More wins for Australians in Yogyakarta



Three of Australia’s four teams competing in the Yogyakarta Open beach volleyball tournament have won their way through to Sunday’s semi-finals in Indonesia.

Becchara Palmer and Jordan Mowen, playing in their first tournament together as a team, won a thrilling third set 16-14 over Kazakhstan to move into the final four.

Nikki Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar, last year’s World U23 champions, will play in the other semi-final, raising the prospect of an all-Australian final.

In the men’s draw, former Denmark representative Bo Soderberg and Cole Durant, playing in just their second tournament together, were also taken to three sets, by China, in their quarter final before winning 15-11 in the decider.

Soderberg qualified to play for Australia this year.

The only Australian team to be beaten on Saturday were Melbourne’s Damien Schumann and Josh Court, beaten by Kazakhstan in their quarter final.

Gamble pays off for Bawden and Clancy



Playing in Fort Lauderdale would have been more lucrative, would have given them more experience against top class opposition, but in the end the decision for Australian beach volleyballers Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy was simple.

"We as a team are supported to represent Australia, and to represent the Australian beach volleyball high performance program," Bawden said after successfully defending their Asian beach title in Hong Kong.

"We want to represent our country whenever and wherever we can. And this was a great opportunity."

While Bawden and Clancy were busy seeing off the best teams Asia and Oceania have to offer on the weekend, most of the world's best teams were competing in the season-ending World Tour event in Fort Lauderdale.

And when they beat the well regarded Vanuatu pair of Linline Matauatu and Miller Pata to win gold on Sunday, Bawden knew they’d made the right decision.

Bawden admits the Fort Lauderdale event did have attractions. The prizemoney was good, and the format where you are guaranteed of playing at least four of the best teams in the world were also enticing.

But the event carried no world ranking points, and less than 12 months out from Rio, its ranking points that are important.

The Asian Championships did carry points. It was Bawden and Clancy’s 11th ranking tournament of the year, meaning they only have to play one more before they can start culling their worst results.

Not that they’ve had many this year. It’s been a big 2015, that has propelled the Australians into the world top ten and almost guaranteed their country a place at Copacabana Beach next year.

“I could reel off the top of my head two or three match results this year that went down to the wire and went against us,” Bawden said from Hong Kong.

“Those results could have changed where we are, so it still burns in my chest. We always want more, and you’re only ever as good as your next performance.”

“But at least now we can prioritise next year. We can focus on our game rather than earning points.”

It’s a dream position for the Adelaide-based pair to fins themselves in. Bawden admits that financially she’s in the best position she’s ever been in her professional sporting career, and she can now take some time off before a full-on assault on Rio next year.

And while admitting to being a bit sick of airport lounges and long-haul flights, both she and Clancy will be heading back to Europe at Christmas time for the wedding off their team masseuse.

Bawden will be MC, and chief pie-watcher.

“We can’t ever switch off, certainly not at this stage,” she laughs.

“We have to watch how many mince pies are flying around.”

Australia’s Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar won bronze in Hong Kong to make it an all-Oceania podium at the Asian Championships.

Women's Indoor - Centre Of Excellence



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2014 Competitions

 World ParaVolley Standing Beach Championships - Adelaide November 2014

2013 Competitions

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