UNDER THREAT: The annual Jacaranda Volleyball Carnival is in danger of coming to an end unless new blood can reinvigorate Grafton Volleyball Club. PHOTO: LEIGH JENSEN
UNDER THREAT: The annual Jacaranda Volleyball Carnival is in danger of coming to an end unless new blood can reinvigorate Grafton Volleyball Club. PHOTO: LEIGH JENSEN

Last chance saloon for local volleyball

VOLLEYBALL in Grafton is on its last legs, with a crisis meeting tomorrow night to decide the sport's future.

The club president Dean Watkins said Grafton Volleyball Club has been unable to attract new members and is struggling to find new players to run a 6-a-side competition.

He said games were once played every Thursday night at Grafton Sports Centre, but with no games played since 2013, players have been travelling to Coffs Harbour to get a game.

Watkins urged interested players to come along to support a special meeting at the Village Green Hotel tomorrow at 6.30pm, to get some new blood onto the committee.

The demise of the club would also threaten the future of the Jacaranda Volleyball Carnival which has been a fixture on the Jacaranda Carnival calendar for 26 years.

Club secretary Reece Luxton said if the sport was to continue in Grafton it needed new blood in the administration and a junior competition to draw players from.

He said he would like to see some new faces at the meeting tomorrow night.

"Going back to 2004 we had a terrific competition going, with more than a dozen teams playing of a Thursday night," Luxton said.

"It would be a shame to see the good work of a few decades thrown away."

He suggested there could be a number of ways to keep the sport going in Grafton. For instance there is a competition in Maclean which could be linked to Grafton.

"There could also be an approach made to the baskeball association to get something going," he said.

Luxton said the major worry was the future of the Jacaranda Carnival.

"It's been something that over the years has brought teams to Grafton from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour and all over," he said.

"The teams love coming here to play some good volleyball in a relaxed and friendly environment."

He said the carnival has been so popular a Brisbane team has volunteered to run the competition this year.

"Just this week I had a call from the Brisbane Dragons club," he said.

"They said they're actually prepared to come down to Grafton in November and run the carnival for us, to make sure it goes ahead."



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