Pre­pare to be slammed

Papakura Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - ALAN APTED

Coun­ties Manukau’s best young bas­ket­ballers will be on show over Easter.

They will be play­ing in the Easter Slam, a tour­na­ment which dou­bles as the first pre-sea­son hit out for re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams in the 15, 17 and 19-year-old age groups. It will be played at Pul­man Arena, Bruce Pul­man Park and Rose­hill Col­lege start­ing April 14 at 8.30am and fin­ish­ing on April 17 with the four grands fi­nals which start at 5.15pm. More than 200 games will be played over the four days. The tour­na­ment is the first of­fi­cial event hosted by the $29 mil­lion arena which was opened by Dame Valerie Adams and Auck­land Mayor, Phil Goff last month. Event ad­min­is­tra­tor Kate Lacey says they have the ideal venue.

‘‘We’re so ex­cited about be­ing the first to use it. It’s such a beau­ti­ful venue. The light coloured floors are ter­rific and the view­ing for par­ents and fam­ily is great. It’s the be­gin­ning of the bas­ket­ball sea­son and the Easter Slam is the first chance rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams have to play in a tour­na­ment. Its pur­pose is to give coaches an op­por­tu­nity to look at their teams ahead of the re­gional tour­na­ments com­ing up in June,’’ Lacey says.

Coun­ties Manukau have teams in all three age groups. Their big ri­vals in­clude Auck­land, North Har­bour, Te Tai Tok­erau and Can­ter­bury. There are also three clubs from Mel­bourne.

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