Silverstream Volleyball – “The best it has ever been!”

The St Patrick’s College, Silverstream Senior A volleyball team is a team that has been on a rapid rise over the last few years and has now won back-to-back Senior Volleyball Regional titles.

This comes after a straight sets victory over their brother school, St Patrick’s College, Wellington, in the boys’ final of the annual CSW Senior Volleyball Regional Tournament  held this past weekend.

A college predominantly known for its tenacity on the rugby field, volleyball has also proven to be a growing sport of interest for Silverstream, having entered two teams into both Regionals and the upcoming NZSS National Championships held at the end of this month in Palmerston North.

In 2018 Silverstream volleyball achieved some satisfying feats, which included their first ever Senior Regional title. Two players Roger Sauila and Akira Ieremia, were both selected for the NZL Youth Men’s squad that toured Iran, while Roger Sauila won the College Sport Volleyball Award. In addition, a number of Silverstream players at both Junior and Senior level represented Wellington in their representative age group teams.

Head Coach and Volleyball Convenor for Silverstream, Liko Alosio, who is also an Old Boy of the College, puts it down to hard work and exposure. “When I started here in 2015 as a teacher, Volleyball was almost non-existent here,” said Alosio. “I made it a goal of mine to revitalise the sport by training them hard and exposing them to the highest level of Volleyball they have ever seen. However, I never thought I could take it this far. I love it!”

Since winning their first Junior Regional title back in 2016  Alosio has retained this same core group of players which has been a major part of their consistent success. Over the weekend Silverstream won the Regional tournament without dropping a single set –  winning all six of their matches 3-0.

In their three games on Friday they beat Onslow College, Tawa College and Newlands College. On Saturday they defeated St Bernard’s College, Porirua College and St Pat’s Town.

Alosio explained that the leadership and experience of key players such as co-captains Roger Sauila and Akira Ieremia was vital particularly under pressure. Their ability to stay calm allowed for explosive players such as Piripi Korent and La’i Leleimalefaga to enforce their attacking power on the opposition.

However, Sauila puts it down to a “team effort” where all players had a key role to play both on and off the court. This was displayed in five players from Silverstream all being named in the Regional Tournament Team with particular mention to setter/playmaker, Kobi Luamanu named as the Tournament MVP.

The Silverstream volleyballers now look forward to the NZSS National Championships held in Palmerston North at the end of this month where they will head into the competition as the 10th seed in the country.

Key goals and high expectations have been set by their Head Coach Alosio, hoping to make the Top 8 and building higher from there. Silverstream are also currently on top of the table for the Wellington Premier Division and are hoping to add further silverware to their collection before heading off to Nationals.

Players from Silverstream named in the CSW Regional Tournament Team 2019 were; Akira Ieremia, Roger Sauila, Joshua Tutagalevao, Junior Paulo and Kobi Luamanu who was the tournament MVP.

The Senior girls’ tournament was won by St Mary’s College, who beat Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt, in a five-set thriller in the final. Look out for a story with them coming up before the NZSS nationals over Summer Tournament Week.