South Australia’s U19 boys have prevented a Queensland clean sweep of Gold Medals in a drama filled final match of the tournament.
Queensland’s Campbell Bergh suffered a suspected broken leg in the crucial 4th set with SA leading 2-1. The unfortunate incident causing a lengthy delay while Bergh was treated on court before being taken to hospital.
Jon Gibbs Tournament Director said “It certainly is not the way you want to see an athlete’s tournament end. It did put a different finish on the match as well with QLD having to change their line up but to South Australia’s credit they found a way to break through that Maroon Wall”
A Maroon wall that up until then had been impenetrable. Queensland contesting all gold medal matches and winning 10 of the 11 on offer including 5 of the 6 championship matches. A record achievement in the 28 year history of the event.
The Gold medal haul plus two silvers also meant Queensland comfortably claimed the President’s Cup as the overall best on 17 points. South Australia came in second on 9 points.
West Australia were the big improvers of the tournament particularly their women’s teams.
Gibbs said “ I was very impressed that WA women made medal matches in all three age groups”
“They are moving up the ranks quickly and they’ve got some real stars coming through.”
“The other highlight for me was Samoa, they made it into the Bronze medal match in the 19 girls and their boys, first time here, took the Silver in the 19 boy’s division one.”
With almost 900 participants coming from all over Australia, New Zealand and Samoa to compete at a very high standard, the future of Indoor Volleyball looks very bright indeed.
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