MacDonald displays dual national skills

Last updated 07:24 20/12/2012

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New Zealand under-17 representative Olivia MacDonald has transferred her indoor volleyball success to the beach.

The New Plymouth Girls' High School senior volleyball captain is attending a New Zealand junior training camp at North Harbour in preparation for the national under- 17 beach girls' team's tour to Melbourne next year.

Spotswood College teacher Anthony Joe will continue next year as the New Zealand under-21 men's beach volleyball coach as they prepare for the world championships.

He is also in line to take the national under-23 men's team to their world championships.

After an outstanding performance for his school team at the Junior North Island championships in Wellington, New Plymouth Boys' High School indoor player Sean Hone has been selected for the Volleyball New Zealand North Island junior talent squad. All selected players are to attend the national age-group trials after the senior secondary schools' tournament in Palmerston North in March.

Spotswood College's Jayden Monaghan and Cameron Angland took part in the North Island secondary schools junior boys' beach volleyball championship at the weekend.

The event, for Year 10 pupils and below, was held at Hamilton's Te Rapa beach volleyball courts.

A total of 34 teams took part in the event over two days.

The Spotswood College pair made it through to the semifinal, where they lost 1-2 to Gisborne's Campion College. They also lost the playoff for third to Northland's Tikipunga High School by the same score.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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