EYES ON THE BALL: Coach John Egerton is excited about the upcoming volleyball season in the GVA competition. PICTURE: Nick Kossatch
EYES ON THE BALL: Coach John Egerton is excited about the upcoming volleyball season in the GVA competition. PICTURE: Nick Kossatch

Big season is planned in volleyball

VOLLEYBALL: Gladstone Volleyball Association coach John Egerton wants the game to thrive in the port city.

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Egerton, who is a teacher at Gladstone State High School, coaches in the A-Mix competition which is a part of three formats for the season which starts on Thursday at the GSHA sports hall.

"Thursday competition will be social and at the moment there are 10 teams but we allow for late entries via the GVA Facebook site and a separate GVA website as well," Egerton said.

"The current season starting this week has opportunities for all playing levels," he said.

"It is split into B-Mixed which is open to the public and also A-mixed which has trials for selection of players at a higher level.

"B-Mixed is more of social competition with games every Thursday and also a duty every second week."

The A-Mix competition will be for players who are more experienced in the game and it is different in that it is more individual-based.

"Individual players get points and they don't play in the same team from week to week," Egerton said.

A-mixed is more serious and individualized as teams are randomized and each player scores points for sets won in various teams.

Teams are going to be finalized this week and competition starts every Thursday from 6-8pm.

"Previously there have been 10 teams in B-Mixed however there may be more as interest has risen this year," Egerton said.

There will also be three representative competitions are the Flaming Chalice in Brisbane, Grand Prix Volleyball at a venue to be determined and the State Championship on the Gold Coast.

Training is each Tuesday from 6-7.30pm for juniors and the social competition players while A-Mix training is from 7-8.30pm.

"We're trying to get more people to train," Egerton said.

"There has been an increase in both training and playing numbers.

"A lot of juniors from the school are getting involved to improve their skills and also a general increase in the public due to the social aspect of the team sport."

Some of these juniors have progressed to higher levels such as Chelsea Fanning who last year accepted a volleyball scholarship with Missouri Valley College in the US.

"We have had many student success stories with the school and also the club has provided opportunities for students through fundraising and grants to allow some the opportunity to play in national competitions," Egerton said.

"There are many players that have gone onto college or returned from representative teams to continue playing volleyball at the club."

Egerton played in a Brisbane-wide high-level competition for 10 years before making the transition to coaching.

The first round starts this Thursday and there will be an AGM in which anybody is welcome to attend.

The season takes a break mid-April before resuming on April 23.

Finals are on June 4 and June 11.

Prospective players can contact Egerton on 49766119 or via email mailto:jeger13@eq.edu.au