The second Rebel Sport 3X3 Quest Tour stop in the Auckland region was played out on the weekend, which saw ‘Calendar Boys 2.0’ crowned winners of the Open Men’s grade at Westlake Girls’ High School.
The side was comprised of four players who competed in last year’s Schick 3X3 Cup – Chris McIntosh, Dom Kelman-Poto, Sam Aruwa and Denhym Brooke – and proved formidable for anyone they shared the court with.
The closest a side came to topping them was in their first encounter of the day against experienced 3X3 campaigners ‘Swish’ that finished 21-18. The two teams went on to contest the final, but ‘Calendar Boys 2.0’ bettered their previous effort by notching 21 and holding ‘Swish’ to 12.
‘Calendar Boys 2.0’ team member Chris McIntosh says he enjoyed getting back out on the court and putting together strong performances.
“It was good day, we managed to finish all our games with wins even though we were in a tough pool. Teams like ‘Swish’ pushed us and I guess we were just the lucky ones to come out on top.
McIntosh went on to mention the chance to play outside added to what was a fun-filled day with a basketball.
“The cool thing about an event like this, besides the prizes, was being out in the sun to soak up the weather. We are lucky to be able play sport full stop and if you tie that in with the free entry, I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to play in these competitions.”
Two Youthtown sponsored grades accompanied the Open Men’s contest – Senior Mixed and Junior Mixed. ‘OneOneEight’ were the victors amongst the youngsters, beating ‘Samurai’ 17-11 in the final. The best from the senior crop were ‘MMT’, who dominated ‘Anida Key’ with a 21-8 triumph in their last playoff fixture.
Run alongside the three-aside fixtures were a slam dunk competition, three-point shootout and a game of knockout. Chris Bidois put together the top display in the dunk contest, Brad Nairn nailed the most triples and Kaia Berridge was the last one standing for the run of knockout.
The Tour gets back on the road in two weeks times, with the next leg being in the nation’s capital at Odlins Plaza. Entries to this event are open to all ages! For those interested in shooting some hoops, create a player profile, reply to the confirmation email and you’re then eligible to register a team.
Results of north Auckland leg of the Rebel Sport 3×3 Quest Tour (week three):
Open Men’s Winners – Calendar boys 2.0
- Chris McIntosh
- Dom Kelman-Poto
- Sam Aruwa
- Denhym Brooke
Open Men’s Runner-up – SWISH
- Karl Noyer
- Zach Easthope
- Ben Fraser
- Jacob Errey
Youthtown Senior Mixed – MMT
- Cody Brown
- Jole Valentino Naufahu
- Lawrence Sullivan
- Luka Vea
Youthtown Junior Mixed – OneOneEight
- Julius Halaifonua
- Jaymes Cuttance Bhana
- Kyson Hughes
- Noah Rasmussen
Rebel Sport 3X3 Quest Tour Schedule, 2021
- Auckland West, The Trusts Arena, Saturday 12 December
- Tauranga, Harbourside Netball Centre, Blake Park Mt Maunganui, Saturday 16 January
- Auckland North, Westlake Girls High School, Saturday 23 January
- Wellington, Odlins Plaza, Saturday 13 February
- Christchurch, Hagley Park, Saturday 20 February
- Dunedin, Octagon, Saturday 27 February
- Auckland South, MONC Netball courts, Saturday 6 March
- New Plymouth, Waiwhakaiho Netball Courts, Saturday 13 March
- Final, TBC
* This final event is the World Tour Qualifier Final and is only open to the Open Men’s Grade teams that qualified at one of the above regional events. No other grades will play at this event.