AVL Round 7 Preview – The last AVL Finals spot are up for grabs

It’s the seventh and final round of the regular season! As the Storm enjoy a bye week and focus on preparing for the AVL Finals, a few teams are still playing for a top-four finish, with both NSW squads still fighting to book a ticket for the Gold Coast in the last weekend. WA Steel v Tasmania EchidnasGold Netball Centre,…

Reigning champions Melbourne Vipers looking to defend their 2019 women’s AVL title as men’s squad builds for the future

Coming out of the two-year-long COVID-19 break, the main focus for the Melbourne Vipers was to get their players back to a peak level of competitiveness and team cohesion this season. Expectations were high as Melbourne finally presented elite volleyball back to their fans, with the aspiration of building on the previous team success. The women’s team started the season…

The Phoenix are forging a new identity for volleyball in NSW

Much in the vein of their eponymous mythological bird, this year the NSW Phoenix franchise are all about forging a new identity for volleyball in NSW. With some exciting additions bringing new strength to the teams after the two-year COVID-19 break, the franchise was looking forward to seeing their athletes finally represent the Phoenix indoors, and showcase the team spirit…

Leadership and experience fuel Adelaide Storm’s AVL 2022 title run

After a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the consensus at the start of the AVL season was that the title was up for grabs and it was any team’s opportunity to win. With many franchises recruiting new players and developing young talents in their ranks, the Adelaide Storm decided their best chance for success was to rely on…

VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE – ROUND 1 PREVIEW

The Men’s Volleyroos have arrived in Brazil, ahead of their first 2022 Volleyball Nations League (VNL) match on Thursday 9 June. The 17-strong Australian squad has been training at the Australian Institute of Sport ahead of the VNL, preparing for 12 VNL matches in one month across three continents. The Aussies will open up their campaign in Brazil against Brazil,…

Sue Dansie – Women’s Indoor

Like our Male Indoor player being inducted this year, our Female Indoor Player Sue Dansie also made her National Team debut in 1971, playing in a total of 44 matches from 1971 to 1982. Her competition highlights included the 1973 and 1976 Oceania Championships, the 1975 and 1979 Asian Championships, and to cap it all off, Sue was part of…

George Mraz – Men’s Indoor

George was a founding member of our Men’s Volleyball Team, having played every match from 1971 to 1979. In total George played 49 games for Australia, captaining 20 of those including the first ever Asian Volleyball Championships in Melbourne 1975 and the second Asian Volleyball Championships in Bahrain 1979. He competed in the first 2 Oceania Championships in 1973 and…

Pauline Manser – Women’s Indoor

Our next indoor female inductee is well known to the Australian volleyball community and although retired from her elite playing days is still very actively involved as a coach. Her career as an indoor player is what has earned her this Hall of Fame Honour but it goes without saying that she has succeeded at a high level in both…

Dan Howard – Men’s Indoor

Our next indoor male inductee has quite an impressive resume. He played at the elite level from 1994 through 2008, amassed 328 for Australia including 144 of those as Captain of the Australian Men’s Team. He played in two Olympic Games – Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 as well as 3 x World Championships in 1998, 2002 and 2006. His…

Di Biebrick – Women’s Indoor

Our second inductee is from the early era as well but clearly had additional opportunities to play internationally compared to Ozzie. She made the first ever Australian Representative side and then went on to play 79 games for Australia including two Asian Championships in 1975 and 1979 and a World Championship in 1982.