Supercharged action at Arena Manawatu
The A and Double A national championships are being held in the city but have nothing to do with rechargeable batteries.
However, there’s been plenty of energy as more than 1000 Year 9 to 13 students have taken to the basketball courts at Arena Manawatu from Monday this week.
Basketball New Zealand has arranged the tournament with Helen Richardson, Operations Manager for Palmerston North Basketball Association, and her team of more than 100 volunteers, running the six days of competition.
In all 72 teams of five starters, seven bench players, coaches and managers have come to the city supported by friends and family members. That’s a spend of many thousands of dollars by about 1500 people in Palmerston North this week.
Helen says the A championships are for teams from single sex schools with rolls under 300 or co-ed schools with fewer than 600 students. The AA championships are for teams from single sex or co-ed schools with rolls above 600 pupils.
Currently they are using all the available courts at Arenas 2, 3 and the B&M Centre. Pool play will lead to quarter finals, then semi-finals and the finals at the weekend.