The mighty roar of interschool returns to Tercentenary Sports Hall
There was no doubting that interschool basketball had returned to the courts on Wednesday after a five year absence. As the sports hall stands filled at the teams arrived the noise levels at the Tercentenary Sports Hall sharply rose to deafening levels.
As the teams warmed up and prepared to play the roar of the young voices watching from the stands, and those of excited parents shoot the place as interschool basketball made its return.
A new format ensured that the five competing schools would be playing in a fast moving, exhilarating ambience with quick turnovers between matches.
For nineteen young officials umpiring the matches for the first time there was a double reason to be nervous. Not only were they being assessed on their performances, but they were doing this for the first time in front of a full stand. A crowd which with the many parents and pupils supporting those on court were at times unforgiving as the excitement of cheering and supporting their school team to victory increased as the evening went on. A three hour event, instead of the past two day format saw the event go through smoothly and with much excitement. (More details in a later edition)