FZ Pistons represented Freezone at the Baulkham Hills Regional Cup in Bathurst on the 21st March, with a Gold Medal performance! It was an early start to a full day of volleyball at the Bathurst Basketball Stadium and a not so warm morning saw the Pistons clutching at the hoodies at 8am. But we must have been early preparations as we were the first people in the venue! We even got there before Joe Sleiman!
5 games in total saw Pistons win most of their matches in straight sets, playing a local Bathurst Team, the BHV Colts and another local team from Kelso. Interestingly enough, we came up against a somewhat different line up in the Kelso team than they had earlier in the day, with some Honours players making an appearance against us in the match. New recruit Lenos Yiannou quickly established his presence as the star player serving with incredible accuracy and even becoming something of a target in the Kelso attack! Fellow recruit from Chicago Kurt Boden made an impact running impressive ‘slide hits’ from the right side and penetrating the defense alongside a perfect 100% serving rate for the day!
The final against the much younger BHV COLTS team (despite the stacked Kelso team losing their path to the final) was a tighter affair than what we had anticipated, perhaps age getting the better of the more senior members of the Pistons. The pool game against the Colts was nowhere near a walkover so the team had to perform well in order to take the match. With Rafael Montellanos running great ‘tooling’ hits from the right side, alongside a solid middle attach with Laurent Auclair and Kurt Boden teaming well with hits, the Pistons stayed in front for much of the 2nd set and kept their cool to come out victors.
It was great for Freezone to be helping promote the Regional Cup run by BHV which takes Volleyball to the Regional centres of NSW and encourages participation of all the clubs around NSW in a high level of competition and exposure for the sport in the community. Pistons had a great day and are proud to support this initiative and getting our club out into the wider sporting community, competing and promoting LGBTI sport.