Volleyball a court winner

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Ashburton’s volleyball league is flourishing and players are loving the facilities at EA Networks Centre.
Twelve teams are contesting the local competition, which is sponsored by Robbies Bar and Bistro, and played over terms two and three of the school year.
Team names include Chokers, Panic Slowly, Serves Your Right and Flying Squirrels.
Around 80 players are involved in six-a-side matches played on Monday nights.
After round robin play, team have now reverted to top six and bottom six playoffs.
‘‘We’ve been very impressed with the facilities at EA Networks Centre since moving there this year, ’’ said Ashburton Volleyball Club committee member Dave Young.
The court was bigger, the nets were supplied and the club supplied the balls for the competition, he said.
Those involved in the game came from around the globe, including Chile, Ukraine, the Philippines and Samoa.
Players ranged in age from teenagers through to a few in their sixties.
The emphasis was on ‘‘social’’ games, which were self-refereed and 40 minutes in length, said Mr Young.
Two courts were used each week at EA Networks Centre and games ran between 7pm and 9.15pm.
The rules of volleyball include the ability to use any part of your body to hit the ball, a maximum of three touches per side and no player able to play the ball twice in a row.