The second annual Jeppe Under-14 Basketball Tournament is on this week. Play begins on Thursday afternoon and runs on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, culminating with the positional playoffs on Sunday morning. The final is scheduled for 12 noon.
The teams are divided into two pools, with the top four in each going through to the quarterfinals at 1.45pm on Saturday. The semifinals are later that afternoon.
The participating schools are:
Group 1 – Dominican Convent, Bishop Bavin, Invitational B, Jeppe High School for Boys, King Edward VII, Pretoria Boys’ High, St Benedict’s St Peter’s.
Group 2 – Invitational A, Star College, Parktown, Saheti, St Alban’s, St David’s, St John’s, St Stithians.
The tournament was the brainchild of Mr Nkuli Gamede who says the intention behind staging an intense, three-day, tournament at this age level, especially so early in the year, is to consolidate what the boys have learnt in their first season of playing the game.
“There never was an under-14 tournament before, so it was decided that, as their first competitive season draws to a close, it would be good idea to give the players four days of intense competition,” he says. “At the same time, it provides a valuable educational opportunity.”
The aim of the tournament is:
- To build basketball in South Africa.
- For players to learn life skills through a sporting code.
- For players to learn about sportsmanship.
- For players to learn to not only compete against but with the opposition.
- For the youth to build strong bonds within a team and with the opposition.
- To excel within their capabilities.
- Excellence in basketball.
- To get as many learners involved/playing the game of basketball.