Super Sunday thriller set to bring the heat to Geelong
The stage is set for a thrilling Super Sunday of the World Beach Volleyball Pro Tour in Geelong, with tomorrow’s semi finals line up decided.
Birmingham Commonwealth Games gold medalist Paul Burnett has teamed up with Jack Pearse for this event, with the duo winning the first of the quarter finals to put them through to tomorrow’s semi finals.
Coming up against Germany’s Kaufer/Schwarmann, the Aussies were forced to dig deep to keep their medal hopes alive.
Burnett said despite the 2-nil win, the Germans really pushed them throughout.
“It was a stressful game. We had a bit of a lead in the first [set] then let it slip and had to save one or two set points and then got that done.
“Then we found ourselves down again in the second [set] but were able to bring it back and get away from them a bit in the end.
“But it definitely wasn’t easy and there were a lot of stressful moments,” he said.
His teammate Pearse is relishing the opportunity to play with Burnett, as they look to build on their performances from last weekend’s Australian Beach Volleyball Tour.
“It’s always fun to play against international teams… especially playing with Paul, what an opportunity. As soon as I got the call I was unbelievably stoked.
“To get to a semi final now it’s just shown that with the four weeks we’ve had together, the hard work we’ve put in and taking lessons from last week with the national tour, we can come out here and play at the highest level together,” he said.
The duo will now come face to face with fifth seeded Hasan Mermer and Safa Urlu from Turkey.
Victoria’s own Justin Schumann and Gerang Anyang (AUS) staged a thrilling come from behind win in the quarter final to upset Serbia 2:1. They will now meet Tasman rivals Thomas Reid & John McManaway (NZL) in the semi final.
In the Women’s tournament, Jasmine Fleming and Georgia Johnson are hoping to make it back to back gold medal wins coming into the tournament fresh from their Australian Beach Volleyball Tour victory last weekend.
They managed to deliver a strong 2:0 win in today’s quarter finals defeating New Zealand’s Polley/Stevenson.
“Feeling so good, always good to make a semi final, especially when we’re playing at home.
“I had a bit of nerves coming into the game, Shaunna [New Zealand] is a super experienced player and we have been able to train against her a bit, but we haven’t seen the younger player Kana before.
“So it was a bit of an unknown coming in, but luckily we could work out what we needed to do in the first set and then came out in the second set super strong and execute our full game plan,” she said.
They will now turn their attention to the semi final where they will meet Loti Joe and Linline Matauatu (VAN).
In the second of women’s semi finals it will be a North American affair with USA’s Shields/Peranich taking on Canada’s Aly/Katie.
The Beach Pro Tour finals will be held tomorrow at Geelong Beach Volleyfest with FREE ENTRY to all courts at Rippleside Beach.
The Semi Finals will be held tomorrow from 8:30am-12:00pm AEDT. Sunday afternoon medal playoffs start from 12:30pm, live on SBS On Demand.
8AM – Anyang/Schumann (AUS) v Reid/McManaway (NZL)
9AM – Burnett/Pearse (AUS) v Mermer/Urlu (TUR)
10AM – Fleming/Johnson (AUS) v Joe/Matauatu (VAN)
11AM – Shields/Peranich (USA) v Aly/Katie (CAN)