Tournament feast for lovers of basketball

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Eastern Southland’s invitational tournament will provide a feast of basketball for followers of the game.

The annual tournament is being held at Archer Stadium in Gore from Friday to Sunday.

Basketball association operational convener Colleen McKinnel said everyone was welcome to watch the games.

“It will be great basketball,” Mrs McKinnel said.

“Come down, have a look and enjoy the entertainment of a good game.”

The tournament was one of the few remaining events for players at the second-tier level of play.

Games would start on Friday at 12.30pm and the finals would be held on Sunday afternoon.

Seven men’s women’s teams from as far away as South Canterbury would take part in the tournament.

Usually the number was capped at 12 but this year an extra men’s team was allowed to take part.

There were four local teams taking part.

This is the 41st time the tournament has been held.

“Last year due to Covid it was cancelled.”

The tournament was a fundraiser for the association.