Sam Austin sets up her partner in the Minnie Water-Wooli surf club beach volleyball competition.
Sam Austin sets up her partner in the Minnie Water-Wooli surf club beach volleyball competition. Debrah Novak

Numbers down at beach volleyball

NUMBERS were down, but there was just as much fun as usual at this year’s annual Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club beach volleyball competition.

Club president Tony Benfield was disappointed with the turnout of 16 teams, but was also philosophical.

“Last week when we had a lot more people about we had high tides that covered the area we play on. I suppose we could have changed it to beach waterpolo,” he said.

Despite the lack of numbers this year, Mr Benfield said the club had made good money from the event, won by visiting Grafton team the Sponge Bobs, captained by Dean McKay. He said the B-Grade competition was won by the Hangovers.

“We also had sand modelling which was a big hit with the children,” he said.

A highlight for the club was the christening of its new surfboat, Rob Dog.

The boat is named after club stalwart Rob McLennan, who has been the nucleus of the club’s champion reserve grade boat crew during its recent period of dominance.



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