VOLLEYBALL: Gympie's volleyball teams are busy preparing for their finals campaign which start tonight at The Pavilion.
The sport has grown exponentially in town with extra teams nominating for the 2016 season.
So much so that time in regulation matches had to be cut from an hour to 50 minutes in order to accommodate all teams.
The reduction in time meant close scores as many matches were not able to reach three sets.
With five strong teams in the A-grade competition, three teams ended the regular season on 62 points, one of the closest finishes to a season in recent memory.
However, after a count back and a calculation of the win/loss ratio of all the teams, the in-form Woodies claimed the minor premiership and will face off against perpetual powerhouse Aces for a spot in the finals.
The second preliminary final will see a repeat of last season's final with current trophy holders Tin Can Bay taking on Served With Ice.
Both A-grade matches are shaping up to be high quality games, with talent evenly dispersed amongst the four teams.
The B-grade competition also went through a period of growth this season with some tight contests to finish off the season.
Minor premiers Hardly Normals go into the finals only having lost one game during the season.
They will play last season's premiers, Staminadors in the first preliminary final.
The second preliminary final will be contested by Dratz and last season's runner up CCC.
The feeling is the match will be another close one as both teams have proven their consistency through out the season.
In C-grade, a strong eight team field has battled it out with many players taking to the court for the first time.
TSM have proven to be the ones to watch so far with demonstration of skill beyond their experience.
They claimed the minor premiership and will face The Players in the preliminary final.
The second C-grade final will be between Tin Can Bay and The Dropkicks.
In other volleyball news, the women's competition will play its last round of fixtures before starting finals matches next week.
Full Gympie Volleyball draw on PAGE 42.