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Poll result – What do you expect?

Posted by devo on January 31, 2010

In our latest poll this is what you saw as a minimum response on the Volleyball Australia web site within 12 hours of  the end of an Aussie match.

Scores, MVP, stats and brief match report 26 – 27%
Scores, MVP, stats and full match report 25 – 26%
Scores 20 – 20%
Scores, MVP and short stats 18 – 18%
Scores, MVP and full stats 6   – 6%
Scores and MVP 3   – 3%
98 votes

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Poll – what do we expect?

Posted by devo on January 28, 2010

I spoke to Volleyball Australia CEO Joan Perry at AVSC 2+ years ago about the internet and related subjects. At that time she told me that there was a problem with some staff who were not “internet literate”. And that this was a problem that would have to be corrected. They would have to learn.

The women’s program and junior programs – due mainly to Teresa Henderson and some dedicated coaches and parents – have established blogs to keep us up-to-date with their programs when competition is happenning. This has been fantastic for the fans of Aussie volleyball. We can follow what’s happenning; be involved. Even see video of matches!

The men’s /AIS program, unfortunately, has not been so forthcoming. There was a time when coaches would SMS results and MVP’s to me so that I could put them up. That nolonger happens. There are at least 2 “officials” on this tour who are very computer savvy. They have not been in areas where the internet or phone is difficult to access as is sometimes the problem. Parents seem to be getting some information. It is busy on tour, but a quick mail to Volleyball Aus on the bus going home should see results up by the following morning. Why isn’t this happenning?

It appears that CEO Joan is either unwilling, or unable, to insist that part of the duties of a touring Aussie squad is to keep us fans informed. To publicise our sport. Joan, give them a smart phone and show them how to use it!

Jump on the poll in the left hand column and let Joan know what you see as a minimum response on the Volleyball Australia web site at the end of an Aussie match. See also this post.

Posted in Aussie Bloggers, Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Volleyball, coaching, It's not volleyball but ..., sport, Sports, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia | 20 Comments »

AIS OS

Posted by devo on January 24, 2010

You wouldn’t know it if you were looking at the Volleyball Australia site, but the AIS boys have been touring overseas. We reported a belated release that let us know that they had gone, and that gave the  match results from the Japanese leg of the tour.

The guys have been in Italy: no results on the Volleyball Australia site. Maybe some parents can fill us in with results?

The third leg of the tour took the guys to Sweden. Thankfully, the Swedish national site thinks that we might want to know the results.

  • 19/1  – Sverige J – Australien J 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 29-27) – match report original ~ translation
  • 20/1 – Sverige J – Australien J 3-1 (26-28, 25-19, 25-20, 26-24) – match report original ~ translation
  • 22/1 – Sverige J – Australien J 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20) – match report original ~ translation

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Volleyball, sport, Sports, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia | Tagged: | 13 Comments »

AIS Junior European Tour, Italy, Sweden, Slovakia (sic)

Posted by devo on January 14, 2010

Okay. It’s the holidays. I’ve been avoiding the internet – loving the rest. I’m sure it’s the same for those at Volleyball Australia. But is that an excuse for this lack of  information? How do we support / follow our team if we don’t get the information? Not good enough Volleyball Australia!

I was expecting the AIS squad to be in Europe now (see the “calendar” on the AVF site) – but apparently they have been in Japan as well!

  • 06/01/10            AIS v JPN Jr. Men         2:3 (23-25, 15-25, 25-20, 25-23, 12-15)
  • 07/01/10            AIS v JPN Jr. Men         0:3 (11-25, 22-25, 21-25)
  • 08/01/10            AIS v JPN Jr. Men         0:3 (23-25, 21-25, 15-25)
  • 09/01/10            AIS v Asahi Univ.          2:3 (23-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 12-15)
  • 10/01/10            AIS v Asahi Univ.          2:3 (25-15, 23-25, 31-29, 21-25, 16-18)

The Australian Institute of Sport Men’s Volleyball Team is presently in Varese, Italy preparing for the second leg of its annual development tour in the coming days with matches against the junior teams of ‘Serie A’ clubs, Verona and Monza, and provincial club side, Tenate.

On Monday, 4 January the team departed Australia following a brief training camp after Christmas before embarking on the three week tour to Japan, Italy and Sweden. Apparenly it wasn’t thought important to update us mere mortals that the details of the trip had “changed”. Or perhaps they thought we wouldn’t know the difference between Japan and Slovakia?  more@Volleyball Australia

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Volleyball, sport, Sports, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia | 4 Comments »

Beach appointment

Posted by devo on January 8, 2010

Thanks to our correspondent for the info that Mick Nelson commenced employment with the AIS Beach Volleyball this week.

