After an exceptional season that has seen Renegades enter nine teams into the Victorian Volleyball League for the first time, we are on the verge of one of our most successful seasons to date.
Seven out of our nine teams managed to make it through to the VVL finals, with only the Division 2 Men and Division 3 Women missing out. The first week of finals hosted some extremely close losses and some big wins for the club. Both Division 2 Women's teams qualified for semi finals, with Renegades Blue losing to a strong Yarra side. Renegades White had a tough 5 set loss in their first round of finals, and weren't able to take advantage of their second chance in the preliminary final. The Reserves Men unfortunately lost a tight 5 setter against Dandenong in their do-or-die semi final, however they showed promising signs for the future with a raft of young talent coming through the club.
The Division 3 Men were perhaps the surprise packet of the 2017 season. After an inconsistent season that saw them hang around the middle of the ladder, the side managed to sneak into the finals in 4th place. Now gifted with a second chance, the young team found another level when it counted and managed to win both their semi and preliminary finals to remarkably qualify for the Grand Final. The Division 3 Men will be chasing back-to-back titles when they face Dandenong.
After just two losses for the season, the Reserves Women have continued their consistent form into the finals, disposing of the Western Phantoms in 4 sets to soar into the Grand Final for a second straight year. The Reserves Women will also be looking to make it back-to-back titles when they take on the Bluebelles.
The Premier Women also cruised through to the Grand Final with a 3-1 win over Yarra in their semi-final, redeeming themselves from their previous and only loss for the season against the same side. After a triumphant season, the Premier Women face Monash University in what promises to be an old-fashioned, heated rivalry.
Our Premier Men side weren't able to sail through to the Grand Final in the same fashion, losing the semi-final in four sets to a formidable Southern Cross Cobras side. However, the team managed to bounce back in week two of the finals, overpowering Monash University in a clinical performance to set up a huge rematch against the Cobras in the Grand Final.
Get down to the State Volleyball Centre this Saturday August 19 to support our four remaining Renegades sides!
Women's Reserves vs. Bluebelles
Men's Div 3 vs. Dandenong
Women's Premiers vs. Monash University
Men's Premiers vs. Southern Cross Cobras