2018 SVL Season Wrap

SNV had 11 teams representing our club in SVL this year across a range of divisions, including the newly introduced Under 15’s. You can read the coaches’ perspectives on SVL 2018 below. Many thanks to the coaches for taking the time to write these season wrap ups and of course for their continued dedication all year long! Thank you also to our volunteer managers for helping to keep the teams organised, we appreciate your efforts!

Under 15’s Women – Penguins & Wolves (coached by Sheilah Adam & Su Garrett)

The best is yet to come…
What a great season for the U15s Development Program. We started off with mostly beginners or haven’t had any volleyball background.  Kick start the program with the very basic skills and as weeks go by we’ve seen individual and team improvement. Friendships and team work were built and ending up with amazing result. We thank the parents/families who are committed to support their children every training and game day. The main goals were to have fun and learn at the same time, I think we’ve achieved those goals plus some. We are so proud of each and everyone’s development, not only as athletes but as individuals. I am looking forward to see further developments. Keep digging!

Special congratulations to:
SNV Wolves for taking home the GOLD!!!
Annabelle Duncan – SNV Wolves’ Most Improved Player
Kaylah Street – SNV Wolves Most Valuable Player, All Star 6 Player
Remy Song – SNV Penguins’ Most Improved Player
Nichelle Albeza – SNV Penguins’ Most Valuable Player
Emily Ji – All Star 6 Player
Jesse Manahan – All Star 6 Player

Under 15’s Men – Spikers (coached by Taka Yusatake, Assisted by Dave Cottam)

The 2018 SNV U15 boys volleyball season began with 12 very shy and differently talented players that had to spend time to build upon their strength, power, speed and focus on fundamental skills. The biggest concern was getting them all confident enough to play together on the court.
Therefore I didn’t know how well it would go in beginning but soon I realized the boys were ambitious, enthusiastic, friendly and funny (not shy anymore!). Also I was very impressed with their commitment (almost 100% attendance at training and games) and how much it added to the core of our Spikers team.
When SVL started, we had U15boys and girls at the same pool however the team performed above expectations and have matured and improved in every face of the game collectively and individually. Especially when we played against U17 boys with Men’s height that we only practiced weeks before the match and surprisingly boys did an excellent job (hits and blocks amazing!).
Unfortunately we lost to UTS in the Gold match but the boys showed us their values such as fairness, sportsmanship, discipline and determination, are more important in the long run than winning. I am proud of each and every one of you and what we’ve accomplished together. From moment of individual brilliance to some exciting team victories, it was a season driven by incredible emotion and passion as well as dedication to self and team.

I would like to thank all of our players, coaches, parents and supporters for helping to make this season such a great success.
My hope for each of you is that you remain constantly aware of how amazing you are and will carry your talents forward to the next season.

Special mention to MVP Nicholas Griffith and Most Improved Daniel Wang – Congratulations !

Under 17’s Women – Sharks (coached by Kristen Wood & Kylie Downes)

The 17 sharks were a great bunch of passionate volleyball players. We enjoyed watching the girls get to know each other and more comfortable as the season went on. We had some great games through the season both competitive and challenging at times. We wrapped up the season beating the top ranked team to head into the gold medal match, one of the best games I’ve seen the girls play and such an amazing team effort from everyone! We ended up falling short in the final game finishing the season 2nd, but overall a fantastic result! We had 2 Sharks join the All Star team this year – Sienna and Esther.

We are so proud of the girls’ skill development through the season, always thinking about what’s next in the play and specifically our most improved player Esther and most valuable player Emma Hancock.

Under 17’s Women – Tigers (coached by Carolyn Reed, Assisted by Richard Wolken)

The SNV Tigers started the year with the goal of further developing their skills and starting to focus on specialising in player positions. All of the girls embraced the challenge and worked hard to grow into strategic players. The team welcomed some new teammates throughout the season, who only helped to make the team stronger. The Tigers had some great games throughout the season which tested all of the skills they have been working on, and they will continue to improve with ongoing training.

The girls should be proud of what they have achieved this year, and as a coach I am looking forward to seeing them continue to improve next year.

Special mention to MVP Rachel Tan and MIP – Grace Digby

Under 17’s Men (coached by Jon Luo)

Coming into the 2018 SVL season as a first-time coach sounded daunting, especially with a team comprised mostly of experienced players with high expectations. The U17s SNV team looked formidable on the score sheet and we executed on court, finishing on top of the table undefeated after the round robin stage.

We headed into the knockout rounds with the number one seed, immediately gaining a bye straight into the semi-finals against Hills Dragon. The boys fought tooth and nail, scrambling for every point and pushing through a 0-2 deficit in a best of 5 to bring the set score to 2-2. The beginning of the final set was a rough one, seeing SNV down 2-8. However, once again, they fought for every point, almost pulling off an incredible comeback to bring the final score, 14-16. Although the semi-finals resulted in an unfortunate loss for us, this match would signify a change in our players and see improvements in their mental fortitude.

The bronze medal match against BHV saw us comfortably take home a bronze medal coming out on top 3-0. The 2018 season proved to be successful with our players bringing back a medal and many of them finding SVL to be a learning experience. Congratulations to the boys of the Under 17’s Men SNV team of 2018 and I hope to see them again next season.

