Volleyball Queensland has an incredibly strong history with the Australian Volleyball Championships (AVL) with our Queensland Pirates are renowned for bringing dedication, passion, and fierce competition to the court.
The Queensland Pirates legacy includes championship wins for the men’s team in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and the women’s team earning the 2012 championship, silver in 2016, and bronze in 2017.
In 2019, AVL took on a new format which saw the Queensland Pirates compete in the AVL Super League against teams from across the country in a home and away league, and then the finals which were held at the Carrara Indoor Sports Centres.
We are once again, incredibly proud of both our men’s and women’s team, with the men’s team claiming the title for the sixth time in the past seven years, defeating the Canberra Heat in the finals, and our women’s team taking out second place after competing against the Melbourne Vipers in the gold medal match.
Held at the same time and venue was the Australian Open Championships, for teams who did no qualify for the AVL Super League Finals. The Pirates fielded teams drawn from Pirates squad members not named in the Super league finals squads and showed their quality by winning both the Men’s and Women’s gold.
Damien Searle, Volleyball Queensland’s Events Manager said:
“We are thrilled with the performance by our Queensland Pirates during the 2019 AVL season and congratulate the athletes, coaches and support staff on yet another successful season.
“Over the years, the Queensland Pirates have become the AVL team to beat, and with our men finishing first and women second, and our Aus Open teams also brining home gold, we have once again set the benchmark in national volleyball excellence.”
As we move forward to 2020 and beyond, Volleyball Queensland is establishing a sub-committee ‘Pirate Crew’ to help strengthen the Queensland Pirates programme and ensure a successful future. If you would like to be involved, complete the Expression of Interest form by 31 January 2020.