Prepare to be slammed
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.