Teams from across Australia and New Zealand will be in Melbourne this week for the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup.
More than 500 teams from over 150 schools will compete across four divisions in each year level, making the 2017 event the biggest on record.
Wimmera schools will be well represented with two teams each from Horsham, Murtoa and St Brigid’s Colleges competing.
Horsham College will have teams in Year 10 boys’ and girls’ division three. Murtoa will be represented in Year 12 boys’ division two and Year 9 girls’ division three, while St Brigid’s will have a team in Year 9 boys’ division two and Year 9 girls’ division three.
This year’s event marks the end of an exciting era of volleyball at Murtoa College for their Year 12 boys. Having started in Year 8 and winning under 15 boys division three gold, the boys progressed through their grades to Under 16 division 1, eventually making under 17 honors in Year 10 and finishing a very creditable fifth in Australia. They were also successful in taking out the School Sport Victoria (SSV) intermediate state title in Year 10, and won a silver medal at State Schools Cup.
They will look to Jayden McQueen, Jordy Weidemann and Tom Petering to do the bulk of the work.
Another Murtoa team to look out for will be there Year 9 girls division three team. Having successfully qualified for the SSV intermediate finals this year and finishing fourth in division one at the State Schools Cup, the team will be confident of making a big impact.
St Brigid’s College Year 9 boys will be looking to advance on their bronze medal from last year in Under 15s. They will look to state players Will Brennan, Aidan O’Connor and John Kearns to lead the way.