Junior Boys Update: May 2014

June 1, 2014

As we start the SVL season, we thought it would be good to share with you how our new Junior Boys program is going and the progress we have made since our last report in December 2013. We are proud to say we currently have 17 boys who have joined the program and are now junior members of the club. Originally we thought we would be scraping to make just one team this year, but after a little bit of marketing, use of social media and a lot of word-of-mouth amongst various groups, we have been able to come up with a roster of 2 teams in this year’s SVL competition. One team has a range of juniors with more experience, whilst the other is made up of school volleyball players, who are new to SVNSW volleyball. For this reason, we will have a Div 2 Men’s team for the more experienced junior players, and the other team will be entered in the U19 Junior Division of SVL. We also will be able to let some players move up and down as the teams need players, and to provide opportunities for the new players to experience senior volleyball. One of the big areas of focus for us as coaches, is to ensure all players can play in more than one position, and in particular we have been making an effort to get everyone to learn how to set the ball. You might be surprised to learn we have middles who can play libero, setters who can play outside hitters, liberos who can play as setters, and some of our middles can even do a great job as setters. This will allow the boys to play in different roles, depending on the team and will let them experience different skills, so they can decide at a later stage if they want to specialise in one role or continue with dual skills.

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Training Program

We train every Tuesday night at the UTS Multi Purpose Sports Hall Underground Stadium at Ultimo from 5.00 – 7.00pm. The venue is ideal for our junior boys as a lot of them travel via public transport after school, and its close proximity to Central Station makes it safe for the boys to travel. Each week we focus on different skills development and/or game play. We have been supported by various senior UTS coaches, namely Alberto Flamigni and Artem Ipatyev, who each brings their own unique style (and accent) as guest coaches from time to time. Keith Suckling has also provided specialist setting coaching to our up and coming setters. All of the boys really appreciate having different coaches come to our trainings and offer their words of wisdom.

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Tournaments

The UTS Junior Boys played in 2 tournaments leading up to SVL. Firstly they played in the Manly Cup and last weekend the team boarded the UTS Minibus and headed down to Woollongong for the NSW State Cup 3. These tournaments were a great way for the boys to experience senior competition and coaches were able to test our different player/role combinations and develop the team in a real competitive environment. Thankyou to Artem, Alberto and Dan for offering their support during these tournaments and sparing the time to talk to the boys and give them some great advice. Special thanks to Clara for juggling her own playing commitments in the Womens Honours team, and still managing to get to court side to coach the team.

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Friendly Matches

We have organised several practice matches to give our juniors valuable match experience as follows:

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Match 1: UTS Juniors vs NSWU17s at NSW Junior Development Camp

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Match 2: UTS Juniors vs NSWU17s at UTS Ultimo

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Match 4: UTS Juniors vs UTS Intervarsity Team

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Training prior to Match 3: UTS Juniors vs NSWU17s at SBHS. Tally is 1:2, so we hope to make it best of 5 matches 🙂

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Match 4: UTS Juniors vs UST Div 1 Men at SBHS (Juniors pulled out a surprise win, 2:1)

Player Development

It is important we provide all of the boys a development pathway, based on their experience and needs. For some, just to play SVL this year will be a big step. For others, playing in Div 2 against adults will be a new experience. We also hope that some time in the future, some of the more experienced boys will have an opportunity to train or perhaps play with some of our senior teams in higher divisions, and learn from other coaches and players. We also hope more of our juniors will be able to join State teams in the future and experience representing NSW at national competitions.

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UTS Junior Boys Team from NSW State Cup 3 Illawarra

Thankyou to everyone at UTS for all of your support. Special thanks to Deb Chung, Nam Pham, Keith Suckling, Jo Kelly, James McRae, Gregor Salvin, Dan Gauci, Artem Ipatyev, and Alberto Flamigni for your continued support. Also, thanks to Jeff Horn for stepping in as team manager when we compete at tournaments and helping us organise the teams to compete.

Clara Loth & George Jigalin

Junior Boys Program Coaches

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Wollongong State Cup 2014

May 26, 2014

Teams headed south on the weekend of 24/25 May 2014 for the last State Cup before SVL starts.  UTS was represented in the Honours Men & women, as well as Div 1 men and women.  Updates below as they come in.

