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Logan serves historic volleyball match

Published: 15 May 2015

Logan serves historic volleyball match
City of Logan Mayor Pam Parker (middle) with the Australian captain and coach (right) and the Chinese captain and coach (left).

A rare international volleyball match between the Australian and Chinese teams will serve up a special chance to see the two teams go head to head.

Logan will host two friendly practice matches in the lead-up to this year's World League Championships, and marks the first time the teams will meet in Queensland.

City of Logan Mayor Pam Parker today officially welcomed both teams to the city, saying the international friendly was a coup for Logan.

"Here in Logan, the heart of south-east Queensland, we have some of the best community and sporting facilities not just for the state, but internationally, that are capable of hosting major Olympic-level competitions," she said.

"We're not just a city for rugby league or outdoor sports: our basketball and netball development pool is one of the best in the country and regularly produces junior players that become elite national and international players.

"I'm delighted to welcome both teams to the city and wish them the best of luck – I understand tonight and tomorrow's games will be friendly and fierce, with bragging rights and a psychological advantage ahead of qualification for Rio 2016 up for grabs.

"Logan has established strong relationships with China and we're excited to welcome one of their national teams to the city."

Closely ranked in the mid-teens (Australia at 14, China 17) on the world stage, the match is only the sixth time in 40 years the Chinese national side has toured Australia.

The two nations have played 55 times, with the Volleyroos winning only 11 matches.

Despite this record, the teams have a long-running rivalry: Australia knocked China out of qualification for the Athens and London Olympics.

Australia will be looking to capitalise on a stellar 2014, winning the FIVB World League Group 2 championship to qualify for the top-tier international competition, where they will take on Brazil, Italy and Serbia among others.

Logan Metro Sports Centre Crestmead will host two days of matches tonight (Friday 14 May) and tomorrow (Saturday 16 May).

Doors open from 6.00pm, match commences 7.00pm. Tickets are $20 on sale now from Volleyball Queensland.

Visit www.vq.org.au to book or for more information.