31 Jan Volleyballers beat Aussies in riveting final
The Nayland College girls volleyball team can now list beating the Aussies as one of their long list of achievements after they won gold in the 16 and Under 1st Division of the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup, held in Melbourne on December 3-8.
The team’s 10 players travelled to Melbourne to attend the cup, accompanied by coach Brendan Crichton and manager Moira Raumati after 18 months of fundraising.
The final was a nail-biter as their rival Brighton High School (one of the top volleyball schools in Australia) “annihilated” Nayland in the first set, after really pushing them in the pool play. Nayland fought back to win the second set and then claimed the third after Brighton initially took the lead.
The competition was huge, featuring 540 teams and 6000 players. It included both junior and senior divisions and is the biggest volleyball tournament in the southern hemisphere.
While the competition was the main focus, the team also got the chance to do their fill of shopping, as well as visiting the Melbourne Zoo. “It was about trying to give them as much of a life experience as a sporting one,” Brendan Crichton said.
Brendan Crichton has been coaching Nayland volleyball teams since 2004. During that time they’ve won bronze but this was the first gold. A master of understatement, he initially described the win by saying “we did alright”. He later conceded that the victory was “something quite special.”
By Sera King – Nayland Media and Publicity