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Volleyball receives high fives in charity match

Charity match participants

Wimmera identities tried their hand at volleyball on the weekend in the inaugural Horsham Volleyball Association celebrity challenge charity match.
While initial ability was limited to little more than dishing out high fives, the players quickly got the knack of one of the Wimmera’s fastest growing sports.
3WM news director Peter Miller was appointed captain of one team, known as Miller’s Marauders, while local football legend Bill Lovel was placed in charge of the team known as Lovel’s Legends.
The result was a lightly skilled but heavily entertaining clash that provided plenty of laughs for the crowd at St Brigid’s College stadium.
Due to strong work at the net from Wimmera Mail-Times’ rampaging Roy Ward and great mid-court assistance from colleague Jayne Anson, Lovel’s Legends were able to grab a handy lead early in the match of four 10-minute quarters.
Despite strong teamwork from Horsham Sports and Community Club manager Glenn Carroll and Community Axis powerhouse Bill Schmidt, the Marauders were unable to drag back the lead, eventually going down to the Legends 68-74.
A turning point of the match was when Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty discovered a weakness in opposition leader Peter Miller.
Hugh combined his VFL experience with his political nous to crack Miller and his fragile ego with repeated use of the nickname “Dairy Bell”, relating to his soft serve.
Miller’s serves became slightly more powerful but increasingly more erratic and he never regained control of his faculties.
“At least we were the best at giving high fives,” he said
The match succeeded in its aim of raising funds for the Horsham College Chaplaincy and Salvation Army Youth Services.
At $5 per point, more than $700 was raised for the two important services.
Organiser David Berry said the match was a great success.
“The crowd loved the entertainment and a few of the players are looking at taking up the sport,” he said.
“There’s already talk of a rematch.”
Perhaps with Dairy Bell as the new major sponsor.

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Posted on Nov 19 2009

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