Alberni bids for 2012 Junior All Native basketball tournament

Port Alberni City Council has thrown their support behind the Homiss Wolves' bid to host the annual Junior All Native Basketball Tournament in 2012. Games would take place at the new Alberni Athletic Hall.

Some of the action between the Ahousaht Wolf Pack and Prince Rupert Tribesmen in the final game of the 2009 BC Junior All Native

Some of the action between the Ahousaht Wolf Pack and Prince Rupert Tribesmen in the final game of the 2009 BC Junior All Native

Port Alberni City Council has thrown their support behind a sports team’s bid to host the annual Junior All Native Basketball Tournament in 2012.

Bruce Lucas, coach of the Homiss Wolves junior basketball team in Port Alberni, said the Wolves would like to host the event.

“This tournament is a very huge event for all players, coaches and supporters,” he wrote in a letter to council.“The event attracts up to 50 teams from all over the province of B.C. These 50 teams have coaches, managers and supporters from their tribe or community.”

Coaches are voting on where the event will be hosted in 2012 at this year’s event, which is being hosted in Penticton.

City councillors endorsed the event Monday, and agreed to give the team some promotional materials for their host packages.

The Alberni Athletic Hall Society is also backing the Wolves’ bid for the tournament.Port Alberni last hosted the Junior All Native tourney in 2009 at the old Alberni Athletic Hall.

It was the last major sporting event to be held before the old gym burned down.editor@albernivalleynews.com