 

 UTS Men’s Honours Black (from Morky)

Having not played in any other lead-up tournaments, UTS Black were out to show that they were (almost) ready to play (and do shots!) a week before SVL starts. Having trained hard, the boys were keen to “bond”, both on and off the court, in a weekend that saw a lot of trash talk, high heels (Steve Lee!), some vomit, the squirts, hangovers, a chunk frozen pig fat, a USA bandanna (made in China), some volleyball and gold medals.
With a new line up following off-season trades, UTS Black looked on paper to be a strong outfit. With new imports Mark “Machete” Ribeiro II (aka Lionel Richie), Dan “nothing wakes me up when I am this hung-over” Gauci, Dimitri “I once drank a Bacardi breezer” Sidiropolous, Nathan “can I set?” Lovett,  James “my knee is broken, but what the hell, I’ll play” McRae, as well as Gregor “my back is sore, can I play libero?” Salvin. The line-up also saw the return of Artem “let’s eat frozen pig fat and pickles” Ipatyev, Sam “can I play outside” Morrison, Andrew “I’ll show these young guys how to pay libero” Lyell, Darren “hey, I can jump serve……IN!” Hojel and finally Stu “is now a good time to move to Thailand?” Maycock.
Sadly this was Stu’s last tournament for UTS as he is moving to Thailand for work wand will be sorely missed over the next 2+ years.
Saturday started with straight sets wins over Illawara and last year’s SVL Silver medalists UNSW. The 1:30 pm finish, resulted in some players getting in a nap and resting well, and others clearing out the bottle shops of Wollongong.
Sunday saw half the team looking healthy, and the other half much less than that. Stu, suffering a bout of gastro, warned his team mates not to use the end cubicle of the men’s toilets, unfortunately he did not warn others, as several people were seen entering that cubicle and never returning.
Dan spent the morning sleeping, not on the bench, but under it! Artem managed to back up well considering he passed out at some stage with a bit of half chewed kebab still in his mouth.
The Sunday morning game against Kiata was a straight forward win and the game against Westside was looking that way too until 6 errors in a row saw the Westside boys come back from 22-16 down to take the second set 26-24. To be fair, Gauci had no idea where he was when he took the court towards the end of the game, and probably has no recollection of having played at all!
The boys finished undefeated in first place and took on a rejuvenated Hills Dragons in the semi. In the point of the tournament, Dragon young gun, Kieran Ackhurst blasted the absolute snot out of the ball on a well run A. Unfortunately for him the ball hit veteran libero Andrew Lyell in the shoulder (almost removing it from his upper torso), sending the ball back onto the Dragon’s side for a winner.  UTS black triumphed to take the game 2:0 and head into the gold medal match, where they met with Sydney West (coached by UTS MH White setter Doug Skinner). In a close game, which saw some amazing power hitting, with some equally amazing defensive effort, UTS won in straight sets taking the game 2:0
A fitting send-off for our Captain Stu Maycock and a very solid performance by all players.

 

Honours Women (from Alli)

The final state cup was a great overall win for the honours girls! We stayed aggressive to take out the gold and head into SVL season with a good start.
The team started off well (with Yoshi coaching) on the Saturday with 2 wins. However with Nam returning in the 3rd, Sydney Uni were able to take a set off us, ending in a draw. Unable to fix up our game and stay consistent in our attack, UNSW beat us to finish off the day. We went away from the stadium eager to rest and party and improve as a team on our ability to stay consistent and aggressive in pressure situations.
What a beautiful draw the volleyball gods brought us as we slept in and had a cute brunch by the water (Irena went missing, later caught sleeping in the stadium) before going to the stadium for our first game at 2. Stronger than ever, we won our last 2 round games. Going into the final against the strong Westside girls we had to be strong in defense and serve-receive. We made sure we put pressure on their defense too by hitting high, hard and fast. Special mention to Bruna for slamming some great 1’s through the middle on the combo ball and Libby (libro) Clara for ensuring us that a ‘side-out is a side-out’.

Good work team. Go UTS!!!

