HORSHAM VOLLEYBALL: 24th annual open tournament

Five divisions will be held across two venues - the basketball stadium and St Brigid’s College.

A forced change of date from its traditional November time slot has done the event no favours, with team entries half of what they have been in previous years.

The hosts will be well represented in all divisions with all eyes on the men’s and women’s division one teams, who face strong opposition.

“Our men’s team will welcome former Australian youth team member Zac Hermans into the team.

“Zac will be returning from a serious ankle injury he suffered at Warrnambool in March. He has been training the house down and is champing at the bit to play.”

The Horsham women’s team is looking to bounce back after a disappointing Country Champs in June.

“Key setter Kara Johnson has recovered from an ankle injury and she will be keen to lead from the front.”

The team will also welcome tall middle blocker Ruby Selisky into the team.

“Ruby was an All Star Seven selection in division two at the Country Champs and played well at the recent Bendigo tournament.”

In men’s division two Horsham has a strong team headed by key setter Nathan Berry.

In the junior boys the St Brigid’s College boys are looking to make it three wins in a row at this tournament.

“The boys have prepared well but they will have to be on their toes to beat Sunraysia who have five boys in their team who played National Juniors on the Gold Coast last month.”

In the junior mixed division very little will separate the Sunraysia girls team and the Murtoa College girls.

“Sunraysia are traditionally strong with their girls teams, while the Murtoa team has Cleo Baker keen after playing well at National Juniors, while setter Hannah Whyte played well recently in Bendigo.”

Games start at 8am at both venues on both days with all finals at the basketball stadium from 1.30pm Sunday.

Full canteens will be in operation at both venues and there is no charge for spectators.

SPIKE: Volleyball Horsham is gearing up for another big annual tournament with players coming from across the region to contest for titles.

SPIKE: Volleyball Horsham is gearing up for another big annual tournament with players coming from across the region to contest for titles.