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Aussie women score votes in World Tour Awards

Posted by devo on November 26, 2008

SWATCH FIVB World Tour Women’s Award Winners

With Beijing 2008 Olympic podium placers Xi Zhang of China and Misty May-Treanor of the United States leading the way, the top players on the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour were revealed here Wednesday after compiling the voting by SWATCH representatives, players, coaches, referees and officials from the international Beach Volleyball circuit. FIVBmore …

Sportsman of the Year
3, Natalie Cook, Australia

Best Defensive Player
Also receiving votes – Natalie Cook, Australia

Best Blocker
3, Tamsin Barnett, Australia

Best Hitter
Also receiving votes –  Tamsin Barnett, Australia

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Barnett and Palmer play for bronze

Posted by devo on November 9, 2008

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fivb picture - click to enlarge

The final day of the Phuket Beach tournament, featuring Tamsin Barnett and Becchara Palmer playing for bronze, is streaming live.

The Aussies lost the first set 14-21, but are more competitive in the second set. The Germans – Guerther & Banck – move ahead towards the end of the second set to win 18-21

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Phuket beach finals live

Posted by devo on November 8, 2008

The fivb are streaming here – Tamsin Barnett and Becchara Palmer semi-final match at the Phuket  2008 Women’s Open

Tamsin and Becchara lost to Branagh-Turner (USA) 2-0. They will play off for 3rd place tomorrow.

Results at the FIVB

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Tamsin Barnett and Becchara Palmer into semis

Posted by devo on November 8, 2008

After winning a pair of matches on Friday at the US$175,000 Phuket Thailand Open, Tamsin Barnett and Becchara Palmer became the first women’s team since 2000 from Australia to advance to a SWATCH FIVB World Tour “final four” without having either Natalie Cook or Kerri Pottharst as part of the partnership. more@fivb

On a day when all home players crashed out, the formidable Jennifer Boss and April Ross brushed off Nicole Branagh and Tyra Turner in the all-American battle to join Australians Tamsin Barnett and Becchara Palmer in the semi-finals of the US$175,000 Phuket Thailand Open at Karon Beach. more@fivb

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Becchara and Tamsin in upset

Posted by devo on November 7, 2008

With three teams from the United States and Olympic tandems from Austria and Georgia winning as expected here Thursday on Karon Beach, it was the victories by pairs from Australia and Italy that highlighted the women’s Beach Volleyball action at the US$175,000 Phuket Thailand Open.

The teams of 13th-seeded Becchara Palmer/Tamsin Barnett of Australia and 16th-seeded Daniela Gioria/Giulia Momoli of Italy scored upset SWATCH FIVB World Tour wins over Beach Volleyball pairs from Brazil to advance to the third round of the winner’s bracket for matches Friday morning against tandems from the United States and Germany, respectively. (picture) more@fivb

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Cook considers future

Posted by devo on August 19, 2008

BEACH volleyball legend Natalie Cook hasn’t ruled out a fifth Olympics appearance in 2012 but admits now is no time to be making career decisions.

“I just need a rest. It’s been 16 years of non-stop, hard physical activity on my body and my mind and it’s time now to just soak it in and enjoy,” the 33-year-old Queenslander said after partnering Tamsin Barnett to their 24-22 21-14 quarter-final loss to Brazil in Beijing.

“The end of 2008 will be a rest and hopefully Santa Claus can bring me a present that tells me what to do and the New Year’s resolution is to talk about it and to see if I can keep going.” more@FoxSports

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Cook and Barnett into Olympic quarter finals

Posted by devo on August 15, 2008

Natalie Cook

Natalie Cook

Aussie beach volleyballers at the Olympics, Natalie Cook and Tamsin Barnett, continued on their winning way and into the quarter finals after a surprisingly hard-fought victory over Greece in hot and sunny conditions at Beijing’s Chaoyang Park complex. There was very little to separate the two sides, with attack successes and errors virtually identical on either side of the net. more@SBSmore@ABC

15-Aug: Barnett-Cook AUS [10] def Koutroumanidou-Tsiartsiani GRE [16] 2-1 (22-20, 19-21, 15-12) in 56 minutes.

They will meet either Maaseide-Glesnes NOR [12] or Talita-Renata BRA [6] in the quarter finals on Sunday (Photo courtesy AFP: Thomas Coex)

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Aussie round of 16 matches

Posted by devo on August 15, 2008

As the Olympic beach tournament heads into the round of 16 knock out matches, the draws for the Aussie teams have been released.

