So close for Bawden and Clancy

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HEARTBREAK FOR BRAVE BAWDEN AND CLANCY AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The inspiring run of Australian beach volleyballers Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy has ended in heartbreak at the World Championships, with the duo twice getting within one point of a top four finish.

Bawden and Clancy rode the full roller coaster of emotions on an absorbing Thursday in The Hague, first seeing off the Championship top seeds and hometown favourites over three thrilling sets, and then holding match point on two occasions before eventually succumbing to a team from Brazil in the quarter finals.

“I’m really proud of what we put out there,” an emotional Clancy said after the quarter final.

“I know this is only going to make us stronger.”

Their win over Dutch pair, Marleen Van Iersel and Madelein Meppelink, was career defining.

Not only did they have to beat the team ranked number one at the World Championships, they had to withstand the pressure of a nail-biting third set in front of capacity orange-clad crowd who all wanted the Australians beaten.

While the Brazilians were ranked lower than the Australians, no-one actually believed it was a ranking that reflected their true world standing.

Which is why the 21-15 scoreline in Bawden and Clancy’s favour in the first set surprised many; and why the 21-16 turnaround in the second made sense.

But the strength and resilience that has been building in the Australian pair over three years came to the fore in the third set.

Twice the Australians had close points overturned, both times after Clancy spikes too ferocious to be seen by the naked eye.

Despite the setbacks, the Australians fought on, taking a match point at 14-13, then again at 15-14, then saved one at 15-16 before finally buckling at 16-18.

“It’s really disappointing, it was very tight at the end,” Bawden said.

“T and I have really battled some massive thingst his week, fought hard  and stuck together. We’re getting stronger all the time, we know this is going to contribute to more wins in the future.”

OLYMPICS

The Adelaide-based pair is perfectly placed for an assault on the Rio Olympics next year.

They came together after the London Olympics, matching the experience and calmness of two-time Olympian Louise Bawden with the undoubted natural talents and energy of 20-year-old Taliqua Clancy.

They tasted immediate success on the domestic circuit, enjoyed strong results in Asia, and were ‘thereabouts’ on their first season on the World Tour.

Year two of mixing it with the world’s best was very much a year of consolidation for the Australians, but 2015 has been the year they have made their mark.

Bawden and Clancy have strung together a series of top ten finishes, including a bronze medal in Croatia, fifths in Norway and China, and a ninth in Moscow.

The success has pushed them to seven on the world tour rankings. In April next year the top 15 ranked teams will gain automatic qualification for the Rio Olympics.

Bawden had her first taste of the Olympics as a 19-year-old at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a member of the women’s indoor volleyball team.

Twelve years later she was once again marching in an Olympic ceremony, this time with beach volleyball partner Becchara Palmer.

The Games didn’t go as she hoped, and when Palmer announced her retirement it left her without a playing partner but with a burning desire to correct the record.

Enter Taliqua Clancy, a gangly, shy Queenslander who had been making her mark as Australia’s first Indigenous beach volleyballer to grace the national stage.

If there were concerns the pressure being placed on Clancy would prove too much, she quickly put them to rest the only way she knew how – by leaping, spiking, diving, and blocking her way around Australia’s best known beaches.

Her rise has been meteoric – Sydney 2000 gold medalist Kerri Pottharst recently described her as the best beach volleyballer she has ever seen.

And as results are now showing, Pottharst is a good judge of talent.

Top Australian teams look strong at World Champs

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TOP AUSTRALIAN TEAMS REMAIN IN CONTENTION AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Australia’s top men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams could not have been more impressive as they cruised into the final 16 at the World Championships in The Netherlands overnight.

Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy have taken the strong form they have shown on the World Tour this year into these World Championships, underlined by a 21-18, 21-14 win over Swiss pair Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Verge-Depre.

And Chris McHugh and Isaac Kapa made short work of Venezuala’s Jackson Henriquez and Jesus Villafane 21-12, 21-15.

Both pairs face big challenges in their next matches later tonight if they are to make it through to the quarter finals.

Bawden and Clancy will take on Dutch top seeds and home-town favourites, Marleen Van Iersel and Madelein Meppelink.

But while the Dutch pair are ranked number one at the World Championships and the Australians 17th, Bawden and Clancy are ranked higher (seventh) on current World Tour rankings, compared to Van Iersel and Meppelink’s eighth.

