Bank South Pacific (BSP) will award cash prizes to the winners of the 3x3 basketball team on Saturday at the new basketball court at No.2 Lagoon.
BSP’s Aurelie Andeng told Daily Sports, “Saturday, November 2 is the latest and attractive challenge so you do not want your team to miss out.
“BSP is offering Vt50,000 cash prize and a trophy for the best and top team that tops the weekend’s BSP challenge.
“The second prize is Vt10,000 plus a trophy; third prize is Vt5,000 and a trophy; fourth prize is a trophy; and fifth prize and sixth prize are two medals each for Best Offensive Player and Best Defensive Player”.
The official opening of the new court was held last Saturday with the new basketball court coated with BSP’s vivid colours.
The BSP facility is believed to be another eyeopener for the community. It is the second visible facility after the community’s football playing field.
The handing over ceremony blended well with the day’s cool breeze and fine weather that summed up the day’s event.
Young and old members from the Pentecost community gathered to witness the morning’s handing over ceremony prayer and remarks delivered by No.2 community’s Chief Rene Titi, Youth Leader Aristide Wakeret, and BSP’s Andrew Kalsakau.
Five teams: Hot Sauce – a popular team, No.2 Lagoon, and BSP’s 1, 2 and 3 teams showcased the taste of the 3x3 basketball sport as well as the feel of the new facility to mark the opening. The order of the wins resulted as Hot Sauce, BSP 1, BSP 2, BSP 3 and Number 2 Lagoon teams.
With the slight change, the BSP 3x3 Basketball programme is now tuned on for this Saturday.
Chief Titi, who was one of the chiefs representing the Pentecost community was happy to see the turnout of young people.
Residents from all provinces reside in the area, hence more than one chief resident has own agenda with his people, making it difficult to come to one stable sense of development.
“We see a future out of our young leaders and we have shown our best efforts to provide them an opportunity to develop and assist in our community in a peaceful way,” chief Titi said.
“We, the elderly believe that sport is an avenue to unite everyone, especially our young leaders despite coming from different islands. They tend to participate and understand themselves in their “storians”, and this sustains the oneness among communities here.
“It is not that easy but we believe this is the way forward to unite the whole community.”
Mr Titi himself had been much attached and fairly fond of football in his early sportive days during the 1970s and early 1980s era. He played for Inter Football Club, and also the Amicale Football Club. He was the first player from Pentecost to represent New Hebrides in the 1975 South Pacific Games in Guam.
His immediate family members were involved in sport as well.