Why don’t beach volleyball referees check ball marks?

I have just returned from the Gstaad Grand Slam in Switzerland. Apart from seeing some pretty amazing Beach Volleyball, particularly from the Dutch guys, Brouwer-Meeuwsen, my strongest memory of the event was the number of really bad refereeing decisions that I saw. Don’t get me wrong. I am not a guy who goes around sledging…

Nummerdor Schuil win in Klagenfurt

Pedro/Marcio have been denied once again in their third Grand Slam final this year by steady performance from Nummerdor/Schuil in a close three set final 2-1 (14-21, 21-12, 15-13). The timing is perfect for the Dutchmen as they prepare to fly to London to compete in their second Olympic games together. (They posted a 5th…

Olympic Beach Volleyball pools revealed

Last night in Klagenfurt the drawing of lots was held and the Olympic pools were decided. In the men’s, due to the new continental cup qualification system, almost every pool has at least one bunny, so unless there are some major upsets, all of the favourites should progress without too much trouble. The women’s draw…

Klagenfurt Grand Slam 2012

After a solid week of rain and storms across Europe, Klagenfurt has once again turned it up to put on it’s very best weather for the start of the 2012 FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball Grand Slam! Qualification has finished for both the men’s and the women’s. Kirk Pitman and Jason Lochhead have broken through to…

Final Olympic Qualification Rankings 2012

Getting pretty close to seeing the final Olympic main draws. Here are the regular qualifiers done and dusted. Gibb-Rosenthal blasted past Fuerbringer-Lucena in the end, and it was nice to see Sascha Heyer (Heyer-Chevallier) scrape through in 16th place. Well done Sascha! Final Mens Olympic Qualification rankings here In the Women’s Germany came home strong,…