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LEADERBOARD AFTER RD 7

RD7 TOT

1

CooperPeacock

4

35

2

Grumpy

5

33

3

Justin93

4

32

4

Pafagel

5

32

5

Rusty

5

32

6

Camacattack

3

31

7

twest

4

31

8

anaconda_2216

4

30

9

Best setter

5

30

4

30

10 davisfool

RESERVES WRAP

Lion double-up to take top spot

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SC Lion has won both games of their doubleheader in the women’s State League reserves last weekend, moving into first place in the process. Lion entered the round in second-place, as one of two unbeaten sides, but secured an early morning victory over Norwood 3-2. It set up an undefeated battle between Lion and South Adelaide, with Lion inflicting South’s first loss with a 3-1 victory. Lion moving top was the only change to the women’s reserves ladder, with Austral staying third following their victory over Henley. Meanwhile, in the men’s competition South and Austral took advantage of Mt Lofty having a bye, as they moved into second and third following wins. South defeated Lion, while Austral won 3-2 over the Hawks. Mt Lofty have a game in hand, and face South in a vital clash this weekend. The Northern Knights resume after their bye with a clash against Norwood as they look to keep touch with the top four. Norwood maintained their grip on first-place with a 3-2 victory over Lion. COVER IMAGE: Austral and Mt Lofty clash in a vital Friday night contest. © Peter Argent / Volleyball SA

BEARS CHARGING: Norwood’s women have won three in a row.

PICTURES: Peter Argent & VSA Archives

NORWOOD AND USC LION TAKE OUT BLOCKBUSTERS BY DAVID PENROSE and ELLIOT KING

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orwood and USC Lion maintained their undefeated starts to the State League season - proving too strong for their nearest rivals in top-of-the-table clashes.

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SC’s women improved to 7-0 with victory over Mt Lofty at Brighton Secondary School on Friday night. Olivia Orchard starred for Lion, as they inflicted Lofty’s second loss of the season with a 3-1 triumph. Lion gained the upperhand as they won the first set, before Lofty hit back to claim a tight second set.

But Lofty were unable to match USC when it mattered most, dropping a tight fourth set to remain in second-place. USC’s men are clinging to fourthplace, with Mt Lofty closing within one game following a four-set victory over Lion. The performance of Sam Boehm was impressive in setting up the victory for Mt Lofty.

orwood passed their biggest test of 2013, overcoming South Adelaide in a top-of-thetable men’s State League clash at Mt Lofty Sports Centre on Saturday. The Bears entered the contest on a six-game winning streak, and claimed the opening set against a South side which hadn’t lost since round two. Despite losing London Olympian

Nathan Roberts, South showed plenty of determination turning the early deficit into a 2-1 lead. Norwood asserted their authority with a dominant fourth set, before maintaining their undefeated start to the season as Sam White played a key role. Meanwhile, Norwood’s women tightened their grip on a top four spot, with a 3-1 victory over winless South.

enley Hawks fought their way to their third win of the men’s State League season, with an epic five-set win over Austral Phoenix at Mt Lofty Sports Centre on Saturday. After a sluggish start the Hawks found themselves a set down against the speedy offence of a youthful Phoenix outfit. Henley rallied to claim a twosets-to-one lead before lapsing

in the fourth, resulting in the Hawks’ second consecutive fivesetter. The offensive combination of Travis Moran and Brad Tutton sealed the nail-biting victory for the Hawks, who sit equal third on the League table. Henley’s women remain fourth on the ladder, after a tough fiveset loss to Austral.

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RESULTS (ROUND 07) VS MEN MT LOFTY

3

USC LION

25-21 25-19 20-25 25-20

1

WOMEN USC LION

3

MT LOFTY

25-21 25-27 25-18 27-25

1

VS MEN NORWOOD BEARS

3

SOUTH ADELAIDE

2

25-16 22-25 22-25 25-12 15-10

WOMEN NORWOOD BEARS

3

SOUTH ADELAIDE

25-22 25-19 23-25 25-23

1

VS MEN HENLEY HAWKS

AUSTRAL PHOENIX

3 2

19-25 25-22 25-21 20-25 15-10

WOMEN AUSTRAL PHOENIX HENLEY HAWKS

3 2

25-23 25-27 25-15 22-25 16-14


LEAGUE MEN ROUND 08 PREVIEW WHO’S PLAYING? 24/05/13

07:00 PM

MT LOFTY

v AUSTRAL

BRIGHTON

1

MT LOFTY

1

25/05/13

04:00 PM

NORWOOD

v USC LION

MT LOFTY

1

25/05/13

02:00 PM

HENLEY

v SOUTH

MATCH OF THE ROUND (SATURDAY 2PM)

HENLEY HAWKS VS SOUTH ADELAIDE

junior league

Henley will be striving for back-to-back wins for the first time in 2013 when they clash with South Adelaide on Saturday. But despite an impressive perfomance to defeat Austral last weekend, the Hawks face a huge test if they are to beat South. While South had their four-game winning streak snapped by Norwood last weekend, they still showed encouraging signs against the undefeated Bears. South will be keen to bounce back from that defeat, and have proven to be Henley’s bogey side in recent times, winning all three clashes in 2012 against a Hawks outfit which played in the finals. This match could be won and lost at the net, with Brad Tutton and Travis Moran clicking in recent weeks for the Hawks. For South, Luke Bonser played a huge role last weekend as they were forced to reshuffle after Nathan Roberts returned to the AIS.

