City Beach saw more than 550 Beach Volleyball player’s battle it out in a hotly contested Super Sunday. Incorporating Round 7 of the Alcohol. Think Again Beach Tour and the Think Again High School Beach Cup, the event was the largest Beach Volleyball event ever held in the state.
Dominating City Beach’s picturesque shoreline, the 18 court event saw WA’s top senior athletes battle it out next to the state’s next generation of players. Volleyball WA CEO Robyn Kuhl called the weekend “a celebration of the growing talent in our state and our sport.”
“This weekend is a sensational result for the sport. Volleyball’s growing footprint has never been more evident.” Said Kuhl.
“Super Sunday sends one clear message; volleyball is quickly becoming a sport of choice for West Australians of all ages.”
Alcohol. Think Again Beach Tour
Close matches reflected the growing talent in WA’s open women competition, with many of the sets going beyond 21 points. Shelby Maher once again stormed home to victory to claim her fifth tour win of the season with Rachel Knights. Up against tour stalwarts in Jana Orszaghova and Taleah Atthowe, Maher and Knights pushed through a warm afternoon to win in two sets, 21-8 and 21-19.
While in the men’s competition, Caleb Lampard and Daniel Piggott claimed gold over Ben Booth and Tom Dempsey. Lampard and Piggott dominated their pool round but were challenged early in the Grand Final by the younger duo. Lampard and Piggott were able to fire back and take out the final in two sets, 21-19 and 21-14.
“It’s always good to get a win and it’s great to see so many high schoolers and the community getting around volleyball. It’s great to see so many young juniors enjoying the game. There is a lot of talent coming up through the ranks.” Said Lampard.
Sam Timmerman and Stue Carr defeated Dane Ukich and Oliver Oaten in the men’s AA Division Grand Final, 15-5 and 15-10. Laura Mocca and Sandrine Bornand were crowned the women’s champion in the AA Division Grand Final against Alexandra Thomason and Samantha Shillington.
Complete results for Round 7 of the Alcohol. Think Again Beach Tour can be found HERE.
Photos from Round 7 of the Alcohol. Think Again Beach Tour can be found HERE.
Think Again High School Beach Cup
22 WA schools took part in the Term 1 competition with more than 125 teams playing in the largest Think Again High School Beach Cup so far.
In the Year 11 and 12 division, it was Christ Church Grammar School who took out both gold and silver in the boy’s competitions. Perth College was able to best Iona in a nail-biting Grand Final to back up its 2019 Term 4 win.
In the pairs competition, Aquinas College’s Oliver Oaten and Dane Ukich defeated Hale’s Thomas Love and Oscar Love, 30-24, while community team Sophie Meyerkort and Olivia Botica claimed the girl’s pair title.
Greenwood was well-represented among the younger age’s groups claiming the gold in both the boys and girl’s Year 7 and 8 A division finals. While Iona collected the Year 7 and 8 B division girls title.
Other champions from the competition include Rossmoyne Senior High School winning the Year 9 and 10 boy’s A division competition and St Mary’s the girl’s competition. Harrisdale Senior High School collected both the boys and girls Year 9 and 10 B division title.
“Congratulations to all of the schools who competed in Think Again High School Beach Cup. It’s great to see so many schools enter the competition and challenge for the age group titles.” Said Volleyball WA Schools and Junior Development Coordinator Greg Hunt.
Complete results for the Think Again High School Beach Cup can be foundHERE.
The Think Again High School Beach Cup will return in Term 4 2020. For more information, please contact Volleyball WA.
Volleyball WA would like to congratulate the more than 550 athletes, officials and coaches who took part in City Beach events.
For more information about the Alcohol. Think Again Beach Tour or the upcoming final round at Trigg Beach, please contact the Volleyball WA office.