Junior Braves aim for glory

A TOTAL of 240 basketball teams will converge on Bendigo for this weekend's ‘Skin Ski N Surf’ Junior Classic.

More than 6000 players, coaches and parents will descend on Bendigo Stadium in Marong Road and other basketball stadiums for the annual tournament.

Teams from across the country will compete in age groups from under 12s to under 20s.

Organisers said this year’s tournament on the Australia Day holiday weekend had attracted 50 more teams than last year’s tournament.

“This is a huge event for our association and for the city of Bendigo,” said Bendigo Basketball Association president Mark Lennox.

“There will be more than 6000 players, coaches, team managers and family members attending the three day event," Mr Lennox said.

"There will be between $1.5 and $2 million injected into the city through accommodation, retail and restaurants.”

Bendigo Bank Junior Braves players Taylah Lindrea, Jessie Rennie, Imogen Kinder, Arriah Keogh, Oscar Keogh, Liam Ly, Jacob Murphy, Nathan Gree, Tanner Rayner, Taylor Stibbe and Hayley Harrington are all participating in the tournament.

About 20 Braves teams will play across the tournament.

Melbourne teams competing in the tournament include Nunawading, Frankston, Broadmeadows and Keilor.

The tournament begins on Saturday at 9am and will finish on Monday afternoon when finals will be played. 

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