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Posted by Howard Williams on May 21, 2013 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Gippsland athletes, including Latrobe Valley’s 13 representatives performed beyond expectations at the recent National Under 15 titles in Albury.

Both the boys’ and girls’ SP Ausnet Gippsland Sports Academy (GSA) teams competed hard and won games in the high standard competition. The girls’ team featured eight athletes who had not competed at this level before and was very competitive in all games, finishing a credible twelfth. Girls coach Clinton Rodda said, “Captained by Traralgon’s Bronte Scott and Vice Captain Kate Willshire, the girls were amazing. They held their own in all games, leading the Queensland state team in each set before eventually going down to them. To see them gain self-belief over the course of the week was really pleasing.  In addition to gaining valuable game time at the highest level, each athlete had the opportunity to set their own personal goals relating to their own performance allowing them to grow and develop as individual athletes. By the end, they had developed into a cohesive and successful volleyball team.”

Boys’ coach Rod White was delighted with the boys’ performance. “Our boys were generally much younger and shorter than the opposition and were competitive in every game, ably lead by local Aaron Wood as captain” he said. “We were able to take the strong Queensland side to 16 points in the final set, in a game where the boys played above themselves and had a strong win against a South Australian side finishing seventh overall. Five of the athletes are eligible next year so we will be setting ourselves for a strong performance.”

Head Coach Dan Higgins said the most pleasing aspect was the individual improvement in each and every player, many of whom have great futures in volleyball ahead of them. “In many ways our level of competitiveness was above that of most teams because of the unique way our younger players train with older more accomplished athletes from our Over 15 program.” “Our coaches are also very experienced,” he said. “My role as Head Coach was to assist them in providing the highest level of service to the athletes throughout the program, through specific feedback, statistical analysis and modified matches that highlighted the GSA style of play.”

The squad was made up from athletes from towns as far as Maffra, Inverloch, Lakes Entrance and the Latrobe Valley. The teams played against state teams from Queensland, NSW and the ACT, along with the best school teams from around Australia. Dan, who has coached volleyball at national and international level and is one of the most qualified coaches in Australia, is excited at the prospect of even stronger performances at next year’s tournament. The SP Ausnet Gippsland Sports Academy volleyball program expects to start undertaking trials for next year’s program in August this year.

Moe 2013 Winter Season Kicks Off

Posted by Howard Williams on April 19, 2013 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The new winter season begins Tuesday 23rd, go to the Moe Volleyball page on the LV Competitions/Tournaments tab above for 2013 Winter Season draw & new rules downloads.


Posted by Howard Williams on April 9, 2013 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

13 Latrobe Valley athletes are in the Gippsland squads of 18 selected to represent the SP AusNet Gippsland Sports Academy at the National U15 Volleyball Titles in Albury signalling the strength of the local junior development program.

See the Photos page for the LV group.Back Row from left: Georgia Lawton, Kate Willshire, Alice Shaw, Sam Rossiter, Aaron Wood, Linus Rodda

Front row from left: Ainsley White, Riley Wiggins, Joey Rodda, Madi Hourigan, Patrick Quinn (Absent from photo,  Bronte Scott (Vic U17 training) & Jess Lawton)

The Gippsland Sports Academy Volleyball Program went through a selection process in October last year to select the best junior volleyball athletes with potential to further their career in the sport. The total squad is made up of athletes from towns as far as, Maffra, Inverloch, Lakes Entrance and the Latrobe Valley.

Head Coach, Dan Higgins, originally from Maffra, who played in and for Latrobe Valley has coached volleyball at national and international level and is one of the most qualified coaches in Australia.

“We found 10 girls and eight boys who met our selection criteria, ranging in age from 10 to 14,” Dan said. “These kids have undertaken 8 days of intense weekend training and two tournaments over the last six months. We have opened the kids' eyes to an elite athlete development program, involving intensive training, strength and conditioning, sports psychology and health and nutrition sessions.”

“There has been a massive improvement in their skills,” Dan said. “They are now training strongly through intense training sessions, which usually include an exhausting 45 minute strength and conditioning component.”

The culmination of this component of the SP AusNet Gippsland Sports Academy program is participation in the U15 National Volleyball titles in Albury from 15 to 18 April, where the squad will play state representative teams, teams from other academies and elite school teams from around the country.

