Bawden and Clancy are off to Rio


Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy have today been officially named to represent Australia in beach volleyball at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Selection is another important step in their master plan of winning a medal on the famous Copacabana Beach.

Clancy, 23, will become Australia’s first Indigenous Olympian in the sport and Bawden, 34, is off to her third Games, 16 years after her first. The pair joined forces after the London Olympics and have continued to improve and now consistently challenge the top teams in the world.

The pair finished the 15-month qualification period seeded seventh on Olympic adjusted rankings, to easily secure the most direct way to the Games amongst the top 15 teams.

Both athletes are proud to have secured Olympic selection and to be seeded near the top of the field, but it is just the start of their Rio plans.

“Selection is very exciting and I feel very fortunate to be going to a third Games but the job is not done,” Bawden, who played indoor volleyball at Sydney 2000 and beach with Becchara Palmer at London 2012, said.

“Seeded seventh is a good position to be in, but we are always wanting more. We are doing everything possible to produce our strongest performances and win an Olympic medal on the beach in Rio.”

The Adelaide-based pair had match points against the world champions from Brazil in Hamburg last week before finishing fifth, providing more motivation for the final weeks of their preparation.

Clancy hopes her hard work and rise from top junior to making her first Olympic team will motivate other Indigenous athletes to follow in her footsteps.

“I’m really proud of it (selection),” Clancy said. “I’m starting to realise how special it is for me and my culture. I hope I can inspire people to dream and do things that haven’t been done before.

“My family are really happy for me. They don’t get too over excited but they are pretty proud.”

Clancy left her hometown of Kingaroy in Queensland - which is 200km inland from the nearest beach – aged 16, and was soon part of the Australian beach volleyball program in Adelaide. She was part of the Continental Cup team format that helped Natalie Cook and Tamsin Hinchley secure their place at London 2012.

Clancy has not been back home to Kingaroy for quite a while but she is looking forward to going back there after the Games.

“I don’t get home too much but my grandparents keep me updated on what is happening and I’m looking forward to going back for a visit after the Games.”

Her grandparents won’t make the trip to Rio but the rest of her direct family, and some friends who are already travelling, will be sitting in the stands cheering on the Aussies at Copacabana Beach.

Bawden’s longevity in the sport is remarkable and she has enjoyed assuming the senior role as they continue to improve. One of their targets is ‘continual growth’ and personally Bawden is ‘really loving it and still finding areas to improve.’

The pair travel back to Europe on Friday for more tournaments in Croatia and Switzerland. The Major Series event in Gstaad is where the make-up of the four teams in each of the six pools will be known.

Australia can qualify one more women’s team and a men’s team for Rio through the cut-throat Asia- Pacific Continental Cup Final being held on the Esplanade in Cairns this week. The top men’s and women’s team at the tournament will book their spot in Rio, while the second and third placed teams get one last shot in Russia next month.

The Continental Cup process started back in early 2015 and Bawden is feeling for her teammates.

“We are sending good vibes to the Teams up in Cairns. T (Taliqua) was part of it for London and it is an incredibly high pressure event. The pairs are supporting each other well and are feeling positive.”

Three-time Asian Champions Chris McHugh and Isaac Kapa will look to assert their dominance. The second Australian team will be Joshua Court and Damien Schumann.

Nikki Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar were second behind a strong Chinese Team at the recent Asian Championships on Manly Beach and they’ll be looking to turn the tables in Cairns. 2012 Olympian Becchara Palmer and former Australian indoor player, Phoebe Bell, will make up the second team.    

The selection of Bawden and Clancy takes the number of athletes on the 2016 Olympic Team so far to 189 from 19 sports, with an expected final team of around 400 athletes.

Italy stares down plucky Volleyroos



Australian volleyball coach Roberto Santilli believes his team can still match the top teams in the world, despite losing all three matches on the opening weekend of World League in Sydney.

The helloworld Volleyroos showed improvement despite losing 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-20) to Italy on Sunday afternoon.

The team has been without captain Tom Edgar (abdomen) and middle blocker Nehemiah Mote (knee) over the weekend, and will also lose former captain Aidan Zingel (ankle) for next weekend’s fixtures in Rome.

Australia were beaten 3-0 by Belgium after controlling most of the opening set on Friday night, but were then soundly beaten by current World League champions, France, on Saturday night.

