2023 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup comes to stunning close
The biggest Australian Volleyball Schools Cup for the Gold Coast has come to a stunning close with close to 500 teams from 150 schools taking part.
Six days of non-stop action saw some of the country’s top emerging talent on display, showcasing a bright future as part of the green and gold runway towards Brisbane 2032.
Volleyball Australia CEO Andrew Dee, said thanks to the significant investment from the Queensland Government and Experience Gold Coast, the event has once again delivered a quality experience for all participants.
“We have a record for the Gold Coast this year, with close to 500 teams from right across Australia and overseas,” he said.
“It’s been an amazing success with the Gold Coast just full of people loving volleyball, playing volleyball and the whole event has a great vibe.
“Of course teams want to win and take home the honour of being the champion school, but the comradery and the spirit between the schools amongst the teams is sensational.
“For the 2032 Brisbane Olympics runway, we have a talent ID camp that runs immediately following this event with 450 kids and almost 60 coaches taking part.
“We want to thank all those who travelled to be here for this event and the Schools who invest so much time and energy into preparing the teams.
“We also want to thank all our sponsors and partners, but in particular Tourism and Events Queensland and Experience Gold Coast as well as major event partners in Hancock Prospecting and Scape Student Living, all whom without we could not deliver such great events that benefit our whole volleyball community,” he said.
Hailing from Western Australia, Rossmoyne Senior High School’s Hannah Walker coached the Year 10 Girls Honours team who today took home the gold medal after a win over Caloundra High School.
These two sides met in 2022 with Caloundra coming out on top with the gold. Rossmoyne came out strong looking for redemption but the close match up between the two teams pushed the match to five sets.
Walker knows first hand the emotions her team would be feeling, having played for Rossmoyne when they won their last gold medal back in 2016.
“Last year these girls played against the same team and lost, taking away the silver medal. So we didn’t want to be walking away with anything but gold today,” said Walker.
“Playing five sets is a hard game to do but they never gave up for one second and I never stopped believing in them.
“Rossmoyne has a very good volleyball culture, we have so many girls trying out and we have lots of teams.
“I’ve been impressed by the quality of each year level [at Australian Volleyball Schools Cup], I think it’s improved even more since I last played,” she said.
Kelvin Grove State College rising star Hudson, helped his Year 8 Boys Honours team take home the gold medal after a win over McKinnon Secondary College.
“It feels great to win the gold medal. It was obviously a little bit stressful in the beginning of the game but we got it done 3-0, so I’m really proud of my team.
“We thought we could win it but we were down a player because of injury so we were a little bit stressed by that but still came out with the win.
“This is my second AVSC and I really enjoy the atmosphere… it’s just great to be here. It’s great to play teams you haven’t seen before and the skill range is insane,” he said.
For full results from the 2023 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup – click here
2023 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup Champions
Open Honours Girls – Rangitoto (NZ) [Australian Champion – Brighton Secondary School, SA]
Open Honours Boys – Rangitoto (NZ) [Australian Champion – Lake Ginninderra College, ACT]
11 Honours Girls – Nayland College (NZ) [Caloundra State High School, QLD]
11 Honours Boys – Brisbane High School (QLD)
10 Honours Girls – Rossmoyne High School (WA)
10 Honours Boys – The Scots College (NSW)
9 Honours Girls – Craigslea State High School (QLD)
9 Honours Boys – Ryde Secondary College (NSW)
8 Honours Girls – Craigslea State High School (QLD)
8 Honours Boys – Kelvin Grove State College (QLD)