Su­per­charged ac­tion at Arena Manawatu

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY! -

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.

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