hot-competition-on-cold-day-at-beachTom De Vries of Rust Buckets spikes the ball while Will Crawford and Andrew Burgess back up in case the ball is blocked by Sloppy Sets.

A GREAT day at the beach was had by all at the 22nd Annual Inverloch Beach Volleyball Competition run by Korumburra Volleyball.
Heavy rain and wind in the early hours had organisers worried but the sheltered location at Pensioners Point was ideal and the rain stopped before play started.
Young, older, families, social and elite level players from Gippsland and Melbourne joined players from the local competition played at Leongatha’s SG SPLASH centre for lots of great games and lots of fun.
The skill level of the many junior players from 12 years old up was very impressive.
In the Division 1 competition, Sloppy Sets had only narrowly beaten B4, 31:27, 31:29, in the rounds in order to make the final.
However, in the grand final, Rust Buckets proved too strong defeating them 31:25, 31:24.
The pools to decide the next two divisions were closely contested with many games won by only the narrowest of margins of two points.
Local player, Jimmy Lower, teamed up with the youth of his son Mitchell and Mitchell’s friends Lee McRae and Cameron Allun to form the ‘Setting Ducks’.
They were surprise winners to finish on top of their pool and went on to be the runners-up in Division 2.
They were outplayed in the final by R3M which consisted of local youngster James Mercer and the Latrobe Valley father/son combo of Clinton, Linus and Joel Rodda.
The Division 3 final ended up being contested by two of the teams of individual entrants to the competition that had been put together by the organisers.
Here, Gold Diggers proved too strong for the pair of father/daughter combos, Jams.

Results

Division 1: Rust Buckets def Sloppy Sets 31:25, 31:24.
Division 2: R3M def Setting Ducks 15:9.
Division 3: Gold Diggers def Jams 25:16.
Local indoor volleyball hits off on February 5 at SG SPLASH.
Contact Tom on 5658 1043 (BH) or Mandy on 0418 361 240 (AH) for more information.