It is a sporting phenomenon like no other that just keeps getting bigger each year! This years Australian Volleyball Schools Cup is being hailed as the best ever after smashing all records in its 34th year.
More than 6000 secondary student’s descended on Melbourne’s Sports and Aquatic Centre to take part in the annual national schools tournament. They came from all over Australia and New Zealand, including for the first time three teams from the Northern Territory.
There were emotional scenes on the final day with South Australia’s Brighton secondary school taking out the overall honours ahead of fierce rival and last year’s winner Heathfield High also from South Australia. Brighton were also declared the best girls school overall. Heathfield did however get some senior glory taking out the Girls Open Honours.
For the first time Victoria’s Mazenod College were awarded the best boys school overall. Helloworld Travel Volleyroo Damien Schumann admits he had a lump in his throat watching a school that meant so much to him defeat Brighton for the boys Open Honours Gold Medal.
“I was quite emotional watching the school I went to as a kid, and came back to as a teacher, to see them win Open Honour and overall champion school for boys was amazing. I ran the Volleyball program there for seven years (2010-2016) and this is something very special for a great school.
Schumann says he is continually blown away by the event and credits the Schools Cup to his success as a Beach Volleyroo.
“The Schools Cup is not only one of the best tournaments of any kind in Australia but also one of the most important in terms of development for Indoor and Beach.” Said Schumann.
Perhaps even more exciting for organisers was the emergence of more strong competition to challenge traditional heavy weights Brighton and Heathfield. Trinity College from Western Australia made their first appearance in the Boys Open Honours division and were a force to be reckoned with defeating Heathfield to finish a very credible fifth.
“It was so good to see new comers like Trinity College from WA do so well in their first appearance.” said Volleyball Australia CEO Mathieu Meriaux.
“The event was a total success not only from a competition point of view but the way the tournament was run. This is a huge event to organise and everybody did an amazing job.”
An event of this size would not be possible without the help of the many volunteers who donate their time to ensure its success.
“I am continually blown away by how many great people volunteer so much of their time to give these kids such a great experience.” Said Volleyroo Damien Schumann.