The dVT Group loves volleyball and were sponsors at the Volleyfest at Manly Beach on Saturday, 25th November 2017. Volleyfest is an annual Beach Volleyball Festival that hosts other competitions to show case Australia’s best Beach Volleyball.
It was a great day with a beach side atmosphere, stunning views and with special guests Gina Rinehart (Chairman of Hancock Prospecting and Principal Sponsor) and John Coates (President of the Australian Olympic Committee).
The results saw Canada beat France to take the men’s Gold Medal and the Australian Golden Girls winning the women’s event, moving them one giant step closer to their Commonwealth Games dream.
Clancy and Artacho del Solar are the first Australian women’s team to win an FIVB World Tour event on home sand since the women’s World Tour began in 1992. It is also their fourth consecutive Gold Medal since they joined forces in early October 2017.
This is a great result and is great preparation as Australia looks like grabbing gold for both the men and women at the Commonwealth Games and the dVT Group will continue to be proud supporters. Read the full articles below …….
WINS MEN’S GOLD MEDAL
Canada has taken the men’s Gold medal at the FIVB World Tour at Volleyfest on Manly Beach in Sydney this afternoon, defeating France in two quick sets in front of a sell-out crowd.
Canadian Olympian Ben Saxton and his new partner, 24 year old Grant O’Gorman, were thrilled with their win.
“My sister won a gold medal in Sydney earlier in the year so I couldn’t let her be the only one in the family,” said Saxton.
The French had earlier defeated Australia’s best men’s team of Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann who fought hard in a tough three set semi-final. That meant a Bronze medal play-off for the Aussies against a US duo of William Kolinske and Miles Evans.
AUSTRALIA’S GOLDEN GIRLS MAKE HISTORY AT VOLLEYFEST
Australia’s beach volleyball golden girls, Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar, have won the women’s FIVB World Tour event at Volleyfest Manly this afternoon, all but sealing their selection for the Commonwealth Games.
It’s the first international tournament win at home by an Australian women’s team since Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook won Gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Clancy and Artacho del Solar are the first Australian women’s team to win an FIVB World Tour event on home sand since the women’s World Tour began in 1992.
Clancy and Artacho del Solar defeated China’s Fan Wang and Xinyi Xia in two straight sets with a scorecard of 21:17 and 21:14. China didn’t make it easy for the Australians, continually applying the pressure but the composure of the Australians in front of their home fans saw them respond stronger each time.
Taliqua and Mariafe’s self-belief was evident the entire match, openly enjoying each point win and showing the smooth teamwork which makes this pairing so successful. The final two points to end the match came from powerful spikes from Artacho del Solar which found empty space in the Chinese half.
The win also gives Australia the Hancock Prospecting Perpetual Trophy, awarded each time Australia and China play.