Volleyroos skipper, Harry Peacock, says his side will be the underdogs in many of their games in the upcoming Volleyball Nations League.
The tournament features the top 16 teams in the world playing 15 games over five weeks in different countries every weekend in a round robin format.
The Volleyroos take on the top three teams from last year’s World titles on the opening weekend in Poland with games against the home nation, Brazil and the United States in one of the biggest Volleyball stadiums in Europe.
Peacock believes his side will surprise a few teams; “We did it last year. We work well as a team. We are capable of firing every weekend and we don’t get burnt out.” It is this special bond, which he believes gives side the ‘X’ factor.
He says his side isn’t daunted by the expectation of others; “We don’t have much to lose, so we can just go for it”.
Peacock, who started playing in the mini volleyball competitions in South Australia before progressing through the ranks, spent the past season at home playing and training in Australia. He was newly wed, and wanted to spend some valuable time with his wife, Kirsten.
Peacock has taken over the captaincy, in the absence of regular skipper Paul Carroll, who is having some time off with family.
So with the team now in Europe and gaining valuable experience engaged in games preceding the VNL, they are building their performance skills and team adherence. What has given the side confidence is their performance against the strong Czech Republic team in the lead up to the VNL with two wins and a loss.
Two years ago Australia struggled against the Czechs, but Peacock recognises that things have changed, ”We’ve grown as a team.” The Volleyroos are all clearly working hard to secure their greatest performance against the world’s best.
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