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.

The Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) deliver a range of courses for referees. The purpose of these is to prepare and develop national and international referees by improving and updating knowledge and competence of the rules. Courses delivered by FIVB fall into three categories:

  • National Referee Courses
  • International Referee Candidate Courses 
  • Refresher Courses
     

(Please note: The quality of the referee education program in Australia is such that Australian referees do not engage in FIVB National Referee Courses.)

 

For information on upcoming FIVB referee education courses being offered worldwide please view the relevant page:

FIVB Refereeing and Rules

 

Individuals interested in attending an FIVB Refereeing Course should contact the VA Development Manager as applications to attend any of these courses must be endorsed by VA for Australian referees

 

Referees interested in gaining International Referee accreditation should note relevant age limits appl

  • Volleyball - Be between 20 and 40 years of age (inclusive) at time of attending the International Referee Candidate Course
  • Beach Volleyball - Must be between 20 and 40 years of age (inclusive) in the year in which the International Referee Candidate Course is attended.

 

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