Cessnock Toyota Stadium to host Wine Country Masters and Glencore Junior Classic in October

FAMILY FUN: Ten-year-old triplets Mackenzie, Lachlan and Xavier Wills and their mum Cheryl (pictured), along with the triplets' father Lincoln, will take part in the upcoming basketball tournaments at Cessnock Toyota Stadium. Picture: KRYSTAL SELLARS

FAMILY FUN: Ten-year-old triplets Mackenzie, Lachlan and Xavier Wills and their mum Cheryl (pictured), along with the triplets' father Lincoln, will take part in the upcoming basketball tournaments at Cessnock Toyota Stadium. Picture: KRYSTAL SELLARS

Cessnock Toyota Stadium will be buzzing with basketballers of all ages next month when it hosts the inaugural Wine Country Masters and Glencore Junior Classic .

The Wine Country Masters (October 15 to 16) will involve 20 teams (men, women and unisex) from the ages of 30 upwards, with a focus on fun as well as friendly competition.

Players will be allocated a points value based on their age, and teams will be restricted to a maximum of 15 points on the court at one time (30-34 years = five points, 35-39 = four points, 40-44 = three points, 45-49 = two points, 50-plus = one point).

“This points system will encourage teams to nominate players of all ages, and will hopefully result in some close games,” Cessnock Toyota Stadium general manager Brett Keeble said.

“We have already received nominations and interest from teams in Sydney, Newcastle and Maitland, as well as Cessnock, and we are encouraging our visiting teams to enjoy the sights of the Hunter Valley and sample the some of the produce and fine wines from the Vineyards while they are here.”

The following weekend (October 22 to 23) the Glencore Junior will attract junior basketballers from around NSW to compete against players from Cessnock and the Hunter Valley.

The Glencore Junior Classic is open to boys’ and girls’ teams in three age groups – 11 years and under, 14 years and under and 17 years and under.

“We wanted to conduct a junior tournament to help promote and develop basketball in Cessnock and the Hunter Valley. Glencore have made that possible through their Junior Sports Development Program, so we are very grateful for their support,” Keeble said.

Keeble said he hopes both tournaments will become annual events at Cessnock Toyota Stadium.

Nominations for the tournaments will close on September 30.

Contact Brett Keeble at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on 4991 1656 or 0412 644 001 or email brett@hunterbasketball.com.au.

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