SOUTH WEST Pirates junior volleyball side has exceeded all expectations on its way to a third-place finish in Warrnambool’s seaside tournament women’s third division.
The junior girls won two of their pool games and won the third-place playoff match to round out a successful weekend for the young Pirates side.
South West Pirates vice-president and tournament co-ordinator Craig Gibbs was proud of the girls’ performances.
“It was an excellent performance from the girls,” he said.
“They are 15-16 year-old girls playing outside their age group and against women, so it’s a fantastic effort to finish third.”
The other South West teams were less successful over the weekend’s action with the men’s division two side finishing 10th overall with one win and five losses.
The women’s division two sides both finished with three wins to place sixth and eighth.
In the women’s honours draw, defending champions Yarra Ranges will face South Adelaide in Monday’s final.
The men’s final was still to be decided on Sunday with Melbourne University Renegades, Southern Cross Cobras and Phantoms Volleyball Club fighting it out for the two spots in the final, with percentage set to split the three sides.
The division one men’s final will be played between Monash University and Kew Redbacks, while it will be an interstate battle in the women’s first division decider with South Australian side Heathfield taking on Victorian side the Melbourne University Renegades.