Hill stars in epic Bundaberg victory
BUNDABERG'S captain-coach Jason Simpson praised many aspects of his team's game after the 3-2 win over Aces United at the weekend, but it was its attacking power that was his highlight.
Leading 2-1, Bundaberg had the chance to take the game but Aces' defensive play was fantastic.
Simpson was impressed with the way the visitors kept sending the ball back over the net, but in the end it was his team's offence that made the difference in the win (22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 24-26, 20-18).
He said he was worried in the final set when Aces built a lead but was rapt to get back-to-back wins in the home tournament.
"It was exciting to get two in a row, we had nail biting wins both times," he said.
"All I could think in that last set was 'oh no!'.
"Aces defence was great but we had some great spiking."
The spiking was superb, but the turning point in the last set came when Simpson dragged Brenden Banks into the game for a decisive moment.
Banks sat on the edge of his seat as Aces built a lead, itching for a chance to get into the game.
And when he was called on, Banks did his job perfectly.
There are scores of moments in any game that add up to a win or a loss, but Banks's two blocks to tie the score at 13-13 and take a one-point lead were some of the most important to set up the victory.
Bundaberg's Alistair Hill was the player of the tournament and the former AIS member was a class above over the two days.
Hill said the tournament was a grinding experience and the difference in the end was his teammates' ability to do the little things right and make fewer mistakes.
Bundaberg is one of the strongest teams in regional Australia and its reputation will be put to the test on the Sunshine Coast in a few weeks.