WESTERN Phantoms’ reserves team was triumphant in a heated top-of-the-table clash against Southern Cross Cobras in Volleyball Victoria state league competition on Saturday.

The Phantoms beat the second-placed Cobras 25-19, 25-23, 25-16 at the State Volleyball Centre in Dandenong.

Co-captain Matthew Berry said there was no love lost between the teams.

“They were a club that didn’t support us joining the state league, so there is a bit of rivalry between us,” he said.

“We don’t like them and they don’t like us.”

Berry said the Cobras’ players were vocal throughout the match, with their captain receiving a yellow card, gifting the Phantoms a point, mid-match.

“It got heated,” he said.

“It was good to win. It goes to show you have to play well, not just talk under the net.”

Berry said Jimmy Winzar and Brad Hassell were their best players.

“Jimmy was very good and made a lot of blocks, while Brad was fresh after having last week off,” he said.

Berry said the win had extra meaning for the group, given it was Dimitrios Vettos’ last game.

Vettos is relocating to Western Australia for work.

“It was good to get the win for him,” Berry said.

The Phantoms’ men’s division two side was also victorious, needing five sets to beat Southern Cross Cobras.

It won 23-25, 25-20, 13-25, 25-15, 15-11.

The Phantoms’ women’s division two side was a comfortable winner, beating Southern Cross Cobras Red 25-12, 25-12, 25-3.

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