 

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The UTS Division 1 women’s Cougars and Cubs team made our long-awaited debut for 2014 at the State Cup in Wollongong last weekend.
After a slightly rusty start at 8.30am on Saturday morning, the Cougars and Cubs somehow managed to remember how to play volleyball again by the end of the first set. Throughout the weekend, there was a steady flow of laughs (usually involving Dani Rogerson) as well as a few cat fights for the right to have a seat on the bench. This resulted in a steady rotation throughout the 4 games of the day (yes we were overjoyed when Cat finally arrived after the first 2 games). With great communication and teamwork that only comes from “experience”, we managed to make a clean sweep through Saturday’s round games without dropping a set.
After a great club dinner (thanks Jess and Clara for organising) and a big night out for some, Sunday morning came and we all thought that Cat may be losing her ability to back up with no consequences after a big night. We were wrong – after a spew and a bacon and egg roll, she was all good to go. Losing Haley to soccer for Sunday’s games was really going to hurt the team, but luckily we managed to convince Yoshi to join the Cougars and Cubs for some fun – the things people agree to when they’re drunk on their one drink….LOL. We managed to take out the 5th round game 2-0 against Endeavour Academy to take us straight through to the gold medal match against Hills Dragons who came top of the other Div 1 pool.
Hills Dragons proved to be a formidable opponent who somehow managed to pick up everything defensively that we threw at them. We managed to narrowly close out the first set 26-24 without succumbing to the UTS choke, but had a more comfortable win in the 2nd set to win the GOLD medal.
Great catching up with the girls again, having a few beers and brownies, playing some volleyball and most importantly, having lots of laughs. Bring on SVL!

 

UTS Div 1 Women (from Claire)

Illawara State Cup was quite a disappointing weekend for division 1 and a few division 2 girls. Although we had a few very close games we just weren’t able to finish them off! For a team that has not really played together, and setters ranging from Claire, to Nat Frostick to our actual setter Lou Pow, it made for quite an interesting weekend. Hopefully next time we can all work together to achieve a better outcome.


Minto State Cup 2014

March 30, 2014

Minto State Cup was held at the Minto Indoor Sports Centre on 29th and 30th March.  There were 4 UTS teams that made the drive down the M5.  Updates below as they come in.

Also Well done to the UTS players who played in the NSW U23’s Team on winning the women’s Honours Division in the State Cup… Anna, Missy, Lily, Gemma, Carrie. You have done us proud.

Mens Honours (by Rob)

In Men’s Honours, UTS was represented by a mixture of players from the White & Black teams. A hybrid of sorts. You could therefore say that this team was Whack, ya’ll.

A total of 6 games across the weekend meant a total of 6 hours of hard-fought volleyball. It also meant a total of 6 hours where Steve ‘Fight Club’ Lee had to wear a shirt. When all was said and done, the guys came away with a silver medal, after losing to Westside in a tight final that went to the deciding 3rd set.

Some notable performances over the weekend were:

· Nathan created endless one-on-one opportunities for the other spikers by drawing his opposing middle blocker every time he jumped; all the more remarkable given that he only received 3 sets over the whole weekend. And they were in the warm-up! When asked how it felt to be back playing after the off-season, Nathan was quoted as saying “I don’t like volleyball… Oh no… I Lovett”.

· Felipe “serving specialist” Toledo entered into an epic battle of wits against Coach Alberto Flamingo. Felipe was determined to try and hit the back wall on every serve attempt, so after five consecutive errors, Alberto tried to trick Felipe by telling him to serve from further back. Not to be deterred from his goal, Felipe proceeded to serve the ball even harder to counteract Alberto’s tactic, with the same result: an error. But Alberto had an ‘ace’ up his sleeve – Igor “super sub” Mileusnic. However, Igor was in on Felipe’s act and proceeded to serve the ball into the net. Alberto couldn’t stand it anymore, so literally tore his hair out. This is why he is bald.
· Dan “Neo” Gauci attempted to go matrix styles when receiving a jump serve that was going long, but was a little slow and so looked embarrassed after the ball hit him on the chest on the way through.
· Setting duties across the two days were shared by Andrea (the new Frenchie) and Keith “UTS till I die” Suckling. Both provided delicious sets for the hitters all weekend and Sucky even managed to win a joust in the final against a guy twice his height and half his age.
· Similarly, two liberos were used, with Jason “PDA” Laffer playing Saturday and Andrew “SAY SOMETHING” Lyall stepping in on Sunday, who did his best to convince the ref that the ball was out, despite everyone in Minto having seen the ball land in the court.
· Early on Saturday morning, someone was heard asking a question that has never before been asked: “Hey Jeff – where’s your brother Doug?” When Doug finally did arrive, he realised that he’d brought the wrong shirt and so had to play for Westside. At least they were nice enough to let him play his preferred position of libero.
· Gregor finished runner-up in the coveted SVNSW arm-wrestling competition, whilst Rob managed to falcon the champ, Rowda, in the UTS vs Sydney Uni clash.
· Sam “I heart middle” Morrison was solid as ever, whilst Alex “Guinness” Gibbons’ tournament was rather short lived, after pulling out with a back injury after the first game.

