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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.

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Polish Cup win

Posted by devo on January 25, 2010

The team of Ben Hardy and Igor Yudin has won the Polish Cup. It is the first time in the history of the team that Jastrzebski Coal have won the cup.  Ben received the tournament award for Best Server. The win gives the club participation in the next edition of the Champions League.

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German volleyball live

Posted by devo on January 17, 2010

On Monday, 18/01 at 19:20 –  (19/01 at 5:20 AESST) Spobox.tv transmits live and  free the Bavarian derby VC francs vs Generali Haching. spobox.tv – Bundesliga LIVE und KOSTENLOS

UPDATE: If you slept in ;{ you can catch the match here.

With four wins on the trot, and now in seventh place, the German team of Aussie coach Mark Lebedew and Aussie player Tom Bawden will be a good watch for early risers. Volleyball Club FrankenTranslation

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Igor steps up in tie-break for first victory of Jastrzebie

Posted by devo on January 8, 2010

Time had finally come for the JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel S.A. to notch their first CEV Champions League victory as they scored an amazing five setter against the still undefeated armada of VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. ~ Ben Hardy & Igor YudinKS Jastrzebski Wegiel SATranslationBen’s web site

Surprise in Jastrzebie Zdroj! After three consecutive losses the Poles scored tonight their first victory after a dramatic match against VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. “Comparing our first matches in the Champions League I can say that we started playing much better. Good service and solid reception were on our side. Of course, we made some mistakes, but in the crucial moments we were able to finish the decisive attacks, especially with Igor Yudin in the tie-break. Now we are back in contention for the Playoffs“, says Russian star Pavel Abramov. more@Volleycountry ~ Champions league results and ranking ~ CEV

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Slamball or volleyball?

Posted by devo on December 22, 2009

One of the sites that I check out occasionally is Loris Bertolacci‘s Sport, Health & Fitness blog. Loris always talks passionately about his topic. Somehow I missed this post; it’s worth a read.

Come on you guys. Wrest the initiative from the AFL and get kids to play Volleyball in Western Sydney. Paul Roos would be rapt! Before someone gives Lote another million to play Rugby League and Demetriou starts brainwashing newly born babies in Western Sydney get in there! I hear that every new baby born in Western Sydney will be given a Sherrin.

The men’s Volleyball team won the Asian Championship last year and is a great team. There are some awesome and spectacular athletes playing.

Someone has to realize that the one constant in life is change and there are some sports that simply are global and some that are not. Take the punt.

Get rid of slamball and put Volleyball on the screen and sponsor it. Go on. Do it! read the full post

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Lozza has a win

Posted by devo on December 18, 2009

Lauren Bertolacci CV Cuesta PiedraTranslationSpain superligahas notched up her first win for the season in the Spanish Superliga in a tight 5 setter.

Tubillete.com Aireuropa Tenf. lost to Traysesa Santa Cruz 2 – 3 (23-25/25-17/25-17/19-25/12-15)

You can check out the team, and Lozza pretending to speak Spanish, here.

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Ben on Worlds

Posted by devo on November 15, 2009

Aussie Ben Hardy has previewed the 2010 World Championships on his blog:

AUS will be playing Russia, Puerto Rico and Camaroon in the first round. What can we expect? Well, the World Championships are a long way away … and a lot of things can change between now and then. Our Australian team can do a lot of growing in this time with some of our players having a lot of responsibility in their club teams. … Shane Alexander … Paul Carroll, Nathan Roberts (and) Igor Yudin … the experience these guys in particular (plus the other guys based overseas) will gain this year will in turn be great for the Australian team.

Our first game in the World Champs is to be Puerto Rico. Yes we have had success the last time we played in the World Cup against them however they are a very dangerous and good team. Also the core of this team has been together for a number of years now making them a tight unit. They will be good and this will be our most important game.

Our 2nd match will be againt Russia. This will be a tough game; even if we have had some good games against them in the past, winning will be unexpected and a huge event in itself.

Third we have Camaroon who I know very little about. … We will, however, have a lot of time to get some data on them …

… it’s a good draw for us. In the past we have not had the best draw, but it seems we have a good chance to get out of the first round and make history.

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“Kangaroo Roy” – new website

Posted by devo on November 14, 2009

roy earlFor those of you who have been following the exploits of Aussie Andy “Roy” Earl on Facebook – Aero Odolena Voda – there is now a website for the club:

Aero Odolena VodaTranslation

Roy’s Div 1 Czech team is sitting 6-3 for the season.

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Luke’s video update

Posted by devo on October 26, 2009

Luke Campbell has uploaded some more videos onto his site so that players around the country can see the national team in action, and also see the level of real club volleyball. They are a free download.

