SIGATOKA-based Frendz club is set to start the New Year with a bash on the court.
The newly formed club affiliated under the Cuvu Volleyball Association is staging a tournament this coming Tuesday at the Sigatoka Town Council grounds.
Club president Judy Kumar said they would accommodate eight teams each in the men's and women's grade.
He said they have received confirmation from five teams and were awaiting the response of other clubs affiliated with Cuvu.
"Whichever teams come in first will get the chance to be part of this tournament. We have teams like Frendz, Sandhills, True Blue, Army Wives and Flames already confirmed and we hope to get other teams soon," Kumar said.
Frendz captained by Samuela Nakalevu and supported by Wame Bulakoro are the pre-tournament favourites having being crowned the runner-up in a tournament last week.
Kumar said Naviti, one of the top Cuvu clubs, was yet to confirm their participation and they hoped to get them on board for this tournament.
"This is the first tournament we are staging after our affiliation with Cuvu Volleyball. We thank Cuvu Volleyball for accepting us and being so transparent with the affairs of the association," he said.
"The event is organised to allow the participants to socialise and have fun before we start with our weekly competition.
"It will also expose the new players to high level of competition and get them ready for the upcoming season."
Kumar also said top Fiji volleyball referee Jerry Cakau would be officiating at the tournament.
The entry fee is $20 per team and cash prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner-up.