Posts Tagged ‘volleyball’

Achievement Unlocked

23 March, 2013 2 comments

Well, I’m not quite a published author yet… (and frankly that is really unlikely)… but I have done something I set as a goal for myself a year ago. Yay for me!

Here is a link to an iBook I have built (50Mb). It is a review of the Men’s Gold Medal game from the Australian Volleyball League 2012. It has videos and some analysis in there. You will need an iPad with iBooks 2 to read it.


I’m sure that this book will have a few errors in it, some things could have been done better…not to mention those who will just ask why.
But I set myself a goal to try and learn about the Apple environment and do some work in it.

And now I have.

Comments, ideas, sharing, congrats etc. all appreciated.





Moving On

20 December, 2011 Leave a comment

What follows below is a message I sent to the New South Wales Volleyball Referees Association Board, as well as other stakeholders.

Hello NSWVRA Board (& others)

I announced to a very small quorum at our last Board meeting my intention not to re-nominate for the NSWVRA Board at our next AGM, effectively resigning my position as Chairman at that time (March 2012).

While I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with each of the Board members as well as the variety of NSWVRA stakeholders, I have decided that I can no longer give the hours necessary to complete my duties, and do it with the appropriate sense of optimism and grace that I aspire to.  In reality, the time I spent actually refereeing in 2011 was the smallest it has been in 10 years, while the time I had put into the administration activities was at its highest ever. And my little girl has asked me to spend more time with her – which means something coming from a 3yr old.

As for the future of NSWVRA, I hope, the new incoming Chair finds the organisation in good shape and builds upon it, just as I did when I took the position at the AGM in 2005.  I was a recently upgraded National A when I joined the Board (having just come back from my first National Juniors), but it was my desire to improve the state of officiating in NSW that was key to my work in this position, rather than my current or future grading. With this in mind, I shall continue to encourage anyone who has the energy and desire to get involved with NSWVRA in any way they can.

I would like to thank each of the current and past Board members for their time in supporting me and the activities of NSWVRA, as well as each of the referees for their time. I would also like to acknowledge those in the volleyball community who have supported the NSWVRA and the principles of officiating in general from before, during and after my time with the NSWVRA Board. Perhaps most importantly, I must thank my family and friends for their support and patience as I made my way along this journey.

Best wishes to you all for a happy and safe festive season.



Chairman, NSW Volleyball Referees Association

A philosphy of volleyball

20 March, 2011 4 comments

In 2011 I will be coaching the UTS Division 1 men’s indoor volleyball team in the State Volleyball League.

This is a team that has been very successful in the past, but hasn’t won the division for a number of years, despite having a very strong win-loss record. I am also its 5th coach in 5 years.  Trials are currently underway with a number of returning players, plus a number of new players looking to be part of the team.  I will be making selections in the next week.

One of the first things I have done to ensure the players are clear about my expectations is to share my philosophy of volleyball with them.  While I have said these things many times already, I felt it would be useful to also have this written down.

If we can deliver these things as a team then we ought to do well.


“Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached their goal; while other, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.” – Polybius

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Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.” 


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