World volleyball stars set for Logan showdown
Published: 08 May 2015
The Australian and Chinese men's volleyball teams are set to rekindle their rivalry in an eagerly anticipated two game showdown in the City of Logan later this month.
Logan Metro Sports Centre will host a rare Australian visit by the Chinese team when they arrive to test the Aussies in two friendly games ahead of this year's FIVB World Cup in Japan.
The two teams are closely ranked (Australia 14, China 17) but China will come with a point to prove having twice been knocked out of Olympic qualification by Australia in recent years.
City of Logan Mayor Pam Parker said it was a coup for Logan to host two international teams who will both be out to make a statement ahead of upcoming tournaments that will decide qualification for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
"The Chinese team has only visited Australia six times and this will be their first visit ever to Queensland so we are very proud to be hosting them in Logan City," she said.
"Logan Metro is a world class facility with seating for 2,000 people so we would love to see all of those seats filled by fans from across the region there to cheer on the Aussies."
Logan City is currently a signatory to Friendship and Economic Cooperation Agreements with several Chinese cities including Panjin City, Suzhou City and the Xuhui District in Shanghai.
Mayor Parker said Council's concerted efforts to forge stronger cultural and economic links with China had laid the foundation for the Chinese team's visit to Logan.
"The choice to stage the Australia and China friendly series in Logan is a direct result of the stronger relationships Logan is building across Asia and just one of the many economic and cultural opportunities that will be delivered to our region now and in the future," she said.
Logan Metro Sports Centre in Crestmead will host two days of matches on Friday 15 May and Saturday 16 May.
Doors open from 6.30pm. Tickets cost $20 and are on sale now from Volleyball Queensland.