Saturday 16th Nov, saw the 4th State Cup Tournament held at Sydney’s Olympic Park Sports Halls in Homebush with successful silver medal for Freezone in the Men’s B Division. The tournament was a single day event with 6 teams competing in the B grade competition and a full day’s play from 9am – 6pm seeing our small team of 6 members fighting hard and lasting out to take home a silver medal.
Our coaching sessions with Bob Konakoff seem to be paying off as the team finished at top of the pool after the first 2 games of the day. Back court passing and scrambling in defence were definetly the highlights to the success as we scraped through by the barest minimum to put ourselves into first place going into the afternoons elimination finals.
Our semi final against SCV Pumas was a tough battle and a repeat of last years State Cup Sydney final. Freezone was forced to come ‘from behind’ in the first set, but we scrambled and lifted and adapted where we needed to take it out. The game was matted by some enthusiastic challenging of refereeing but the Freezone team managed to keep our heads and our momentum after a near 10min delay, maintaining a commanding attack and front line offence with hefty butch cheering and chanting, led primarily from our Butch Brazilian Import Rafael Aiolfi.
The final game was a repeat of our earlier match against the Tempe Social League whom we drew a set a piece with in our round encounter earlier that day. The sets were all tight and it came down to a deciding third set thriller. As usual, all other games were completed and we were the last court left standing. Tiredness and fatigue were settling in as we were the only team fielding only 6 players in our pool. The final set was a display of bravery but ultimately our fitness let us down as we went down with some quick successive points in the opening part of the set from which we just couldn’t recover. As Ross Heisey said “The much younger Tempe/Syd Uni very deserving… But in the end, I had great time and happy with being runners up as the tender Tempe temptresses took top honours.”
So for a second year in a row, Freezone takes home the silver in the State Cup Sydney. But a great achievement and significant affirmation of our training with our coach and that the effort was paying off.
Congratulations must also go to the Kaiata Open Men’s team who took out the A Grade Gold Medal convincingly and with style. As always the boys were invincible and made their impression felt on the A Grade court with accomplished play and vigour. They are becoming quite the team to beat in the A Grade competition.
Good luck to all teams competing in the Good Neighbour Tournament in Canberra next week and the Adelaide Parri Estate Tournament in South Australia. Bring home more medals boys.