UP to $1 million could be pumped into the Border economy this weekend when more than 2500 people hit Wodonga for the La Trobe University junior invitational basketball tournament.
There has been a 10 per cent increase on last year’s numbers, with 155 teams from across country Victoria and southern NSW entering the event.
Teams from Mildura, Swan Hill, Seymour, Yarrawonga, Mansfield, Echuca, Bendigo, Kyneton, Deniliquin, Wagga, Tumut, Traralgon, Shepparton, Benalla, Wangaratta and Myrtleford are just some of the squads to compete, eat and stay on the Border.
Games will be played at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre, Wodonga Middle Years College Huon campus, Lauren Jackson Sports Centre, The Scots School Albury, Southern Rise, St Monica’s Primary School and Trinity College Thurgoona.
Saturday night’s Country Basketball League finals at the Leisure Centre will only add to the hype, with Albury competing in the men’s North East conference final and Wodonga Lady Wolves in the women’s decider.
La Trobe University has been the major sponsor of the event for the past two years.
Dr Guinever Threlkeld, Head of La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga Campus, said the university was pleased to be part of the tournament again.
“We are extremely proud to be the major sponsor for Wodonga Basketball’s Junior Invitational Tournament,” he said.
“This is an exciting event that attracts young people from across Victoria and south-east NSW.”
Wodonga Council is also supporting the event.
Junior tournament games begin at 8am on Saturday and Sunday, with the CBL finals at 6pm and 8pm on Saturday night.
Tournament finals begin at 2pm on Sunday at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre.