Lost Months: Part 2, World Champs Qualifiers (7-9 Sept 2013)

I try to write a post a month. That went well for about 4 years straight, until July this year. I was busy. Turns out being an amateur volleyball performance analyst is quite time consuming. It’s no excuse, but thought I’d fill in what I’ve been up to….

The weekend following the SA State League Grand Final saw the Men’s World Championships Qualifiers hosted in Canberra, contested by Australia, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Kuwait. It was great to catch up with friends from other states who all visited to support Australia or volunteer to make the event a success.

I volunteered as one of the stats guys providing data for the FIVB’s “Volleyball Information System”. The computerised component of the system is a command based application that runs off Windows 95. One person, the “spotter”, calls out the play for another person to key in the data. Given the unreliability of the technology, the stats team also includes anther person who manually writes down the action and another who records how each rally is terminated.

The chief VIS volunteer would give us a copy of the rotation sheet before the set. In one set, the rotation we got was not how the team started. The 2nd ref had missed it. Midway through the set there was an out of rotation call that took ages to sort out. possibly the worst thing in the interests of spectators.

The highlight for me was getting to watch a couple of my hometown heroes, Nathan Roberts and Greg Sukochev start, play and win in front a of a big home crowd. The best fans in the house were a bunch of supporters from NSW all dressed in Kangaroo onesies. The games were broadcast on Foxtel. Oh, and the team qualified for World Champs too!

Me sitting on the end of the table behind the court during warmup with the other VIS volunteers

Me sitting on the end of the table behind the court during warmup with the other VIS volunteers

Volunteers posing in photo with victorious Volleyroos!

Volunteers posing in photo with victorious Volleyroos!

In the thick of the Onesie supporter club

In the thick of the Onesie supporter club

Onesie supporters pose with Volleyroos

Onesie supporters pose with Volleyroos

Great crowd. Note the Volleyroos #1 playing tops worn by supporters

Great crowd. Note the Volleyroos #1 playing tops worn by supporters

Hometown Heroes Nathan Roberts and Greg Sukochev. As starting Outside hitter and setter they played huge roles in qualifying the team for World Champs.

Hometown Heroes Nathan Roberts and Greg Sukochev. As starting Outside hitter and setter they played huge roles in qualifying the team for World Champs.

 

 

 

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