Year Of Women's Basketball Hits France

14 October 2006
By Leslie Anderson

In the Year of Women’s Basketball, the French season tips off this weekend with a bang.

8,000 tickets have already been sold for "Basket and the City 2" which sees all 14 LFB teams in one venue for a weekend of basketball.

Paris is the city for the second year and Stade Pierre de Coubertin is the Venue.

The ticket sales this year has already beaten last year figures, with no less than 15 players who participated at the recently concluded FIBA World Championships for Women on show, including gold medal winner Kristi Harrower.

Harrower was unable to participate last year has this to say about the event:

"It is a great idea, it gives people the chance to see all the players in the league, and it is also an opportunity for us to play in Paris because the only other opportunity to play here is during the French Cup final. It is also a great advertisement for the development of women’s basketball."

The Year of Women's Basketball is also well represented with Project Manager Esther Wender and FIBA Europe Propeties Managing Director Yannick Souvré in Paris to meet the media.

The seven match programme includes two explosive derby games with Mourenx vs Montpellier on Saturday and on Sunday the event closes with a Northern derby between Valenciennes (USVO) and Calais

Saturday 14 October 2006

13:30: Challes-Les-Eaux vs Tarbes

15:45: Mondeville vs Clermont-Ferrand

18:15: Mourenx vs Montpelier

20:30: Bourges vs Arras 

Sunday 15 October 2006

14:00: Saint-Amand-Les-Eaux vs Aix En Provence

16:15: Nice vs Villeneuve D'Ascq

18:30: Valenciennes vs Calais

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