With a long history of participation and success in volleyball to stand them in good stead, 4 Girton Grammar School teams won Bronze and Silver medals at the Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup held in Melbourne late last week and over the weekend.
Headmaster at Girton Grammar School said that the school had always been strong in volleyball and hopes to bring home medals from the national competition to be held at the start of December.
“We fielded 9 teams, or 68 students, at the recent State event and they were supported not only by 9 dedicated staff members but by Old Girtonians who return to the school every year to help coach and support our volleyball teams.
“All of our competing teams won games over the three day event with two of them bringing home a Bronze medal and two bringing home a Silver medal,” Mr Maruff said.
The Victorian Volleyball Schools cup is a three day event and the largest event that Volleyball Victoria runs. It is a Three-Day Schools Tournament involving over 25 different Victorian Schools and over 140 teams across up to 23 divisions. It takes place in July/August annually at the State Volleyball Centre and uses up to 17 courts over the three days.
Girton Grammar won the following medals at this year’s event:
Open Boys Honours (Yr10/11/12): Bronze
Under 17 Boys Honours (Yr9/10): Silver
Under 16 Boys Division 1 (Yr8): Bronze
Under 15 Girls Division 1 (Yr8): Silver
“Volleyball has been big in Bendigo for many years with the Bendigo Volleyball Association celebrating 50 years of competition in its various guises, two years ago.
“Girton has had 4 students make the National Junior Women’s volleyball team and 5 students make the National Junior Men’s volleyball team, as well as star Australian netball player, Caitlin Thwaites, who made the National Senior Women’s team in 2003.
“We have also had 3 students go on to be National Youth Team coaches, who have on occasion come back to assist Girton volleyball teams.
“Our volleyball players will be watching the Volleyroos with much interest at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio and taking inspiration from these incredible athletes,” Mr Maruff said.