PIRATES has already written itself into the Warrnambool Volleyball Association history books by progressing to tonight’s grand final, but the side hopes there is another history-making feat to come — a premiership.
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Captain David McConnell will lead his side in the division one grand final against reigning premier Reeves at Warrnambool stadium tonight.

McConnell and a friend formed the Pirates about four years ago.

“We’ve been developing young players and for the first time we’ve made it through to the grand final,” he said.

“We’re really stoked to make it after losing a few (preliminary finals) in previous seasons.”

The team’s focus on developing up-and-coming players is highlighted through the improvement of teenage outside hitter Jimmy Holland.

“He’s really stepped up over the last season and has become a genuine division one squad player,” McConnell said.

“Everyone else in our team has been fairly solid.”

The captain described the Pirates’ season as patchy.

“Our star player Rob Bright missed a few games through injury and unavailability, so definitely without him we struggled,” he said.

“But he’s back and played all the finals. We’ve got our full seven players so we’re at full strength (tonight).”

McConnell said his team would start firm underdog in the season decider.

“Reeves is definitely the favourite, there’s no argument there, but we reckon we can match it with them,” he said.

He believed his side’s defensive work would be crucial in creating an upset.

“They’re so good with their attack so if we can hold them with our defence and then get a chance to attack, it will go a long way to winning,” he said. Pirates has also progressed to the division two decider and will take on the young Buccaneers outfit. Action starts from 7pm.

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