Entering nine teams into the Cup and securing brilliant beach weather conditions for the event, students from Years 8 to 12 were very excited for the day.
“The students arrived at the beach bright and early to go over the different rules between indoor volleyball, which they were used to playing, and beach volleyball,” said IGS Sport and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) educator Caitlin Cockburn.
Students went head-to-head with schools from Sydney, the Hunter Valley region and Canberra.
“IGS dominated in the men’s Division 2 league, having entered four teams,” Miss Cockburn said. “It was a very competitive pool and some games played by Wynton and Myles, Zac and Cian reached high point scores of up to 40!”
There was a great amount of teamwork and support from all of our students throughout the day, even when they had to compete against each other.
“We had Sebastian and Jazz, and Morris and Ashwin in semi-final matches, which led them to a bronze playoff against each other. Morris and Ashwin won the match,” Miss Cockburn said.
“Madiba, Christian and Orlando had some tough competition in their pool and used their serving as a strength throughout the games.”
Our female teams also showcased their skills on the sand.
“Isabel and Andreja managed second in their pool, playing off for bronze,” Miss Cockburn said.
“Kalina and Tess competed against teams who will later represent NSW at the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships, and fought hard during the day to achieve 4th place overall.”
IGS also presented a Year 8 team, with Isabella, Lily and Sianna competing in their first ever volleyball event.
The students enjoyed an active day at the beach, meeting students from other schools and developing their volleyball skills.
Wynton: “It was a friendly and exciting environment where everyone wasn’t pressured to play their best, but still wanted to.”
Isabella: “It was fun competing against other schools, especially at the beach.”
Madiba: “We did not win, but it was very fun.”
IGS Volleyball Coach James: “The kids really persevered throughout the day and they were rewarded with some medals which was great!”
Looking to play volleyball with IGS?
For any students wishing to learn how to play volleyball and develop their skills, IGS holds beginner volleyball training sessions on Friday mornings at the School from 7am.
“The sessions are free of cost and lots of fun,” Miss Cockburn said. “We hope to enter more volleyball tournaments like the one in Manly.
“We are now training for the next indoor tournament on 22 June and we need more players.”
All students interested in joining should visit Miss Cockburn in the PDHPE office.