Good signs for Volleyroos despite loss to Croatia

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GOOD SIGNS FOR VOLLEYROOS DESPITE 3-1 LOSS TO CROATIA

Australian women’s volleyball coach Shannon Winzer encouraged her team to continue being aggressive after its 3-1 loss to Croatia in a warm-up match in Dandenong on Friday night.

Winzer said there was plenty to be excited about one week out from the World Grand Prix in Bendigo.

“It was a really good start,” Winzer said.

“We said we were always going to play aggressive, and when we did that we were successful. When we went back to playing safe, we struggled, so that’s good.”

The highlight of the night was Australia’s incredible comeback in the third set, when the helloworld Volleyroos saved five match points to take the set 26-24.

“It’s definitely a work in progress, but this was a great starting point. Our passing struggled a bit in all the sets. But the best thing was we were able to come back against a top side.

“We kept fighting and never gave up.”

Australia will take on Croatia, Cuba and Colombia at next week’s Grand Prix, and captain Shae Sloane said

“It’s a very exciting team, it’s a very young and aggressive team,’ Sloane said.

“We want to win a World Grand Prix game and we want to stay competitive. We’ve got a lot to learn from tonight’s game. But last year we struggled to adjust quickly, I think we’ve managed to get that this year.”

Croatia beat Australia 3-1 (25-20, 25-16, 24-26, 25-19)

AUSTRALIA READY FOR FINAL TILT AT RIO

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AUSTRALIA READY FOR FINAL TILT AT RIO

By any measure Australian volleyballer Paul Carroll has had a pretty satisfying past 12 months.

He’s become a dad for the first time, reached the significant milestone of turning 30, and his Berlin Volleyball Club, his adopted home for the best part of the past decade, has swept all before them both domestically and throughout Europe.

But there’s one part of the jigsaw that is still missing – a ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games. While several of his teammates played in London four years ago, Carroll missed out.

This time round he’s probably the most determined player on the team.

This weekend Carroll and his helloworld Volleyroos teammates begin the final trek to Rio, an Asian qualifying tournament in Tokyo that has also drawn world heavyweights like Poland and France.

Australia’s task is straight forward; finish as the best Asian team, and the ticket is theirs.

It may be straight forward, but it’s not simple. Iran is there, so are China and Japan. Four tickets are up for grabs, and at least one has to go to one of the Asian teams.

The team has been together for a couple of weeks in Italy preparing. It makes a lot of sense, as nearly the entire Australian squad plays for clubs around Europe.

“Everyone’s pretty amped up. I think we’re pretty confident going into Japan,” Carroll said.

“It’s coming together reasonably quick. We still need to improve to get to the level we want to get to, but we are right on track.

“It’s seven matches in nine days, but we have a team that has guys who can come in off the bench. And we are all in great physical shape.”

While Australia’s form in the past 12 months has lacked consistency, the team has a significant in for this Olympic campaign – former captain, Aidan Zingel.

Zingel sat out last year, but has re-joined the team and Carroll believes he will make a significant difference.

“Zingel is going to be a massive advantage for us,” he said.

“He’s a world class middle with an incredible amount of experience. He’s so constant at such a high level, and such a great role model for the younger middles.

“He’s the kind of player who makes everyone around him a lot better.”

Australia opens its campaign against Iran on Saturday. The result could go a long way towards determining which Asian team will finish on top, but Carroll said the team does not want to focus too much on that game.

“I think the best things for us to do is treat every match the same,” he said.

“If we put too much weight on a single match, and if that match doesn’t go to plan, we have to back up the next day.

“But we did beat Iran comfortably last year, 3-0 in the World Cup.”

Australia’s games will all be shown live on Fox Sports.

VOLLEYROOS MAKE IT 2-0 AGAINST NEW ZEALAND

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 VOLLEYROOS CHALK UP ANOTHER WIN OVER NEW ZEALAND

The Australian women’s volleyball team has beaten New Zealand two-nil in Moe, Victoria, following on from a four-one win the previous day.

The home team won 25-15, 25-21, 25-17, as they continue preparations for next week’s World Grand Prix clash against Croatia, Cuba and Colombia in Bendigo.

“We’re really trying to push an aggressive style of play, and these matches allow us time to find that balance between just how aggressive we can be, and when,” Volleyroos coach, Shannon Winzer, said.

“The NZ series provides us with a chance for further team cohesion and gives us an invaluable opportunity to test different line-ups and see how the team reacts in different situations under pressure.”

The Australian team has undergone several changes since last year’s Grand Prix, including the appointment of Winzer as coach.

Several of the new-look squad have had very little international experience, but Winzer is impressed by their progress.

“They’ve all come together with an understanding of what’s required at this level and what’s expected as a good teammate and a Volleyroo,” she said.

