Last weekend saw many Freezone players entering in various teams for the Manly Cup held at the Northern Beaches Sports Centre in Warriewood.The tournament was held over 2 days and had a competiton across 5 divisions with Honours and Division 1 across the men’s division.
Freezone had representatives in many teams and did a proud representation of the club at this high level of play. Freezone Phoenix represented Freezone Safe Sets whilst other players joined with other clubs including the Squeegee Cleaners from Canberra, and the Rockdale based Volleyball Group and of course our sister club Kaiata fielded players in both men’s and women’s divisions.
It was fantastic to see so many Freezone faces out at Manly and being a part of the wider volleyball community. The competition was fierce and the games were shortened to cater for the influx of entries this year. Chris Profitt had a hard time keeping everything together as the event got off to a late start (glad its not just Freezone that has that problem) and 37 teams entering the competition. Play involved early morning starts with 8:00am games on both days and 10:00pm finishes on the Saturday night. Now that’s a tournament.
Freezone Phoenix fielded many new players to this level of play and had a great tournament, giving some of our newbies an introduction to this higher level of ability and understanding the stricter nature of rules and etiquette on court. The first day was a day of figuring out who to put where and in what rotation and whilst we went down, we did manage to give great competitive games to UTS and the NSW U17’s side. The Sunday was a much better day with Phoenix winning their first match against the Squeegee Cleaners, with some of our own Freezone members on the other side of the net – a surprise win and especially considering it was an 8:00am game!
The new ‘double touch’ rule on the serve became an issue as everyone struggled to come to terms with the introduction of the new rule and it’s interpretation. But generally, everyone had a moment or two of being called for double touches on the serve and no doubt the rule will filter through over the next tournament.
Our sister club Kaiata were the standout of the tournament – taking out the Division 1 Men’s Final. It was wonderful to watch the level of play amp up on the Sunday and their win was a contested match with lots of ebbing and flowing between teams and momentum swinging both ways. Congratulations to Rata, Ponlasit, Tanaphat, Peter, Masahide and Dominic
The next tournament on the calendar is the Illawarra State Cup in the first week of May. Entries are open now via the VBNSW website.