WARRNAMBOOL Volleyball Association has attracted 64 teams for its annual seaside tournament this weekend, despite clashing with the state senior fire brigade championships.
President Anthony Smith said there was a slight concern early that the accommodation would be scarce, given both competitions run from Saturday until Monday.
Volleyball also shares the Labour Day long weekend with the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club Open.
“It’s down a little bit. We had 70 teams last year and 64 this year,” Smith said.
“We thought the fire brigade championships might have knocked us around a bit but it’s not had a great affect, only a minor affect.”
Nine grades, from honours down to division three, will compete in the 39th seaside tournament.
South West Pirates, which won the division two men’s crown in 2012, will only field one men’s team.
“Generally we have two men’s teams but our number one men’s team has a number of players committed elsewhere this year,” Smith said.
“There is a wedding, a guy has entered a triathlon, there’s injuries, so we were unable to get another men’s side up.”
South West Pirates have entered a women’s team in division two and two sides in division three.
“The team hasn’t been fully announced but we’ll look to give an opportunity for younger ones to have a go who are coming up through junior girls’ training,” Smith said.
He said while the format for the tournament was similar to past years, with finals on Monday, players would have to adjust to some rule changes.
“There have been changes to international rules and they will be implemented at this tournament,” he said.