Tradition, honour, discipline and excellence.
These are the virtues embraced by the Braybrook Volleyball community. The discipline comes from the commitment to train and become skilled in the execution of the game's skills.
These are the virtues embraced by the Braybrook Volleyball community. The discipline comes from the commitment to train and become skilled in the execution of the game›s skills. The excellence reveals itself in competition, the honour comes from representing our school with pride and the tradition is the movement that began in 1996.
In 1996, a generation of Braybrook students like no other began their high school journey. This group seemed no different than others before them, but history will show they were destined for greatness. These Braybrook graduates of 2001 set the standard of performance for generations since and their achievements have been well celebrated.
One particular group from the 1996 - 2001 cohort, also stands out for their sporting success in volleyball. This team was the first of its kind to represent Braybrook College. They won many Western Zone Championships and competed at the State Finals along the way. They were crowned State Champions and won medals at Nationals. Individuals from the team were selected to train at the Victorian Institute of Sport whilst others were selected to represent Victoria.
Fast forward to today (20 years later) and Braybrook has another successful and highly decorated Volleyball team. A team that has also won Western Zone Championships and medals at both the Volleyball Victorian beach and indoor School’s Cup. A team that also boasts several current Volleyball State League players.
As the coach of these two remarkable teams, I have been blessed to be part of their journey and to have experienced their sporting successes. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to coach these young men and have never once compared them to each other. After all, how can you compare teams from different generations? This is something best left unanswered, or better still, play the two teams off against each other.
And that’s exactly what happened on Saturday 10th July 2021, when the Millenials (graduates of 2001) took on Generation Z (graduates of 2021). to determine the best of the best.
A 5 set match was played between these goliaths of Braybrook volleyball.... and what a match!
Both teams demonstrated the 4 virtues mentioned above: Discipline, Excellence, Honour and Tradition, in their endeavours to WIN the match. With the match tied at two sets all, a tie-breaker would be a fitting end to settle this “dispute”. With the 5th set tie-breaker underway the Millenials were on the brink of greatness and immortality, leading 13 points to 8. Holding serve and needing another measly 2 points to clinch a glorious victory. However, Generation Z wasn’t going to go down without a fight, and what a fight they put up. Before long the match was tied at 13 points each. This was in no way going to be easy. Both teams would have been worthy winners in such an epic battle.
But there could only be one victor and the first team to 15 would be crowned Champions of Braybrook!
Congratulations to each and every player who represented their generation, but well done to the 2021 team who came from behind to win the tie-break set and bragging rights for the time being.
The Millenials are already talking about scheduling a re-match. Truth be told, I kind of expected the “losing” team to want another opportunity to play for a win. After all, that’s what makes them the BEST! They don’t settle for second best.
Mr Kotsakostas – Volleyball Coach