The SW Vets tournament is a handicap event for our older players where men and women compete against the clock, to either keep their handicap points advantage or to catch and overhaul the other team before the hooter sounds. Teams can be made up of any combination of players and the format throws up a different winner each year.
2017 Veterans Tournament Entries
Entries are now open for the 2017 SW Veterans Tournament on Sunday 29th October at Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter. This year preference will be given to SWVA area teams that enter before 11th September 2017, after that date if there are any spare places they will be opened to teams outside the South West.
This event is now full and entries are closed.
Confirmed Team Entries as of 2 August 2017
|Cardiff Volts||Saga Louts|
|City of Bristol.||Royal Navy|
2016 Veterans Tournament Report
With 7 teams in this year’s event, all teams got to play everyone else and there was little time for sitting around and allowing the old bones time to stiffen up! The handicap system worked well with most teams having very close games, with many matches being decided in the final few minutes.
City of Bristol was the in form team in the round robin and lost only one match in the main part of the competition, when Torexe caught them off guard in their final game. As the last round started, there were 3 teams still all in contention for the second place, with the real potential of having a three-way tie on match points, as it was all square between Bournside Unlucky and Exeter 1, for much of the game. In the end it was Bournside Unlucky who took the second spot, with Countrymen, the oldest squad in the competition with an average age of 56, taking a well deserved third place.
Bournside Unlucky started out the day true to their name, with only 4 players in the end being able to make the trip, however other clubs rallied round (notably Countrymen and City of Bristol) and helped them out in the spirit of the tournament. In the end they proved to be lucky in their new found friends and who helped them win the final against a City of Bristol side that unfortunately didn’t do themselves justice in the final game.
SW Veterans Champions 2016: Bournside Unlucky and Friends!
SW Veterans Runners Up 2016: City of Bristol
Results from 2016 SW Veterans Tournament
- 1st Bournside Unlucky and Friends
- 2nd City of Bristol
- 3rd Countrymen
- 4th Exeter 1
- 5th Cardiff Volts
- 6th Yeovil
- 7th Torexe
All teams played everyone else and at the end of this there was only 1 point separating the top 3 teams, with last year’s winners Wiltshire Mavericks just losing out on a final place.
Action – Court 1: Exeter v Cardiff Volts Court 2: Wiltshire Mavericks v Yeovil
The event often throws up a surprise or two, this years star performers were the Torexe based Saga Louts, as well as a positive attack, they had by far the best scramble defence of any team on the day which saw them through to victory in this years final against last years runners up Yeovil.
A special mention to Phil Gorton (City of Bristol) making a welcome return to the court after having been rebuilt showing the rest of us that we have no excuses!
SW Vets Champions – Saga Louts (Torexe)
Results from 2015 SW Veterans Tournament
- 1st Saga Louts – Torexe
- 2nd Yeovil
- 3rd Wiltshire Mavericks
- 4th Exeter 1
- 5th Cardiff Volts
- 6th Countrymen – Cornwall
- 7th City of Bristol
SW Vets Runner up’s – Yeovil VC
Report from 2014 SW Veterans Tournament
It was another packed day of competition at this years Veterans tournament. The 8 teams saw plenty of action with longer matches and lots of close fought games, with all teams getting the chance to play the rest of the field. By mid-way through the competition the top four teams had pulled clear, with Wiltshire Vets booking their place in the final first, but it came down to the last round of matches to find out who would join them. The last match of the round saw the second drawn match of the day between Kernow and Yeovil, but this was enough for Yeovil to book their place in the final to defend the title they won last year.
The lower half of the draw was fought out between the Devon based teams with only 2 match points separating all four teams at the end of the day and a last match win for the Old Speckled Hens gave them the local honours of top Devon team.
The final was a repeat of last year, but Wiltshire Old Vets finally overturned last years defeat and completed the day as SW Veterans Champions 2014 without losing a match.
A great tournament played in a friendly atmosphere with lots of banter between the teams. Once again our thanks go to sponsors Torexe VC and volunteer Ros Sutherland, whose help in setting up and keeping the event running during the day was much appreciated.
- 1st Wiltshire Old Vets
- 2nd Yeovil
- 3rd Kernow Vets
- 4th City of Bristol
- 5th Old Speckled Hens – Torexe
- 6th Old Peculiars – Torexe
- 7th PMVC Veterans
- 8th Exeter Dream Team
Report from 2013 SW Veterans Tournament
It was another sell-out event for the regions leading mixed team event, although the name of the event is the SW Vet’s Tournament, it’s more than that, with two thirds of the entries being from mixed teams. The competition uses a handicap system based not just on age but also with additional points for each female on court at the start of the match, encouraging a true mixed tournament. Teams then have to either hold on to their point’s advantage or catch the other team up within the allotted match period of seventeen minutes.
It’s a format that produces an excellent match environment and very entertaining volleyball for players and spectators alike and has produced a different event winner each year.
Many thanks to all the teams who entered this year, our sponsors Torexe VC and to the various volunteers who helped out during the day, Jenny Scott & Chris Semmens to name a couple.
- 1st Yeovil Better Late Than Never
- 2nd Wiltshire Mavericks
- 3rd City of Bristol 2
- 4th Plymouth Marjon Old Boys
- 5th City of Bristol 1
- 6th Saga Louts – Exeter
- 7th Yeovil
- 8th TooOld.com – Torexe
- 9th The Spring Chickens – Plymouth
- 10th Caldicot Crew
- 11th Countrymen
- DNF Cardiff Volts
A good crowd stayed on to watch the tournament final and what an excellent match to finish off the day with. Wiltshire Mavericks, Yeovil, Marjon Old Boys and City of Bristol 2 had been the top four teams of the event. Wiltshire knocked out City of Bristol 2 in the semi-final 25-22 and Yeovil took the match against Marjon Old Boys 26-20 to set up the final between the two teams.
The two teams traded points throughout the match and it was not until the last few minutes when Yeovil managed to open up a gap on the scoreboard and kept it to the final hooter to collect this year’s title.
Third place went to City of Bristol 2 who took the third – fourth play off match 26-21 over Marjon Old Boys.
Report from 2012 SW Vets Tournament
Plenty of exciting action at this year’s SW Vets Tournament as our senior players took to the court for the annual event. This years event was held in Exeter with eleven teams taking part.
After eight hours of competition, City of Bristol took the event title with a win over Yeovil in the tournament final, Barry’s 60th Birthday Blues from Bemi picked up Third place, with Better with Age (Taunton) rounding out the top four.
Some facts and figures:
Four players over 60 took part this year (down from five in 2011), with one celebrating his 60th birthday on the day! There were eighteen players in their 50’s, the oldest team once again was Torexe OF with an average team age of 55 years.
- 1st City of Bristol
- 2nd Yeovil
- 3rd Barry’s 60th Birthday Blues – Bemi
- 4th Better with Age – Tauntonl
- 5th Wiltshire Mavericks
- 6th Marjon Old Boys
- 7th Cardiff Volts
- 8th Torexe Old Timers
- 9th Countrymen 1
- 10th Torexe Old Farts
- 11th Countrymen 2
For more photos from this years event, see the Photo Album pages