15-Aug – 12:00 – Barnett-Cook AUS [10] vs Koutroumanidou-Tsiartsiani GRE [16]
16-Aug – 12:00 – Nummerdor-Schuil NED [5] vs Schacht-Slack AUS [10]

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Some good Aussie sledging in Beijing

Posted by devo on August 14, 2008

“We’ve got a Brazilian coach so that helps and we know what annoys him so we’re pretty sure we know what annoys them as well,” Barnett joked on the Seven Network on Thursday.

While sledging isn’t allowed in the sport, Barnett said Cook had a few subtle slurs up her sleeve to psych out opponents.

“Nat’s pretty good at doing sneaky sledges because you’re not allowed to (sledge),” Barnett said.

“Some of them don’t understand English so you can say what you like,” Cook cheekily replied. “But Tamsin’s got some extra height so she just puffs her chest out and they all get intimidated. Just a little bit of sand in the eye,” she added.

Cook said Wednesday’s battle with the Brazilians was tough. “It really did feel like war … high pressure and point for point, and Tamsin at the net was blocking amazing and I’m throwing around sand everywhere and it was hot and steamy, just very very high pressure but we came out on top,” she said. “It’s like eye of the tigers, it’s just feisty.”

Cook said she was in the best shape of her career and was looking forward to getting her hands on another gold medal. “We’re playing great and if we keep playing to our form then that (a gold medal) is a really high possibility.” more@SBS

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Cook and Barnett finish top of pool

Posted by devo on August 13, 2008

Aussies Natalie Cook and Tamsin Barnett finish undefeated and top of their pool, defeating the number 3 ranked Brazillians 2-0 in their final pool match. They became the first team to progress to the round of 16.

… four-time Olympian and former gold medalist Natalie Cook of Australia scampered around the sand digging out balls rocketed down by third-ranked Ana Paula Connelly and Larissa Franca. “That felt like a medal match,” the 33-year-old said after the 23-21, 23-21 win. Winning their pool gives Cook and partner Tamsin Barnett a seeded place in the last 16. more@Reuters

With the victory, the Australians replaced Ana Paula and Larissa as the third-seeded team in the elimination phase of the competition.  Cook is now 16-3 for Olympic matches with three different partners as she won medals with Kerri Pottharst (bronze, Atlanta1996 and gold, Sydney 2000), and placed fourth with Nicole Sanderson at the Athens 2004 Summer Games.”I thought our teamwork was very good today,’ said the 33-year old Cook, who still considers herself a viable candidate for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  “We were strong at the net and we defended well.  Ana Paula and Larissa are very gifted players, so you got to be ready for anything that happens.  We can now relax and enjoy the Olympic atmosphere for a day.” more@fivb

Pool C
33 13-Aug 12:00 Ana Paula-Larissa BRA [3] Barnett-Cook AUS [10] 0-2 (21-23, 21-23) 0:50
27 13-Aug 10:00 Uryadova-Shiryaeva RUS [15] Saka-Rtvelo GEO [22] 1-2 (21-10, 20-22, 12-15) 0:58
21 11-Aug 19:00 Barnett-Cook AUS [10] Saka-Rtvelo GEO [22] 2-0 (21-18, 21-12) 0:40
15 11-Aug 20:00 Ana Paula-Larissa BRA [3] Uryadova-Shiryaeva RUS [15] 2-1 (19-21, 21-12, 15-13) 0:54
9 09-Aug 12:00 Barnett-Cook AUS [10] Uryadova-Shiryaeva RUS [15] 2-1 (21-8, 19-21, 15-12) 0:58
3 09-Aug 20:00 Ana Paula-Larissa BRA [3] Saka-Rtvelo GEO [22] 2-1 (23-25, 21-17, 15-5) 0:56

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Beach results

Posted by devo on August 1, 2008

UPDATE 7: originally posted 32/07/08

2008 SWATCH FIVB Youth World Championships Results
van den Bogert-Vismans NED [6] def Smith-Mercer AUS [18] 2-0 (21-14, 21-18)
Montgomery-McKibbin USA [7] def Smith-Mercer AUS [18] 2-0 (21-10, 21-14)
Smith-Mercer AUS [18] lost to Ciarelli-Carlson USA [19] 0-2 (6-21, 17-21)

Whitaker-Facca CAN [8] def Stone-Artacho AUS [17] 2-0 (21-15, 21-12)
Chaika-Karapischenko RUS [5] def Stone-Artacho AUS [17] 2-0 (21-15, 21-15)
Stone-Artacho AUS [17] lost to Alova-Raevskaya RUS [20] 1-2 (13-21, 21-17, 9-15)

