Hundreds to attend basketball carnival

The Twin Cities basketball carnival will attract hundreds of players from NSW, Victoria and the ACT.
The Twin Cities basketball carnival will attract hundreds of players from NSW, Victoria and the ACT.

The Border will host its biggest senior basketball tournament this weekend.

The Twin Cities carnival is fully booked with around 800 players and referees.

“We do big junior tournaments, but this is the biggest senior event, for sure,” Albury Basketball Association president Stephen Gibbs said of the tournament.

The annual event has proven so popular, some of the 66 teams will need to play their games at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre.

Three courts will be used in Wodonga.

Most of the games, though, will be held at Albury’s Lauren Jackson Sports Centre, including the finals.

There will be more than 18 hours of action, spread over the two days.

Play starts from 8am Saturday and continues until eight that night.

The action resumes on Sunday morning, followed by the finals from 1pm.

There’s a number of grades for the men, with a handful of either locally-based players or Border products set to feature.

“There’s a lot of Bandits’ guys, lot of ex-Bandits and lots of SEABL players from Frankston, Sandringham and Dandenong,” Gibbs said.

The Swamp Donkeys have proven a consistent team in A grade, with former Bandits’ captain Michael Watson, Wes de Koeyer, Jack Duck, Sawyer Dearborn and Darcy Harding set to take some topping.

The Swamp Donkeys are also expected to be one of the sides in beat in the women’s top grade, with former star Alex Duck joining current Lady Bandits’ player Molly Rice in the team.

It’s the 34th Twin Cities tournament and the fact it continues to grow is a credit to the organisers.

“Some teams just play socially, while others take it very seriously, so there’s a real mix of teams,” Gibbs said.