In 1989, Australia hosted Japanese company team Fuji for an Australian wide series. As it was not an official international and in an attempt to gain media attention, the Australian Volleyball Federation brought dual Olympic Gold Medallist Craig Buck to don the green and gold. He was joined by prominent college player, and future US national team player Tom Duke. As was the case in the pre AIS days, the Australian roster changed for every match to control costs and working around the availability of players. The media ploy worked, with at least two matches being shown on TV. They are linked below.
As was common at the time, Australia was competitive for some periods but were not really at the same level as any Japanese team, even a club team. The match in Melbourne, was however an exception as Australia won 3-2. Appearing for Australia in the two linked matches alongside the American imports were Edi Vukosa, Raoul Tuul, Rowan Turner, Michael Reu, Matt Perry, Bruce Bourner, Andres Lomp, Kieran Cranley, Quintin Smith, and Mark Frisby-Smith.
Click for more Matches From History.
A collection of Coaching Tips can be found here.
For more great coaching tips, check out the Vyacheslav Platonov coaching book here.