the WAVL over recent years”, said John Boultbee, VA High Performance Director. “This stood her out in a strong field of international candidates, and provides a role model for Australian based coaches seeking to ply their skills on the international stage. Our best Australian based players have all nominated for the January camp, and will eventually be joined by some of the overseas based players, prior to the World Grand Prix.”

Shannon Winzer commented “I am excited about this opportunity to bring together the best players Australia has to offer and work with them to build a program that we can all be proud of setting the foundation for future success.”



RESULT 1 : 3 (25-23, 25-27, 18-25, 19-25)

Starters and Points Scored:

Dosanjh (2), McMullin (10), Mote (12), Graham (10), Tulley (7), Passier (17), Perry (L). Subs: Brisbane (0), O’Dea (DNP), Mounter (3), McDonald (0), Marsh (0).

Australia ended their two match series with host team East Asian University in Shimonoseki earlier this evening with a 3 set to 1 loss.

The young Aussies played some very good volleyball in the first set,totally dominating their Japanese opponents at the net with their block and controlling the aggressive Japanese serving with some very consistent passing. However, the team struggled to find consistency in attack, missing numerous transition for point opportunities due to a lack of ball control and inaccurate setting. Australia won the set 25-23 after leading 21-15.

The second set again saw Australia creating many opportunities to score points on their own serve through some very good blocking and defence. However setting accuracy was again a key issue for the team and despite recording 5stuff bocks for the set, and leading 18-13, the team could only manage to kill 2 balls from 13 attacks in the last part of the set as they lost all momentum. East Asian University played well to get back into the set and defended 1 set point from Australia before taking the lead and winning the set 25-27.

This proved to be a pivotal turning point in the game as the young Australians completely lost focus and confidence and continued to struggle in attack for the remaining two sets. Despite numerous personnel changes, the team could not find their rhythm and lost the match 3 sets to 1.

The team was given a good lesson this evening in the importance of side out offence and attacking high and long against smaller opponents.

The team attended a post match dinner with the Shimonoseki organising committee and the East Asian University team in good spirits and were very thankful for the opportunity to play and be hosted in such friendship and camaraderie.

Australia travels to Hiroshima tomorrow for a further 2 days of practice and competition at a Japanese University All Stars camp.


SERVE             2 Aces, 11 Errors.

RECEPTION     32% Perfect, 56% Positive. 3 Errors.

ATTACK           36% Kill, 21% Error, 15% Kill Efficiency

REC ATTACK   40% Kill, 21% Error, 19% Kill Efficiency

BLOCK             16 Stuff Blocks, 14 Control Blocks.

DEFENCE         22 Controlled Digs.




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