For the first time in Australian Volleyball League History, West Australia will be represented in both the men’s and women’s AVL grand finals to be played at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on Sunday 3 December.
For the WA Hornets (Men’s team) this will be their first ever grand final appearance. The Hornets have the youngest coach in the league, Matt Hender at just 26 year of age says his experience overseas as a player has helped him be a good leader.
“Today there was a few nerves in the beginning but once we hit our straps we took it to another level. The Heat played well but we were just too aggressive for them.” Said Hender.
The Hornets topped the Southern Conference and they will face the best from the Eastern Conference, The Queensland Pirates, in Sundays Gold Medal match with hopes of claiming their first ever title.
“Tomorrows a new day. I think if we stay with our aggressive style we match up really well with Queensland. We’ve got some big guys on our team, we will be looking to come out and play free tomorrow.” Said Hender.
It’ll be an historic day for West Australia Volleyball with their women’s team, The Pearls, also playing for the Gold Medal after crushing the highly rated Queensland women’s team, the Pirates in today’s semifinal.
The WA Pearls will be hoping to recreate their golden run from 2009-11 when they took out three straight titles. It’ll be a tough challenge as they face Victorian side, the Uni Blues in the grand final. The Blues will be looking for their own piece of history as they go for their fifth consecutive title, the most ever for either gender.
The Uni Blues made their way to the Gold Medal match after easily accounting for the Sydney Amazons in today’s other semifinal in straight sets.
TODAYS FULL RESULTS
Men’s Semifinal #1 WA HORNETS 3 – 1 CANBERRA HEAT (25:23, 21:25, 25:19, 25:12)
Men’s Semifinal #2 QLD PIRATES 3 – 1 ADELAIDE STORM (25:15, 25:20, 23:25, 25:17)
Women’s Semifinal #1 UNI BLUES 3 – 0 SYDNEY AMAZONS (25:22, 25:21, 25:15)
Women’s Semifinal #2 WA PEARLS 3 – 1 QLD PIRATES ( 25:15, 25:22, 22:25, 25:16)
Coming up tomorrow:
WHAT: Men’s and women’s Gold and Bronze Medal Matches and Australian Volleyball Schools Cup
WHERE: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
9:30am Canberra Heat V Adelaide Storm – Men’s Bronze Medal match
1:30pm WA Hornets V Qld Pirates – Men’s Gold Medal match
11:30am Sydney Amazons V Qld Pirates – Women’s Bronze Medal match
5:00pm WA Pearls V Uni Blues – Women’s Gold Medal match.
4pm Australian Volleyball Schools Cup Opening Ceremony
Including performance from The Voice winner Anja Nissen
7pm Australian Volleball League finals – Ceremony.
6:00pm – 10:00pm – Australian Volleyball Schools Cup matches.