Union Neuchâtel basketball players can be proud of their season, they who surprised many experts by reaching the final of the championship. The 3-0 defeat against Friborg Olympic was certainly brutal, but it does not detract from the merit of Mitar Trivunovic’s men who were particularly brilliant in the semi-finals against Massagno and his stars. These fine performances highlighted the quality work provided by the club, which relies on training. The other side of the coin is that the best elements are already solicited by other formations. It is not easy in this context to be sure of being able to count on the same workforce next season, as explained by the president of Union Neuchâtel, Andrea Siviero.
The severity of the setbacks in Acts II and III of the final against Olympic illustrates the gap between the two clubs. Friborg has a budget more than twice that of Neuchâtel residents and can count on real professional infrastructures solely dedicated to the practice of basketball. What Union doesn’t have… and that limits the club’s development possibilities, points out Andrea Siviero.
In addition to the excellent results achieved by this young team, another positive aspect should be noted: the enthusiasm around Union Neuchâtel has been growing in recent weeks. Even if the Freibourgese were numerous on Saturday, the room was full as an egg during Act III, with more than 1,600 spectators who attended this match. The public of La Riveraine, a source of pride for Andrea Siviero.
Place now on vacation for the players, but not for the leaders who have to work on the next exercise. Andrea Siviero should continue the adventure at the head of the Neuchâtel club even if the latter admits it… the wear and tear of the function is felt.