Invercargill has become Volleyball Central with 2000 players converging on the South for a week-long competition and exhibition matches, including New Zealand’s top players.
Both indoor and Beach volleyball was currently underway at both ILT Stadium Southland and the new outdoor courts at the Otepuni Community Hub.
ILT Stadium Southland was currently hosting 82 teams and 164 kids with the indoor volleyball, and Friday and Saturday from 3pm until 8pm they will be out on the sand.
Volleyball Southland chair Donna Milne said the public was most welcome to come down and watch as the 2020 South Island Junior Secondary Schools Indoor and Beach Volleyball championships would be on all week.
Then this weekend it gets even more interesting, with Members of the New Zealand ‘Beach Blacks’ including Mike Watson, part of the King & Queen of the Court Exhibition Games being played at Cargo Brewery at Waitiri Creek, Gibbston Valley.
The Sand volleyball courts at the new Otepuni Community Hub have the official title of the southernmost beach volleyball centre in the world.
The week-long Volleyfest also included a special coaches and managers function on Wednesday night with New Zealand Beach Volleyball representatives, Julia Tilley, Shaunna Polley, Johann Timmer and Mike Watson.
The players will be hosting an under-19 development camp on Friday and Saturday, and this weekend the Southland Beach Open will get underway downtown.
Spectator entry is just $2 with a cash bar and canteen open, as well as live music and a great atmosphere for New Zealand’s top beach volleyballers.
The 2020 King and Queen of the Court exhibition games in Gibbston Valley will be played on Sunday with the mens’ finals scheduled for 2pm.
Thursday 26th November:
U18 Beach Development Camp – caters for 11 to 18-year-olds: run by NZ players Shaunna Polley, Julia Tilley, and Mike Watson.
Venue: Otepuni Community Hub, 40 Forth Street, Invercargill 4.00pm – 8.00 pm. (free sausage sizzle for tea)
Register at: https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/150169
Friday 27th – Saturday 28th November:
Southland Beach Open (VNZ Beach Series 3-Star)
Venue: Otepuni Community Hub, 40 Forth Street, Invercargill.
Friday: 10.00am – 8.00pm (pool play)
Saturday: 2.00pm – 8.00pm (playoffs, semifinals, finals)
Spectator entry $2, cash bar and canteen open, music and great atmosphere with NZ’s top beach volleyballers.
Register here to compete: https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/150228
Saturday 28th November:
Southland Beach Challenger (VNZ Beach Series 2-Star)
Social competitive players sign up!
Venue: Otepuni Community Hub, 40 Forth Street, Invercargill 9.00am – 5.00pm
Spectator entry $2, cash bar and canteen open, music and great atmosphere Register here to compete: https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/150127
Sunday 29th November:
2020 King & Queen of the Court Exhibition Games
Venue: Cargo Brewery at Waitiri Creek, 2323 Gibbston Valley, Queenstown. Play commences at 11.00am with mens’ finals scheduled for 2pm
Register here to compete: https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/140734