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Two terrific premier league grand finals as GSG Blue and Pirates emerge victorious in AVA

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GSG Blue won the Men's Premier League title.
Camera IconGSG Blue won the Men's Premier League title. Credit: Albany Volleyball Association

The 2022 Albany Volleyball Association season has drawn to a close with the grand finals earlier this month at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre.

A terrific Men’s Premier League grand final was played out between GSG Blue and Pirates on September 16.

The decider went five sets and came down to 15-13 in the final set but it was a historic result for GSG who clinched their first Men’s Premier League title in a season in which eight teams competed.

Paul Donaldson was awarded grand final most valuable player while Rob Perisic from Denmark was the season MVP.

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Women's Premier League Champions, Pirates.
Camera IconWomen's Premier League Champions, Pirates. Credit: Albany Volleyball Association

The Women’s Premier League grand final was played on the same night and a lengthy three-set battle developed between Pirates and Phantoms.

Phantoms had worked hard to reach the decider coming from fourth place but it was Pirates who emerged victorious.

Rachel Crowhurst was both grand final and season MVP in the six-team competition.

The other AVA grand finals were held on September 14.

Grand final action between Pirates and Phantoms in the Women's Premier League.
Camera IconGrand final action between Pirates and Phantoms in the Women's Premier League. Credit: Albany Volleyball Association

In the six-team mixed competitive division, a best of three sets grand final was played between Lightning Spikes and It’s A Set Up.

It’s A Set Up were minor premiers but Lightning Spikes finished champions after a 2-1 win.

Lightning Spikes’ Joe Elliss won MVP for the season.

In the mixed social league, top side Crakas took on Wasians who finished in second place.

Lightning Spikes won the competitive mixed grand final.
Camera IconLightning Spikes won the competitive mixed grand final. Credit: Albany Volleyball Association

Wasians were victorious after two arduous sets with Mitchell Hathaway from Wasians the grand final MVP.

In the junior division final, 5 Foot Committee beat The Mustelas in two sets.

Alexy Taripe of The Mustelas was named grand final MVP.

Social mixed champions Wasians.
Camera IconSocial mixed champions Wasians. Credit: Albany Volleyball Association
5 Foot Committee were crowned junior champions.
Camera Icon5 Foot Committee were crowned junior champions. Credit: Albany Volleyball Association

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