On Sunday Santilli promoted 22-year-old Jordan Richards to the starting line-up, and he responded with a powerful display of serving, blocking and spiking to lead the scoring for the Volleyroos with 15 points.

“I think we played much better than the first and second day,” Santilli said.

“We put some young guys out there, and Richards and (Harry) Peacock played well.

“Even if we play well, at the important moment we always make a mistake. It is through experience mainly.”

Captain Greg Sukochev said despite the injuries the team was on the improve.

“We matched it with them for almost the entire game,” he said.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t take away any sets, but point-for-point it was a real battle. The stepping stones are there, we just have to take the steps.”

Australia will get a chance of revenge against Italy and Belgium next weekend, as well as USA, before heading to Dallas for the final weekend of World League.

Statement from Volleyball Australia on passing of Georgie Rowe


Volleyball Australia is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Volleyroo Georgie Rowe, a valued member of the Australian women’s volleyball team and the wider volleyball community.

The Australian men’s volleyball team will observe a one minute silence before Sunday’s World League match against Italy as a mark of respect for the life of Georgie Rowe, a tremendous friend and teammate of many in Australian volleyball.

The following is a statement from Georgie’s family.

It is with great sadness and loss that Georgie Rowe passed away on Saturday June 18 following a severe car accident.

Georgie's passion was Volleyball and she achieved success at all levels including playing for the Australian Women's Volleyball team. Her family has been overwhelmed with support from so many people, not the least being the Volleyball community. She was so driven and determined and had a presence on the court, whilst having a kind and quiet personality.


She inspired so many and will be greatly missed.


Peter, Fiona and Tom Rowe


2015/16 Australian Junior Beach Championships

7th-10th April 2016
Glenelg Beach, Adelaide


Australia's emerging beach volleyball players have the opportunity to press their claims as the country's future stars by competing in the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships. Teams will be vying for the coveted Australian Championships, with State’s chasing the ever elusive Andy Burdin Shield for the Champion State.

Click on the links below to download the Tournament Regulations & Players Handbook as well as the Team Nomination Forms. All nominations forms are to be sent through each of the State Volleyball Associations, so if you are interested in playing please make sure that you contact them ASAP to enter the event.


Andy Burdin Shield

1st 21pts Queensland
2nd 12pts Victoria
3rd 10pts South Australia
4th 5pts Western Australia
5th 0pts Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory


Finals Placings

Under 15 Girls


Under 15 Boys

1st Kayla Mears/Brianna Mears/Annelies Jones/Amelia Takken QLD   1st Torren Maher/Darcy Beer/Alex Rahmani/Joey Rodda VIC
2nd Allysha Sims/Luisa Beheregaray/Eliza Jones SA   2nd Connor O'Neill/Will O'Meara/Ben Booth/Cooper Grinlaubs QLD
3rd Georgia Brumby/Brigitte Shill/Hannah Hermans VIC   3rd Ewan Fowler/Ziyad El Tahir/William Mueller/Dallas Kuipers VIC
4th Alina Tairli/Kayla-Rose Leblanc/Ella McCauley SA   4th Finn Wallbridge/Harrison Fuller/Saxon Harrison SA
5th Tia Chamberlain/Tigerlily Ryan/Alana Bradnam/Aurorah Burling WA        
6th Evangeline LaTerra/Chloe Paton/Mikayla Plapp/Lucy French VIC        
7th Loui Savva/Chloe Hooper/Michaela Kelly/Angelica Castronini SA        
8th Daisy Davidson/Imogen Whetters/Emma Telfer/Zoe Stopford SA        

