The ball will be in CBU’s court next week­end

Uni­ver­sity set to host AUS Women’s Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY GREG MCNEIL CAPE BRE­TON POST

SYD­NEY — Of­fi­cials at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity say they are more con­cerned about mak­ing sure the ath­letes have a good ex­pe­ri­ence than mak­ing money when they host the 2010 Sub­way At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport Women’s Bas­ket- ball Cham­pi­onship next week­end.

Al­though prof­its would be a nice bonus, CBU ath­let­ics di­rec­tor John Ryan said the real fo­cus is en­hanc­ing the uni­ver­sity’s rep­u­ta­tion as a top-notch host.

“ We take great pride in putting on a first-class event and giv­ing back to the stu­dent ath­letes,” said Ryan fol­low­ing a press con­fer­ence to an­nounce Ron­nie Shaw and Chris MacIn­nis as the honorary chairs for the tour­na­ment.

“ We want to make sure all par­tic­i­pants from the six teams en­joy their time here at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity. At the end if there is a fi­nan­cial ben­e­fit for the uni­ver­sity then that is gravy.”

Dur­ing tour­na­ment action — Feb. 26-28 at the Sul­li­van Field House — the host CBU squad will at­tempt to re­peat as AUS cham­pi­ons.

Chal­leng­ing their ti­tle de­fence will be Memo­rial, Saint Mary’s, St. FX, Dal­housie and Aca­dia.

“I think our women’s team go­ing in as the top seed and hav­ing a great reg­u­lar sea­son will build some in­ter­est for fans to come out. It is great bas­ket­ball and I think if peo­ple want to see top-notch women’s bas­ket­ball, then CBU next week­end is the place to be.”

Tick­ets are still avail­able at the Sul­li­van Field House box of­fice in ad­vance and on game days. Phone 563-1277 for more de­tails.

Two weeks af­ter the women’s cham­pion is crowned the AUS will bring the men’s tour­na­ment to Syd­ney. Men’s games are set for March 12-14 at Cen­tre 200.

Steve Wad­den - Cape Bre­ton Post

Long­time sup­port­ers of Cape Bre­ton Ron­nie Shaw, left, and Chris MacIn­nis were of­fi­cially named honorary co-chairs for the 2010 Sub­way At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport Women’s Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity, Wed­nes­day.

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