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The Western Phantoms are a State League Volleyball club based in Country Victoria. Our oath is to support and grow volleyball of all levels in Country Victoria!
STATE LEAGUE FINALS WEEK 2
Division 3 Women (5th) v Melbourne University Renegades White (2nd) @ 11:00pm SVC Court 5
Week one of VVL Finals are behind us and we have one team left standing in the race to the 2019 title. Congratulations to our Women’s Division 3 team who were outstanding on the weekend, showing great control, resolve and team spirit to win their way through to this weeks Preliminary Final. In their first match – Qualifying Final 1 – they dominated fourth placed Monash University 1, 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-14). They then backed this up by defeating Danedenong, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) in games that truly reflected their improvement throughout the season. Both teams they narrowly defeated in 5 sets during the regular season.
They will now take on Melbourne Renegades White who lost in 4 sets to their clubmates, Renegades Blue in the other semi-final. This will be a real indicator of progress as these two teams last met in Horsham in Round 3 where Renegades White prevailed 3-1 (25:20, 25:10, 20:25, 25:16). We wish all the players, coaches and families the best of luck for the weekend and encourage all members to make the effort to get to Dandenong and support them.
WOMEN’S DIVISION 3 PRELIMINARY FINAL TEAM
Aimee Lee Nairn
Reserves Men (5th) lost to Monash University 2 (4th) 0-3
Congratulations to the Reserves Men for making to the finals this year and commiserations for losing their Elimination final to Monash University 2 in three very competitive sets 21:25. 23:25, 21:25. You could not question the commitment or effort of the team on the day but a combination of exceptional defense and unforced errors at crucial times meant the team fell just short in each set.
Division 2 Men Black (4th) lost to Eastside Hawks (5th) 2-3
Our Division 2 Men’s Black team were on the road to redemption against Eastside Hawks in their Elimination Final and it was anyone’s game after two classic opening sets where the teams were could only be separated by brilliant attacking plays right at the end. Phantoms then looked to have broken the game open after taking the third set 25-19 and leading comfortably mid way through the fourth set, but fatigue and resilient volleyball from Eastside saw a late comeback to take the game to a fifth set which again see-sawed before Eastside eventually triumphed 3-2 (25:23, 23:25, 19:25, 25:23, 15:12). Frustratingly for Tim Popple’s team, Eastside then went on to win their semi-final and qualify for this weeks Preliminary Final. While it ended as a season that “could have been” for the team, they should be very proud of their achievements and consistent high standards throughout the year.
PHANTOMS TEAMS FINAL STANDINGS
Final ladder positions for Phantoms teams at the end of the home and away season were as follows. Teams in BOLD qualified for finals:
Premier Women 5th/8
Premier Men 6th/8
Reserves Men 5th/13
Reserves Women 7th/13
Division 2 Men Black 4th/14
Divison 2 Men Purple 8th/14
Division 2 Women 9th/17
Division 3 Women 5th/13
Division 3 Men 8th/9
PHANTOMS PRESENTATION NIGHT
September 14th – All Seasons Hotel, Bendigo
Join us in celebrating Phantoms Volleyball Club’s 2019 State League Season over dinner and drinks at our biggest function of the year! 2018 was a cracking night with all our members recognised for their commitment and achievements. Check out our Honour Board page for photos of last years event and Club history of past winners. Ticket prices and details to come.