Merry Christmas

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Welcome to the 2015 Volleyroos Supporters Club.

2014 was historical, but 2015 is going to be even bigger for our Volleyroos...

The men will compete in the Group 1 of the FIVB World League with the world's best, and the women will be playing the FIVB World Grand Prix for the first time on home soil.

These are the two most prestigious volleyball competitions on the planet:

  • Men's FIVB World League (Group 1). Home & Away with 2 games per round.
  • Women's FIVB World Grand Prix (Group 3). Australia is hosting the finals with 3 teams & Australia for a total of four games.

The 2015 VSC membership includes:

  • A seat at all events hosted in Australia! Wherever you go, you'll have a seat in a preferred seating area. That is a total of up to ten international volleyball games.
  • A Volleyroos jersey replica.
The 2015 VSC Membership is priced at $300. 
Get a $100 discount before Christmas using the discount code "Christmas". Expires on the 26th of December.

List of events to be hosted in Australia:


World League Group 1
: Men's Volleyroos versus Team Italia (World #4)

These two games will take place in Adelaide (Adelaide Arena). 29th of May to 1st of June (Game day/time TBC)

World League Group 1: Men's Volleyroos versus Team Brazil (World #1)

These two games will take place in Sydney (State Sport Centre). 27th & 28th of June (Game time TBC)

World League Group 1: Men's Volleyroos versus Team Serbia (World #8)

These two games are tentatively scheduled in Sydney (State Sport Centre). 4th & 5th of July (Game time & location TBC)


World Grand Prix - Group 3 Finals
: Women's Volleyroos vs three pool winners

There will be four games on the 11th & 12th of July (Game time & location to be confirmed.)

2 semi-finals, a bronze and a gold medal game.

Not only will you get great value out of your Supporters Club membership, but you will also support your teams in their 2015 campaigns.

So come on, join in and support your Volleyroos.

Buy your Membership here.

 




Men's Indoor – HEAD COACH OF VOLLEYROOS

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Following a historical season for the Volleyroos including the promotion into Group One of the FIVB World League, Volleyball Australia is searching for a Men’s head coach to take them all the way to Olympic success.

The 2015 season will present both challenges and rewards for an experienced coach. It includes the World League (Group One), involving matches at home and away from May to July against Brazil, Italy and Serbia. The Asian Championships will follow the World League, which is an integral part of the Olympic qualification.
Finally, Australia may take part in the World Cup in Japan, aiming at direct Olympic qualification.

The Volleyroos are ranked within the top 15 nations in the world following their performances at the 2014 FIVB World League, Group 2, and the 2014 World Championships.
The successful candidate will be offered a contract through until the conclusion of the 2016 Olympic campaign.





Women's Indoor - Barnard reappointed Volleyroos coach

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The Board of Volleyball Australia has announced following its latest meeting the re-appointment of Mark Barnard as coach of the senior women's indoor team, the Volleyroos, for what's set to be a blockbuster 2015.

Barnard took over as head coach of the Volleyroos in early 2014, and oversaw the team's first ever appearance in the FIVB Grand Prix.

Although the Volleyroos did not win a match at the Grand Prix, the team lifted its International ranking from 100 to 46th in the World.

 

Barnard and everyone associated with the fledgling International team had been impressed with the side’s progress during their first two Grand Prix games.

Sure, they lost to Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic in straight sets, but the Volleyroos showed plenty of the underdog spirit Barnard spoke so openly about in the event lead-up.

On Sunday, it was gone.

“We just did not play very well for probably 70 per cent of the match,” Barnard said.

“There were spurts there, but we were physically outmatched. We made way too many errors. The experience of being resilient, of going through that a lot of times and learning how to get out of it, we haven’t learned that.”

Barnard took the decision to give the players the morning off from training ahead of the Croatia game because he was worried about burn out.

He’s now not sure that was the right call.

“Maybe we should have pushed through it,” he said.

“But in the back of my mind I know they don’t play and train all the time, so it’s very easy to train them into the ground. Part of the intention today was to have them rest. I’m just not sure what the correlation between not doing anything this morning and the result this afternoon.”

The reality is this is a steep learning curve for the Volleyroos, and anyone who follows the sport in Australia knows this is the first step down a long and winding road.

Volleyball Australia President Craig Carracher knows.

“Let’s remember this is off the back of a decade of limited support,” he said after Sunday’s loss.

“This is the start of a rebuilding process, a process to create opportunity for a generation of players and coaches and administrators and officials.

“There are 200 countries playing women’s volleyball, and this was always going to be a long road. But we can’t not start the journey just because we know it’s a long and difficult one.”

Australia has the nucleus of a very good volleyball team, and with several players about to head to overseas leagues, and with several more hoping to follow, there is going to be more consistent exposure to the best.

But there are also a handful of players contemplating retirement. Some are listening to the protests of their own bodies, others are finding it difficult to balance full-time jobs with the commitment needed to play at the top level.

Which will leave enormous holes to fill. All the more reason Australia needs this Grand Prix experience to work.

Judging by the reaction of younger squad members like Nikki Cunningham and Jess Ryder, it’s a good news story so far.

“It’s a whole new level,” Ryder, who made her senior International debut against Kazakhstan on Friday, said.

“I can’t wait for the future years, when I can get on the court more, maybe even start on court.”

The immediate challenge for Australia, now they’ve taken one step back, is to move forward again next weekend in Croatia in week two of the Grand Prix.

 

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