Another ANZAC clash looming at Scarborough

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While Australia and New Zealand will be battling for one-day cricket supremacy at the MCG on Sunday, on the other side of the country another ANZAC clash for sporting dominance is looming.

But instead of the luscious green grass of Australian cricket’s premiere venue, this contest will unfold on the scorching hot sand of one of Australia’s most famous beaches, Scarborough.

And while Australians might laughingly dismiss any notion of quality New Zealand beaches, in Mike Watson and Sam O’Dea the Kiwis have produced an outstanding beach volleyball combination.

The pair won the Oceania Championships at Manly Beach in November, followed up with a win on the Australian national tour at Surfers Paradise in January, and now hope to add Scarborough Beach to their list of conquests.

But there’s a strong Western Australian contingent who will have a strong say in the Sunday action.

Australia’s second-ranked combination of Josh Court, from WA, and Victorian Damien Schumann will be the New Zealanders first obstacle.

Court and Schumann lost the Surfers Paradise final to Watson and O’Dea.

They were last week named as one of two Australian teams to contest this year’s World Volleyball Championships in The Netherlands.

In the other men’s semi, top seeds Chris McHugh and Bo Soderberg will take on Western Australian pair, Casey Grice and Cole Durant.

The women’s semi-finals will also take on an International flavor, with the European combination of Michaela Vorlova and Lucia Michalovicova taking on Australian top seeds Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy.

In the other semi, London Olympian Becchara Palmer and World U23 champion, Mariafe Artacho del Solar, will take on two-time Olympian, Tamsin Hinchley, and Manly’s Sarah Battaglene.

WPV International referee course in Poland May 11th to 17th 2015

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World ParaVolley are welcoming individuals to attend in the World ParaVolley International Referee course in Elblag, Poland.

This course will run for 5 days, from the 12th of May til the 16th of May 2015.

Additional information can be found here (the two attached files)

Interested officials should contact their state association with an expression of interest.

Setting up for success

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From the 11th to the 13th of March 2015, Volleyball Australia conducted a workshop focused on pathways and the FTEM (Fundamentals, Talent, Elite, and Mastery) pathway framework. Volleyball Australia took a giant step forward in collective thinking as the States Executive Directors, National High Performance coaches from beach men's, women's and indoor plus management staff came together to further plan the future of Volleyball within Australia.

To be eligible, competitors must meet the eligibility requirements set out in the AUS athlete's and anti-­‐doping by-­‐laws. These include:

  1. have a current and valid Australian Passport, with at least six months of validity beyond the period of stay (expiry date on or after 14th January 2016);
  2. be at least 17 and less than 28 years of age on 01/01/2015;
  3. Must be proceeding towards a diploma or higher at either an Australian or overseas university/TAFE or have graduated from one of the above institutions in the year prior to the competition (i.e.: if the event is on 3 July 2015, then the student must have graduated after 3 July 2014);
  4. read and accept the WUSG Selection Policy and adhere to AUS athlete eligibility, by-­‐laws and Anti Doping Policy/rules;
  5. not have represented another country in any sport since 01/01/2013;
  6. be registered members of a State Affiliate of the VA;
  7. commit to the financial conditions related to the participation of the event in case of selection;
  8. not have any outstanding debts with VA. For clarification on your individual position, please contact directly the VA Performance Manager.

For more details please read the fulll EOI Document.

Interested athletes should complete the online Google document and return it to VA as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday 26th February 2015. EOI form link: http://goo.gl/forms/Z8kksxDMby

Questions regarding the above information should be directed to Giorgio Poetto via email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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