Jets take to court for city games

Wanganui Midweek - - TALKING -

The Manawatu Jets Bas­ket­ball team are mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in Whanganui, play­ing three com­pe­ti­tion games at Spring­vale Sta­dium as part of the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League se­ries.

The Jets fran­chise have been work­ing with Sport Whanganui, the Whanganui Dis­trict Coun­cil and Whanganui and Part­ners to or­gan­ise and pro­mote the three games with the hope that the com­mu­nity will get be­hind them and sup­port the team.

The first game is Thurs­day, June 21 where the Jets will take on the Nel­son Giants. Not long af­ter the show­down against the Giants, The Jets will face the Can­ter­bury Rams on Satur­day, June 30 fol­lowed by the 2017 cham­pi­ons — Welling­ton Saints on Satur­day, July 7. Each game will be held at Spring­vale Sta­dium in Whanganui at 7pm.

The Jets are ex­cited about hold­ing these games in Whanganui and hope they can make the games an­nual events in the Whanganui sport­ing cal­en­dar. Hav­ing a team play­ing at NBL level in Whanganui is a great op­por­tu­nity for young play­ers to watch and the Jets will ig­nite the pas­sion and mo­ti­va­tion for them to progress in their own game.

This sea­son the Jets have a strong com­mu­nity fo­cus. Their pri­or­ity is to de­velop young play­ers in the team to give them the op­por­tu­nity to play at NBL level. Jets op­er­a­tions man­ager Jen Young says, “Our aim is to re­build the Jets as part of a longterm pro­ject.”

Tick­ets are on sale now from Sport Whanganui or the i-Site in­for­ma­tion cen­tre. Kids’ tick­ets are $5 and adults’ $10, al­ter­na­tively, adults can buy tick­ets for all three games for $25. On the night tick­ets will be for sale at the gate.

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