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WESTERN Phantoms Volleyball Club has selected its squads for the coming season after running a training camp at St Brigid’s College in Horsham at the weekend.

Coach David Berry said it was a productive two days, with the club picking up a number of new recruits.

“It was a massive weekend but well worth it – we were pleasantly surprised with the numbers who turned out,” he said.

“Overall we had about 60 between the boys and the girls, and the coaches were really impressed with the standard – especially the girls coaches.

“We’ve picked up four new boys from Horsham who didn’t play last year and about half a dozen new girls.”

The club fields five sides in the Victorian Volleyball League, and Berry said it would be well-prepared for its second season competing in the men’s premier division.

“We’re going to be far more advanced than at the same time last year,” he said.

“We’ve got a really settled top eight to 10 boys this year.

“The likelihood is we’ll go in week-to-week with the same eight players, which we haven’t been able to do in the past.”

Berry said the club had named a squad of 25 girls for two teams, and about 30 boys for three teams after three training sessions each across the two days.

He said the girls had named an extended squad because of a number of young players coming up and to allow for players participating in multiple sports or with school commitments.

The coach thanked volunteers for their assistance on Saturday and on Sunday, with preparing meals for players and helping make the tryout camp run smoothly.

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