Klagenfurt  2008 Grand Slam Results

Cook-Barnett AUS [5] def Kongshavn-Wiig NOR [28] 2-0 (21-11, 21-14)
Cook-Barnett AUS [5]
def Klapalova-Petrova CZE [21]  2-0 (21-11, 21-18)
Cook-Barnett AUS [5] def Hakedal-Torlen NOR [12]  2-0 (30-28, 23-21)
In a marathon 2 set game the Aussies dug deep to defeat the number 1 Norwegian Olympic team in a match that went for over one hour. “It’s really important to get good quality match experience,” said Cook, who will become the only woman to compete in all four beach volleyball Olympics.  “We played as close to Beijing as we could, we don’t want a long break.  Our team is still young; we’ve been together 18 months and half of that time I was injured with my knee.  We’ll get a week’s rest in Beijing before we play.” more@fivb
Cook-Barnett AUS [5] vs Minusa-Jursone LAT [23] round 2 forfeit team A

Schacht-Slack AUS [14] def Lochhead-Pitman NZL [19] 2-0 (21-14, 21-19)
Schacht-Slack AUS [14] def Cadieux-Lelliott CAN [30] 2-1 (21-16, 15-21, 15-13)
After playing well in the first set, the Aussies boys lost their way in the second set and in the third until, at 8-10 down things turned around. A series of blocks by Slack and a great defensive dig by Schacht allowed Australia to gain momentum and at their second match point sealed the tightly contested match.
Reckermann-Urbatzka GER [3] vs Schacht-Slack AUS [14] forfeit team B

Check out Spike Online for an interesting view on these forfeits

Thanks to Simon Naismith, Program Manager, AIS / AVF Beach Volleyball National Centre of Excellence for the match comments

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AUSSIES OFF TO A FLYER IN OLYMPIC PRELUDE

Posted by devo on July 31, 2008

AUSSIES OFF TO A FLYER IN OLYMPIC PRELUDE.
JULY 30th, 2008 – KLAGENFURT GRAND SLAM, AUSTRIA
WOMEN Main Draw Tournament Results

POOL PLAY

Match 1
Barnett-Cook AUSTRALIA defeated Kongshavn-Wiig Norway 2 – 0 (21-11, 21-14)

Match 2
Barnett-Cook AUSTRALIA defeated Klapalova-Petrova Czech Republic 2 – 0 (21-11, 21-18)

Tamsin Barnett and Natalie Cook had two pleasing victories today (Wednesday) as they fine tune their game for the Beijing Olympic Games on August 9th. The Aussie girls were never really troubled as they won points at will defensively and sided out with great control. The closest any team got on the scoreboard today was the Czech Republic at 17 all in the 2nd set. However, Barnett-Cook now start to face Olympic teams from tomorrow morning’s match onwards in this tournament.

Thursday Matches:

Cook / Barnett play Norway’s Number 1 Olympic team of Hakedal / Torlen at 11.00am (Austrian time) in their final pool play match of this round. Australian Men’s team Andrew Schacht and Josh Slack will play at 11.00am v Lochhead-Pitman (New Zealand) in their first match of the tournament and then again at 3.00pm v Cadieux-Lelliott (Canada).

Klagenfurt is 8 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

OLYMPIC DRAW and POOL PLAY MATCH SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The FIVB along with BOCOG have announced the Aussies will kick off on the first day of Olympic Competition August 9th, with Barnett / Cook v Russia at 1200 noon and Schacht / Slack v Georgia at 2.00pm. The 12,000-seat Chaoyang Park in Beijing will be the venue for the Olympic Beach Volleyball Tournament. A schedule of Aussie Olympic Games pool play matches can be found below. full draw here. All times are local Beijing Time and subject to change (Beijing is 2 hours behind Australian EST)

TIME, GENDER, POOL
9-Aug-08
12:00 Women PC Barnett-Cook AUS vs. Uryadova-Shiryaeva RUS
14:00 Men PC Schacht-Slack AUS vs. Geor-Gia GEO

10-Aug-08
No Aussie matches

11-Aug-08
10:00 Men PC Schacht-Slack AUS vs. Fernandes-Morais ANG
19:00 Women PC Barnett-Cook AUS vs. Saka-Rtvelo GEO

12-Aug-08
No Aussie matches

13-Aug-08
12:00 Women PC Juliana-Larissa BRA vs. Barnett-Cook AUS
21:00 Men PC Ricardo-Emanuel BRA vs. Schacht-Slack AUS

14-Aug-08
No Aussie matches

Keep up to date with the Results by following this web site (then simply click on Klagenfurt)
www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/Competitions/WorldTour/BVB_Calendar_WT2008.htm?sm=14

AIS Beach Volleyball web site is: www.ausport.gov.au/ais/sports/beach_volleyball/home

Volleyball Australia Web site is: www.avf.org.au

Thank you to Simon Naismith (Program Manager, AIS / AVF Beach Volleyball) and the FIVB for their assistance in putting together this information.

