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High school volleyballers turn Murwillumbah from a town to a region

The Murwillumbah High School senior boys’ volleyball team is so good it has been chosen in its entirety to represent the North Coast region.

Photo of the team training in a semi-circle, ball in the air

The Murwillumbah High School senior boys' volleyball team in training

Murwillumbah High School’s senior boys’ volleyball team has achieved the unprecedented feat of being selected in its entirety to represent the North Coast Region.

Coach and teacher Carl Marshall says typically a regional Zone team would be made up of two or three players from one outstanding school team, plus top players from other schools.

“I’ve been coaching for over thirty years at all levels of the sport, and I’ve never before seen a school team turn into the Zone team,” said Carl.

The boys took part in the State finals of the Regional Zone competition in Temora in the last week of March, finishing sixth, unbeaten by any other regional team.

“This group of individuals is exceptional,” said Carl.

“They’ve been training twice a week every week of every term since Year 8, and they’re now in Year 12.

“Their commitment to the game and to each other is wonderful, and huge success has followed, despite the fact that they get almost no match practice because there are no volleyball competitions for them to compete in between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane.

The team, playing as the Murwillumbah High School side, takes its campaign in the NSW school-level knock-out competition to Sydney in Term 3. Last year they came fourth among opponents with routine match experience.

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