The open men’s South versus North teams battle it out in their final game against each other during the final game last week. 21100515
After eight weeks of growth and development in basketball with what started as a small committee of passionate basketball players - has resulted in a tightly knit group who are dedicated to continuing their slow and steady progress in developing the sport.
The Avaiki Basketball Tournament has come to a
close its final game for the season being played on Wednesday last week at the
The eight-week tournament saw plenty of growth
and improvement for all involved, including players, coaches, referees and
The tournament which began with a humble 147
involved saw 250 consistent faces turn up to games each week.
The basketball committee, led by John Engu and
a handful of community members who wanted to share their love for the sport
with younger players, was also able to be officially registered as a stand-alone
association which will now go by the name Avaiki Incorporated.
“It was a good climax for the tournament,”
Engu said, reflecting on the final games.
Awards were given out to the winning teams at
the end of the night as well awards for most valuable players for each age
Engu reported that the top scores of the night
reflected the skill level of the players which had leveled up throughout the
tournament each week.
He said it was a huge success to end with the
numbers they had acquired throughout the weeks, especially for a small
“A couple select players really stepped up in
the finals,” he added.
Now that the basketball committee is
officially registered as a stand-alone association, with a few select sponsors
keen to support them once again next season, their next steps will be to form a
strategic plan in writing of what their vision is for the next few years, in
terms of continuing to develop basketball within the country.
Part of their intention will be to keep their
momentum of ‘slow and steady growth’ over peaking progress that comes and goes
in a circle with each season.
“Our aim from here is to go down,” Engu said.
He went on to explain that what he meant by
this was that they are aiming to dig deep and put their heads down to establish
a deep foundation, then start going upwards.
“With a deep foundation you can build
“If you want to go high, you have to go deep, we
mean business,” he said.
here we will continue to refine, cut off, and add on, always in the best
interests of Avaiki Incorporated.”
Draw: (Wednesday, 29 September)
1ST GAME 5.30PM UNDER 16
GIRLS NORTH VS EAST
2ND GAME 6.20pm UNDER 16
BOYS SOUTH VS WEST
3RD GAME 7.10pm OPEN WOMEN WEST VS NORTH
4TH GAME 8.00pm OPEN MEN SOUTH VS NORTH
16 girls: Here Mapu
16 boys: Bambridge Valoa and Teava Sword
Women: Keziah Lewis
men: Siaosi Kaufononga
FINALS RESULTS (Wed, 29
Under 16 Girls
Under 16 Boys
# Under 16 Girls: 1st
placing (East), 2nd placing (North)
# Under 16 Boys: 1st
placing (West), 2nd placing (South)
# Open Women: 1st
placing (West), 2nd placing (North)
# Open Men: 1st placing (North), 2nd placing (South)