Mardi Gras Tournament 2015

February 21 saw Freezone host its annual Mardi Gras Volleyball Tournament at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Halls.

A big thank you from the committee at Freezone Volleyball for the attendance and patronage at our recent Mardi Gras Tournament.  The day was a large event with 28 teams competing across 5 divisions and there was lots of great volleyball action as well as fun team play on the sides as well.

The committee is grateful for all the clubs and teams who participated, including those who travelled from interstate and even some players from overseas.  To our Melbourne sisters and our new friends in Canberra, thank you.  We really appreciate the efforts that people go to to be part of our events and hope that the day delivered an event worthy of your efforts.

A large thank you to Chris Proffitt from Manly Warringah Volleyball for his assistance and support with the draw and being on the end of the phone at all hours of the day.  Likewise a thank you to Joe Sleiman at Baulkham Hills Volleyball for his support and fielding 3 teams of players.  It’s so wonderful to have our local volleyball clubs attending and supporting our events.

Thanks must also go to Bob Konakoff (Tournament Director) and Janita Baldwin (Master Scorer) for working consistently throughout the day and making the day a calculated success.  The power duo at the helm really does allow the day to run smoothly and we wouldn’t be able to have such fun without the leadership that the management team show.  We are incredibly grateful for your experience and professionalism in running the tournament.

It was great to have a whole division of beginners in our C grade section with 6 teams in total, offering first timers in tournament play a great crack at the experience.  As always, it was wonderful to see our Mixed Divisions packed to capacity and competing across two divisions making our Mixed Section one of the most popular in the State.  The two mens divisions provided plenty of competitive volleyball and exciting finals ensured late into the afternoon.

RESULTS: C Grade Mixed:                      B Grade Mixed:                     B Grade Mens

GOLD:              Lip Sip Suck                              DRSXFY                                     SPIKEAROOS

SILVER:      Don’t 4Get 2 Duck                    FAT BALLERS                            PHOENIX SPIRIT

BRONZE:              WTF                                     BOUNCE                                 QANTAS SONICS

MVP:              Adam Lofthouse (WTF)    Lawrence Duong (DRSXFY)     Dominic Niumata (QOC)

RESULTS: A Grade Mixed                       A Grade Mens

GOLD:        SS DIVA ALL STARS                    LEGENDS

SILVER:     PORK KATSUDON                        KAIATA


MVP:           Greg Webb (ZS)                         Ponlasit Waewask (KAI)

Our next event will be on the long weekend in October 3rd 2015 where will we be hosting the Spring Tournament.  We are hiring an extra zone so will have 9 courts in total.  We do hope to make the tournament program a little more lengthy in terms of games and court time to allow for full matches to be played out.  This is the first time that Freezone will be expanding to this level so we do hope that you will continue to support and enjoy the event that we put on.

Please take a moment to fill in our online survey so we can create the best tournament possible.  Feedback is always important to making sure we prioritise what you would like to have more of.

As always, the event cannot happen without assistance so large thank you’s to our sponsors ACON and our Primary Tournament Sponsor TEAMM8 for their continued support of the club.  Also thanks to individuals, Jo Wongpitax and Julias Grant for organising the lunch and fruits along with the committee (Andrew Wilmott, Offie Chumsuwan, James Cai) who put in hours of preparation and time to ensure the event was a success.

Keep your eyes on the website and Facebook page and we look forward to seeing you in October.

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