HEADS UP: Volleyballers with the Grafton club are hoping to prove a smash this season.
HEADS UP: Volleyballers with the Grafton club are hoping to prove a smash this season.

Dig, set, spike in volley numbers

A RETURN to the social side of the sport is hoping to dig volleyball out of the doldrums and set the code up for a spike in player numbers.

For about 25 years Grafton’s volleyballers have taken to the courts, with this term to be held at the Grafton Sports Centre.

However dwindling numbers in recent years have seen just three sides enter for the 2010 campaign, which hits off on April 22.

With the advent of a social six-a-side league, Grafton Volleyball president Reece Luxton is hoping more players are set to step on the court.

“We have consistently been going but it has dropped off a bit recently,” Luxton says.

“What we are hoping to do is take off the competitive edge.

“What we are promoting is the social aspect.

“The club is encouraging new players to come along and join a team or start a new team.”

The competitor age ranges from mid-20s to mid-30s ‘but we would love to get some younger guys in from the high school ages’.

With seniors set to host coaching clinics and club tournaments on the agenda, the timing is perfect to take up the challenge, according to Luxton.

“We have got a decent level of competition but would like some more,” he says.

“It’s a fantastic team sport.

“It’s the kind of sport that you have to really rely on your team-mates. There is not as much room for individuals so you have to learn to trust them.”

Grafton Volleyball will hold its own Jacaranda Carnival being run in November.

Luxton hopes this allows competitors in other sports to find the time for a hit of volleyball.

“A lot of people have other commitments,” he says.

“We are competing with quite a lot of other sports.”

Games are played every Thursday night from 6.30pm and run for one hour and the season winds up in October.

For those with a more competitive edge, the club will run a four-a-side competition starting from 7.30pm.

Juniors can register for reduced fees. Contact Reece Luxton on 66422456 or 0427 279717.

“It’s the kind of sport that you have to really rely on your team-mates. There is not as much room for individuals so you have to learn to trust them.”



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