“Already there is a strong sense of team among this group, and while the newer players naturally have a sharp learning curve playing international volleyball, and the speed at which it’s played, so far they have risen to every challenge put before them.

“And I can only expect they will continue to do so.”

The Australians will have one more game against New Zealand on Wednesday, and will then have warm-up matches against Croatia and the University of New Mexico before the Grand Prix.

“I think we’re on track in our preparation for the World Grand Prix, with another 10 days of training and practice matches against quality opponents,” Winzer said.

“The more we play together, the more we are able to become more consistent in our aggressive style of play.”

CARRACHER

President: 
Craig Carracher

Craig has previously been a director of Volleyball Australia from 1996 to 1999 and was CEO during that period ahead of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. During his time with volleyball Australia he was also the promoter of the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour from 1999 to 2001 and has been involved with the Northern Beaches Volleyball Association based at Manly Beach since 1990. Craig rejoined the board in 2011 and is now President of Oceania Volleyball, Executive Vice President Asian Volleyball Confederation and a director of FIVB, International Volleyball Federation. Craig is also on the Board of the Australian Olympic Committee. Craig obtained an LLB with first class honours and the University Medal from Sydney University Law School and a first class honours degree and the University Blue from Magdalen College, Oxford University.

 

 

PALM

Vice President:
Anita Palm

Anita has extensive experience of multi-sport events through involvement at both event, planning and bidding stages of previous Olympics in Beijing and Sydney and the bid stages of London and Rio. This consultative work has included work on both the Olympics and Paralympics and has been crucial to the department planning, especially in the areas of sport from scheduling, through to entries, sport production, organisational integration and results. She is herself an Olympian. Anita is currently Head of Sport – Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation.

 

 

Borgeaud

Vice President:
Malcolm H Borgeaud B Com (with Distinction) FCPA MAICD

Malcolm has over a decade of experience in middle and senior management roles with an international sales and marketing company and twenty years experience in public accounting practice, with 14 as a principal. He brings to the Board a wealth of not-for-profit-governance and financial experience having been involved either at Board level, in tax and accounting advisory or audit roles for numerous not-for-profits, including charities and sporting bodies. He has served as Chairman on State and National Committees for CPA Australia and currently serves on their Environmental, Social and Governance Centre of Excellence providing CPA Australia and its 180,000 members with advice and direction on current environmental, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance issues. He also currently serves on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit organisations. Malcolm loves Volleyball, having played in the U20’s for Australia in the Pac Rim Tournament in 1978. 

 

TAYEH

Finance Director:
Riad Tayeh

A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia Riad has been the VA Finance Director since 1999. He is a member of both the FIVB Finance Commission and AVC Finance Commission.

 

 

  

  

POTTHARST

Director:
Kerri Pottharst

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLMES

Director:
Tracey Holmes

For the past 25 years Tracey Holmes has worked in journalism and communications, working with some of the world’s most respected media platforms – CNN International, Dubai Eye, CCTV China, Foxtel, SBS and the ABC. One of Tracey’s first tours of duty following her sports broadcasting cadetship at the ABC was to anchor ABC TV's coverage of the Australian World Series Beach Volleyball Tour. An award-winning interviewer, Tracey has sat down and drawn the best out of a collection of the world's most interesting people - from Prime Ministers to Presidents, Kings and Sheikhs, from awe inspiring athletes to challenging and thought provoking academics, from legendary entertainers to the most ordinary men and women in the street. Tracey's passion for sport has seen her cover 10 Olympic Games. She's been a broadcast mentor for the IOC's Young Reporter Program at each of the three editions of the Youth Olympic Games. Currently Tracey is an ABC presenter and senior reporter, host of The Ticket on ABC News Radio, and frequent writer for The Drum.

 

SCOTFORD

Director:
Andrew Scotford

Andrew has spent the past 20 years in various roles in sport including over 7 years as the General Manager of Volleyball Australia from 2000 to 2007. This period has seen him in leadership roles and national, state and local across a variety of sports including Cricket, AFL and Basketball. He also has a passion about sports officiating and continues to both officiate and coach others in numerous sports including Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. Outside of his sports interest he currently works as a Student Support Manager with the Canberra Institute of Technology Student Association and is also a board member of the Tertiary Access Group, a cooperative buying group in the tertiary education sector.

 

 

MERIAUX

Secretary General (ex oficio):
Mathieu Meriaux - VA Chief Executive Officer

Mathieu joined VA in March 2013 as the Competitions and Events Manager and was appointed CEO in April 2014. Mat has a strong background in the management of diverse and complex projects and events. Mat was previously General Manager for Triathlon ACT and was an event planner for the London Olympic and Paralympics Games. He holds a degree in Sports Science and is completing a double Masters in Business Administration and Politics.

 

 

 

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