Festival of Volleyball descends on Bendigo this week
Bendigo is set to become the centre of Australian volleyball over the coming week with three of the nation’s biggest tournaments to be decided at Red Energy Arena.
The Scape Australian Volleyball Super League Finals Series will take place this weekend with the semi-finals on Saturday and the finals on Sunday.
Following the Scape Super League, the Australian Youth and Club Volleyball Championships return to Bendigo for a second straight year after they were staged so successfully in 2022.
Volleyball Australia CEO Andrew Dee said the 10 days of action would showcase the pathways of the sport from the junior level to the elite.
“It’s wonderful to once again bring the Australian Youth Volleyball Championships and also the Club Championships back to Bendigo after an incredible week here last year,” he said. “The facilities, accommodation and appetite for volleyball in Bendigo makes it a great experience for everyone involved, and we’re excited to be here again for the second year of a deal which runs through to 2024.
“Being able to bring the finals series of the Scape Australian Volleyball Super League onto the program bolsters one of the best weeks of volleyball on the calendar.
“We have been able to keep all events free to the public, so I encourage volleyball and sports fans alike to get down to Red Energy Arena and catch some of the action.”
Competition kicks off on Saturday with the semi-finals of the Scape Australian Volleyball Super League.
The women’s semi-finals commence at 1:30pm when ladder leaders Perth Steel play Adelaide Storm, followed by home state favourites Melbourne Vipers taking on 2022 Australian Volleyball League champions, the Queensland Pirates.
At 5:30pm the men’s semis see Canberra Heat’s title defence continue against table toppers Adelaide Storm, before undefeated Perth Steel play Melbourne Vipers.
On Sunday, the third place playoffs start at 9am followed by the finals at 2pm.
For those who can’t be in Bendigo, all matches will be available via SBS On Demand, while the finals will also be televised live nationally on SBS HD.
The Australian Youth Volleyball Championships then commence on Monday 18 September with the finals taking place on Friday 22 September when all Division Champions will be crowned, Individual awards presented, along with the announcement of the 2022 President’s Cup winner.
The Australian Club Volleyball Championships are run over three days from the following Saturday, with the finals and presentations taking place on Monday 25 September. Court 1 matches will be streamed live via youtube.com/ausvolley.