Volleyball for Life!!!

Just because you’ve moved on from competitive youth volleyball and on to the post-secondary adventure doesn’t mean you stop loving and playing the game!!!

For four of our BYVC alumni, they’ve gone on to the University of Guelph and joined others from clubs around Ontario to play as a team in the Ladies Intramural Volleyball League.

This past weekend the team competed in the finals and took first-place! Congrats to Jordan Webb, Abby McNamara, Grace Segato, and Maddy ONeill!!!

Volleyball for Life!!!

Brantford Sport Council, Sports Recognition Finalists and Winners for BYVC!!!

The Brantford Sports Council held its 17th annual awards and recognition celebration on Saturday at the Sanderson Centre, handing out awards to winners.

Founders Rick and Sandy Beedham were recognized by winning the George Jones Memorial Award – Lifetime Sports Volunteerism for their tireless dedication, passion, hard work and commitment to their sport community for over 25 years!!! 

Rick and Sandy founded the Brant Youth Volleyball Club to give youth volleyball players in the Brantford-Brant community the opportunity to play and love the game. We are very fortunate that even today, 25 years later, we are continuing to see their direct and indirect impact on the greater volleyball community.

Congratulations to you both!!! Well-deserved recognition for everything that you have done and continue to do for our club and community.!!!

Also, congratulations to our Tina Hedley for being a finalist for The George Churchill Memorial Award. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to volunteering for our athletes. Tina, our Club Administrator, is meticulous, conscientious, and unwavering in her support of the club and all its programs. While Tina was not a winner this year, she’s still a winner in our eyes!!!

Co-Ed Developmental Beach Volleyball Programs are Open for Registration!!!

BYVC is pleased to announce the 2023 Co-ed Developmental Programs are now open for registration!!! Click HERE to see additional information. Registration is first-come, first-served. There are participant limits so sign up early!!

All sessions will be at Green Lane Park in Paris on Wednesday nights and run for 6 weeks. There will be 2 waves – Wave 1 will be from May 17 to June 21.  Wave 2 – from July 5 to Aug 9. Each wave will have 2 sessions – early from 6:00 to 7:00, late from 7:15 to 8:15.

Programs available:

Wave 1 Early – Parent Child. Cost will be $105. Click HERE to register for Parent Child

Wave 1 Late – Spikes. Cost will be $115. Currently full, Click HERE for the waitlist form.

Wave 2 Early – Junior Rec House League. Cost will be $120. Currently full, Click HERE for the waitlist form.

Wave 2 Late – Senior Rec House League. Cost will be $125. Click HERE for Senior HL.

Brant Tornadoes – 17U Girls – Bugarski Cup

On Saturday, March 4th, the 17U Tornadoes had their final event of the regular season at the Bugarski Cup – Trillium in Simcoe.

The Tornadoes battled hard and showed hustle throughout the day to secure their 5th place finish. There were big contributions all around that kept the team competitive all day. Offensively, there was strong serving from Emily, and big swings from Kimberlee, Scarlette, and Kyleeya. Defensively, Lizzy and Katie took control in the back row. All around, Coach Andrew was happy to see a fighting and persevering spirit from the team today from the first match all the way to their last.

Game Results:

Pool Play
L vs Simcoe Xtreme Thunder (21-25, 25-20, 12-15)
L vs LVC Flare (17-25, 11-25)

W vs Simcoe Xtreme Avalanche (18-25, 25-23, 15-13)
L vs Chatham Ballhawks (20-25, 11-25)
W vs Simcoe Xtreme Thunder (25-19, 25-19)

Players of the tournament: Lizzy Woodhouse, Scarlette Roney, Katie Slater. Honorable mention for their efforts today: Kyleeya Johnson and Emily Hall

Brant Tornadoes – 6V6 – Bugarski Cup, Bronze Medal!!!

The BYVC 6v6 team capped off their regular season series of tournaments with a bronze medal finish at the OVA’s Bugarski Cup Trillium tournament in London.  The team showed their determination and desire by winning games when it mattered the most.  Three out of five matches for the day went to tiebreakers and each time they buckled down and prevailed in a tight score.

In pool play they defeated London VC Fire 25-18, 14-25, 15-12 and lost to the #2 seeded St Thomas Express 18-25, 19-25.  This set them up for a quarter-final match up with the #4 seeded London Forest City Maples.  After dropping the first set 14-25, they rebounded to win the next two sets 25-14, 17-15 to advance to the semi-final.