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Aussies at Gstaad Grand Slam

Posted by devo on July 27, 2008

UPDATE: Originally posted 25/07/08

Tian and Jie Wang defeated sixth-seeded Tamsin Barnett and Natalie Cook of Australia in their semifinal match, 24-22, 21-17.  With the win, the Chinese advanced to their 15th title match on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, where they took the silver medal. In the bronze medal match, Barnett and Cook lost to 4th ranked Xue-Zhang Xi of China  (18-21, 13-21) more@fivb ~ results

Previous post:
Australia’s Andrew Schacht and Joshua Slack, the seventh-seeded team in this event had to forfeit both matches yesterday due to an injury to Slack. Not good news heading into the Olympics.

Australia’s Tamsin Barnett and Natalie Cook, who will be heading to her fourth beach Olympics next month, won all of their sets by an average margin of nearly six points. Australia is seeking its first Gold Medal since Barnett and Cook won in Seoul on June 1, 2007. The Aussies are seeded sixth in Gstaad. more@fivb

The Aussie teams’ 3-0 win in the pool round sees them straight through to round 2, bypassing round 1, where they will meet the 18th ranked Spanish pair of Campisi and Lozano.

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Aussie beach Olympic qualifiers

Posted by devo on July 24, 2008

After staging 29 men’s and 28 women’s qualifying events for the Beijing 2008 Olympics over the past 15 months, the FIVB,  has released a provisional list of qualifiers for the Beijing 2008 beach volleyball competition. This week’s Gstaad schedule will feature the drawing of lots Saturday for the Beijing Olympics to determine the composition of the preliminary round pools for the Summer Games.

The Aussie qualified pairs are both competing at Gstaad this week as part of their Olympic warm ups. Andrew Schacht and Josh Slack are ranked 7th and begin pool matches today. (see results). Tamsin Barnett and Natalie Cook, ranked 6th, had 2 easy wins yesterday in pool play. (see results)

You can keep up-to-date at the fivb beach page

Women’s list:

1 Walsh-May-Treanor USA 2 Tian Jia-Wang CHN 3 Juliana-Larissa BRA 4 Xue-Zhang Xi CHN 5 Branagh-Youngs USA 6 Talita-Renata BRA 7 Karantasiou-Arvaniti GRE 8 Goller-Ludwig GER 9 Pohl-Rau GER 10 Barnett-Cook AUS 11 Hakedal-Torlen NOR 12 Maaseide-Glesnes NOR 13 Fernandez Grasset-Larrea Peraza CUB 14 Schwaiger-Schwaiger AUT 15 Van Breedam-Mouha BEL 16 Esteves Ribalta-M. Crespo CUB 17 Koutroumanidou-Tsiartsiani GRE 18 Uryadova-Shiryaeva RUS 19 Kadijk R.-Mooren NED 20 Montagnolli-Swoboda AUT 21 Candelas-Garcia MEX 22 Teru Saiki-Kusuhara JPN 23 Saka-Rtvelo GEO

Men’s list:

1 Rogers-Dalhausser USA 2 Ricardo-Emanuel BRA 3 Marcio Araujo-Fabio Luiz BRA 4 Nummerdor-Schuil NED 5 Xu-Wu CHN 6 Brink-Dieckmann Ch. GER 7 Barsouk-Kolodinsky RUS 8 Klemperer-Koreng GER 9 Gibb-Rosenthal USA 10 Schacht-Slack AUS 11 Herrera-Mesa ESP12 Heyer-Heuscher SUI 13 Conde-Baracetti ARG 14 Kais Kr.-Vesik EST 15 Doppler-Gartmayer AUT 16 Boersma E.-Ronnes NED 17 Geor-Gia GEO 18 Kjemperud-SkarlundNOR19 Gosch-HorstAUT20 Laciga M.-SchniderSUI21 Samoilovs-PlavinsLAT22 Lione-VarnierITA23 Asahi-ShiratoriJPN

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Teams depart

Posted by devo on July 17, 2008

Olympic beach volleyballers Natalie Cook and Tamsin Barnett leave Australia on Friday bound for Beijing, vowing to bring home a medal.

