Women volleyroos look to future after 2015 Grand Prix



The Australian women’s volleyball team has finished the 2015 Grand Prix series without a win, with head coach Mark Barnard pleading for more support for the sport to succeed.

The Australians were unable to finish with a win in the finals series in Canberra, the first time the team has played in Australia since the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

The Volleyroos lost the bronze medal playoff to Colombia, 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-16) while Kenya won the gold medal and promotion to Group 2 in 2016 with a shock 21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 win over Peru.

Barnard said Australia was only able to compete in this year’s Grand Prix because of the generous support of backers like Hancock Prospecting, and for the team to make Tokyo in 2020 more help would be needed.

“We cannot do it under the current way that things are done,” he said.

“You can’t just play two tournaments a year, train for two weekends and then go to Tokyo. It’s unrealistic.”

While the Australian men’s indoor team, and the men’s and women’s beach teams, all get Government funding, there is no money for the women’s program because it is not considered a realistic medal prospect in the short term.

But Australia has jumped from a world ranking of 100 to 46 in under a year, and Barnard believes the team will continue to improve if the conditions are right.

“If the situation changes, and we have a place where the players can train regularly, get strength and conditioning, then Tokyo becomes a realistic goal,” he said.

“If it stays like this, then 2024 should be more of a consideration. We have to do some things tomorrow, realistically, if we are going to get there.”

Sunday’s match against Colombia also signaled the end of the career of setter Lauren Bertolacci, who is about to take up a role as coach of a professional men’s team in Switzerland.

Despite playing for Australia for more than a decade, this weekend was the first time she had the opportunity to play for her country in Australia.

30-year-old Bertolacci, said while she was sad to finish her playing career, she is excited about the future – and would one day like to coach an Australian team.

“It would be nice, wouldn’t it,” she said.

“I’d love to. Of course I’d be interested. 100 per cent.

“To be honest, before the game I didn’t even think about my retirement. But at the end I looked around, and thought this was a pretty good way to go out. It was pretty emotional.”

International Women's Volleyball Comes to Canberra


Volleyball Australia is pleased to announce that it will throw the doors open at the Finals of the World Women’s Grand Prix offering all spectators the opportunity to see world class women’s volleyball for the first time since 2000 Olympics at a door entry price of just $5.

Two major sponsors have come on board to support the hosting of world women’s volleyball, comparable to the World League of Men’s Volleyball which completed this weekend in Melbourne.

BendonLingerie.com and Hancock Prospecting have both underwritten the hosting of the event to ensure equality of opportunity for our women’s Volleyroos and to continue the commitment of Volleyball Australia to gender equality in all aspects of the delivery of volleyball in Australia. 

“As the world’s largest gender equal team sport, its imperative we build the profile and opportunities for our Women Volleyroos.  For too long a lack of government funding has dictated a lack of focus but last year Volleyball Australia committed to delivering to our women’s team a rebuilding program towards Tokyo 2020.  The World Women’s Grand Prix is the ideal event for our Volleyroos who have competed in Kazakhstan and Algeria in the preliminary rounds ahead of the Group 3 Finals this weekend at the AIS Arena in Canberra.”

The World Women’s Grand Prix will be the first world women’s volleyball event hosted in Australia since Sydney 2000 and Volleyball Australia implores volleyball and women’s sport supporters to attend the event and support in numbers the Volleyroos as they take on Columia,, Peru and Kenya in the finals this weekend in an event televised globally.

Matches start at 4pm Saturday, with Columbia playing Peru, and the the Volleyroos will take on Kenya at 7pm.  Sunday's finals are set for 1pm and 4pm.

Get your tickets online at http://eventopia.co/WGP2015


Australia pulls of stunning last-gasp win to avoid relegation



The Australian men's volleyball team has avoided relegation from the prestigious Group One of World League with a thrilling five-set win against world number eight, Serbia, in Melbourne.

The Australians went into the match knowing anything short of a win would see them drop back to Group Two of World League next year.

