SUCCESS: After a close grand final against the Royal Blue Battlers on Friday night, the Green Lanterns, coached by Steve Kirby (far right), took out Grafton’s 2015 Midnight Basketball tournament. Photo: Clair Morton
SUCCESS: After a close grand final against the Royal Blue Battlers on Friday night, the Green Lanterns, coached by Steve Kirby (far right), took out Grafton’s 2015 Midnight Basketball tournament. Photo: Clair Morton

Midnight Basketball a real winner

THE first and last Midnight Basketball tournament for 2015 has ended with a resounding chorus of "when is the next one?"

The eight-week tournament, which came together after a year of campaigning and hard work by the dedicated Midnight Basketball Committee, headed by Grafton mum Robyn Holloway, ended on Friday night after a fast-paced and close grand final in which the Green Lanterns overcame the Royal Blue Battlers.

As well as winners' trophies, certificates were handed out to participants who recorded 100% attendance. The Maroon Globe Trotters also received medals for winning the workshop award.

Ms Holloway said each week, up to 60 children turned up enthusiastically not only for the games, but for the weekly skills workshops which are a compulsory part of every Midnight Basketball tournament. A total of 83 children registered to play over the course of the tournament, with a limit of 60 players each night.

Tournament night manager Alan Grainger said the high attendance rates, despite the program being out of action for so long, proved just how much the young participants loved it.

"The kids enjoyed themselves, the volunteers enjoyed themselves and I had a ball," he said.

"It was just a good vibe and I think everybody had a great time."

Special thanks went to Lois Robinson and the Midday Rotary for catering each week, the volunteers and the basketball stadium staff for their support.

The next Midnight Basketball tournament is scheduled for February 2016.



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