Last Sunday was a red letter day for Tullamore Basketball Club as the first boys under 12 team from the club to take part in the Midland League in recent years took to the court in Newbridge.
The club now fields underage boys teams at U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18, girls at U-12 and U-14 and a senior mens team.
The U-12 boys can be proud of their efforts against a strong Kestrels Portarlington side in the first game despite the result. Their second game against Kildare Gliders was a much tighter affair where only one basket separated the sides with one minute to play. Gliders got a few important scores in that last minute to run out victors 23-15.
On the day Tullamore high scorers were Shane Enright and Oisin Rice while defensive heroics from Jamie Nolan, Owen Jack and Cian O’Mahoney kept Gliders at bay for most of the match.
Both games saw hard working performances on the wings from Cian McDermott, John Fahey and Daniel Lynskey while the crisp passing of Killlian Fogarty was another highlight. The team can look forward to the rest of the season with optimism.
The U-18 boys team continue to set the pace at the top of their league and remain unbeaten. Under 16s have won two and lost two as have U-14 and U-12 girls. The U-14 boys have lost two games.
Congratulations to Cian Fogarty on his selection on the Midland U-14 team which recently competed in the district All Irelands.
The club still have spaces for any boys born in 2000 or 2001 who wish to play U-12. Training is on Monday 6pm to 7.30pm in Sacred Heart Gym. Also spaces availablefor boys born 1998/99 for the U-14 team. Training on Monday also 7.30 to 9pm in Sacred Heart Gym.
We hope to run a Saturday camp for Girls born 2002/03/04 in January, details will be sent to Primary schools.
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