As expected, New Caledonia will be in Auckland, New Zealand, to play in the upcoming FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament for Men. The caledonian federation has created the CTE, the federation farm team, to improve the level of its youngster. This effort could be rewarded by a Bronze medal in Middle-Earth.
New Caledonia - PNG on Oct 15
New Caledonia - Fiji on Oct 16
New Caledonia - New Zealand on Oct 17
Playoffs on Oct 19-21
Glen Ng Pan
Jean-Jacques Taufana (185-F-86)
New Caledonia is the best country in the South Pacific behind Australia and New Zealand. The caledonian has won the Gold medal in the Pacific tournament in 2001, 2003 and 2005 but the youth teams hasn't been so successfull so far. New Caledonia will play Papua New Guinea and Fiji and could have locked the second spot in the pool before facing New Zealand. If the young caledonian managed to play as the same tactical level as the senior team, they would be able to claim the Bronze medal over Guam, Fiji and the french rivals Tahiti.
You can follow this tournament on our special "FIBA Youth Tournament 2006" page, we will post a recap of the team's games during this event in the days following the Gold medal. Stay tuned.