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    Horsham coach David Berry at Volleyball Horsham 25th Annual Tournament in 2019.

Volleyball championships rescheduled

By DAVID BERRY

A majority decision by Volleyball Victoria Country Championship Commission has led to the rescheduling of 2021 championships.

The championships, originally planned for Horsham this weekend, will now be from September 24 to 26.

The commission made the decision following the statewide COVID-19 lockdown.



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Commission chair Murray Mansfield of Bendigo said the option of staging the event later in the year was best for the volleyball community.

“Volleyball Horsham had already undertaken a considerable amount of work in organising CC21, including attracting funding to support the costs of presenting the event and outlaying a large amount of money, which would have to be written off if the event was cancelled,” he said.

“The championships have always been over a three-day weekend and the only opportunity for this to happen in 2021, without impacting traditional tournament offerings, was AFL grand final weekend.

“Options to reduce the size of the event to fit into a two-day weekend were discussed, but it was determined three days were essential. To expect players, coaches, officials and volunteers to take a day off work or school would not be acceptable.”

While disappointed the event cannot be this weekend, the rescheduled date gives Volleyball Horsham teams a greater opportunity to get more members participating.

Volleyball Horsham’s Tim Popple said with Wimmera and Horsham District leagues changing their draws, if the event went ahead, it was going to affect several players, who rightfully committed to playing volleyball when they saw the free weekend in their football-netball draw.

“Now those players can concentrate on their football or netball and then when their season finishes re-commit to representing Horsham in these championships, which is a win-win for both,” he said.

“Hopefully we can get more members on board to play in this pinnacle event for country volleyball.”

Volleyball Horsham committee will meet later this month to take stock of where they are at and push ahead with new plans for the event.

There might be scope to factor in the chance for the participants to play and get an opportunity to watch the AFL grand final. All options will be explored once the team entries are known.

On the domestic front, all eyes will be on Spring Street for further announcements of the possible easing of restrictions for indoor sport so Volleyball Horsham’s summer season can reach a suitable climax.

Until then, all members are asked to monitor the situation, look out for each other and stay safe.

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