WARRNAMBOOL Volleyball Association representative sides will today chase glory at their own 38th annual Seaside tournament.
Nanjing Night Net

Two of the association’s South West Pirates teams are involved in grand finals this morning while a third late last night was vying for progression to today.

The association’s division two men’s and women’s sides are through to grand finals with the women progressing undefeated.

The men’s side, chasing consecutive victories in the grade, suffered a severe body blow in its final preliminary game when young power hitter Steven Bourke suffered a serious ankle injury.

He was last night on crutches and has little chance of being fit to play this morning.

Earlier he had dominated matches and played a significant role in helping the side to four wins and two draws from its six games.

Riddells Creek will start favourite in the match, winning five and recording a draw with Pirates. The match between the two sides last night meant little with both sides already through to the final.

Bourke’s loss comes after the Pirates lost another tall in the opening match on Saturday with Mark Burleigh suffering a back injury.

Melbourne powerhouse club Heidelberg is on track for a historic double in consecutive years with its men’s and women’s honours sides either in semi-finals this morning or finals.

The Australian men’s junior and youth sides are through to this morning’s cut-throat semi-finals in opposite halves of the draw which means they could yet face off in the final this afternoon.

Action begins at 8am with the men’s honours semi-finals and grand finals in other grades start at 9.15am at Warrnambool Stadium.

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