Under 17 Girls


Under 17 Boys

1st Tiaan Smith/Indiana Hawkins QLD   1st Nicolardis/Sting QLD
2nd Lara Adam/Lauren Lee Taylor VIC   2nd Carlton/Takken QLD
3rd Momoka Haddrell/Natalie Whittington WA   3rd Landers/Bateman WA
4th Emily Wass/Tia Maschotta SA   4th Lampard/Benich WA
5th Julia Dunning/Aimee Coleman QLD   5th Van Rensburg/Bye VIC
5th Laura Marshall/Brigette Van Der Ham NSW   5th Nmark-Seymour/DeVries SA
7th Matisse Sipa-Borgeaud/Taylor Mamukic ACT   7th Monaghan/Thynne QLD
7th Isabelle Brand/Jennifer Fidelis SA   7th Key/Mitton SA
9th Alexandra Molloy/Jarawan Dixon NSW   9th Lloyd/McCombe VIC
9th Keely Knight/Nicola Gregory VIC   9th Ambagtsheer/Uren SA
11th Alex Horvat/Lily Wilson ACT   11th Dempsey/Hoskin WA
11th Ella Liptak/Isabella Homes SA   11th Turner/Muirhead SA
13th Bianca Lynch/Jennifer Reddington QLD   13th Sierra-Urban/Skelleran SA
14th Sabrina Lawrence/Rebecca Catt SA   14th Beinke/Tisher SA
15th Zoe Maidment/Kimberley Vogel QLD   15th Shill/Arena VIC
16th Sasha Simmonds/Bonnie Hart SA   16th Murray/Mann NSW
17th Zoe Maland (AUS/SA)/Emily Jones SA   17th Rennie/Marshall NSW
18th Jade Reeves/Jessica Chriss NSW        
19th Lucia LaTerra/Laura Pangrazio VIC        

Under 19 Girls


Under 19 Boys

1st Van Rensburg/Ingram VIC   1st Ferguson/Poland QLD
2nd Bettenay/Johnson QLD   2nd Bacovic/Burnett WA
3rd Burling/Stewart WA   3rd Gregory/Ryan VIC
4th Millls/Convey QLD   4th Nix/Sefo QLD
5th Doherty/Gould SA   5th Symons/Phillips WA
5th Adam/Jack VIC   5th Alexander/Nichol WA
7th Mallett/Clayden ACT   7th Fathers/Hathway SA
7th Ambagtsheer/Blewett SA   7th Hadrell/Chamberlain WA
9th Muirhead/Gardner SA   9th Bailouni/Crawford VIC
9th Laird/Young QLD   9th O'Niell/Dagg SA
11th Maland/Mensforth SA   11th Rosco/Bergh QLD
11th Maciupa/Wells WA   11th Jupp/Maguire NSW
13th Larkin/Hargraeves ACT   13th Ilic/Trainor VIC
14th Harasimiuk/McIntosh VIC   14th Mauro/Taylor VIC
15th Valentine-Bell/Alderman VIC   15th Gigliotti/Evans NSW
16th Gillson/Baranaba NSW   16th Budd/Manningdale ACT
17th Stewart/Harvey WA   17th Maggs/Wells SA
18th Redden/Barns SA   18th MacKay/Simes NSW
        19th Vozzo/Catchpool NSW

Under 23 Girls


Under 23 Boys

1st Kendall/Halstead SA   1st Guehrer/Schubert SA
2nd Dixon/Burton QLD   2nd Murch/Viles SA
3rd Ashley/Embry VIC   3rd Dickson/Mecchia QLD
4th Knezovic/Levy NSW   4th Willmott/Spence QLD
5th Jurilj/Whittington WA   5th Gray/Kitto SA
6th Johnson/Morton WA   5th Wall/Fountotos NSW
7th O'Malley/Marshall NSW   7th Lewington/Piggott WA
        8th Abbott/Mickan WA
        9th Wass/Vezzosi SA
        10th Duzevich/Ackhurst ACT
        11th Ross/Parker NT
        12th Castles/Manning-Watson NT
        13th Huxley/Steele NSW
        14th Plant/Vozzo NSW




Under 15 Boys  Under 17 Boys Under 19 Boys Under 23 Men
Under 15 Girls Under 17 Girls Under 19 Girls Under 23 Women



Under 15 Boys  Under 17 Boys Under 19 Boys Under 23 Men
Under 15 Girls Under 17 Girls Under 19 Girls Under 23 Women



Age Group Eligibilities

To be eligible for the AJBVC you must meet the following age criteria;

  • U15: Must be born in 2002 or later (therefore the players must be 14 years or younger as at 31 December 2016)
  • U17: Must be born in 2000 or later (therefore the players must be 16 years or younger as at 31 December 2016).
  • U19: Must be born in 1998 or later (therefore the players must be 18 years or younger as at 31 December 2016).
  • U23: Must be born in 1994 or later (therefore the players must be 22 years or younger as at 31 December 2016).









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