Norwood and Lofty on top early

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he 2013 Junior League season is underway, with sides from Norwood and Mt Lofty setting the early pace in the State League Junior divisions. In the boys, Norwood E1 and Mt Lofty 3 remain unbeaten after the opening three rounds of the season. Only one of those sides will maintain their perfect start, with

the sides going head-to-head at Unley on Friday night. Norwood W6 lead the way in the girls division, as the only undefeated team. The girls division is very even after three rounds, with all sides recording a win. Norwood’s W6 girls play bottom placed Norwood W7 at Brighton on Friday night.

Fixtures + Standings from the 2013 Junior Leagues can be found at www.volleyballsa.com.au/junior/indoor-league

RECENT RESULTS: SOUTH 4, HENLEY 0 (SINCE 2012) RD 03, 2013

SOUTH

3-2

25-18 15-25 24-26 29-27

RD 11, 2012

SOUTH

3-2

20-25 25-22 26-28 25-18 15-13

RD 16, 2012

SOUTH

3-1

25-20 25-16 22-25 25-22

15-11

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LEAGUE WOMEN ROUND 08 PREVIEW WHO’S PLAYING?

Glenelg Primary School Year 6/7 competition

24/05/13

08:30 PM

MT LOFTY

v AUSTRAL

BRIGHTON

1

MT LOFTY

2

25/05/13

04:00 PM

HENLEY

v SOUTH

MT LOFTY

2

25/05/13

02:00 PM

NORWOOD

v USC LION

UPCOMING EVENTS JUNE 15

JUNE 16

JULY 20

OCTOBER 19

MATCH OF THE ROUND (SATURDAY 2PM)

NORWOOD BEARS VS USC LION

The Norwood Bears have proven they are the third best side in the women’s competition in recent weeks, establishing their grip on third with consecutive wins over Austral (5th), Henley (3rd) & South (6th). Their next fortnight looms as a test of just how competitive they are, with undefeated Lion today, and second-placed Mt Lofty next weekend. Young Kelly van der Linde has been a key factor in the Bear’s surge, while the contribution of Bonnie Poulter has helped as Norwood put themselves in contention for a finals berth in 2013. The Bears get a chance to prove themselves as a genuine threat, with a win over Lion. USC have been brilliant in 2013, combining class and consistency to remain undefeated, but have been pushed in recent weeks with rivals keen to inflict their first defeat. Olivia Orchard continued her solid recent form in last week’s win. RECENT RESULTS: USC LION 3, NORWOOD 1 (SINCE 2012) RD 03, 2013

USC LION

3-1

25-16 25-15 19-25 25-22

RD 07, 2012

USC LION

3-0

25-21 25-22 25-18

RD 12, 2012

NORWOOD

3-2

28-26 25-22 16-25 15-25

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RESULTS (ROUND 07) RESERVES MEN SOUTH

1

d HENLEY

AUSTRAL

NORWOOD

d HENLEY

d USC LION

RESERVES WOMEN USC LION AUSTRAL

USC LION

d NORWOOD d HENLEY d SOUTH

DIV ONE MEN SOUTH

MT LOFTY 1 KNIGHTS G SOUTH

NORWOOD

MT LOFTY 2

Standings (after round 07) 2

d AUSTRAL

d KNIGHTS W d USC LION

d MT LOFTY 2 d HENLEY

DIV ONE WOMEN

4

3-2 21-25 25-27 25-22 25-17 15-12 3-2 17-25 19-25 25-11 25-15 15-13 1

2

3

4

3-1 14-25 25-22 25-21 25-21 2

3

4

5

3-1 25-11 21-25 25-17 27-25 3-1 16-25 25-18 25-21 25-19

3-0 25-21 25-16 25-23 2

3-0 25-10

25-9

3

4

5 15-6

25-14

1

MT LOFTY

2

v NORWOOD MT LOFTY

2

01/06/13

02:00 PM

MT LOFTY

AUSTRAL

v SOUTH

LEAGUE WOMEN

VENUE/COURT USC LION

MT LOFTY AUSTRAL

v HENLEY

BRIGHTON

v SOUTH

MT LOFTY

v NORWOOD MT LOFTY

RESERVES MEN

1 1 1

VENUE/COURT

01/06/13

09:00 AM

SOUTH

v HENLEY

MT LOFTY

2

MT LOFTY

3

01/06/13

10:30 AM

NORWOOD

v USC LION

MT LOFTY

2

09:00 AM

KNIGHTS

v AUSTRAL

RESERVES WOMEN 01/06/13 01/06/13 01/06/13

09:00 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM

KNIGHTS

NORWOOD SOUTH

VENUE/COURT v AUSTRAL

v USC LION v HENLEY

MT LOFTY

1

MT LOFTY

1

MT LOFTY

3

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HENLEY

AUSTRAL

SOUTH ADELAIDE

1

NORWOOD

3

AUSTRAL

6 7

     

