Motueka teams make the grade
Two Motueka basketball teams beat adversity and all-comers to take their grades in last week’s round-up tournament of the Nelson college basketball season.
Organised by the Nelson Basketball Association the tournament saw Motueka’s senior B boys side, Cable Price AND1, which is made up of last year’s juniors who won the title and moved through to the senior ranks, take their grade’s title with a 62-53 win over the Nayland Cougars. The Motueka junior boys team, the Motueka Chiefs, also took their grade with a 48-19 win over the Waimea Giants.
Spokesperson Leanne McIntosh said both teams had a rough start to their seasons.
The junior’s had problems finding a coach until her son and Senior A player Robert McIntosh stepped up and took charge. And the Motueka senior B boys teams took a pounding when first positioned in the A-grade ranks, but found its feet when re-positioned in the B-grade. In addition both teams had to travel each week to Nelson to play and the temporary loss of Saxton Stadium to flood damage meant the games were shifted across a range of venues.
The tournament wound up last Wednesday.
Leanne thanked all the coaches involved, parents, manager Steve Satherley and Liz Travers.‘‘Without everyone’s help we would not have been able to do it,’’ she said.
On song: Hayden Feaver, left, of the Motueka Chiefs, in action against the Waimea Giants.