Fast-growing sport doubles numbers for Jacaranda Cup
FUTSAL: Numbers for the Jacaranda Futsal Cup have almost doubled in just one year since the inaugural event in 2015.
A total of 31 teams competed in the tournament held at the Grafton Sports Centre at the weekend, featuring players from as far as Brisbane and the Gold Coast all the way to Port Macquarie across Under 10s, Under 12s, Under 14s, Youth and Open divisions.
The jump in participation proves to North Coast Futsal development officer Renan Fenerich that the sport is growing at an exponential rate in the region.
"The fact that we had that number of teams and players was great for the tournament and the day was well stretched because of that," Fenerich said.
"There was a great crowd which turned out to watch some fast-paced action with pretty close to 300 people watching from the stands."
Cup hosts North Coast Futsal tasted success in the Under 10s division with their Coffs Harbour side taking out the division while Grafton finished runners-up in the Youth division.
Fenerich said he was pleased with the effort of the North Coast players who all tried their hardest during the competition.
"We don't tend to look at the final scores but instead what the players have achieved on the court as a whole and their improvement and development across the tournament," he said.
"I was really happy to see their performances overall."
The tournament drew a good number of out-of-town participants which Fenerich said is good for the local economy as well as the local sporting community.
"They spend their money on accommodation and hospitality, it's a win-win."