Half way through the season sees the U15 girls sitting fourth on the ladder after the spilt of the competition into two divisions. This bunch of young and enthusiastic girls have improved in leaps and bounds. At the start of the season it was exciting when the ball just over the net, but now this great bunch of young kids are playing good quality 3 touch volleyball. Our main strength in the team is our serving, provided we don’t foot fault, with several players having great runs on serve. Thankfully I’ve only had to shell out for one ice-cream for 10 serves in a row – but multiple times my wallet has been close to taking a big hit. The majority of girls played together in the summer season, but with introduction of 2 new players the team is showing great signs for a promising Posted on push towards the final series.
As a team we’re developing really well, considering how the team has changed quite dramatically with players leaving due to work and pregnancies. However, the team has been supplemented by 3 players who have come up from division 1 – phoebe, lizzie and Nat. These girls are performing extremely well and fit perfectly within the team! Thus far, The Reserve women have won 2 out of 6 games – the games that we won were convincing 3-0 wins against Adelaide university and Northern Knights. However, In the games that we have lost, we didn’t go down without a fight – ensuring that we always took at least one (if not two) sets off the opposition. The highlight for me this season occurred in round 6 – where our Libero, Alicia, had to step in as a middle due to many players being out for exams. She was incredible – managed at least 4 winning blocks and equal number of winning hits. Now that the team is settled, I am thoroughly looking forward to being competitive in the second half of the season and taking more wins and continuing to improve our skills and mental focus at trainings – which we can apply to game day!
After 12 weeks of extremely hard work and preparation in pre-season training, the league women have achieved what is perhaps their strongest start to a state league season with 4 straight wins over 4 very competitive clubs placing us top of the ladder and in a very dominant position. Although distractions through injury, illness and Australian National Team commitments have contributed to some disappointing losses over the last 2 weeks, coming off the back of a runner’s up result in both 2014 state league season and again in the highly competitive Warnambool Seaside Tournament, the girls have continued to aggressively tackle trainings and games with very high expectations and newfound confidence in their playing abilities and cohesiveness as a team. New coach Simon Phillips has been instrumental in developing both tactical and skilled aspects of the game play, as well as exposing and emphasising the already present defensive and blocking strengths of the team which I believe are currently the best in the women’s state league competition.
The 2015 season has seen some welcome new additions to the team with Lauren Crago training in a challenging role as second setter, Laura Coat and State League Reserves 2014 ‘Best and Fairest’ Harriet Berman filling the big (size 12 ladies) shoes of Australian National middle player Beth Carey, and Tess Morcom returning to reserve pass/hitter and opposite role after a long hiatus from volleyball. League women’s setter Karola Laventure also changed scenery to the back of the court as libero and has strengthened the defensive dominance of the team. These players have seamlessly transitioned into their positions in the league squad with a strong core group of senior girls who have played together as a cohesive unit for as long as ten years, yet continue to positively influence and challenge each other to play stronger, harder, and better. As a long standing league women’s player and 2015 captain, I am extremely honoured and proud to lead this passionate group of girls into the next half of the season. If we continue to embrace each match and training session with renewed confidence and enthusiasm, and show an aggressive mind-set to our opponents, I have absolute and complete confidence that we will achieve the ultimate goal…a 2015 State League Women’s Gold Medal!
I spoke with Austral Volleyball’s Div 1. Women’s Captain, Lizzie Rogers to see how they have been going so far this year. ” I’m really happy with the way the div girls team has progressed this year. we never have a quick three set game, which I guess is a good sign of being at a good competitive level with the other teams. The team has bonded well since pre season, it’s good to see fresh faces to Austral as well as a few juniors joining the Senior ranks, adapting to the way the club works and the different level of volleyball. The different skill level of players in the Women’s Div 1. Team has been a challenge, and although we havent been able to walk away with many wins in the first half of the season, I think its partly due to a new team learning how to play together, and think we’ll have a better chance rematching against some of the teams later in the year. Our team stuggled with the passing system at the beginning of the year, but I think this has been a big area of improvement, which is credit to the work of coaches and senior team members. Our goals for the rest of the season are for the team to continue to become more cohesive and consistent, which I feel will be the difference between a win or loss in many of the close 5 set matches we’ve played so far.”