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Beach VB, coaching, sport, Sports, Volleyball Australia, Volleyball Beach | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

National talent identification

Posted by devo on December 18, 2009

AUSTRALIA’S best 130 junior volleyball players are training in Bendigo this week for the Australian Institute of Sport’s junior development camp … with the aim of earning a place in the Australian junior squad …

National Talent Identification and Development Coach and Junior Women’s Program Manager, Simon Naismith, said the athletes at this week’s camp had been selected based on their performances throughout the year. “We’ve got talent identification scouts out throughout Australia through Volleyball Australia whose prime job is to go out to state schools and competitions and under-16 championships to find athletes to bring to this camp,’’ he said. … “They will have fantastic ball control, which is really important, as well as playing an international style of game,’’ he said. “… we need true athletes out there.’’ more@BendigoAdvertiser

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MAVL finals

Posted by devo on December 6, 2009

Streaming AVL Live

And so to the finals of the Men’s Australian Volleyball League. If you’re in Melbourne, get down to MSAC at Albert Park to check out the action. If you can’t get there, the prelims and medal games will be streamed on Oz Volleyball. (Make sure to give a small donation to encourage Robbo and his team to keep showing us Aussie volleyball on the net) You can also follow the action on the AVL page.

  • SAT 12PM – Semi Final 1 – QAS Pirates lt AIS 2-3 (25-22, 26-28, 15-25, 25-22,12-15)
  • SAT 2PM – Semi Final 2 – UTSSU def WA Hornets 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23)
  • SAT 6:10PM – Prelim Final – QAS Pirates vs UTSSU 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23) – watch match here
  • SUN 12PM – BRONZE – WA Hornets def UTSSU3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-22)
  • SUN 2PM – GOLD – AIS def QAS Pirates 3-1 (25-20, 25-11, 23-25, 25-23)

You can replay the final 3 matches on Oz Volleyball.

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Aust Volleyball League, Australian Volleyball, sport, Sports, State Volleyball, University Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia | Tagged: | 20 Comments »

Men’s AVL Finals Live This Weekend

Posted by Robbo on December 5, 2009

Three games from the Final Round of the Men’s Australian Volleyball League Season will be streamed live on the OZ Volleyball Channel from the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre this weekend. The final 4 teams are QAS Pirates, AIS, UTSSU and Volleyball WA.

Update: Due to large costs at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, the games might not be streamed Live on air. We will still be recording and commentating the games but might have to stream them onto the website at a later time (then they will be available to watch at anytime). DVD’s of the games should also be available in the coming weeks. We apologise for the change at the last minute.

Update #2: Thanks to the AVF getting on board and supporting us, we are now able to stream the 3 games Live.

The schedule is:

  • Preliminary Final – Saturday 5th December @ 6pm – Loser of Pirates vs AIS play winner of UTSSU vs WA
  • Bronze Medal Final – Sunday 6th December @ 12noon – Loser of UTSSU vs WA play loser of Prelim Final
  • Gold Medal Final – Sunday 6th December @ 2pm (maybe delayed depending on previous game) – Winner of Pirates vs AIS play winner of Prelim Final

The coverage will start 20 minutes prior to each match and will be run by a number of commentators, and will also feature some interviews of ex-national players, people involved with the current AVL season and also spectators.

If you like what you’ve seen on the channel or would like to see more games in the future, please show your support by donating. The more support that OZ Volleyball can get, the more games that can be streamed and the better equipment we can use. Donations can be made by clicking the donate button, which will take you to the Paypal site.

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Aust Volleyball League, Australian Volleyball, sport, Sports, State Volleyball, University Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia, Volleyball Video | Tagged: , , , | 14 Comments »

Crawford news update

Posted by devo on November 30, 2009

If you are following the Crawford Report, this post will be of interest. Thanks to Alexis for the heads up.

david-crawfords-review-of-australian-sport-an-update

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Rick Mitchell on Crawford

Posted by devo on November 22, 2009

Rick Mitchell represented Australia at the 1976, ’80 and ’84 Olympic Games, and was also the inaugural executive director of the Tasmanian Institute of Sport. In The Age today he says:

… the Crawford Report suggests otherwise. Coming from a panel with a majority of members having football affiliations, it proposes we focus on sports in the Australian psyche, like football and cricket rather than “minority” sports.

What exactly is a minority sport? Volleyball is hardly part of the Australian psyche, yet it is one of the two largest participant sports in the world. Why should Australia not want to be good at it? Why support sports that have immense media deals and financial capability as it is? Because their representatives say so? Let’s get real chaps! In the global sense, rugby league and AFL, for example, are played by a minuscule gene pool? Minority sports? Indeed!

However, the Crawford report raises one pertinent question. Do we judge Olympic success by medals won or should we focus on the percentage of athletes who produce lifetime bests in the Olympic arena? If it’s the former, then sadly, our view is short term. The latter will bring medals, provided we spend our funds on the one thing nobody seems to mention.

… The real issue is the almost complete lack of a professional career path for coaches in most Olympic sports.

Read the full article ~ The Crawford Review is  here.

