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Numbers up among basketball fraternity

There is a notable bounce on the Marlborough basketball scene.

Numbers are up this season, especially in the lower grades, reflecting a national trend.

Each week there is opportunity aplenty for young and older players to test their skills across a variety of competitions.

Five senior teams contest the men’s A grade, played on Wednesday night, there are eight sides involved in the Monday night men’s B grade, plus five sides take part in a highly-competitive women’s competition, also played on Monday.

The mixed social grade competition, a new addition to the winter league schedule, is contested by seven teams and is also contested on Monday.

The younger brigade fill the stadium three nights a week.

On Friday 28 teams pack the stadium to take part in the primary school boys competition, contested over four grades.

On Wednesday it is the girls turn, 10 primary girls sides doing battle over two grades, while five intermediate girls sides are in action along with five college girls teams and four college boys combinations in the college grade.

On Monday the intermediate boys spring into action, 14 teams contesting two grades.

Senior men’s teams:

No Fear: Richmond Sacay, Adam Balasouglo, Mark Yu, Ernesto Marcelino, Luis Novida, Jason Cruz, Brom Cabredo, Alroy Credo, Christian Bagayo.

Woodbourne Wizards: Ollie Baker, Sam Cootes, TJ Floyd, Noah Gosling, Jordan Maher, Jason Mamaradlo, Tarin Mason, Matt Pigou, Scott Robinson, Robbie Smith, Hayden Tysoe, Leo Wiapo. Coach Craig Searle.

MBC senior A: Max Macdonald, Cody Popplewell, Sair Guar, Torban Otway, Ben Theyers, Sam Morris, Blade Campbell, Alex Bulfin, Heath Lyon, Luey Hadfield, Jacob Sawers, Vili Pale. Coach Tony Macdonald.

Trail Blazers: Ben McLennan, Matt Wallace, Nigel Satherley, Cam Lane, Jake Southey-Taylor, Horouta Wilson, Joel Logan, Josh Reece, Ratu Scott.

Picton: Veejay Raizada, Donny Clarke, Jason Raizada, Tuku Reihana, Jack McFadden, Jonny Roberts, Daniel Baxter, Thomas Somerville-Smith.

Senior women’s sides:

Hot Shotz: Oriana Houra, Shannon McManaway, Stacey Hopkins, Jordan Peipi, Kelsie Fitzpatrick, Ella Donald.

MGC senior A: Kea Bradley, Lucrezia Bradley, Reanna Chalton, Jasmyne Henry, Zinnie Lloyd, Georgia McDonald, Tiria-Jade Paewai, Kate Thompson, Love Tikeri, Stella Roberts.

Thunder: Frankie Paulo, Laura Kate Morgan, Rochelle Hegglun, Jenna Wallace, Mina Kingma, Colleen Kem.

Trojans: Danielle Blackmore, Sandy Large, Pippa Witehira, Megane, Kate Faith, Rowie O’Driscoll, Shamatay Saavedra.

Queens: Erin Bunt, Jessica Cameron, Yuri Collins, Natasha Ford, Gemma O’Rourke, Emily Overend, Laura Woolf, Charlotte Ward.

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