“It’s a massive opportunity for these kids and a great honour for them to be representing the Gippsland Sports Academy. It builds on recent success where several athletes from the Academy program have made Victorian squads and two have recently made Australian teams including Latrobe Valley’s own Phoebe Trembath.


Free patellar tendon scan!!!! (Jumpers Knee)

Posted by Howard Williams on March 26, 2013 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello wonderful athletes, coaches and clinicians,


I would like to offer you a free patellar tendon ultrasound! This is aimed at anyone with patellar tendinopathy so feel free to pass onto team mates, colleagues etc.


Where: Monash University, Peninsula Campus (straight down Eastlink couldn't be easier and not as far as you think)

When: At your convenience, we are currently taking bookings for the week starting Monday 8th April and can cater for out of hours or weekends if that suits you best

What: We will compare normal ultrasound with the new ultrasound tissue characterisation (UTC), which gives you a 3D picture of your tendon.  Everyone that is interested will be sent a picture and copy of their report and we will scan both knees.

Time: 1.5 hours maximum (including tim tam eating and beverage drinking time).

Who: People aged over 18 years with patellar tendon problems. You are welcome to call or email me anytime to discuss your knees and see if you fit the bill.   For those of you with younger athletes - we are doing a study this year for those aged 10-15 years, I will keep you posted.

Parking: Free - we will arrange everything, you would just need to bring yourself and your lovely knees.


We are completing research on the UTC so this is your opportunity to have a free scan with this amazing new technology - first in best dressed!


Kindest Regards,


0414 885 270

Ebonie Scase 

PhD Candidate

Monash University

(03) 99044113

LV Women's Teams, State League & CC'13

Posted by Howard Williams on March 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The association's women's team coaches, Glenn Trembath, Brian Scott & Chris Wood have named teams for 2013's State League Reserves, D2 and Country Championships Division 1 & 2.

See the Representative Squads pages for details, congratulations to all players.

State League contact Glenn Trembath 0408470168

Country Champs contact Chris Wood 0427835831

•Women's Training sessions at Lavalla 7.30 to 8.45 on Mondays all players welcome.

Congratulations to all National & State Reps!

Posted by Howard Williams on February 28, 2013 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Phoebe Trembath has done it again! Following her participation in the recent National Junior Training Camp held in Churchill Phoebe has been named in the Australian Junior Girls team to participate in an International series of matches in Thailand in April.


Players selected in Victorian State Team Squads:

VSSSA Under 16 (Schools): Monica Harasimiuk

VVI Under 17 Girls: Bronte Scott, Phoebe Trembath, Darcie White, Alex Vuillermin

VVI Under 17 Boys: Jacob Lampitt

VVI Under 23 Men: Will Crawford (Korumburra) who plays in LV Hawks VVL team.

State Team Coaches: U19 Boys (White) Coach - Jacob Gruis , Assistant Coach - Andrew Burgess

U17 Girls (Blue) Assistant Coach - Glenn Trembath

FREE Australian Volleyball Clinic

Posted by Dan Anderson on December 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Latrobe Valley Volleyball in conjunction with Volleyball Australia and the generous support of “Latrobe City”, “Cool Aqua Group” & “Energy Australia”, are excited to be able to offer a FREE volleyball clinic for all Gippsland volleyballers of all ages and all abilities!


The clinic with be held at Latrobe Leisure – Churchill, on Sunday 16th December 2012 commencing at 3pm


The clinic will be run by the current Australian Women’s Volleyball Team & Coaches


The clinic will cater for abilities and all ages!


There will be volleyball giveaways for some lucky participants, and a chance to get some autographs from the Australian Volleyball team!


We would also like to encourage any interested volleyball coaches to attend and use the opportunity to expand their knowledge, and ask questions!!!!


For any further information please contact Danny Anderson on 0407 818257



Moe Volleyball - Round 6

Posted by Dan Anderson on November 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The ladder for Round 6 can now be found on the "Moe Competition" page!

Latrobe City Community Grant

Posted by Howard Williams on November 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Many thanks to Latrobe City Council for their assistance with a community grant, these funds have been used to provide safety padding and an additional Referee stand for the Churchill Centre competition.

