The Mount Gambier Castec Pioneers Basketball Club has started 2014 on a high note with the signing of a new two-year naming rights sponsorship deal.
Castec Rural Supplies has returned as the club’s naming rights sponsor, continuing a successful arrangement that started three years ago.
The sponsorship announcement comes on the heels of the Pioneers’ most successful year when they won 20 games and played two home finals in 2013 before losing to Dandenong in the championship final.
President Neil Boase said the renewed sponsorship was fantastic news for the club.
“The support from Castec has been invaluable,” Mr Boase said.
“With a population of just over 25,000 Mount Gambier is like a dwarf versus giants in the league, but that is part of the challenge we enjoy,” he said.
“Having supportive major sponsors on board is vital to our continued success and we are very pleased and proud to continue this arrangement.”
Mr Boase added that the Pioneers enjoyed a close relationship with Castec. “We have very similar values and they are a highly respected community focused, family run business.”
The Castec Pioneers will enter 2014 with a similar square to last year with the likely addition of new local players to the squad.
“We are looking forward to an exciting 2014. Things are coming along nicely and we hope we can go one step further this year,” Mr Boase added.
The South East Australian Basketball Leagueseason opens on Friday March 21 with the Mount Gambier Castec Pioneers Basketball Club hosting arch rival Ballarat.
The 2014 fixture will feature 20 rounds during the regular season, a decrease from 21 rounds last year.
Castec Rural Supplies Director Chris Castine said the new sponsorship deal would continue the company’s commitment to local sport and community.
“We have had a good relationship over the past three years and are happy to continue by making a commitment for the next two years,” Mr Castine said.
Castec Rural Supplies has stores in Naracoorte, Penola, Mount Gambier and recently opened a new outlet in Kingston.
“Having stores across the region allows us to give basketball more coverage and to encourage people to watch the home games and get kids interested in playing,” Mr Castine said.
“The Pioneers do a great job in promoting sport in our region and we are pleased to help out,” he added.
Castec Rural Supplies sells farm chemicals, animal health and nutrition, fencing and shearing supplies and offers agronomy and general farm productivity advice.
From Left to Right: Chris Castine of Castec Rural Supplies, Richard Hill (Head Coach Castec Rural Pioneers), Neil Boase (President Pioneers Basketball Club)
Photo Courtsey of The Border Watch.