After a one-year hiatus the Australian Volleyball League will return to a home and away format in 2019. AVL 2019 will see the WA Steel host two home rounds in October and November at Warwick Stadium.
The WA Steel will face off against the Canberra Heat on the 19th and 20th of October, and play the Queensland Pirates on the 9th and 10th of November. All eight games will be played on centre court at Warwick Stadium where the men and women will play on both Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
‘We are excited to have two opportunities to showcase our best athletes in the State. We look forward to continuing to build upon last year’s success and provide fans with new and entertaining ways to reinforce the WA Steel at the games.’ said Volleyball WA State Teams Coordinator Jackie Tamburri.
The Steel’s opening home game against the Canberra Heat will launch AVL 2019 and provide the WA Steel Women a chance at redemption after Canberra eliminated them in the 2018 finals. Women’s Captain and Australian Helloworld Travel Volleyroo Jen Sadler is excited about the chance to play in front of her favourite crowd in the world.
“With the Volleyroos we are always travelling and playing in front of huge crowds, but they’re never rooting for us. There is something special about playing at home, even if it is a smaller crowd it means so much more.” Said Sadler.
‘It is hard not to get excited about the 2019 AVL season when talking to Jen. Her WA pride is contagious and we look forward to watching it spread throughout the community during the next few months.’ Added Volleyball WA CEO Robyn Kuhl.
Last year’s format was modified to a three-day open competition in Melbourne, where our Steel men and women made their debut as the new united brand. The men walked away with a Bronze medal, while the women just missed out on Bronze after a tight five-set match against Canberra.
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