All in all, it was a reasonable start to the season, with some flashes of sublime volleyball interspersed between some trademark UTS sloppiness. The boys look forward to the next tournament.

Mens Div 1 (by…)

to come…

Div 1 Women Team 1 (by Sucke)

3 wins, 1 draw, a golden point loss in the semi, and winning the bronze in 3.  A good weekend all in all for the first Div1 women. Thanks to some help from Clara and the UTS Cougars over the weekend we also had a sub occasionally as well which was good.  Strong 3 zero wins against Endeavor and Eagles, and a solid 2:0 win against Central Coast, plus a draw against fellow finalists Manly left us with a difficult semi final assignment against UNSW.  1 all and 43 points each at the end of regulation left us with golden point. Which we lost.
We picked ourselves up and went into the bronze medal game and after winning the first set, preceded to lose the second. Thankfully we took some momentum into the the third, and eventually came out winners.

Some highlights from the weekend:

  • Clara serving about 10 in a row to get us out of trouble in a set,
  • A whole timeout about Nat,
  • Jess’s serving all weekend (except for the one’s that went into the net)
  • Sophie’s defence,
  • Getting a picture of Sam’s foot fault,
  • Jen’s experience,
  • Claire’ spiking,
  • Dani’s calling,
  • Deb’s middle blocking,
Spot the difference

Spot the difference

 

Div 1 Women Team 2 (by Claire)

Player: Marlene, Lisa, Kim, Jo, Claire, Ilk, Jelly, Ali, Irene & Verena (Sunday only)
Final Results: 2 draw, 2 lost. Day1, 2 Drew and 1 lost to UNSW
8.30am against SNV –A Good start of the season, everyone (almost) arrived by 8am and pumped ready for the 1st game of the season, won 1st set, lost 2nd and draw on 3rd. good team effort. – a Draw
After long waiting (4hrs) from 1st game, we played the UNSW(Gold-Silver Finalist team) and lost by 21:25 at 1st set – Not bad at all, in fact I think we did pretty well, good communication, help each other out on rotation and good defense under the strong attacks by UNSW, but got trashed at 2nd set. – Lost to UNSW.
EOD game against NSW u17’S –Our dear Coach (Deb!! You left us >_<””) went to coaching our opponent (NSW U17’s) , lucky we still have Jess & Clara (mainly observing) to coach/help us; after another 3hrs waiting, everyone was itching for the game, we started well and trashed U17’s on the 1st set with good serves, Spiking (from Kim) good communication everybody was calling and chasing the ball!! On the 2nd set, somehow we lost the tempo, few serving errors, mis-communication, few confusion on the court. Also lost quite a few points on SHORT serves from U17 girl (especially Jess was yelling outside the court: SHORT server! SHORT!! SHORT!! Come closer!!! Many many times. But we still not ready and not come closer enough for the SHORT……Sorry Jess!). I guess we were just too excited from the 1st set. We lost the 2nd set badly. – The game ended in a draw.
Day2 – Game with Endeavour, Verena decided to join us as her little feet felt better, which free up Jo from just setting to attacking which gain few points for the team. Everything was fine at the beginning. But after 1st timeout, we were struggling with Endeavour’s Back-court attacking, and all the way to end of the game. Team wasn’t used to defending on back-court attack. It’s was a good game, good experience. – We Lost the game.
Important point to take away from this weekend, 1st Listen to your coach. 2nd Communication is essential – talking to each other. 3rd Don’t get too relax or nervous because of winning or losing a set/game. Keep Focus!
Highlight of the weekend. Good serving from Jo and Lisa, great setting and tipping from Jo and Verena, Attacker of the weekend –Kim, some good defense and passes from everyone and our Libros – Ilk & Ali. Everyone have good time and we all learnt something more about indoor volleyball. Way to go Girls!! . We are the diamond in the rough!! Aren’t we!? Deb & Jess!! Lol~ Special thanks for the amazing Setter – Jo Kelly!!! Thank you for setting for us and the help out with rotation on the court. We would love to keep you forever!!!!


