TIP OFF: Jaca Basketball forges ahead this weekend

THE 54th annual Jacaranda Basketball Carnival will tip off this Saturday even if numbers are lower than previous years.

"It will be a very different type of event this year because of Covid rules, however we are delighted to get something up and running," Grafton Basketball Association organiser Bryan Robins said.




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Due to travel restrictions, this year nominations were only open to teams within and surrounding the Clarence Valley region, making this year's competition a more intimate affair.

However, Mr Robins said there will be a special highlight during the day when they officially re-name the two basketball courts inside the Grafton PCYC.



"Games will cease at 11.30am sharp to allow the naming of the stadium courts in honor of 'Mr Grafton Basketball' Bruce Leonard," Mr Robins said.

"We will be unveiling a plaque and a sign bearing his name."

However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, Mr Robins said the ceremony was limited to 25 people.

"There would normally be a large number of people, but we just can't facilitate them on this occasion and hope people will understand," he said.

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