SOUTH ADELAIDE MT LOFTY KNIGHTS HENLEY

USC LION

      

RESERVES WOMEN 1

USC LION

3

AUSTRAL

2 4 5 6 7

SOUTH ADELAIDE MT LOFTY

NORWOOD HENLEY

KNIGHTS

      

DIV ONE MEN 1

SOUTH ADELAIDE

3

NORWOOD

2 4 5 6

FULL STATE LEAGUE DRAW & RESULTS:

MT LOFTY

RESERVES MEN

5

BRIGHTON

v HENLEY

6

4

VENUE/COURT USC LION

5

2

3-0 25-13 25-15 25-22

08:30 PM

01/06/13

AUSTRAL

NORWOOD

31/05/13

02:00 PM

MT LOFTY

     

P

W

L

SF

SA

S%

P%

PTS

7

7

0

21

8

72

54

21

7

3

4

15

15

50

50

13

9

17

7 7 7 7

5 3 2 1

2 4 5 6

18 12 7

11

13 18

62 48 35 28

51 49 49 47

17 13 11 9

LEAGUE WOMEN

4

LEAGUE MEN

01/06/13

USC LION

3

UPCOMING fixtures (round 09)

12:00 PM

6

SOUTH ADELAIDE

3-0 25-20 25-16 25-15

3-1 25-23 23-25 25-19 34-32

01/06/13

4

3-0 25-15 25-16 25-14

d HENLEY

07:00 PM

HENLEY

2

SOUTH

31/05/13

3

2

3-0 25-19 25-18 25-20

d NORWOOD W 3-2 19-25 25-23 24-26 25-18

12:00 PM

NORWOOD

USC LION

3-0 25-15 25-10 25-14

01/06/13

1

1

d KNIGHTS

NORWOOD W d MT LOFTY

LEAGUE MEN

5

3-1 25-21 25-22 24-26 25-20

1

NORWOOD E d AUSTRAL P

5

3-2 16-25 26-28 25-20 25-19 15-10

USC LION

AUSTRAL W

5

3-1 25-22 25-14 27-29 25-14

1

d NORWOOD

3

7 8 9

AUSTRAL

MT LOFTY 1 MT LOFTY 2 HENLEY

KNIGHTS GREEN USC LION

KNIGHTS WHITE

        

DIV ONE WOMEN 1

AUSTRAL WHITE

3

HENLEY

2 4 5 6 7 8 9

NORWOOD WEST SOUTH ADELAIDE USC LION

NORWOOD EAST MT LOFTY

AUSTRAL PURPLE KNIGHTS

        

P

W

L

SF

SA

S%

P%

PTS

7

7

0

21

5

81

55

21

7

4

3

15

13

54

49

15

11

17

7 7 7 7

5 3 2 0

2 4 5 7

17 14 4

8

18 21

68 44 39 16

54 50 48 44

17 13 11 7

P

W

L

SF

SA

S%

P%

PTS

7

6

1

19

11

63

52

19

7

4

3

15

16

48

50

15

7 6 7 7 7

5 4 3 1 1

2 2 4 6 6

18

12

15

10

14 12 8

12 20 20

60 60 54 38 29

52 53 50 48 45

17 14 13 9 9

P

W

L

SF

SA

S%

P%

PTS

7

7

0

21

5

81

54

21

7

4

3

15

10

60

51

15

13

19

3

21

7 6 7 7 7

6 3 2 2 0

1 3 5 5 7

19 10 9

9 9

17

68 53 41 35 13

55 51 48 50 40

19 12 11 11 7

P

W

L

SF

SA

S%

P%

PTS

9

8

1

26

8

76

57

25

9

5

4

20

14

59

51

19

13

20

8 8 9 8 8 8 7

6 5 4 3 3 3 0

2 3 5 5 5 5 7

21 18 15 10 10 3

9

12 16 17 19 21

70 60 39 48 37 34 13

54 52 45 50 51 46 42

20 18 14 14 14 14 7

P

W

L

SF

SA

S%

P%

PTS

8

8

0

24

7

77

57

24

8

5

3

18

12

60

54

18

15

12

9 8 8 7 8 8 8

6 5 4 4 2 2 0

3 3 4 3 6 6 8

23 18 14 9 8 0

9

15 12 19 19 24

72 55 56 54 32 30 0

55 53 53 51 44 45 30

21 18 16 15 12 12 8


VSA Weekly Dig Round 8, 2013