On the weekend of Friday 21strd and Saturday 22nd August, the Margaret River Senior High School Open Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball Teams travelled to Perth for the 2020 Volleyball WA Indoor High Schools’ Cup. School teams travel from around the state, metro and country from both the public and private sectors to compete in this annual event.

The current MRSHS teams came together about twelve months ago and have been training regularly early mornings and playing in local competitions (Margaret River and Busselton) since gaining invaluable match practice. A number of players have been part of the program for the past 2 to 3 years.

MRSHS competed against teams from elite volleyball programs such as Rossmoyne SHS, Mercedes College, Greenwood, St Stephens, Hale, Penhros and more – some of the schools that also compete in the National Schools Cup in Melbourne.

The MRSHS Girls won the Open A Grade Division winning their way through qualifying games on Friday and winning both their semi-final and final played on Saturday.

Jasmine Nielsen also won the MVP award in the final. Tess Hopkins was the unofficial (as no award was given) MVP for the overall division. Tess has also recently and successfully gained selection in the 2020 State 17’s side. An awesome achievement.

The MRSHS Boys finished Runner-up in the Open A Grade Division winning their way through qualifying games on Friday and their semi-final played on Saturday. In the final against the highly rated Scotch team the boys came from a set down to level the game and narrowly lost the third and deciding set in a thrilling overtime game.

The players of the respective teams are listed below:
Girls –
Yr 12’s Chelsea Kawiti, Jasmine Nielsen, Kate Long and Scarlet Caley
Yr 11’s Tess Hopkins and Rica Bobis
Yr 10’s Bec Svensson and Olivia Kawiti
Coach – Stuart Kupfer-Hollis

Boys –
Yr 12’s Sam Robins, Robert Wilson, Will Matthews, Rowell Bobis and Isaac Cranfield
Yr 11’s Tom Nielsen, Reina Woolgar
Yr 10’s Aaron Cranfield
Coach – Nakita Kitson

Special thanks to the parents of the playing group who transport players to and from training and games multiple times each week, particularly the early morning training sessions and games played in Busselton. A huge thankyou also to the MRSHS’s ‘Engagement and Enrichment’ Committee for providing funding to subsidise the costs of this latest competition and other team equipment throughout the year. Without this support the teams would not be afforded the opportunities they experience. The students involved and coaches sincerely appreciate the support.

Stuart Kupfer-Hollis
Volleyball, Margaret River Senior High School.