REEVES captain Brad Hunt has described his side’s back-to-back Warrnambool Volleyball Association (WVA) triumphs as the end of an era.
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The team made it consecutive premierships on Tuesday night with a convincing 3-0 victory over Pirates in the division one grand final at Warrnambool Stadium.

Hunt expected Reeves to field a new-look line-up next season.

“There might be a bit of a mix-up next season and it won’t be the same team,” he said.

“We’ll probably start from scratch and bring up a few juniors. It’s a bit of an end of an era for the team, so it’s good to go out with a win.”

Minor premier Reeves rolled Pirates in three sets (25-17, 25-17, 25-18) on Tuesday night after entering the season decider as favourite.

“We didn’t really like that tag but I think we used it to our advantage,” Hunt said.

“They were thinking we were favourite, so we got on top early and they dropped their heads.”

After its victory in the opening set, Hunt believed Reeves had a mental edge over Pirates, which found it difficult to build momentum.

“We stopped them getting run-ons,” he said.

“They’ve got a couple of big hitters that we cut out.

“That really helped us get up.”

The skipper was full of praise for Reeves’ outside hitter Neville Hadley, who played an incredible match.

“He just played out of his skin and no one expected him to play like that,” he said.

“We knew he could but he really stepped up when it counted most.” Hunt, a centre blocker, said Reeves was focused on maintaining its intensity throughout the match.

“We pretty much kept the momentum going and were able to keep going at the level we were playing,” he said.

“They got a lead in the second set and were in front at one stage, but then we picked up and we kept the ball in play.

“We put the pressure on them.”

While Hadley received MVP honours, his teammate, setter Greg Best, took out the division one best and fairest award.

In the division two WVA final on Tuesday night, Pirates triumphed with a hard-fought 3-2 (14-25, 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 15-6) victory over Buccaneers.

The MVP award went to Pam Lenehan, while Bec Cain claimed the best and fairest.

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