COLAC will welcome the region’s best young basketballers for a tournament next month after a 14-year hiatus.
Colac Basketball Association will have its second junior tournament in history after welcoming the concept back to the district for the first time since 1998.
The Charles Stewart and Co Colac Junior Tournament will host under-14 and under-12 matches with 22 teams from Ballarat, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Timboon and Terang on March 3.
Former association secretary and stalwart Bev Bauer said the 1998 competition had proved successful but took a large amount of organising.
“That was the first we’ve ever had and it went well – we had 36 teams involved,” she said.
“But you’ve naturally got to have more than two courts – that was our downfall,” she said.
“We had to use the high school and the Trinity College.”
The introduction of a new court at Colac Primary School this year played a part in the junior tournament’s return.
“Having the extra court gave us the option to run the tournament, we’ve been using it throughout the domestic competition with support of east primary school,” association president Paul Walters said.
“We’ve always had very strong juniors but haven’t had that facility to maintain the juniors to keep interested, now we can,” he said.
Mr Walters said the event had taken a lot of organising, with association secretary Peter Lemke and vice president Shane Howard putting in time behind the scenes.
He said he hoped for a return in 2013 with more juniors getting involved.
“Next year we’re talking of the possibility of playing 16s and 18s on another weekend,” Mr Walters said.