Year-old club gets some air

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By TOM HOL­LI­MAN

Tawa Bas­ket­ball Club is of­fi­cially off the ground.

One year af­ter its for­ma­tion as an In­cor­po­rated So­ci­ety, the club’s premier men’s team is com­pet­ing in the Welling­ton Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion ( WBA)’ s In­ter­city Su­per 12, and three teams have just com­pleted Term 2 of the C Grade 3 Mid­week League.

‘‘ It took a lot of work from a num­ber of peo­ple, but the turnout has been great,’’ says pres­i­dent Dun­can Moore.

‘‘It’s re­ally good to see peo­ple en­joy­ing the sport and ei­ther stay­ing on once they leave school or get­ting back into it.’’

To make the suc­cess even sweeter, the ‘‘Tawa Ti­tans’’ man­aged to shoot their way to the fi­nals of the C Grade 3 com­pe­ti­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately the Ti­tans, who had pre­vi­ously lost just one of their roundrobin games, were de­feated by ri­vals Techtime, 60-47.

The club’s In­ter­city team has faced a tough in­tro­duc­tion, play­ing against some of the best club teams in the Welling­ton re­gion.

They did, how­ever, man­age a win against Tren­tham, and have come close to suc­cess on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions.

‘‘The fact that we are on the court and com­pet­ing is re­ally a win in it­self.

‘‘ All the play­ers are en­joy­ing the level of com­pe­ti­tion, and are aware that in the long run the team will be bet­ter off for the ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ says Moore.

The club’s ob­jec­tives are to pro­mote and de­velop the sport of bas­ket­ball in the lo­cal com­mu­nity; help the tran­si­tion from school to adult bas­ket­ball; and to bring sig­nif­i­cance to am­a­teur bas­ket­ball in the area.

The mid­week teams are ea­ger to be­gin term three, and a women’s team is to be en­tered in the WBA women’s league.

Plan­ning is also un­der way for ju­nior teams.

Moore says the club is ideal for any­one in the north Welling­ton, Porirua and Tawa, but also wel­comes play­ers from the wider Welling­ton re­gion.

Open train­ing ses­sions are run at Tawa Re­cre­ation Cen­tre (at Tawa Col­lege) be­tween 8pm and 10pm ev­ery Tues­day, and are in­tended to pro­vide a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere for bud­ding play­ers of any abil­ity.

More in­for­ma­tion: email tawabas­ket­ball@gmail.com or visit tawabas­ket­ball.co.nz.

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