2003 - It all started in 2003. Francis, one of our most respected and long standing players, was planning to go back to Hong Kong for good. One of his last wishes was to play volleyball with brothers and sisters at NZCMC church. So his wish was 'granted' and we booked a volleyball court at Howick Recreation Centre to play volleyball with him. At that time, no one in the group knew how to play except Francis, so while the net was up, it was of no use because none of us could get the ball over the net. So, Francis, being the best player around (at that time), got us to form in a circle and taught us all how to play volleyball. This was how it all started. We had lots of fun and began to play regularly at Tamaki Recreation Centre.
After playing socially for a good few months, David and I decided it was time to flex our newly acquired volleyball skills. So we went to explore if there are any social competitions out there. We took with us a 'nothing-to-lose' attitude and join the ASB social league competition. At the end of the day we could only get better by playing more.
2004 - ASB League, the beginning of Vorta 1 and Vorta 2
At the beginning, we entered the league with 1 mixed team and acquired our first coach, Elvis. That's when our 'gruelling' training regime started. Not only did he teach us basic volleyball techniques but also trained us on our physical fitness that surely was lacking in most of us at that time. We started off with 1 team and by the end of 2004, we have 2 mixed teams playing the league, Vorta 1 and Vorta 2 were formed. Vorta 1 came 3rd in C grade and Vorta 2 came 4th in D Grade at the end of the year.
Vorta 1 (L)- Andy, David, Bon, Elvis(C), Ken, May, Alan, Terrance
Vorta 2 (R)- Vivian, Margaret, Tammy, Wayland, Andy C, Ben, Francis
With our expanding team, we could not get the same uniforms of the same style, so we decided it was time to do some shopping, and there came our '2nd generation Vorta uniform'
Logo - Also, thanks to Ken Wong, one of our players, helped us in designing our VORTA logo, if you look closely, you will find each of the V-O-R-T-A in the logo.
2005 April - "Vorta Sydney Trip"
It was our 'breakthrough' year. We had a numbered of 1st this year and the 1st one being breaking through the geographical barrier of NZ and went to Sydney to play a tournament organised by David's sister-in-law's volleyball team. There were a total of 6 teams including us and a all-girls team. We did not make NZ proud in that particular occasion, in fact, if I remembered correctly, we did not win a match the whole tournament. However, it was a great experience, we had great fun and certainly gave us and especially me the motivation to put together a girl's team in New Zealand.
2005 June - "1st Asian Indoor Tournament"
Vorta held the 1st Asian Tournament in June 2005 with the aim to promote volleyball. To win the competition, each team (10 players with at least 2 girls) has to compete in 4 indoor sports including badminton, soccer, basketball and volleyball. The competition ran over 2 days. Despite it was chaotic on the day, despite how exhausted everyone was after all the games, it was a great success and it was decided then and there that there will be a 2nd Asian Indoor Tournamet next year. We had 4 teams in total. Vorta was the overall winner this year.