National Seniors

The inaugural Australian Open Volleyball Championships was held in 1962 in Melbourne, and was contested by only 3 mens teams, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. It wasn’t until 3 years later that a women’s division was added in 1965, and in the following years the other states of Tasmania, ACT and Western Australia joined the competition. Queensland’s debut at the tournament was in 1971 in Adelaide, which marked the first occasion that all 6 states, plus the ACT were represented.

The tournament ran annually for 22 years, and whilst Queensland fielded very strong sides in both the men’s and women’s divisions, winning many minor place medals, the best result was only ever a silver medal for both groups. In 1984 the inception of the National Volleyball League (NVL) saw the Australian Open Championships or National Seniors as they are known, deleted from the competition calendar for 2 years.

In 1986, the National Senior Championships were revived, to coexist with the NVL, and it was held in Brisbane. It was at this tournament that both Queensland teams finally broke their hoodoo, with both the men’s and women’s teams winning GOLD in front of a home crowd.

The last ever National Seniors was held in Melbourne in 1998, where the Pirates Men finished 3rd, the Viking Men 8th and Pirates Women 5th. Fitting that at the last ever tournament, the Most Valuable Player in the men’s division was awarded to a legend in Queensland Volleyball, Russell Borgeaud.

Year

Location

Open Men

Open Women

1971

Adelaide

6th

8th

1972

Sydney

4th

8th

1973

Launceston

7th

4th

1974

Canberra

6th

3rd

1975

Melbourne

3rd

3rd

1976

Brisbane

3rd

3rd

1977

Perth

2nd

4th

1978

Adelaide

3rd

3rd

1979

Sydney

3rd

3rd

1980

Devonport

4th

2nd

1981

Canberra

5th

3rd

1982

Shepparton

4th

6th

1983

Brisbane

5th

3rd

1984

 

 

1985

 

 

 

1986

Brisbane

1st

1st

1987

 

 

 

1988

 

 

 

1989

Sydney

3rd

5th

1990

Adelaide

5th

5th

1991

Brisbane

3rd

4th

1992

Melbourne

4th

5th

1993

Perth

3rd

3rd

1994

Canberra

2nd

2nd

1995

Sydney

2nd

2nd

1996

Cairns

2nd

3rd

1997

Adelaide

4th

6th

1998

Melbourne

3rd

5th


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