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Author of Crawford Report on Radio

Posted by Hugh Nguyen on November 20, 2009

While driving this evening I was surprised to hear an interview with businessman David Crawford about the release of his report on the future of Australian sport, on Radio National’s “Australia Talks” programme.

  • The report is now available for download here.
  • You can download the interview here.

The Crawford Report seems to have been quite well received. One should always be prepared for anything when inviting Australia to “talk”.

Only one caller seemed to express pride in seeing the success of our elite programmes. When asked if promoting achievement at the elite level should be a priority for the government, “Frank” from Geelong responded by saying “I get no satisfaction out of seeing Australians in the pool crushing tiny nations with six swimmers”. People seemed quite happy with the findings of the report, with many of the callers expressing that more money should be instead spent on the grass roots and community sport instead of the elite level and Olympic movement.

The report also suggests spinning off the AIS from the ASC and merging the resources of the state-based institutions with the AIS.

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AVSC 2009 Honours teams announced

Posted by Hugh Nguyen on November 6, 2009

Oddly, we have an Aldridge team that won Open Honours Boys at the QLD state cup but has elected to play U17 Honours. No WA teams in Open Honours Boys, and we’re still waiting on results for the WA to compete in U17 Honours. Loxton (SA) make their Open Honours Boys debut!

Wildcards granted to:

Open Honours Boys

  • Billanook (VIC)
  • Brighton 2 (SA)
  • Loxton (SA)
  • Mazenod (VIC)

U17 Honours Boys

  • Aldridge (QLD)

U16 Honours Girls

  • Girton (VIC)
  • Monbulk (VIC)
  • Willunga (SA)

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From All-star 6 to Balibo 5

Posted by Hugh Nguyen on October 26, 2009

No it’s not advertising. The guy in the black coat is Mark Leonard Winter, who played for Rostrevor, Norwood and SA for many years in the late 90s. I hope Lebby and Simon Naismith remember coaching him, because he was a pretty good player.

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How much does AVSC Cost?

Posted by Hugh Nguyen on October 15, 2009

It’s now 54 days to my favourite week of the year: The Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup! Our own volleyball jamboree! Many of you out there are either participating as players or coaches, or have done so in the past 26 years.

With teams coming from Perth to Paralowie, the question I’d like answered is: How much is each school  paying for its trip per player? Let us know who you’re going with and how much you’re paying.

And what is included in your trip fees? Some schools use public transport, while others have their own shuttle bus service going to both venues. Some stay in backpacker hostels, while others stay in vacated boarding colleges. Some have meals supplied, some have to buy their own. Some teams do a lot of fund raising activities; some teams do none.

So far we have:

  • Rossmoyne (WA) – $1,350
  • Brighton (SA) – $900
  • Gladstone (QLD) – $900
  • St. Mary’s College (SA) – $800
  • Hallett Cove (SA) – $800
  • Heathfield (SA) – $790
  • Loxton (SA) – $690
  • Mercedes College (SA) – $600
  • Willunga High School (SA) – $600 (honours – $615)
  • Girton (VIC Country) – $575
  • Wonthaggi (VIC Country) – $270
  • Eltham (VIC Metro) – $260
  • Monbulk (VIC Metro) – $165
  • McKinnon (Vic Metro) – $80

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Jenny Kirk Match 4

Posted by Hugh Nguyen on October 1, 2009

Australian Junior Women lost their 4th match against New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman Jenny Kirk Trophy.

Scores:  25-27, 23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 13-15

Series tied 2-2

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State League 4 – SA results & Slugger’s last game

Posted by Hugh Nguyen on September 12, 2009

In South Australia:logo blog sa

Men’s Comp:

  • Norwood defeated South 20-25, 30-28, 25-19, 25-23

Women’s Comp:

  • Mt Lofty defeated Austral 25-23, 25-27, 25-23, 25-14

A fixture of State League for at least 20 years, Craig “Slugger” Watson played his last game for South Adelaide. He was cheered off by a guard of honour and large crowd as he signed the score sheet for the last time. There wasn’t a dry eye in the stadium.

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Asian Champs: Australia v Sri Lanka – Live Scores

Posted by Hugh Nguyen on September 6, 2009

chau leFrom our correspondent in Vietnam and super-technology guy Chau Leasian womens 09

we have wireless internet connection at the competition hall here in Hanoi and I was able to do live score updates of the Vietnam match.

I was only able to do the updates during technical timeouts and in between sets as I was trying to do the stats at the same time.

I’ll try to do more updates on the Australia vs Sri Lanka match starting at 10am Vietnam time or 1pm AEST.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates on the Aussie Women’s blog.

cám ơn Châu!

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State League 3 – SA Results

Posted by Hugh Nguyen on September 6, 2009

In South Australia:logo blog sa

Men’s Comp:

  • Mt Lofty defeated Norwood in 5 sets to advance to the Grand Final
  • South defeated USC Lion in straight sets to win the elimination final
  • Norwood to play South next week to determine who will meet Mt Lofty in the Grand Final

Women’s Comp:

  • USC Lion defeated Mt Lofty to advance to the Grand Final
  • Austral defeated South in 5 sets to win the elimination final
  • Mt Lofty to play Austral next week to determine who will meet Mt Lofty in the Grand Final

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Bring back VTAW funding. Proper Funding.

Posted by Hugh Nguyen on August 19, 2009

It’s becoming depressing for me that whenever VTAW play, their competitiveness is limited by the fact that we can’t support them to be the best they can be.I don’t know exactly how the VTAW programme at the AIS got canned but I assume it had something to do with not qualifying for 2004. This sucks, because before that we had infrastructure that developed players and coaches that then trickled down to make the sport better. Without a proper programme, there’s not much we can give our athletes to strive for.

An AIS programme for VTAW might not deliver medals, trophies and Olympic appearances. Who Cares? It would be among the least of the ineffective things that our Fed government has thrown money at, and as voters, we should be able to influence any manner of things we want.

Elections are coming up next year. Last time, I lived in the electorate of the Minister for Sport (Kate Ellis). If this pisses you off and you live in her electorate, let her know about it.

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Volleyball, sport, Sports, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia | Tagged: , | 30 Comments »