THE Vanuatu Basketball Federation (VBF) had a big year in 2018 in terms of growing the sport of basketball, especially in their 3×3 and grassroots programs.
VBF National Development Officer Sacha Duthu reviewed the nation’s performance in the last 12 months with FIBA and what’s in store for 2019…
Summary of 3×3 Activities
- VBF ran a 3×3 players’ tour this year in Port-Vila, featuring 10 dates (Total of 168 games). 93 players took part in it. It was supported by FIBA Oceania.
• 3×3 was also played in Santo (5 tournaments) and has been introduced in Tanna Island.
Summary of 5×5 Activities
- VBF ran a 5×5 championship on Efate island. 9 males teams (124 players) and 6 females teams (75 players) participated in it.
• Male’s championship: Round robin + Play-off (Quarter/Semi and Finals, best of 3 for each)
• Female’s championship: round robin 2 rounds + Playoff (Semi & Final, best of 3 for each)
• Au Bon Marché male’s team and Sia Raga female’s team claimed the championship title.
Summary of VBF Activities
- Pikinini Hoops. 40 kids participated every Saturday mornings from June to our weekly Saturday mini-basketball weekly program. Aged from 7yo till 13yo
• VBF School Academy. 69 participated in our weekly school program. Aged from 13yo till 18yo.
• National Team. 3×3 Men’s and Women’s Teams participated in the first 3×3 Open Asia Cup in China in May. Was an exciting experience after the successful 2017 Pacific Mini Games
Overview of 2019’s programs
- 3×3 Team Tour. The 2019’s season will start with the 3×3 season. A 3×3 Team Tour will be held in Port-Vila, featuring 10 dates (9 stops and 1 final).
• 5×5 championship. After the Pacific Games, the 5×5 championship will start with the return of the 5×5 Efate Championship.
• Pikinini Hoops. Same program, starting in February when school starts.
• VBF School Academy. Same program, starting in February when school starts.
• National Team. Participation to 3x » Open Asia Cup and 3×3 Pacific Games competition
Vanuatu Basketball Federations programs are helping the country’s resurgence in the world of competitive basketball while providing a healthy avenue for their youth players and various communities for the game. The future of the sport in Vanuatu is looking bright and FIBA will be there to lend a helping hand in their basketball journey.