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3 September, 2021

Cairns Crocs Volleyball ready to dump

After six months training, the Cairns’ Crocs are ready to tackle the best in Townsville when they travel south for the Townsville Classic later this month.

By Peter McCullagh

PHOTO: Andrew Challis

The men’s and women’s Cairns Crocs Volleyball Teams are ready for the demanding tournament, where teams from throughout Far North Queensland compete over the weekend with multiple games played daily.

Cairns Volleyball President Chris Poppell believes the local team will perform well against the competition.

“We’ve selected a good mix of players, from a very diverse background in the sport, and with a fair range of ages. A combination of youthful exuberance as well as skilful age, I guess this reflects the actual nature of our game here in Cairns.

“It’s going to be a demanding schedule for the team during the tournament. There’s quite a few games packed into each day, so the turn-around between games is fairly short,” he said.

 With the top teams competing, this will be the ideal event to test the development of the sport here in Cairns.

“Both teams are really focussed on this tournament. The women’s team have put in a solid six months lead up along with the men.

“This competition will be a confidence booster for both teams and really test their skills against some pretty tough and experienced teams.

“From here if they perform as expected, we’re hopeful some players will be selected to represent FNQ at state level competition, but our focus is firmly on the Townsville Classic first.”

COVID has not assisted in the team’s preparation with the recent lockdown and restrictions impacting as preparations built for the tournament. With the team back on court and looking sharp, it is anticipated the weekend will prove to be successful for the team.

After the September 18 and 19 Townsville Classic the team will compete with home court advantage when the region hosts the long-awaited Cairns Cup in October.

Cairns Volleyball are also seeking businesses or individuals who wish to support the growth of the sport here in Cairns. Sponsorship or player support would be greatly appreciated. For more details contact Cairns Volleyball at play@cairnsvolleyball.com.au, and follow them on Facebook @Cairns Volleyball.


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