It was all things RAINBOW at Netball Central on 24th February as Freezone took over the venue in a blaze of rainbow coloured greatness. We had a fantastic return to the merriment of our Mardi Gras theme with a great day where everyone got into the spirit of the LGBTQI community and supporting our Mardi Gras Mixer
To all the players & supporters who played, we appreciate your continued support of our tournaments. Freezone Volleyball Club has always had one of its aims as encouraging players from all levels & experiences to enjoy volleyball and play together – and we achieved this again last Saturday.
The LGBQTI friendly event was conducted in the best spirit of good sportsmanship and great competition for all of the matches. Here is a snapshot of the day by numbers …. 4455 minutes of volleyball, 230+ players, 80+ matches, 30 teams, 10kg of pears, 6 boxes of apples, 9 courts and 5 divisions of match play.
It was quite a task getting the draw in order as the highly sought after venue was being shared between 3 sporting groups, but we managed to still complete a full day of play including our womens draw who bandied together and played 4 hours of volleyball straight over 2 courts to ensure they had a competition.
Freezone we would like to again congratulate the gold medal teams from each division who all played lots of great volleyball throughout the day and also recognise the efforts of the MVP award winners as well. But truly it was wonderful to have everyone playing volleyball in such a warm friendly and FABULOUSLY FURTIVE way on the day. Our rainbow themed uniforms were wondeful
It was particularly wonderful to have 4 teams of our Melbourne Spikers Sisters in the competition and who travelled down for the event. Special thanks to Volleyball Victoria for their assistance in ensuring we were able to accommodate our sister club in such numbers. It was great to have so many ‘SPIKERS’ at the day and we hope you continue to come back in all your glitterati glory.
Special thanks to the committee (Mark, Louis, Andrew, Rafael, Stuart and Felix) who worked throughout the day to tirelessly ensure that the games ran smoothly. I think it was an achievement for the first year ever that we were actually 5min AHEAD OF TIME in the afternoon sessions. (Someone got a little trigger happy on the hooter). A big thank you also to Somkhit Jartnoi for his help with the fruit and Wororat Chumsuwan for arranging our fabulous MARDI GRAS MEDALS. I would also like to thank all the members of Freezone and those helpers who came early and helped us with duties and assisting with net changes throughout the day. It really was a wonderful team effort!
A big shout out to our volunteers (Jamie, Lilly, Israel, Gareth, Laurent and Fernando) who ensured we had an extra duty crew to help run the womens competition. A club is only as good as its volunteers and we are so grateful for your time and energy. Also a big thank you to our referees who came to adjudicate our finals.
Of course, the tournament wouldn’t run without our primary sponsor ACON and their help in ensuring our club keeps on moving forward. We are always grateful for the involvement of Gavin and the crew at ACON for their help.
Big shout outs to Australian Volleyball Warehouse, Officeworks Glebe, Mecca Espresso, Taylors Wines and Struddy’s Sports for their kind and generous donations to our tournament as tournament sponsors. We hope everyone visits the links on the website to get supplies from those who support us.
We were so thrilled to have such a wonderful turnout and on a personal note, it was such a great tournament to have as my final tournament as President of the club. What a wonderful way to go out!
We look forward to hosting everyone back in our September SPRING FLING which we hope to make bigger and bring even more fabulousness with it. But save your rainbow crew for next year as we go for gold again with our Mardi Gras Theme.
Gold – The Dingo Ate My Purse / Silver – ACERS / Bronze – Spiked Punch
MVP – Justin St Pierre
Gold – United / Silver – Acers / Bronze – Cherries On Top
MVP – Paolo Delpino
Gold – Team Merry / Silver – MFS Pugs / Bronze – Phi Pho Epho
MVP – Andrew Nguyen
Gold – T-Birds / Silver – Blue Jays / Bronze – Sydney Phoenix
MVP – Rata Joseph
Gold – Acers Ikemen / Silver – Acers 5 / Bronze – Acers 4
MVP – Jayvee Davin Shinjiro