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DRAMATIC DECIDERS DETERMINE JUNIOR TOUR CHAMPIONS IN MOLLYMOOK

DRAMATIC DECIDERS DETERMINE JUNIOR TOUR CHAMPIONS IN MOLLYMOOK

Credit: volleyball.org.au

The fifth day of VolleyMook was when the medals were decided in round three of the 2024 Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Tour. While most of the semi-finals presented straight sets results, three of the four gold medal matches went the distance in a pulsating end to the tournament.

SEMI-FINALS

The U19 men’s saw Cooper Ryan and Levi Beard advance to the final with victory over Maximillian Edvardsson and Rayan Lincoln while Tom Bergemann and Ethan Grocott beat Bryce Cover and Oliver New.

In the U19 women’s semis, Mirellie Smith and Remy Song kept their undefeated record intact with a 2: victory over Emily Retschko and Olivia Jury while Hilary Hannagan and Lara Maric also accounted for Oriwia Heron and Sautualasi Noble in straight sets.

Lizzie Alchin and Jasmine Rayner won their semi-final in quick time to set up a decider against Leilani Burnell and Cameron Zajer who won through to their second straight final.

The men’s U21 final would be a showdown between two of the favoured sides after Jett Rocker-Graham and Killian Donovan along with Harley Sinclair and Finley Bennett outclassed their semi-final opponents.

FINALS

The Women’s U19 Final was a see-sawing contest, with momentum first with Smith and Song before Hannah and Maric sent the contest to a decider. In the end it was Smith – who won in Caloundra with Yasmin Ramos – and Song – who won in Cobram with Oriwa Noble – winning the last set by five points to take top spot on the podium.

The U19s men’s final was the only gold medal match not to go to three sets, with Bergemann and Grocott going to another gear, seemingly hitting harder and jumping higher than they had in the tournament to win 21-15, 21-16.

After finishing runners-up at both Cobram and Caloundra, Rocker-Graham and Donovan were keen to go one better and the anticipation of this final saw a crowd gathered on the hill overlooking the court. 

Sinclair/Bennett drew first blood, winning the first set in a sideout game that was back and forth until the very last point. However Rocker-Graham/Donovan hit back in the second beating their opposition by an even larger gap than they were beaten by in the first.

A late burst of back-to-back points from Rocker-Graham/Donovan helped push them over the line for a final score of 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-12).

The last match of the tournament drew all eyes saw Cobram champions Burnell and Zajer coming up against the top seeds.

Alchin and Rayner were dominant from the…

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