BASKETBALL enthusiasts are in for a feast of competition this weekend, with a big schools tournament taking place today and tomorrow, and league matches on Sunday.
PE Comets, one of Nelson Mandela Bay's biggest clubs, are hosting the schools event which will be played at NU 5 Swartkops Valley Basketball Park today (2.30pm-5.30pm) and at Wells Estate Multi-purpose Centre tomorrow (8.30am-5.30pm).
Excitement is running high among the 19 schools teams, and extra interest has been injected by the inclusion of four sides from Boland.
PE Comets have always committed themselves to the development of basketball at many levels through various partnerships with schools and tertiary institutions. This tournament is an extension of that and there will be girls' and boys' U13 and U16 teams competing.
PE Comets Basketball Club president Sibongile Fondini said his club members were passionate about the growth of basketball in Nelson Mandela Bay and, in particular, at schools level.
"This tournament is a culmination of our ongoing commitment to various local schools within the metro where we are assisting with development coaching and technical clinics," Fondini said.
"Therefore our key objectives with this tournament are to encourage more competitive activities among all schools."
The region's senior players will be involved in the next round of league matches, with the action taking place at the NMMU Missionvale indoor centreon Sunday.
The league fixtures are:
10am: Gemineyez1 v NMMU1, Spartans v Comets2
11am: NMMU2 v Gemineyez2
Noon: NMMU women v Gemineyez; NMMU1 v Spartans
1pm: U-Town Kings v Comets1; NMMU2 v Comets2
2pm: Spartans v Gemineyez1; Comets women v Gemineyez