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Beach VB, Australian Volleyball, coaching, It's not volleyball but ..., Olympics, sport, Sports, Volleyball, Volleyball Beach | Tagged: , | 16 Comments »

Wanted: AIS Beach Volleyball Assistant Coach

Posted by devo on November 20, 2009

You will assist the AIS/National Head Coach and Senior Coaches (Men’s and Women’s) to plan and deliver a high quality training program including the development of technical skills, tactical awareness and physical and mental capacities of AIS and National Team athletes in preparation for major, world-class international competitions. You will require Tertiary qualifications in coaching or a related field and NCAS accreditation (Level 2 Volleyball or equivalent).

Position is based in Adelaide and will be available until 31 December 2012.

For selection documentation visit www.ausport.gov.au/jobs

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Beach VB, coaching, Position vacant, sport, Sports, Volleyball Australia, Volleyball Beach | 1 Comment »

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.

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, coaching, It's not volleyball but ..., Olympics, sport | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

AIS def Heat

Posted by devo on November 11, 2009

AVLlogoRound 2 of the Men’s Australian Volleyball League finished last night with a 3-0 win to AIS over Heat (25-18, 25-20, 25-21). more@avf

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Dan’s position announced by AVF

Posted by devo on November 3, 2009

It’s now official – Volleyball Australia has announced that Dan Ilott is to lead new AIS-National Men’s Junior Development Program.

The program will be based at the AIS in Canberra and will offer full-time residential scholarship for a select group of youth and junior male athletes each year, similar to what has been offered in recent years. From January 2010, however, scholarship athletes will also be exposed to Beach Volleyball … more@VolleyballAustralia

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Beach VB, Australian Volleyball, coaching, sport, Sports, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia, Volleyball Beach | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

MAVL 2

Posted by devo on October 31, 2009

AVLlogoRound 2 of the Men’s Australian Volleyball League will kick off at 6pm tonight at the AIS in Canberra. You can follow the results at the AVL Page, and you will be able to get live updates of each match at Volleyball Australia.

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Aust Volleyball League, Australian Volleyball, sport, Sports, State Volleyball, University Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia | 21 Comments »

Dan back in Canberra

Posted by devo on October 27, 2009

My correspondent informs me that Dan Ilott commenced employment with AIS Volleyball this week.

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Volleyball, coaching, sport, Sports, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia | Tagged: | 11 Comments »

Volleyball funding to be cut?

Posted by devo on October 27, 2009

Markleb began conversation on the Crawford review last week in his What will YOU do? post.

The Daily Telegraph suggests that  …

The Crawford review is said to have told Federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis the broad funding model that exists for Olympic sports costs the government too much. It is set to recommend only a handful of sports in which Australia is highly competitive at the Olympics – like swimming, cycling and track and field – should receive full funding.

Funding for most other sports – like volleyball, tae-kwon-do and badminton – would be phased out over several years. more

I have read so many articles from overseas sources holding up our AIS as THE model to follow. Many countries have followed the model. It is ironic that our model may disappear. As Markleb asks: What will you do? Are you ready to man the barricades?

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Australian Volleyball, coaching, Olympics, sport, Sports, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia, Volleyball Beach | Tagged: | 17 Comments »

Men’s AVL – Round 2

Posted by devo on October 26, 2009

Round 2 of the Men’s Australian Volleyball League begins in Canberra this coming Friday night with the first of 2 matches beginning at 6pm, when the AIS will take on the Pirates. The draw for this round has been modified to fit in the replay of Pirates vs UTSSU from round 1. The scheduled AIS vs Heat match will now be played at a “date to be confirmed”.

Let’s hope this round is free from controversy, and the focus can be on the volleyball.

With the NOAS Improving Officiating forum being held at the Australian Institute of Sport on Saturday, let’s hope there are enough refs available to do the job, without the load falling again onto just a few.

Our poll for this week is: Will the UTSSU team be able to record its first win this week? See the poll in the left hand column.

The ladder after round 1 – less the replay match is:

TEAM P W L
QAS Pirates 3 3 0
Canberra Heat 3 2 1
University Blues 3 2 1
AIS 3 1 2
Volleyball WA 3 1 2
UTSSU 3 0 3

Posted in Aust Institute of Sport, Aust Volleyball League, Australian Volleyball, referee, sport, Sports, State Volleyball, University Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball Australia | Tagged: | 7 Comments »

Reeves has swapped his beach volleyball for his baseball gear

Posted by devo on October 21, 2009

When it came to choosing a life or chasing a distant sporting dream, Robert Reeves had to make a tough call. …

He was … chosen in the national squad to contest the junior beach volleyball world championships at London in June. But it would have required about $6000 of his own money plus lots of time spent at the Australian Institute of Sport training camp in Adelaide. Beyond that the AIS were talking about plans until 2016, for which he was expected to sacrifice any future career plans and the life of a normal young man.

“I decided I didn’t really want to do it,” Reeves said. “I decided to go to uni instead. Just paying for it was getting too hard. more@QT

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AIS Athlete of the Year finalists named

Posted by devo on October 21, 2009

Team of the Year

  • Luke Morrison/David Smith – sprint canoe
  • Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen – sailing
  • Becchara Palmer/Louise Bawden – beach volleyball
  • Team Jayco/AIS – cycling

See all of the nominations @ ausport

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