SOME of the state’s most talented volleyballers are set to converge on Bendigo for a round of the state’s premier competition the Victorian Volleyball League.
For the first time the prestigious competition will host a round in Bendigo, with the Western Phantoms and the Southern Cross Cobras taking to the court on May 10 and 11.
Phantoms president and local Bendigo volleyball coach Matthew Gordon said the event would be run to an international standard.
“It will be the highest level of volleyball seen in Bendigo for more than five years,” he said.
“We have a high level of players coming. We have an ex-Olympian playing, Australian junior representatives and most of the other players have represented Victoria at a junior or senior level.
“The volleyball community is very excited about it.”
Gordon said the Phantoms, now in their fourth season, have continued to encourage the league to play games in regional cities such as Bendigo.
He said the two days of competition would see the top men’s and women’s division players competing, as well as reserves games.
A large contingent of Bendigo volleyballers are also expected to take part in the showcase event.
“Bendigo has the biggest country volleyball association in Victoria, so we are expecting it to be quite a large event,” Gordon said.
"We are hoping for a big crowd."
Matches will begin at 1pm on May 10 at the Bendigo Stadium.
The women's reserve matches hit-off at 5.30pm and men's premier division begin at 7pm.
A DJ will also be on hand to entertain the crowd during both matches.
Matches will also begin from 9am on May 11.
Entry to the games are free.