Jacaranda volleyball record

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE Jacaranda Grafton volleyball tournament this weekend at the Grafton Sports and Entertainment Centre will feature a record seven teams from Brisbane.

Teams from Queensland's capital have been coming to Grafton for the annual tournament for in excess of a decade.

Last year Brisbane-based Bush Rangers took out the event for mixed teams after a keenly contested final.

"The event has been running for about 16 or 17 years and every year a number of teams from Brisbane have competed," Robin Smith from the Grafton Volleyball Association said.

"This year we got a late call to say a seventh team would be entering.

"The people from Brisbane always support the tournament. They really like it because it is a mixed competition."

Apart from the Brisbane contingent, two Grafton teams, the Young Ones and Crown Jewels, made up of local volleyball players, and two teams from Coffs Harbour have entered.

Teams are made up of six players and reserves.

Smith said the tournament attracts in excess of 80 players and various family members and friends who make annual bookings to spend the weekend in Grafton during Jacaranda Week.

A round-robin format will be staged on Saturday with games commencing at approximately 8am and the day finishing at 4.30pm, with the final scheduled for approximately 2pm.



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