McHugh and Kapa, the tournament and World Tour-ranked 23rd seeds, will take on Brazilian third seeds, Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt.

The Brazilians have a current world tour ranking of 14.

Australia’s other remaining pairing after the pool play, Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Nikki Laird, ended their World Championships campaign with a 21-18, 21-17 loss to Brazilian second seeds, Larissa Franca Maestrini and Talita da Rocha Antunes.

Perfect start for top Australian teams at beach worlds

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PERFECT START FOR AUSTRALIA’S TOP TEAMS AT BEACH WORLD TITLES

Australia’s top ranked men’s and women’s teams both remain undefeated after two matches at the Beach Volleyball World Championships in The Netherlands.

Isaac Kapa and Chris McHugh recorded strong wins against teams from Kazakhstan and New Zealand, while Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy dropped their first set again Paraguay but have been in ruthless form ever since.

In something of a shock the unheralded Paraguayans took the opening set off Bawden and Clancy 21-17, which woke the Australians from their slumber.

They breezed through the second set 21-8, and then blew their opponents off the court 15-1 in the decider.

Kapa and McHugh are yet to drop a set in The Netherlands, posting a 21-18, 21-12 result over Kazakhstan, before seeing off the highly rated New Zealand pair of Mike Watson and Sam O’Dea 21-19, 21-17.

Both teams face their toughest test in pool play in their next matches, with Kapa and McHugh taking on Americans Ryan Doherty and John Mayer, while Bawden and Clancy face a showdown with Spanish seventh seeds Liliana Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo.

Bawden and Clancy came into the World Championships seeded 19th, but have a current world ranking in the top ten after a series of strong world tour results.

Kapa and McHugh are seeded 22nd in The Netherlands.

In other Australian results, Josh Court and Damien Schumann have suffered two losses in their first two matches, losing to Brazil and Austria in straight sets.

And Australia’s World Under 23 champions, Nikki Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar, were beaten by Canada in their only match of the tournament so far.

Carracher

President: 
Craig Carracher

Craig has previously been a director of Volleyball Australia from 1996 to 1999 and was Chief Executive Officer 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 was a member of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Development Commission, World Tour Beach Volleyball Commission and was previously the Asian Volleyball Confederation Secretary for Beach Volleyball. 

Craig was appointed President from 1 July 2013 following a career in law and private equity.  Craig was Group General Counsel for Kerry and James Packer's Consolidated Press Holdings and a director of numerous of its investee companies and established its Asian private equity business, Arctic Capital in Hong Kong and Beijing.  Craig was Managing Partner of Minter Ellison Lawyers in Thailand and a partner in Australia and advises leading US law firm Seyfarth Shaw as Chair of its Asia Pacific Capital Transactions Group.  Craig currently holds investments and directorships on global mining companies, listed real estate developers, private student accommodation operators, Chinese technology businesses and is Managing Director of Telopea Capital Partners.  Craig was CEO of Volleyball Australia from 1997-1999 ahead of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games a director from 1996.  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 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. 

 

Muller

Vice President:
Phil Muller

Phil Muller has been involved in Volleyball at all levels of the game within Queensland and Australia, more recently as a Board member for Volleyball Queensland and Chair of the Australian Volleyball Schools Event Commission.  Currently Phil is employed by Queensland Department of Education and Training and is the Acting Manager for the DETA Sports Unit and is the Executive Officer of the Queensland School Sport Foundation. Phil was elected to the Board in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borgeaud

Director:
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. 

 

 

 

Darling

Director:
Anouk Darling

Anouk was most recently chairman of Moon Communications Group, an STW Group company, where she was placed for a decade, first as Strategic Director and then as Chief Executive Officer. With over 15 years’ experience in marketing and brand strategy, she has been central to some of Australia’s largest re-branding projects across a broad range of sectors including energy, finance, retail and airlines. Anouk joined the Macquarie Telecom Board in March 2012 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Corporate Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committee. She has recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Discovery Holiday Parks, majority owned by superannuation fund Sunsuper, which has more than one million members and $27 billion in funds under management. She has a BA, MBA (major in Marketing), AICD, AIMIA and AIM memberships.

 

 

  

Tracey 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.

 

 

 

Director:
Andrew Scotford

 

 

 

 

Secretary General (ex oficio):
Mathieu Meriaux - AVF 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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