Junior tournament growing

WODONGA Basketball Association president Trevor White has labelled the weekend’s Junior Invitational Tournament a great success.

The annual tournament saw 140 teams enter — 10 more than last year — with a high standard of competition on display.

“It’s the best teams of each association,” White said.

“It has been a very high quality of basketball and we’ve had Melbourne referees up here.

“We’ve had quite a lot of good feedback from other teams about our facilities and the fact that all the indoor courts are airconditioned.”

Games were held at several Albury-Wodonga venues including the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre and the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.

About 2500 competitors, family and friends came to the Border for the two-day tournament that White tipped to add $800,000 to the economy.

“It’s one of the biggest junior tournament in Victoria,” White said.

“It’s the last one before Victoria’s junior championships so it’s a good chance for players to get into form.”

Players came from far and wide including teams from Mildura, Swan Hill, Seymour, Mansfield, Echuca, Bendigo, Deniliquin and Shepparton.