THAT sinking feeling is slowly wearing off for the dozens of Ipswich beach volleyball players left courtless after the floods.
The Quicksand Rebound Volleyball club's facilities outside the Bundamba Skateaway were washed away in January, with a massive effort required just to clean away all the debris.
Managing directors Natasha and Lincoln Rothwell took up the lease on the courts after the disaster and have led the campaign to get the courts up and running again in time for summer.
Mrs Rothwell said a band of volunteers had assisted with enough fundraising and general hard yakka to get the facilities to a point where they were almost ready to host matches again.
A whopping 260 tonnes of NSW beach sand was dumped on the courts this week, while outside retaining walls and barrier nets are nearly complete.
The massive piles of sand will have to be spread by hand over the coming days.
"We've come a long way," Mrs Rothwell said.
"It was a real mess after the floods - the shed was gutted, a whole lot of trees had to be cut down and there had been some kind of oil spill.
"We cleaned it up in January but then it just sat there for most of the year. It was only in the last month or two that the real work started."
Although there is still a lot to do, the managers hope to invite teams back to Bundamba next Monday.
There are already 20 teams worth of players lined up and ready to go, with Mr and Mrs Rothwell hoping to increase the number of teams back up to the pre-flood level of 61.
When the courts do eventually reopen, volleyball nights will be held Monday to Thursday.