9th Asian Youth Boy’s Volleyball Championship

Tehran, Iran
24th October - 1st November 2012

  • Arash Dosanjh (NSW)
  • Alexander McMullin (QLD)
  • Tim Dickson (QLD)
  • Henry Marsh (ACT)
  • Malachi Murch (SA)
  • Sam Walker (WA)
  • Lewis McDonald (WA) Libero
  • Luke Brisbane (VIC)
  • Darcy Taig (VIC)
  • Matthew Evans
  • Harvey Meale
  • Joseph Dwyer


Dan Ilott
Richard James
Grant Robertson
Simon Phillips


  • Match 1 - 24/10/12 AUS def by South Korea 0:3 (20-25, 19-25, 18-25)
  • Match 2 - 26/10/12 AUS def by Chinese Taipei 0:3 (16–25, 22–25, 19–25)
  • Match 3 - 30/10/12 AUS def Turkmenistan 3:0 (25–14, 25–21, 25–19)
  • Match 4 - 31/10/12 AUS def Kazakhstan 3:0 (25–18, 25–15, 25–19)

Final Place - 9th


2012 Australian Youth Boys Team - Asian Champs




7th - 12th July 2012
Horsham, Victoria

  • Match 1  AUS def NZ  3:0 (
  • Match 2  AUS def NZ  3:0 (
  • Match 3  AUS def NZ  3:0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-19)



Bangkok, Thailand
19-26 April 2012

  • Arash Dosanjh (NSW)
  • Alexander McMullin (QLD)
  • Tim Dickson (QLD)
  • Harvey Meale (QLD)
  • Sam Walker (WA)
  • Simon Gray (SA)
  • Luke Perry (WA) Libero
  • Darcy Taig (VIC)
  • Matthew Evans (QLD)
  • Daniel Cohen (WA)
  • Ben Davis (QLD)
  • Dimitri Sidiropoulos (NSW)

Richard James
Andrew McCaskill


  • Match 1 – 19/04/12 AUS def Tessaban 1 School 3:0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-13)
  • Match 2 – 21/04/12 AUS def Narkornnon Wittaya 6 Sport 3:0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-19)
  • Match 3 – 23/04/12 AUS def Ratchnavee 3:0 (25-16, 28-26, 25-23)
  • Match 4 – 24/04/12 AUS def by Navamintarachutid Matchim 2:3 (19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 3-15)
  • Match 5 - 25/04/12 AUS def by Suan Dusit - Suphanburi 0:3 (18-25, 18-25, 18-25)
  • Match 6 - 26/04/12 AUS def by Navamintarachutid Matchim 2:3 (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 10-15)

Final Place - 4th


18th - 20th July 2011
Mildura, Victoria

  • Luke BRISBANE (C) (VIC)
  • Alexander MCMULLIN (QLD)
  • Sam WALKER (WA)
  • Malachi MURCH (SA)
  • Henry MARSH (ACT)
  • Lewis MCDONALD (WA)
  • Timothy DICKSON (QLD)
  • Arash DOSANJH (NSW)
  • Brodie FARMAN (QLD)
  • Riley STONE (SA)
  • James KING (QLD)


Match 1 - 18/07/11 AUS def NZL 3:2 (25-18, 23-25, 25-18, 18-25, 15- 9)
Match 2 - 19/07/11 AUS def NZL 3:1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Match 3 - 20/07/11 AUS def NZL


Thailand Junior Mens Volleyball Championships

15th - 30th April 2011

  • Jake BARRY (WA)
  • Jordan COLOTTI (SA)
  • Sebastian DE WILDE (SA)
  • Harrison DUNN (QLD)
  • Brodie FARMAN (QLD)
  • Henry MARSH (ACT)
  • Lewis McDONALD (WA)
  • Malachi MURCH (SA)
  • Riley STONE (SA)
  • Sam WALKER (WA)

Head Coach: Dan ILOTT (AIS/AVF Development Coach)
Mentor Coach: Russell BORGEAUD (AUS Head Coach 2005 – 2010)
Coaches: Andrew McCASKILL (QLD), Richard JAMES (QLD) and Dan TYRRELL (ACT)

Preliminary Pool Results:

Match 1 - 18/04/11 def Bangkhunthian 3:0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18)
Match 2 - 19/04/11 def Bankawithaya 3:0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-23)
Match 3 - 21/04/11 lost to Thai Army 0:3 (6-25, 14-25, 17-25)

1-8 Quarter-Final Pool Results:

Match 3 - 21/04/11 lost to Thai Army 0:3 (6-25, 14-25, 17-25) - Results carried over
Match 4 - 24/04/11 lost to Thai Air Force 0:3 (17-25, 19-25, 11-25)
Match 5 - 25/04/11 lost to Makassan 0:3 (15-25, 23-25, 22-25)

Scrimmage 1 - 22/04/11 def Khamthalesor 3:0 (26-24, 29-27, 32-30)

2011 Australian Youth Boys Team - Thai Junior Champs





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