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July 06, 2017, 09:50 AM AEST








Bendigo Media Release

This yearís Victorian Country Volleyball Championships was once again supported well with strong entries from across regional Victoria.
3 Menís and 3 Womenís Divisions catered for teams from across Victoria, with Bendigo being represented in Menís Division 1 and 2 and Womenís Division 1 and 2.

Bendigoís Menís Division 1 side went into the Gold Medal match on Monday after only dropping one match over the weekend. The side won 5 of their round matches 3 sets to nil, with their only loss being a close 5 set match to Horsham. Their opponents in the Gold Medal match, defending champions Latrobe Valley have already suffered 2 defeats to Bendigo over the weekend with Matt Gordon and James Haythorne proving too powerful in attack for Bendigo. The powerful Bendigo attack was well complemented by strong defence from Josh Gordon and Michael Mayes, providing Bendigo with a very consistent game style.
Gold Medal Result Ė Match at 11am, Monday 12th

The Women representing Bendigo in Division 1 were led by Casey Dutton-Roberts, who had selected a side with an even mix of youth and experience. Sheridan Olsen and Lauren Cox proved effective all weekend in attack in a side that entered the Gold Medal match on the back of four 3 set to nil wins and a five set loss to Bairnsdale. In one of the tightest competitions seen in this division for years 3 sides, including Bendigo, Bairnsdale and Latrobe Valley all won 4 out of 5 matches over the weekend with percentage deciding the Gold Medal contestants, a repeat of the Menís final between Bendigo and Latrobe Valley.
Gold Medal Result Ė Match at 12.30pm, Monday 12th

In Menís Division 2 Bendigo again won its way through to the Gold Medal match on the back of good percentage after Bendigo, Riddells Creek and Horsham all tied on points for second place. Their opponents in the final, Bairnsdale, progressed through the weekend undefeated, however Bendigo was the only side to win a set from the Gold Medal favorites. Led by coach Kane Rutledge, the young Bendigo side looked to Phil Keech and Lachlan Hill in many attacking moves, with Liam Clegg being the stable defensive player Bendigo relied on.

Although the young Bendigo side battled hard in the Gold Medal match, they had to settle for silver as Bairnsdale simply had too much power in attack taking the match 3 sets to 0. Best for Bendigo were Phil Keech and Lachlan Parkinson.

The final side representing Bendigo saw future stars Lorenna Vincent, Kirby Todd and Steph Phillips take to the court, under the direction of coach Leigh Gordon. The side made the Bronze Medal match on the back of good form in their round matches. A close 5 set loss to Warrnambool saw the side finish third in their Division, with a Bronze medal match against Horsham to decide the medal. After a slow start the girls hit their straps taking the match and the Bronze medal 3 sets to 2. 25-18, 22-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-13.

The finals saw the conclusion of another successful Country Volleyball Championships, ably hosted by Horsham Volleyball. Players now return to their own associations and will await the long weekend in 2018 when the competition heads to Geelong, to take to the courts to represent their associations once again.

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