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General Manager’s Update

September 04, 2018, 02:07 PM AEST









General Manager’s Update

31 August

In the GM’s update this month:

  • State League Finals
  • School Sports Australia 15 & Under National Volleyball Championships
  • Board Update
    • Victorian State League
    • Strategic measures

State League Finals

2018 was a highly competitive season that witnessed new players, new teams, and new champions.  The growth trend of recent years continued with a 15% increase in team entries.  In total, the Victorian State League composed 105 teams from 17 Clubs with 758 matches excluding finals, 78 officials, and 10 venues.

Participants are drawn from as far and wide as Warrnambool, Horsham, Mildura, Albury-Wodonga, Lakes Entrance, and Inverloch.

By the time the newsletter goes to print, we will have hosted the Awards Dinner and Monash University will be crowned winners of the Tomas Santamaria Shield for best performing State League Cub.

I congratulate the players, coaches, referees, game day officials, Club volunteers, and the Volleyball Victoria Office, especially Tim Heathcote and Katherine Walton, for all the time and effort invested in this season; the success of 2018 and the subsequent growth of the League is reward for your work.

I would also like to acknowledge Australian Volleyball Warehouse, individual sponsors of the State League.

For a full wrap of the event, video, images, and the final standings, please visit:

School Sports Australia 15 & Under National Volleyball Championships

School Sport Victoria, in conjunction with Bendigo Volleyball Association, hosted the 2018 School Sports Australia 15 & Under National Volleyball Championships in Bendigo 18-24 August.  The Championships were held on the new show court at Bendigo Stadium and were the first volleyball matches to be played in this premier new facility.

We congratulate the Organising Committee, chaired by Ian Landy, for the work they have done in delivering the Championships and am sure all participants enjoyed the hospitality for which Bendigo Volleyball Association and the wider Bendigo community is renowned.

The National Championships are a wonderful opportunity for school volleyballers to showcase their skills against the best of their peers in Australia.  The newly redeveloped Bendigo Stadium acts as a fantastic backdrop to this exciting competition of school sport.  We also thank City of Greater Bendigo for their support of the event and for volleyball more broadly.

On court, Victoria placed second to Queensland in the Girls’ section, while the Boys’ defeated NSW to finish in third place.  This result saw the Girls’ replicate their finish from 2017, while the Boys’ slipped one spot, having endured a challenging Championship with injuries in the week prior and during cruelling their chances to improve on 2017 results.

For more information on results and final standings visit School Sport Australia 

Board Update

Victorian State League

At this time, the Office is engaged with Vicsport, seeking support for a competition structure review.  This $30,000 project, if it proceeds, will be a comprehensive review that will assess and make recommendation to the structure of State League, the interaction with social and local leagues, and the accessibility to the large student base that currently patronises our school events.

Having previously determined the expectations of participants and established guiding principles for administration of the Victorian State League, it is now incumbent we set in place a structure that will serve our shared aspirations.

League growth is significant and the benefits should be sustainable and shared by all.

Strategic measures

Participation and membership continue to improve with 2018 tracking ahead of this time last year.  Volleyball Victoria remains engaged with key stakeholders, including State and local Governments, universities and schools, and affiliates.  This is having a significant positive impact on access to facilities with volleyball finally being considered as a serious alternative to the traditional high ball sports.

Volleyball Victoria is also gaining traction with Volleyball Australia on core areas of shared responsibility, including education and junior programs.  Whilst these are far from perfect, the importance of a joint approach and better implementation of roles and responsibilities will see improvements.  National events and pathways will no doubt be the next focus. 

For more information, please see Membership Infographics 

Geoff Rietschel

General Manager

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