Motueka teams make the grade

The Leader (Tasman) - - SPORT/CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

Photo: JUDY THORP

On song: Hay­den Feaver, left, of the Motueka Chiefs, in ac­tion against the Waimea Gi­ants.

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