Success at Good Neighbour Tournament

Freezone had a cracker of a Good Neighbour Tournament this year with all 4 teams making the finals of their divisions.  Good Neighbour is one of Australia’s biggest tournaments and this year there were 103 teams across 6 divisions.  Freezone was represented in Div’s 5, 4 and 2 with a healthy number of club members and guests all giving Freezone a great reputation at this  recognised national tournament

The tournament takes place across multiple venues across the nation’s capital over the weekend of the 24th/25th of November.  Freespirit were our only mixed team in the comp but were outstanding in Division 5, earning the Gold Medal with a straight run through to the final.  Captain Julias Grant was very proud of his squad who acquitted themselves well after an early hiccup on the Saturday to take the Gold medal match on Sunday afternoon.

Division 4 was an all Freezone final with Kinnaree and Dangerous Digs reaching the finals undefeated in their various pools and semi finals.  The final looked to be going all the way of Dangerous Digs as they took a commanding 2-0 lead early in the game and looked to be in the position to take the gold medal.  But never underestimate our Thai team, who always fight to the last ball and have a habit of bringing it all to a final.  Kinnaree mounted a comeback, led by Ponlasit Waewsak to bring the match to a full 5 set drama.  After 2 days of volleyball, the final came down to a close encounter of fitness and consistency with a thrilling finish which Kinnaree eventually took to seize the Gold Medal.  Captain Chawin Kaewasonga was ‘thrilled’ at the result and said that Freezone ‘provided a great final with lots of tension and good volleyball for the crowds’.

At the Australian Institiue of Sport courts, Safe Sets Studs entered the competition with old alliances being reformed from Canberra days for Captain Warrick Chan.  Dean Fielding, Ryan Dawson, Marie Skelton and Francis Chou joined the Studs to compete in Div 2 and did themselves immensly proud.  The competition was fierce and the Studs were a new team who had never played together.  Their run in the pools saw them finish at the top of the pool with a particuarly content draw against the UNSW side.  The finals were a tight test and after losing to the BHV Colts in the semi, the Studs seemed to have used all their energy and were downed in the Bronze medal match to finish a highly respectable 4th in Div 2.

All in all, the club is immensly proud of such a wonderful result.  Freezone has once again secured a reputation as a competitive club in a national tournament and playing as a recognised GLBTI organisation with teams from all ages across multiple states. The club sponsoring 24 individuals to the tune of over $800 to compete in the event saw a large number of teams supported and secure medals as well as great experiences.  Congratulations to all who competed and we look forward to more teams entering this tournament next year.

For 2013 tournament information email teams@freezonvolleyball.org.

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