Great turnout is a delight for jacaranda basketball
BEHIND the slam dunks and lay-ups that filled Grafton Sports Centre at the weekend, there was a bunch of organisers with smiles spread across their faces.
Fifty-five teams from across eastern Australia flocked to the valley for the Jacaranda Basketball Carnival, and one organiser, Dylan Parbery, said he could not be more stoked with the turnout.
"With the big numbers, it's been hard to squeeze everyone in, but it's really great for the competition," Parbery said. "We've got 10 teams up on last year, so it's going really well."
About 550 players from Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and beyond participated in the competition and Parbery said you could not fault the influx of visitors to the town.
"(The carnival) always attracts good numbers, but it also boosts the local economy and is a boost for the pubs," he said. "It's a social carnival so people are here to have a good time."
Some teams have been in the competition for the past 20 years, making annual trips with a busload of players.
Each team gets on average four games over the two days, depending on their pool.
While games were still being played at the time of print deadline yesterday, Parbery said local teams were likely to make the grand final.
"It looks to be an A men's local team to get into the finals and one veteran's men's team will go into the final with Armidale, and also a C men's team," he said.