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Seaside Tournament Report – PHANTOMS HONOURS (PREMIER) MEN
The 2020 Seaside tournament provided a helpful preparation in the lead up to the 2020 Victorian Volleyball League. With a 2020 squad selected for the premier and reserve teams the seaside tournament gave each coach an opportunity to test a number of players in different position and for many at a high level of play from previous seasons. For the Honours men’s team 5 players were playing in Honours division at Seaside for the first time. And for 4 of these players (Jack Hannan, Scott Johnson, Angus Hermans and Lachlan Scherger) it represented the first time they had played at the honours division at all.
So with an inexperience but talented team we went into the tournament looking to focus on the system and structural changes we are implementing for the 2020 season. The first match was against South Adelaide and with some strong play all around and some excellent attacking by Brad Leerson the team recorded a 3-0 win. The second match on Saturday was against VVL club Yarra Ranges, going in with a clear game plan the team was able to create a lot of service pressure and some excellent setting by Matt Berry in transition opportunities helped the team to a 2-1 win.
Saturday night’s match against eventual winners Melbourne Renegades was the first pressure test and the only real time across the weekend where our inexperience crept into play. Renegades defence frustrated our attackers resulting in errors and a 3-0 loss.
Looking to bounce back on the Sunday morning Phantoms played Monash first up. While we finished down 0-2 on the score line, the standard of play was excellent both in sideout and transition attack, Michael Mayes and Scott Johnson in particular putting in some impressive work at the net. With two losses and two wins we were still in with a chance of making the final if other results went our way and if we convincingly won our next two matches. Up against Rebels Volleyball Club, Josh Gordon’s years of experience and quality of passing provided an excellent platform. This combined with some huge blocking by Angus Hermans and smart attacking by James Holland, we recorded a 3-0 win. The final match was against 2019 winners Austral (SA) who were boosted by a number of SA AVL players. The final match was highlighted by young middle blockers Jack Hannan and Lachlan Scherger, who put in their best performance for the Tournament helping Phantoms to a 3-0 win.
This win resulted in a 3rd place finish for the Phantoms Men’s Honours team, with Michael Mayes also receiving the Tournament MVP award.
Nic Kaiser – 2020 Premier Men’s Coach
The first match against Renegades was well fought out and ended up in a draw 23/25, 25/23, 17/17. They weren’t happy but we were ecstatic that we were able to maintain composure and keep fighting it out. The next match we got the upper hand beating Monash 3/0. In the cross over the next morning we had played Austral who up until that point had not lost a set and we beat them 2/0. This left us facing off again against Renegades for the grand final and we knew that they would be coming at us hard.
Renegades took out the first set confidently but to the boys credit at no point for the whole week end did they give up and we fought back to take out the next 3 sets winning gold 3/1. Gerry took on the role of Captain and did this admirably. Supported by the older players in Kane and Liam, the younger players were able to play very confident volleyball with every player contributing to the results.
From a coaching point of view we were very impressed with the mindset of all the team. Every player put in 100%. They continued to build every set and the level of accountability and trust to both themselves as a player and to their team mates was fantastic and if we can maintain this into the state league season will hold us in very good stead. Nic’s support and words of wisdom over the week end was of great help and from my point I learnt a hell of a lot and looking forward to what the season brings.
Chris Hermans – 2020 Reserves Men’s Coach