Competition draws volleyball players from interstate

Beach 365 members are looking forward to the competition.
Beach 365 members are looking forward to the competition. Contributed

Volleyball teams from throughout Australia are set to converge on Bundaberg for the Beach 365 “4 of Clubs” Tournament from 15-17 March.

Beach 365 manager Cyndi Kruschel said a record 50 rebound beach volleyball teams had registered for this year’s event which had continued to grow since starting in 2015.

“Last year we had a Palmerston (Darwin) Northern Territory team for the first time, they have brought three more teams with them this year,” Ms Kruschel said.

“We also have Alice Springs NT returning after a couple years break.”

She said the 4 of Clubs Invitational was aimed at attracting some of Australia’s top individuals and teams and had become a permanent fixture on the region’s indoor beach volleyball calendar.

“It goes to show that rebound beach volleyball is growing as a popular sport.

“We have teams from throughout Queensland and of course it is a great opportunity for our local teams to gain the experience in playing at this level.

“Most of these guys and girls play hard and it is a fast-paced game to watch.”

Opportunity for local players

The competition will see teams competing in Open Men’s, Women’s and Mixed and Over 35s Men’s and Mixed sections.

Last year two B grade competitions were successfully held, and this year more centres are utilising the option.

“This gives a great opportunity for encouraging up and coming players.”

Cyndi said with up to 150 competitors and family members travelling for the competition it was an opportunity to showcase Bundaberg’s sporting facilities and the region as a whole.

“We love Bundaberg and to be able to help bring money into the region to support other local businesses gives us a great sense of satisfaction. Plus, to host a competition at this level in our hometown is fantastic” she said.

Residents are encouraged to head along to Beach 365 to watch the action. The facility can be found at Shed 2, 31 Steptoe Street, Bundaberg. Entry is free.