Important changes at Moe Volleyball

Posted by Howard Williams on November 8, 2012 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Some important changes have been made to the draw and entry arrangements following the "Moe Open Volleyball Meeting" held on Thursday 1/11/12.       Please refer to the LV Competitions > 'Moe Volleyball' page for a full report.

Go to the 'Moe Volleyball' page for a link to the updated draw for the remainder of the 2012 summer season.

LV Volleyball Open Forum

Posted by Howard Williams on November 7, 2012 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

LV Volleyball is conducting a brainstorming session to gather everyone's thoughts on how we develop our competitions into the future.   This is your opportunity to shape the direction of volleyball in the Latrobe Valley and surrounding areas!

Sunday 18th November, 11am – 3pm

Italian Australian Club, Morwell


All Welcome    Light Lunch Provided

Please RSVP to [email protected] of your ability to attend

Moe Volleyball Winter Season - GRAND FINALS

Posted by Dan Anderson on September 11, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 All Grand Final results can now be found on the "Moe Volleyball" page.


LV Lightning 20/20 Tournament, Sept 22/23

Posted by Howard Williams on August 22, 2012 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Latrobe Valley brings the exciting ‘Lightning Spike Cup’ 20/20 format to the 2012 volleyball tournament calendar !

All matches involve two high action 20 minute sets with championship points for each set and a bonus point for the most match points, (see rules in download section when posted for details).

Conducted at Latrobe Leisure centres in the Valley, including the bright, brand new Churchill centre (final venues dependent on entries).

Including ‘Pink & Yellow’ (Call To Arms) Cancer Research Appeal theme.


• 4 Divisions offered; Premier, 1, 2 for men & women & MIXED SOCIAL.

• Prizes for most creative team uniforms using a ‘Pink & Yellow’ theme.

• Prizes for winners, runners up & third place.

• MVP prizes for each division.

• Social event programmed for Saturday evening with a courtesy bus!

• Early Bird prizes & discounts.

• 90 minutes from central Melbourne, freeway all of the way.

• Excellent facilities; min 4 courts, associated with heated swimming pool, gym, spa, cafeteria.

• Efficiently managed event; friendly country hospitality.

• Continues the traditions of the Morwell tournament; a mix of city & country teams.

Entry Forms on the Download page

Send your expression of interest today or contact Howard Williams for more information on 0407 361 222 or http://mail to:[email protected]

Entries Close cob August 31st or contact us to see if we can still fit you in.

Make Latrobe Valley’s Lightning 20/20 your first choice for a weekend of volleyball excitement !

Academy Program Seeks Young Athletes.

Posted by Howard Williams on July 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Gippsland Sports Academy SP AusNet Volleyball Program is still seeking Under 15 boys for the 2012 2013 program. If you are interested in trying this exciting Olympic sport come along and try out. You don’t need to have played volleyball before as this is a talent identification program so come along and try out.


Athletes age: open to all aged 10 to 17 (older athletes may be considered)

U15 program including Australian Under 15 Championships in Albury (April 2013)

Senior program including Tournament (October or November 2012 & March 2013)

Dan Higgins Head Coach supported by Gippsland Coaches

Training, education and competition components in program

For further information please contact Dan Higgins via: [email protected]



Valley Volleyballers Represent Australia.

Posted by Howard Williams on July 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Locals, coach Chris Wood and player Phoebe Trembath lined up for the Australian Youth Team vs New Zealand in the Jenny Kirk Cup played in Horsham recently. This was Wood's first time as an assistant with the team after impressing the National coach at the National team camp held in Churchill last December. Phoebe pulled on the green & gold for her second Jenny Kirk series having played in 2011. See Photo Gallery for more pics !

The New Zealand team had a long preparation by playing in the Australian National Championships leading up to the series. In the first match Australia lost in three sets with narrow margins, it was obvious the Australians hadn't played together very much as a team with team discipline breaking down quickly. Phoebe played and passed at a very high level, well above the national team's standard. The second game was played at a much higher level with Australia winning in a 5 set nail biter; Phoebe again playing a great match.  Australia began the decider strongly however the New Zealanders came back to take the next three sets & win the series 2-1.