Volleyball WA 2014 Gala Dinner Awards

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Winners, contributors, retirements and a moustache – Volleyball WA’s 2014 Awards Night

 

Saturday,  20 September 2014

 

Volleyball WA honoured its own at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Perth,  Scarborough in an awards night where the major focus was the volleyball community.   Most Valuable Players were named across all three codes of volleyball, coaches and referees of the year were awarded as was the Volunteer of the Year and several Orders of Merit.   The night’s hosting duo Tara West and Jen Day were recognized following their previously announced retirement from the Australian Volleyroos Indoor Volleyball Team, and the Women’s State team coach, Pauline Manser was made a Life Member.

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 Jen Day and Tara West

West and Day need not worry about what to do after volleyball, as they showed that they have a future in stand-up comedy. Sam Halley was awarded both the Male Beach Volleyball Player of the Year and Junior Male Beach Player of the Year. After announcing his sporting achievements, Halley was asked if he was more concerned about his moustache or his upside-down visor when he is on the beach.   It seemed as though his evidently well-groomed moustache would win out but Halley named the visor.

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 Sam Halley

Female Super League MVP, Celine Haederli was interviewed on stage in French, her native tongue,  interpreting her answers for herself. With this mixture of comedy and acknowledgement the awards were presented.

The major sporting award winners were: 

Male & Junior Male Beach Player of Year – Sam Halley

Female Beach Player of the Year – Tara Banks & Carrie-Anne Cairns (Joint winners)

Indoor  Super League Male (Geoff McIntyre Award) –  Mark Petersen (Balcatta)

Indoor Super League Female – Celine Haederli, UWA

Indoor beach MVP female – Senga MacLaughlin, Jenna Valentin (Osborne Park)

Indoor beach MVP men’s – Sam Kingston, Fremantle

International Player of  the Year – Luke Perry

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Luke Perry

Marty Suan was named as 2014 Coach of the Year.   Suan spent four months travelling with the Beach Volleyroos as Performance Analysis coach for Isaac Kapa & Chris McHugh on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.  Kapa/McHugh won the AVC Asian Beach Volleyball Championship and claimed a bronze medal at the highly coveted Klagenfurt Grand Slam.   Suan is also one of the coaches of WA’s squad at the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships.

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 Marty Suan

The Referee of the year  award went to Danni Francis.   Francis is WA’s only accredited international referee, and was a referee for the qualifying games in the recently held World League series, and was scorer at the Final, held in Sydney.

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Irene Alonso Chartier and Dani Francis

The Trevor Williams OAM Volunteer Administrator of the Year was Rossmoyne Club President Peter Batty. During his eight years as club president, Batty has supported junior development and re-established a women’s Super League WAVL team.   He sits on numerous committees and as at 2014 the Rossmoyne club has 27 teams playing in divisions from Spikezone to Super League.

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Peter Batty

                                                                               

In receiving her Life Membership Pauline Manser talked about her career,  which started as accidental attendance at a high school coaching course and reached its peak at the Sydney Olympics where she was part of Australia’s indoor squad.   She talked about spending time on a sports scholarship in the USA, being isolated and overcoming one obstacle after another and each time making a conscious decision to stay in the sport.

 

Manser played more than 100 games for Australia.  She was coach of the Australian Women’s team from 2009 – 2013, and since becoming coach of the state team, the Pearls, has achieved  success after success.   In five years, the WA State women’s team won 3 gold medals, 1 silver and a bronze in the Australian Volleyball League.

 

The night clearly showed that Western Australia has a very rich and deep well of talent within its Volleyball community – Not the least of which is in stand-up comedy!

 

Full results below.

 

Please follow this link if you would like to see some photo’s from the evening;

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Full list of awards winners:

 

BEACH AWARDS
2013/14 Alcohol. Think Again Beach Volleyball TourMale Individual Player of the YearSam Halley
2013/14 Alcohol. Think Again Beach Volleyball TourFemale Individual Player of the YearCarrie-Anne Cairns &Tara Banks (joint winners)
2013/14 Alcohol. Think Again Beach Volleyball TourJunior Male Beach Player of the YearSam Halley
2013/14 Alcohol. Think Again Beach Volleyball TourJunior Female Beach Player of the YearKate Ganz
2013/14 Alcohol. Think Again Beach Volleyball TourMale Beach Team of the YearSam Delany & Simon O’Donnell
2013/14 Alcohol. Think Again Beach Volleyball TourFemale Beach Team of the YearTara Banks & Carrie-Anne Cairns
2013/14 Alcohol. Think Again Beach Volleyball TourMale Regional Beach Player of the YearMatt Newbold / Heath Lintern (joint winners)
2013/14 Alcohol. Think Again Beach Volleyball TourFemale Regional Beach Player of the YearAmber Moule

 

 

INDOOR AWARDS
2014 Western Australian Volleyball LeagueGeoff McIntyre Most Valuable PlayerSuperleague MenMark Petersen
2014 Western Australian Volleyball LeagueMost Valuable PlayerSuperleague WomenCeline Haederli
2014 Western Australian Volleyball LeagueMost Valuable PlayerDivision 1 MenChristopher Prior
2014 Western Australian Volleyball LeagueMost Valuable PlayerDivision 1 WomenGabrielle Whittington
2014 Western Australian Volleyball LeagueMost Valuable PlayerDivision 2 MenMubin Syed
2014 Western Australian Volleyball LeagueMost Valuable PlayerDivision 2 WomenJenna Gallagher
2014 Western Australian Volleyball LeagueMost Valuable PlayerDivision 3 MenBenjamin Allen
2014 Western Australian Volleyball LeagueMost Valuable PlayerDivision 3 WomenJasmyn Fullgrabe
2014 Western Australian Volleyball LeagueMost Valuable PlayerDivision 4 WomenJessica Kilpatrick
2014 Western Australian Volleyball LeagueJunior Male Indoor Player of the YearTrent Mounter
2014 Western Australian Volleyball LeagueJunior Female Indoor Player of the YearShelby Maher

 

 

INDOOR BEACH
2014 Super LeagueMost Valuable PlayerFemaleSenga MacLachlan & Jenna Valentin (joint winners)
2014 Super LeagueMost Valuable PlayerMaleSam Kingston
2014 Super LeagueTeamMixedBunbury Indoor Beach
2014 Super LeagueTeamFemaleFremantle Indoor Beach
2014 Super LeagueTeamMaleMalaga Indoor Beach

 

 

VOLLEYBALL WA
2014 International Player of the YearLuke Perry
2014 Rookie Coach of the YearGareth Bowen
2014 Coach of the YearMartin Suan
2014 Rookie Referee of the YearIrene Alonso Chartier
2014 Referee of the YearDanielle Francis
2014 Trevor Williams OAM Volunteer Administrator of the YearPeter Batty
Orders of MeritMitchell Collins, Dave De Angelis, Deb De Angelis, Stephen Page, Derek Scales, Joan Strikwerda-Brown, James Taylor and Don Tregenza
Life MembershipPauline Manser