devo's volleyball

http://devovolleyball.com – Australian volleyball: news and views

Dragon City wrap up

Posted by devo on November 2, 2009

Dragon City Volleyball Tournament 2009

The Bendigo Volleyball Association once again hosted its annual Dragon City Tournament this weekend on the Schweppes Centre courts. 35 teams made the journey to Bendigo for the weekend. Bendigo had many representative sides and sides from Horsham, Melbourne, Albury, Warrnambool and Geelong also took to the court for the weekend’s tournament which was sponsored by Bendigo Distribution Services and Dennis Family Homes. Sides were all vying to take home the coveted Bendigo Pottery trophies, which has become a feature of the Dragon City Tournament.

President of the Bendigo Association Carol McKinstry said “once again the Dragon City Tournament has provided quality matches at a local venue. Teams who entered were all wrapped in the event and are keen to return next year and compete for the Pottery prizes.” For clubs and schools with Junior teams the Junior Dragon City will be held on Sunday 12th September 2010

  • Women’s Div 1: Melbourne Uni Renegades def Golden Square 25-19, 23-25, 25-14, 21-25, 15-11
  • Men’s Division 1: Kafo def Melbourne Uni Renegades: 25-21, 25-0, 25-0. (injuries)
  • Men’s Division 2: Warrnambool def Riddell’s Creek 28-26, 25-21, 25-10
  • Women’s Division 2: EIV def Bellarine 25-18, 25-22, 25-19
  • Men’s Division 3: Melbourne Phantoms def Sioux Spikers 25-11, 25-20, 25-23
  • Women’s Division 3: Bendigo Senior def Latrobe Valley: 25-9, 25-18, 9-25, 25-11

match reports follow: In the first final of the day Warrnambool took to the court to face off against Riddell’s Creek in the Men’s Division 2 final. Warrnambool entered the match as favourites after finishing on top of the ladder and played accordingly, winning a tight first set on the back of some strong play from David McConnell. Riddell’s Creek were well served by Eddy Barake and setter Mark Jensen but failed to stem the tide in the next two sets losing the match 3 sets to nil.

Men’s Division 2: Warrnambool def Riddell’s Creek 28-26, 25-21, 25-10.

Court three hosted the Women’s Division 2 grand final between the Eastern Institute of Victoria, a Melbourne based side and Bellarine. Eastern relied heavily on playmaker Elsie Rodgers who didn’t let them down, helping her side to a comfortable first set win. Ex Bendigo player Claire Jones battled hard for the undermanned Bellarine side but it was Eastern who took home the pottery 3 sets to nil.

Women’s Division 2: EIV def Bellarine 25-18, 25-22, 25-19.

In the top Women’s division Melbourne University Renegades again appeared in the final for the second year running. Ex-Bendigo based players Fiona and Sarah Tarquinio took to the court for the Renegades side as they played off against local side Golden Square. The locals had teamed well all weekend with Chelsea Haw and Catie McWaters working well on the front court, while Frida Schoo and Libero player Kellie Houlahan provided the side with stability in the backcourt. Renegades jumped out to an early lead in the first set thanks to powerful spiking from Cary Ann Moore who dominated the frontcourt. After losing the first set Golden Square were stung into action with Leah Smith finding the floor with her spikes on several occasions and they levelled the match at one set all. The pattern continued with Renegades winning the third set and then Golden Square levelling in the fourth, which took the match to a deciding fifth set. In an entertaining display the two sides treated the 200 strong crowd to some excellent rallies in the final set. It was the taller Renegades side however who prevailed 15-11 in the decider winning the Division 1 title for the second year in a row.

Women’s Div 1:

Melbourne Uni Renegades def Golden Square 25-19, 23-25, 25-14, 21-25, 15-11.

In the Men’s Division 3 final another Bendigo side Sioux Spikers took to Court 6 to play against Melbourne Phantoms. After a shocking first set in which Phantoms dominated the Sioux side improved their play with Barry Hogan, Dave Hewitt and Brad Kilcullen lifting their side. It was however to no avail, as the Melbourne Phantoms side took the match 3 sets to nil.

Men’s Division 3: Melbourne Phantoms def Sioux Spikers 25-11, 25-20, 25-23.

The Women’s Division 3 Final once again featured a local side in Bendigo Senior as they played off against Latrobe Valley. Led by Hillary Thompson and Amy Waldron the Bendigo Senior side dominated the first set winning 25-9. They took their confidence into the second set against the Latrobe Valley side that finished the round matches on top of the ladder. After a hiccup in the third set Bendigo Senior went on to win the match 3 sets to 1.

Women’s Division 3: Bendigo Senior def Latrobe Valley: 25-9, 25-18, 9-25, 25-11.

The final match of the weekend saw Melbourne based Kafo take on Melbourne Uni Renegades in Men’s Division 1. While Kafo finished on top of the ladder the injury depleted Renegades side took it up to their opponents in the first set, however with the score on 21-23 disaster struck the Renegades side as Jesse Adams reached back for a spike an dislocated his shoulder. Already down to six players before the match the Renegades were left with five players and therefore had to forfeit the rest of the match.

Men’s Division 1: Kafo def Melbourne Uni Renegades: 25-21, 25-0, 25-0.

Many teams, including Heidelberg, EIV and Renegades indicated already their willingness to return to Bendigo next November for the annual tournament, while the many local sides that entered will be sure to return to the Schweppes centre courts again next year. President of the Bendigo Association Carol McKinstry said “once again the Dragon City Tournament has provided quality matches at a local venue. Teams who entered were all wrapped in the event and are keen to return next year and compete for the Pottery prizes.” For clubs and schools with Junior teams the Junior Dragon City will be held on Sunday 12th September 2010

Scott Ross

Bendigo Volleyball Association.

2 Responses to “Dragon City wrap up”

  1. Sketch said

    Falcons Juniors had a fantastic time and definitely punched above their weight. Big thanks to all the folks at Bendigo who make this one of the best run tournaments to attend.

  2. […] Dragon City wrap up « devo's volleyball […]

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

 
%d bloggers like this: