The Queensland Pirates have their fourth consecutive title in the men’s Australian Volleyball League, now know as the Super League, with a five set victory over the Canberra Heat in the gold medal game on the Gold Coast.
The Pirates led 2-0 before Canberra won the next two sets, to send the final into a deciding set.
Queensland prevailed, winning the fifth set, 15-9 to secure the title. Pirates coach Craig Marshall was full of praise for his players and said, “This is the best Pirates team I’ve ever seen.”
The Pirates went through the season without losing a game, winning 12 from 12. “This is huge for us, in our home state. We can’t remember the last time a team won the men’s AVL undefeated,” said Marshall, “We are 100 per cent believers in the home and away concept. And we’d like to play more games, I think that’s how you keep getting better.”
The Melbourne Vipers won the bronze medal, defeating the UTSSU Shield in five sets.
In the women’s competition, the Melbourne Vipers came from two sets down to defeat the Queensland Pirates in five, while the Adelaide Storm accounted for the Canberra Heat in the bronze medal game, 3-2.