“We’re training for that and it’s been in our heads definitely for the last two years that Nat and I have been training together,” said 28-year-old Barnett, who represented Australia at indoor volleyball at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. “It’s realistic and of course it’s going to be bloody tough to get it, but it’s going to be tough for anyone. So we’ll just keep stringing the games together when we get to the Olympics and it’s definitely an Olympic goal.” more@thewest

And an Aussie Men’s Team flies out today for friendlies against Tunisia and Canada.

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Tamsin Barnett & Natalie Cook 4th in Japan Open

Posted by devo on May 26, 2008

A quick look at the Beach results from the weekend shows that the Aussie pair of Barnett and Cook finished 4th in the Japan Open: Barnett-Cook AUS [8] Xue-Zhang Xi CHN [3] 0-2 (17-21, 17-21) after defeating the eventual winners in the 3rd round. Juliana-Larissa BRA [1] Barnett-Cook AUS [8] 1-2 (21-19, 16-21, 14-16) more @ fivb

After 4 events on the 08 World Tour, the Aussie team are sitting in 6th position with  1,320 points and $31,300 in prize money. They are well on the way to earning a spot at the Olympics.

Posted on Devo’s Volleyball – http://devovolleyball.com

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Natalie Cook not ready for swansong

Posted by devo on February 14, 2008

THE cartilage in Natalie Cook’s left knee is almost gone after three operations but 2000 Olympic gold medallist Natalie Cook has no intention of making the Beijing Games her beach volleyball swansong.

Cook, who will test her recovery from her latest surgery in the Australian professional circuit on the Gold Coast wants to form a winning combination with partner Tamsin Barnett that stretches well beyond the Beijing Olympics in August.

“If I get to Beijing fit and healthy and Tamsin and I perform and we’re playing well, then I’ll keep going until I can’t walk,” 33-year-old Cook told AAP. more Fox Sports

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“The Australian” on Tamsin Barnett

Posted by devo on January 1, 2008

SHE is Australia’s tallest woman player, yet Tamsin Barnett is aiming even higher in the Olympic year.The 27-year-old will make a comeback to the Olympics after eight years, having competed for Australia in the 2000 Games as an indoor volleyballer.

She goes to China in beach volleyball, alongside two-time Olympic medallist Natalie Cook.

The stark difference between playing on the polished wooden floors of indoor volleyball to the sand was a surprise to Barnett. “The movement on the sand … I felt like I went from being one of the best players in the country indoors, to one of the worst outdoors,” she said”It was a massive transition and I’m sure that’s why a lot of indoor players don’t follow through with it because you feel so useless, when you first get on the sand.”

Read the full Australian article

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Beijing Olympian Tamsin Barnett in Melbourne

Posted by devo on November 18, 2007

UPDATE: Originally posted  14/11/07

Round 1 of the Virgin Blue Beach Volleyball Series kicks off this weekend in Victoria with local world beater Tamsin Barnett coming back to her home beach to team up with local legend Jenny Jury. If you are not playing on the day, come on down to show a bit of home-town love for T who has recently qualified for the Beijing Olympics with partner and Sydney Olympic Gold medalist Natalie Cook. Kids…bring something for Tamsin to sign..it’ll be worth heaps when she wins Gold in 2008!! more

And the Australian duo are definite about their expectations for the Olympics. “We are looking for a gold medal. We are targeting the gold,” she said.

But in the meantime, Barnett is excited to be part of promoting beach volleyball in Victoria. She said today’s tournament will have a party atmosphere and encouraged spectators to enjoy the action. “It is just going to be a really exciting tour. The Victorian Volleyball Tour hasn’t been like this for a long time,” she said. “There’s lots of music, there’s a really great atmosphere … the weather has been so good. It is going to be the perfect time to come down and have a look.” more The Age

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Barnett wins fivb beach award

Posted by devo on November 9, 2007

Tamsin Barnett of Australia and Germany’s Laura Ludwig were honored as the most improved players on the 2007 world tour. Natalie Cook received votes in the Most Inspirational Player, Sports Woman of the Year, and Best Setter awards.

Led by Brazilians Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca and reigning Olympic and world champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the United States, the top women’s players on the 2007 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour were announced here Thursday based on the results of the voting by SWATCH representatives, players, coaches, referees and officials associated with the international Beach Volleyball circuit. more

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