This year South Adelaide entered five teams in the Warrnambool Annual Seaside Volleyball Tournament, held on the March long weekend. This is an enjoyable, affordable tournament that offers a great opportunity for SAVC senior teams to have a fun but competitive hit out before the season begins.
Div 1 Women
Another team lacking in numbers and in some cases experience, the SAVC Women’s Division 1 team were the most successful SAVC team at the tournament. With only seven players, one of them playing her first competitive matches of volleyball, the team were undefeated on the first day of competition and continued this into the second day. With an early departure of one player and an unfortunate injury to another, the team were unable to continue their winning streak and forfeited the remainder of their matches. Congratulations to Eliza Jones who took out the award for the Best & Fairest of the division.
Div 2 Men
Always a strong representation for SAVC, the Men’s Division 2 team affectionately known as the Old Boys came into the tournament looking to back up their tournament win from the previous year. They played with fine form and finished pool play without dropping a single set, however they weren’t able to take this winning streak through to the finals, losing 2 sets to 1 in the cross overs.
We thank all who were involved in the tournament and we are looking forward to another successful trip to Warrnambool in 2021.
Starting the week with only six players, the SAVC Women’s Honours team had a hard task ahead of them but miraculously finished top of their pool, defeating SA rivals Austral Phoenix. Even with one loss in the cross over matches they were still on track to make the final, when injury struck passer-hitter Torz Mensforth rendering her unable to participate in the remainder of the tournament. Amazingly, the remaining five players were able to pull off a win during that match, but were forced to forfeit their remaining games.
With the delayed arrival of two key players on the first day of competition, the SAVC Men’s Honours team lost their first few games of the tournament. With a full strength side they defeated Victorian team Yarra, however lost their remaining games to finish 7th overall.
Div 1 Men
A young side, led by setter Jesse Stone, the SAVC Men’s Division 1 team came up against experienced opposition during pool play and finished fourth in their pool. In the cross over matches they were able to win a set, however couldn’t secure a win to advance to finals. Their last match of the tournament saw them face fellow SA team and ex SAVC players – The NOBS. With plenty of chat through the net, the match proved to be an entertaining battle of showmanship, with each team bending the rules to run plays such as Seventh Man, Fire in the Hole and the classic Libero/Middle Shirt Swap.