Special mention to MVP Sasha Pysarenko and MIP – Jamie Park

Under 19’s Men (coached by Colin Lai)

2018 saw a changing of the guard with only one player from the silver medal  2018 team returning and a number of U17s stepping up to the plate. Overall it took us a few weeks to iron out the kinks and get the team into shape. We were well placed throughout the season only dropping a handful of games against some good competition.
As usual, the season started slow and steady culminating in a gold medal match which unfortunately went to Asims in a very close 5 set match, 22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-17, 13-15 (104 vs 105 pts) .

I would like to thank those players that stepped up and played from the younger divisions and to the U19s who truly owned the team. Special mention to Freddie Thornton-Bott and Phillip Kong on making the All Stars U19 Men’s Team and to Sasha Pysarenko and Apollo Shi for playing up to U19s.

Thanks must also go out to the team, Freddie, Matt, Jaka (who had never played indoor before this season) Vincent, Phillip, Thomas, Darcy, David, Kiefer and Joseph for a fantastic season and to manager Jacky for organising the weekends.

I wish you all the best for the 2019 season and hope to see you all on the court!

Special mention to MVP – Matt Rennie and MIP – David Lee

Division 2 Women – Bunnies (coached by Will Maniti)

What a season it was! Regardless of where we ended on the ladder this season you gave it 100% every time you set foot on court.

A big HIGHLIGHT was our first game against UTS with a tough 5 setter game which we could’ve won but were let down by something we struggled with all season – a 13 letter word starting with C and ending with N…haha… I’m pretty sure y’all know what it is.

Plagued in the middle part of the season with some main players on holidays and some injuries but we still managed to put together a team on Sunday and if you didn’t notice we stepped up our game every time this happened.

Our Wednesday trainings were based on what we lacked on Sunday’s game which you always implemented the following week. I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch; you had quirky, shy, serious, loud!, professional and eager all mixed into 1 team.

I would like to take this time to thank each and every one of you for your efforts, commitment and dedication this season. I wish you all well for the future.

Over n Out for 2018!!

Special congrats to MVP – Sachi Koike and Players’ Player – Hilly Le

Division 1 Women – Foxes (coached by Richard Wolken)

It was great to share that winning feeling early on this season, especially with those players returning from last year, and we could genuinely consider ambitions of making finals. The new team developed a bond pretty early, I think Manly cup was a positive factor there. We agreed at the start that our goal was to make the best result possible, and were in contention right until the final game. We kept a positive attitude throughout the season, bouncing back from narrow losses, and coming away with 5 set victories too, which is always a good sign.
Individually there was so much growth it was fantastic; I’d love to list each one of you here but that would make for a very long report! Big kudos to Kristy, thank you so much for fulfilling many roles this season; manager, brains trust, defense specialist and psych support. I think a key learning this year was Enjoyment, because its why we do this, it’s infectious, it lifts us, and it’s actually a pretty simple thing. Celebrate points, smile, come together at each rally, and encourage your team mates. Thanks also to Lora and Hannah for filling in when we were short. Looking forward to coming back even stronger next year, and let’s keep doing those core exercises before each drink break, cos I know you loved that.

Special mention to MVP – Tomoka Matsuyma and Players’ Player – Kristy Tuinman

Division 1 Men (coached by Nate Barke & Colin Lai)

Coach wrap to come…

Special thanks to Colin Lai for stepping in mid-season to coach M1!
Special congratulations to MVP – John Chan and Players’ Player – Richard Chen

Honours Women – Squirrels (coached by Scott Nichols)

It’s time to look back at another challenging year of Volleyball in the Women’s Honors Division. The competition was very close this year and we were in the mix the whole season. We had breakthrough wins against teams we previously had trouble with. We suffered a couple of losses to teams who simply played better than us. Watching and coaching our team throughout  the season was very rewarding. The development of individuals and the team as a whole enabled us to compete and win games other people probably thought we would lose. From my perspective the highlight of the season was qualifying for the finals. That match was a great example of what it means to be a Squirrel, we were aggressive and fought for every point. We were way too strong in the end. I hope everyone in the team enjoyed the season as much as I did. Its always a big commitment and as a club we are so lucky to have so many coaches and players willing to give up their time for our club! SNV ROCKS!

Special mention to MVP – Kristen Wood and Players’ Player – Lora Thorand

Honours Men (Coached by Ian Garrett)

The 2018 Mens honours season saw a good mix of returning and new players. We lost the services of Jason Laffer who has moved to Canberra, Nick Long who decided to give rep volleyball a miss this year and Jed Flavel with a change of work location, even though he hung around for half of the season and filled in when needed..
The new members of our team gave us an even greater international feel and we now had two Canadians, a Japanese and a Slovakian.

After good showing in the two state cups we felt confident heading into SVL and our first games showed that we would be able to compete with any team.We had a couple of easy wins against Illawarra and Endeavour before a couple of encouraging five set losses against the UTS team. As the season progressed we seemed to lose our focus and the loss of Nate due to Visa issues reduced the depth of the team. We continued to play some good volleyball but couldn’t find the consistency that we needed to finish off games in an extremely competitive Mens Honours division. After a couple of disappointing losses late in the season we just missed the playoffs where the top 7 teams were separated by just 3 wins.

Although we were disappointed with the last half of the season the team played some great Volleyball and we are looking forward to being a force next year with a few new additions to our team.

I would like to congratulate the SNV players that have been selected in the Sydney Uni/UTS AVL squad for the upcoming season. Lubo Zavachy, Dylan Duclos & Fraser Garrett (Development player). Also Kate Master in the women’s squad. Good luck in the upcoming AVL series.

Special mention to MVP – Jason Liang and Players’ Player – Chris Twine