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Lauren begins season

Posted by devo on October 22, 2009

Lozza has played her first game in Spain, but unfortunately did not have a win. Traysesa Santa Cruz – Valeriano Alles Menorca Volei0 0- 3 (22-25/11-25/18-25)

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From Poland

Posted by devo on October 22, 2009

Igor Yudin ~ Ben HardyKS Jastrzebski Wegiel SATranslationBen’s web site

Last week Aussie Ben took out the MVP. This week was Igor’s turn. They must be loving those Aussies at Węgiel!

Jadar Radom – Jastrzębski Węgiel 0:3 (21:25, 27:29, 23:25) MVP: Igor Yudin
Although Jadar was really ambitious and fought in every action, the end of peach set did belong to the definitely stronger squad. Radom had good blocks and they kept close to their rivals until the end, when they started to lose their heads and made many mistakes. Pawel Abramov and Igor Yudin didn’t disappoint in the most important moments. It looked like match could be longer, when Jadar didn’t give up at any time.  Jastrzebski Wegiel finished the third and the last set and they came back to their city really satisfied. more@volleycountry ~ match description

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Luke retires from National Program

Posted by devo on October 17, 2009

Luke Campbell reports on his blog that … After six months on the beach with the National Program I,  along with the coaches, have decided to call an end to my time in Adelaide. My time with the team has been a fantastic experience for me, both on and off the court. While I am very sad to finish the experience, I am sure my time around volleyball, be it beach or indoor, playing or coaching, is far from over.

…  One thing I’m really looking forward to is getting back into the coaching I was doing around Victoria, to help the next generation achieve their goals in volleyball.

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Ben and Igor have a great start to Polish season

Posted by devo on October 14, 2009

Ben Hardy – Igor Yudin – KS Jastrzebski Wegiel SATranslationBen’s web site – Wegiel began their season with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-21) win over AZS. Yudin played well, topping the scoring with 18 points. But it was Ben Hardy that took out the MVP award.

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Luke Campbell’s new web site

Posted by devo on October 5, 2009

This website is designed to cover my professional and international careers in indoor and beach volleyball, give information on my coaching and to introduce ProConnect, a business that I hope will open many doors for Australian Volleyballers to play overseas and achieve their goals as I have over the past 12 years.

Check it out!

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Aussie women’s team for Asians

Posted by devo on August 28, 2009

vta2009 Asian Senior Women’s Team (pictures)

  • 1 Holmes, Fleur WA
  • 2 Brammer, Rachelle WA
  • 3 West, Tara WA
  • 4 Maycock, Anna SA
  • 5 Ross, Hannah SA
  • 7 Morgan, Rowena NSW
  • 10 Bertolacci, Lauren VIC
  • 13 Carey, Beth SA
  • 14 Bates, Louise VIC
  • 15 Stott, Danielle VIC
  • 16 Watt, Rhiannon VIC
  • 18 Borcic, Neira VIC
  • HC Fielding, Amanda QLD
  • AC Manser, Pauline WA
  • Trn Pham, Nam NSW
  • Chiro Chris Wallman WA

The team will be blogging the same as they did the last trip and hopefully they can get more game footage up there as well – all internet dependent.

The Aussie girls are in Pool A – the first round:

  • AUS v VIE 7pm 5/9/9
  • AUS v SRI 10am 6/9/9
  • AUS v IRI 12noon 7/9/9

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Lozza update

Posted by devo on August 28, 2009

Aussie women’s team player Lauren Bertolacci has updated her blog with some pictures from AVL and a highlights tape.

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Luke Campbell in Finland

Posted by devo on August 22, 2009

This round in Aland, Finland threw up a big surprise for me. We went to bed thinking we were playing a Finnish team in the morning as we were told at the technical meeting and was on the net, only to wake up in the morning and find out they had changed the draw! more@Luke’sBlog

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Aussie girls’ report

Posted by devo on August 19, 2009

Our game tonight against the Chinese team (Guangdong) had some close scores, which saw us in the lead a couple times, but we were unable to hold on.  As with the previous matches we did some things really well and continued to see an improvement in our blocking and defense, however, we were unable to capitalise on key opportunities and our inconsistency let us down in the long run …

VTAW lost to  China (Guangdong) 0-3 (23-25, 20-25, 21-25)

more@AusWomen’sBlog

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Luke Campbell photos

Posted by devo on August 18, 2009

Luke’s blog has been updated with new sets of photos. Devo readers may be particularly interested in photos from the World Tour in Norway, and from Luke’s time at Al Ahli Club Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

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Paul Carroll signs in Italy

Posted by devo on July 31, 2009

Aussie volleyballer Paul Carroll is off to Italy. He will play with Yoga Volley Forlì in the new season of series A1 2009/2010.

see also: Legavolley ~ volleyb@ll.it

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