A 22-25, 22-25 loss to the top seeded Guelph Jr Gryphons sent them to the bronze medal match where they would meet the Stratford Stingers.  The bronze medal match was a re-match from their last tournament which Stratford had won in 2 straight.  After dropping the first set, 18-25, the Tornadoes regrouped to win the next two sets 25-18, 18-16 and capture the bronze medal.

The team looks forward to continuing to work hard in practice and taking their positive attitudes to Provincials at the end of April.

Team members in picture below:

Front row (left to right) Alaina Fazari, Macey Matthews, Grace McDougall, Sienna Liu
Back row (left to right) Coach Maddy Eelkema, Emma Reynolds, Emma Marie Bocas Laurence, Megan Reeder, Alexis Teet, Ema Naveas, Coach Rick Beedham

Brant Tornadoes TLS Vortex – Bugarski Cup

On February 25th, at the TLS Bugarski Cup – Championship B in Georgetown, Brant TLS Vortex started the tournament strong, resulting in a first-place finish in their Pool.

The afternoon looked different with the Tornadoes dissipating with energy leaving the day with a 9th-place finish.

Game Results:

Pool Play:
W vs. Lakeside Billao (25-27, 25-23, 15-9)
W vs. Georgetown Impact Invasion (25-7, 25-22)

Results from playoff rounds not submitted.

Brant Tornadoes 18U Girls – Furlani Cup – Championship Division

This past weekend, the 18U Brant Tornadoes made their way to the Niagara Falls Convention Centre for the 18U Furlani Cup – Championship Division.

After finishing 2nd in their pool, the girls started their playoff run with a 2-set loss to Twin Bridges ThunderStruck in the quarterfinals before finishing the day in 5th with a victory against Chatham Ballhawks Glide. Their fifth place finish will keep the girls in the Championship division for the Bugarski Cup, their last regular season tournament.

Until then, coaches hope that the team will rise to the challenge together and will continue to put in the hard work required to compete and achieve their highest potential.

Game record:

Pool Play:
W vs Chatham Ballhawks Glide (25-21, 24-26, 15-9)
L vs. Scorpions Telsons (19-25, 22-25)

L vs. Twin Bridges ThunderStruck (11-25, 21-25)
W vs. Chatham Ballhawks Glide (25-7, 25-18)

Players of the tournament: Athena Hedley, Anna Carter, Sarah Lawlor.

Brant Tornadoes TLS Synergy – Bugarski Cup, 4th Place Finish

The 14u Synergy team completed the regular season portion of their schedule on a high note by capturing a fourth-place finish at the Championship level of the Bugarski Cup held in Kitchener. 

Starting the season in the Trillium Division, they earned a promotion to this Championship level tournament with a second-place finish in their previous event.

They started the day seeded ninth out of nine teams in a pool with #3 seed Chatham Ball Hawks and #4 seed St Thomas Express Rockets.   The seeding held true for pool play as Synergy dropped two straight to Chatham 15-25, 18-25 and ended up on the short end of a 10-25, 25-15, 3-15 decision versus St Thomas.
Things took a turn for the better in playoffs.  Synergy used scrappy defense, aggressive serving, some timely hits and a couple of key blocks to win their first two matches of the playoffs.  They opened with a straight set win vs KW Predators Apex 25-22, 25-11. 

Next up was a match vs KW Predators Valkyries who had upset the tournament’s #1 seeded Niagara Rapids Torrents in pool play to grab the top place in Pool A.  Undeterred by their opponent’s lofty seeding, Synergy earned a spot in the medal round by winning 25-23, 10-25, 15-7. 

Those two wins would be their last of the day as they dropped a semi-final match versus Essex South County Bandits 11-25, 18-25.  Their day ended with a 19-25, 20-25 loss to Niagara Rapids Torrents in the bronze medal match.


Athletic Association of Brant, Haldimand & Norfolk Counties (AABHN) Finals

Brant Tornadoes were well represented Thursday night in the Athletic Association of Brant, Haldimand & Norfolk Counties (AABHN) Finals. The match saw Pauline Johnson CVS face off against St. John’s College but ultimately it was the undefeated St. John’s Eagles who took the title.

Congratulations to both teams and to our BYVC athletes: from PJCVS – Lizzy (17U) and Kelsea (17U). For SJC (pictured from L to R), Lucia, Sarah, Anna, and Quinn who are all from our 18U Tornadoes.

Best of luck to both PJCVS and SJC squads as they move on to represent their schools at CWOSSA in the AA and AAA divisions, respectively.