On Wednesday, 14 November 2007, the Australian Men’s Volleyball Team (VTAM – Volleyball Team Australia Men) will embark on another first for Australian Volleyball as it travels to Japan for the 2007 FIVB World Cup, 18 Nov – 2 Dec. This follows on from their success in Indonesia in September at the 14th Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship where the team was crowned champions.
The touring side will consist 11 of the 12 athletes from the team that successfully won the Asian Championship with Ben Hardy leading the team once again as captain.
- Brett Alderman (QLD)
- Luke Campbell (VIC)
- Paul Carroll (NSW)
- Jarryd Christensen (QLD)
- Phillip DeSalvo (VIC)
- Andrew Earl (SA)
- David Ferguson (WA)
- Andrew Grant (QLD)
- Ben Hardy (C) (ACT)
- Nathan Roberts (SA)
- Matthew Young (QLD)
- Igor Yudin (VIC)
Head Coach – Russell Borgeaud
Assistant Coach – Andrew Strugnell
Trainer/Performance Analyst – Daniel Ilott
Performance Analyst – Stephen Benson
Doctor – Dr Charles Howse
Physiotherapist – Fiona Gutschlag
The World Cup tournament will see the 12 qualified teams (5 continental champions, 4 best vice-continental champions as per world rankings at 15 January 2007, Japan – host, and Bulgaria and Korea as wildcards) compete in the round robin tournament played across Japan with the top three teams gaining direct entry to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
JPN JAPAN Host Country
ESP SPAIN Europe Champion
USA U.S.A. Norceca Champion
BRA BRAZIL South-America Champion
AUS AUSTRALIA Asia Champion
EGY EGYPT Africa Champion
RUS RUSSIA Europe vice-champion
PUR PUERTO RICO Norceca vice-champion
ARG ARGENTINA South-America vice-champion
TUN TUNISIA Africa vice-champion
BUL BULGARIA Wild Card
KOR KOREA Wild Card
AUS Match Schedule (GMT +9hrs, 2hrs behind Australia AESDT)
18 Nov – AUS v KOR (1305)
19 Nov – AUS v RUS (1235)
20 Nov – AUS v JPN (1800)
22 Nov – AUS v TUN (1505)
23 Nov – AUS v ARG (1505)
25 Nov – AUS v BRA (1805)
26 Nov – AUS v BUL (1535)
27 Nov – AUS v USA (1305)
30 Nov – AUS v ESP (1805)
1 Dec – AUS v PUR (1805)
2 Dec – AUS v EGY (1735)
For the first time in the tournaments 32 year history, the Australian Men’s Volleyball Team have won the Asian Senior Mens Championships. Despite their 5 set loss to China in their last match of the tournament, a loss to Japan in the game after theirs has handed the men the trophy, and created history for Australian Volleyball. Congratulations to all the players, coaches, staff and team supporters on an AWESOME effort!
- win v India 3:1 (22-25,25-19,25-18,25-23)
- win v Kuwait 3:0 (25-11,25-15,25-11)
- win v Kazakstan 3:0 (25-14,25-20,25-14)
- win v Japan 3:2 (25-21,19-25,20-25,25-20,15-9)
- win v South Korea 3:2 (20-25,25-22,20-25,25-21,20-18)
- win v Iran 3:2 (25-23,17-25,25-16,22-25,15-13)
- win v Chinese Tapei 3:0 (25-15,25-20,25-21)
- win v Indonesia 3:0 (25-20,36-34,27-25)
- win v Thailand 3:0 (25-21,25-20,25-19)
- loss v China 2:3 (25-21,24-26,25-21,23-25,12-15)
- Chinese Tapei
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The latest updates to the Australian Team Archive have been the team lists from the 1999 World League for the men, and from the 1994 World Grand Prix for the Women. The men payed home rounds in Sydney and Adelaide against Russia, Italy and Poland. The women’s inclusion in the 2nd WWGP was invitational and they only competed in a host round in Sydney, but did get to compete against the volleyball super powers at the time, Cuba.
In the quest to find as much information as possible on Australian Volleyball teams, I stumbled across the “Australian Volleyball Coach” the coaching journal of the Australian Volleyball Federation. In Volume 3, Number 1 an article “Australia in the World – A recent history and possible futures” by Tony Naar, former National Coaching Director, provides a snippet of the beginnings of the Australian Volleyball Teams.
The earliest international events for teams from Australia were visits to Tahiti and New Caledonia in 1969 and 1970. In 1971 and 1972 New Zealand national teams participated in our National Championships.
Australia’s first ‘major’ international tournament was the first Oceania Championships held in Sydney in 1973.
In 1975 Australian men’s and women’s teams toured China, and in the same year both teams finished fourth behind Japan, Korea and China in the first Asian Championships in Melbourne.
This is backed up by former National Womens Player Sue Dansie, who sent through her recollections;
The first international comps we played in were against New Zealand in Adelaide in 1971. Australia played in New Caledonia in 1972, played against New Zealand in Sydney in 1972 and then the first Oceania tournament in Sydney at Narrabeen in 1973. There was also an Oceania tournament in Nelson – NZ in 1976. Australia were one of the first countries to breach the bamboo curtain when they went to China in 1975. All of these events were men and women playing at the same venues. The teams were made up of essentially Victorian Men and SA women as the core.
Now if only I could find those team lists.
The 6th Asian Youth Volleyball Championships will be held next month, and as our girls team prepare the depart for Thailand, their team list is the most recent update for the AUS Team Archive. The girls compete from the 7th-15th of May. The boys team list is there as well, but they travel later in the month to Malaysia, competing from the 20th-28th of May. Results can be tracked through the Asian Volleyball Confederation website.
Good Luck to all the players and coaches!
After the excitement of finding the 1981 World Junior Womens team list, I now have the 1985 team list as well! Thanks to Sally Bacon who sent through her recollections of the teams she played in from her junior days through to her senior playing career. Recent updates includes
It seems that the word is getting out about this little site, a lot of hits yesterday, and I hope that people found what they were looking for. Or if you see info missing, that you send it through.
The latest updates have been about World Championships, and I found a gem. I had no idea that Australia had sent teams to World Championships, before 2002. Thanks to Jenny Becker, she sent through the player list from the 1981 Junior Womens World Championship team that went to Mexico City. And after a bit if research I found that Australia has been to 5 Mens Championships (Senior & Youth) and 4 Womens Championships (Senior and Junior). A better record than the Socceroos, surely!
Mens World Championships
Boys Youth World Championships
Womens World Championships
- 1982 Peru
- 2002 Germany
Womens Junior World Championships
- 1981 Mexico
- 1985 Italy