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Junior Volleyball
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Junior Volleyball

Grace Jones, Finn Kelly and Casper Rennie-Weston —

Both the junior girls and junior boys have had an exciting and fun season in volleyball.

Junior Girls

2019 has been a challenging, yet exciting year for the Junior Girls Volleyball Team. We took part in the weekly Friday night competition that ran over term 1, 3 and 4. We took some wins that were exhilarating, took some losses that taught us a bit, but every game was a great development opportunity for everyone.

Our team welcomed some new players, who hadn’t played volleyball before. Training both Tuesday after school and Thursday lunch times, we worked on skills such as serving, gameplay and communication to build team dynamics. By the time the season concluded, I can say without hesitation that every player has improved heaps.

Highlights of the season included having a chance to play in Junior Sports Week in addition to our usual games. It gave players a chance to taste the vibe of a volleyball tournament in a low key setting, which was good because it means that those wishing to attend tournaments next year have an idea of the environment.

A big thanks to our coaches, Maggie and Mae, for being supportive and creating an encouraging environment for us. This helped us move forward as a team and made the experience more enjoyable. We would not have done nearly as well without their guidance, so we are extremely grateful to have had them as a part of our journey. I’d like to say another thanks to Mrs Frost for running our trainings early in the season. This allowed us to nail done the consistency with fundamental skills and her knowledge of the game definitely helped us.

We look forward to next year and the experiences it will bring.

Junior Boys

This years Junior Boys Volleyball Team had a mixed season results wise, but overall had fun and improved immensely. Our season started slowly and with several new players to the team we initially struggled to play good volleyball, however with weekly trainings we rapily improved. Midway through the season we were calling for every ball, passing well and getting our serves over consistently. We had some great results during this period and a one point loss in the final set to the eventual winners Otago boys. Unfortunately, we lost access to the school gym during exams and a lack of training meant we were not very prepared on game day. Our mixed results gave us a spot in the 5th/6th playoff against Bayfield. This proved to be the most exciting game of the season and after going down in the first set the boys showed real determination and narrowly won the last 2 sets to win the game. The boys vastly improved over the season and they should be proud of how well they competed in a tough division.