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Devo says goodbye

Posted by devo on February 1, 2010

I have been blogging here at devo’s volleyball for 3 years and 8 months. It’s been great fun, and I have enjoyed the journey.

But it’s time to move on.

I want to thank my fellow bloggers for being part of the journey. And each of you who has become part of the devo’s community. The friendships that you find in volleyball have kept me in this sport for 36 years.

The good things about volleyball happen at the local level. Coaches and parents doing their bit, giving up their time. It was always so, and I believe that the future of volleyball remains with local coaches, parents, clubs and especially schools. Continue to fight the good fight.

Thankyou. Goodbye.

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It’s not volleyball

Posted by devo on January 30, 2010

Robbo, who streams volleyball for us, says: Hey devo. I’m not at my computer as I’m in a box at the G but if you wanted to post a ‘non volleyball’ item, we are streaming the womens one day final on with Melanie Jones, ex Aussie player.

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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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On the move

Posted by devo on January 19, 2010

It’s not volleyball, but …

The WACA takes great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Andrew Scotford to fill the newly created position of Cricket Operations Manager.

Scotford has over ten years of experience in sports management and joins the WACA from Cricket Australia, where he held the position of Umpire Manager for two and a half years. Prior to working in cricket, Scotford was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Volleyball Federation for seven years. more

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Christmas wish

Posted by devo on December 23, 2009

Devo and Mrs Devo
would like to wish all of our visitors to devo’s volleyball
a joyous Christmas and a happy new year.

A special Christmas wish to all the Aussies plying their trade overseas. For many of you it will be a white Christmas, far from your family and friends.  Our thoughts and love are with you.

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OZ Volleyball switches sports….

Posted by Robbo on December 16, 2009

Another one of those “It’s not volleyball…” stories.

On the back of the Mens AVL Finals Streaming success (which is still getting hits), the OZ Volleyball team have teamed up with Cricket Australia to help bring you some more Live Australian sport! Read the rest of this entry »

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Not just a blogger our Hugh

Posted by devo on December 12, 2009

Okay, it’s not volleyball, but this does deserve a mention. Regular devo’s blogger Hugh found out on the bus trip home from Schools’ Cup that his animation studio had won the Australian Film Industry award for best short animation. The Cat Piano, which is narrated by Nick Cave, is about a city of singing cats which is preyed upon by a shadowy figure intent on performing a twisted feline symphony.

Well done mate. And if the search I did on the internet is anything to go by, other, greater awards, may be on the way.

UPDATE: It’s now official

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards®. Thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

* “The Cat Piano,” Eddie White and Ari Gibson, directors (The People’s Republic of Animation) …

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in New York and Los Angeles. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January 2010. more ~ more

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A new Aussie volleyballer

Posted by devo on December 10, 2009

Aussie volleyball in the Czech Republic Andy “Roy” Earl and his wife Anna are the proud parents of  a newly born baby.

“Anna is fine and little baby Ema is beautiful.

Congratulations from all of us here at devo’s.

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Well done Matik

Posted by devo on November 24, 2009

I often get mail letting me know what is happenning out there in volleyball. Some makes it to the blog. Some doesn’t. I got some news yesterday that, though not directly about volleyball, I am happy to share. While I was at Heidelberg, I got to know Steve Mowat. He played with my boys. Steve worked hard at his volleyball, he was not a naturally gifted athlete, and became a valued member of the team. He played in the Vic under 16 team.

He took that same work ethic into his other passion – music. “Matik” is now a DJ and producer, and produced Pez – A Mind of My Own which has just won best independent hip hop/urban album at the Air Awards (Australian independent record labels association).Well done Steve.

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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.

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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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Need new knee pads?

Posted by devo on November 9, 2009

Found this on Facebook: Post a photo of your worn out old knee pads on our page (you must actally be wearing them) and the best (that’s worst) looking pair win’s a free set of Joust International knee pads TOTALLY FREE! Postage included. Entries close 5pm on Friday 13th November 2009. Get cracking. more

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‘golden formula’

Posted by markleb on November 6, 2009

The World Club Championships is being right now in Qatar using the experimental ‘Golden Formula’ which demands that the first attack after reception must be from the backrow.  I haven’t seen any of the games but I have read the first review of the ‘new’ rules.  The review was written by well known international coach Roberto Serniotti on the site  It is entitled ‘The Golden Formula? For me it is horrible’.  You can read the original here.  Here is a quick ‘translation’ of his main points.

  • The middle blockers are virtually completed excluded from the attack.  In one match Trento played one quick attack in five sets.
  • The load for the outside hitters and opposites will increase, not just in matches but also in training, leading to much greater risk of injury.
  • The variation in first attack is virtually non existent.  Most attacks are either forward or back.  The pipe is no longer a factor as it loses much of its context without the quick attack (most pipes in the tournament are facing a triple block).
  • There is no reason to pass the ball close to the net so the technical level of the game will diminish.
  • Tactics become much simpler as there is little possible variation.
  • The role of the setter will decrease.  The setting skills in using the first tempo in relationship to outside attacks to control the block will virtually disappear.
  • The rallies don’t get longer. The average rally is 6 seconds.
  • These are some of the consequences for high level men’s volleyball.  What will happen to junior volleyball or women’s volleyball?  Will we reach the stage where different levels of volleyball have different rules?

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Posted by devo on November 4, 2009

champagneSometime today, we had our 600,000th page view.

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Best of us challenge

Posted by devo on October 29, 2009

The International Olympic Committee have created ‘The Best of Us to build youth engagement with the Olympic Movement.

Participants are encouraged to submit 30-second videos of themselves doing an activity related to sport, and to then share it with their friends and challenge them to do better. A number of famous athletes, including Aussie beach volleyballer  Natalie Cook, are participating and lending their support to the campaign.

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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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Norwood Bears help Afghan community

Posted by devo on October 26, 2009

Grants for amounts up to $5000 are offered under the government’s Diverse Australia Program (DAP), and the National Action Plan to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security.

One of this year’s successful applicants, the Norwood Bears Volleyball Club, in Brooklyn Park, South Australia, will provide training sessions for the local Afghan community to participate in volleyball competitions as well as the broader life of the club. more

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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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Twitter & RSS

Posted by devo on October 19, 2009

twitter_logoYou can now follow devo’s posts on Twitter.

rss-feed-iconYou can also keep up-to-date with a news reader and RSS. ~~~

devo's volleyballBut still the best way to keep up-to-date, is to log on to Check the latest news, and let us all know what you are thinking by leaving a comment.

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Payments to players

Posted by devo on October 15, 2009

Getting a contract in Europe is one thing. Getting paid what your contract states is a completely different thing.

Players not getting their full pay is not exclusive to volleyball in Europe. A legal bun fight is developing over USA basketballers being ripped off that has gone to the US courts, and may have implications for all clubs in Europe. You can read the details at CNN. Thanks to AL for the heads up on this one.

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