And the award for “Best Blocker” goes to… Nikki

March 4, 2014

nikki1Congratulations to Nikki Laird for receiving the Renault National Beach Volleyball Series Best Blocker Award.

Nikki recaps her Aussie summer season on the beach…

“At the close of our National Tour 2014 we’ve finally had a chance to take a step back and have a look at our season as a whole. Results wise, with three 5th’s, one 1st and one 3rd our season wasn’t as consistent as we were hoping for, however we managed to learn a lot of things about our team and our game over the events bringing a competition maturity to the team that we haven’t had a huge opportunity to grow as of yet. We won important/tough games consistently which gives us a confidence as we look to take the competition to the next level starting with Asian Tour in April and then beginning our world tour campaign in May. I want to thank everyone who has been such a huge support for our team over the season, and especially everyone involved in Volleyball NSW and UTS Volleyball. The support network we felt from back home over the season was a huge driving force for us and we are excited to continue to be involved in a growing community over the next few years!”


Some Good Skills Advice from VA

February 21, 2014

Volleyball Australia shared some good advice on the basic volleyball skills. Well worth a look…

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Trials Start Tuesday!

February 18, 2014
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Will this be the start of something special…

Our trials start next week.  These are open trials for the men’s & women’s senior UTS Volleyball representative Honours and Divisions 1 & 2 teams.

For next Tuesday 25th Feb: Women are 6:30-8:30pm and Men are 8:30-10:30pm
For the Tuesday following 4th March: Men are 6:30-8:30pm and Women are 8:30-10:30pm
For the last trial on Tuesday 11th March: Women are 6:30-8:30pm and Men are 8:30-10:30pm

The venue for all trials is Sydney Boys High, Cleveland St, Moore Park. 

Teams will play in primarily in State Volleyball League, but also State Cups and other tournaments.

To help us out on the night, Please fill in the trial form  here
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12EI-Qfhf8qD0WdaP66KS-XuZdSv0n0iKFxDhHz88ZaU/viewform

Expected commitment of selected players includes attendance at weekly training sessions & payment of fees.
Please only attend if you are serious about playing for the UTS Volleyball in 2014.

If you are not already registered with State Volleyball NSW for 2014 then you will need to fill in and pay for registration.  You can fill in the form here, and we will give it back to you to sign:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qMImmVHaYpaHXN4GYhkxvQFJn7YD65OTB-1e5aXsEOE/viewform

Further details can be found here: 2014 Important Information Payment Structure

Junior Trials:

Trials for Boys Juniors will be held at 5pm on 25th Feb at UTS Broadway, Multi Purpose Sports Hall.  A second trial will be held at 5:30pm on 4th March at Sydney Boys High School
Girls Juniors trials will be held at 5:30pm on 25th Feb at Sydney Boys High School.


News from SVNSW – Feb 2014

February 17, 2014

SVNSW logoState Volleyball NSW shared their February 2014 update.

A few interesting things in there…

  • The indoor junior program working towards the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships to be held in Canberra in July needs to fill a few coaching positions if you are interested
  • Advisory panels are being set up to look specifically at junior development (10-14yrs), elite athletes (U15-U23), and coaches & course presenters.
  • An eNewsletter from SVNSW is coming, to be started in March
  • An updated calendar is now on the SVNSW website – http://www.nswvolleyball.com/
  • The Renault National Beach Volleyball Series will be visiting Cronulla for it’s final round of 2013/14 from 27th February with finals on the 1st & 2nd of March.  They are calling for some help in putting on this event, but it is totally worth getting down there to watch!

We encourage the wider volleyball community to get involved with these.

For further details please take a look at the full update here: SVNSW EO Update 170214