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05 May 2021
By DAVID BERRY
With four rounds remaining in Volleyball Horsham’s A Grade competition the double chance goes on the line tonight, when Phantoms and Shados Inala feature in the match of the round.
Phantoms sit in second spot on the ladder, three points clear of third-placed Shados Inala, with a win tonight effectively slamming the door shut on Shados Inala’s chances of grabbing the vital double chance come finals time.
Phantoms will welcome back key pass-hitter Dimitrios Vettos, but a cloud hangs over the availability of key setter Kara Johnson, who injured a finger last week.
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If Johnson fails to get up for this game, the setting duties will fall onto the shoulders of Tyler Puls, which will be a big ask for the southpaw.
Shados Inala will welcome back the big hitting Will Saligari.
The high leaping youngster brings great enthusiasm and exuberance to his team, and with the inclusion over the past two weeks of the ever improving Ronan Garth-Lindsay, Shados Inala takes on a whole new complex to its line-up.
Of course, sitting in the background is veteran Tim Popple, who brings his team together, so a cracker of a game will kick-start the night.
In other matches, Von Steiger Bloods do battle with Volleyroos. With Tim Carter set to resume his setting responsibilities for the Bloods, a much stronger team will take to the court.
The Volleyroos will miss setter Kimberley Crabtree, but have a more than handy replacement in the multi-talented Jordy Weidemann.
The final match sees ladder leaders Heidelberg take on fourth placed Pegasus, in a game that should see them consolidate top spot.
In B Grade, the match of the night sees the battle between ladder leaders Waterhammers and Heidelberg Masters.
These two teams have put a bit of a gap on the rest of the top six, so one will shore up its double chance with a win tonight.
Michael Schneider and Chris Baker received the nod of the referee last week in their win over Von Steiger Bloods, so they go into the contest in good form. But Heidelberg Masters have their own twin towers in Paul Drendel and Vaughn Maroske firing, so this game promises to be a good contest. In other matches, the first game of the night sees Von Steiger Barbarians take on Von Steiger Boomers.
The Barbarians pushed Heidelberg Masters all the way last week and are starting to show some form. Luke McCallum and Rod Kirkwood are the keys for the Barbarians.
The Boomers slipped Josh Milbourne into their line up last week, and his athleticism and clever play helped the side to a solid win over stablemates Von Steiger Shadows.
Parma Army should have little trouble putting Von Steiger Bloods away, while the Shadows should get back on the winners list when they take on Von Steiger Gangsters.
Volleyball Horsham’s Spikezone program is now taking registrations.
Volleyball’s version of Auskick, the program is aimed at eight to 11-year-olds and will be on Wednesday evenings at St Brigid’s College stadium, between 4.45pm and 5.45pm from next week.
Participants are required to register at www.volleyballvictoria.com.au so their details are online to ensure they receive their Spikezone pack, which includes a backpack, ball, t-shirt and drink bottle.
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