For the first time ever the Girls U-14 All Ireland Basketball Finals will be held in Portarlington next weekend with two midland clubs taking part including Tullamore.
Twelve clubs and their supporters from all over the island of Ireland will converge on the midlands town for what should be a feast of competitive basketball.
Both Colaiste Iosagain and Portarlington Community Centre will host games on April 14 and 15. It is expected that a large crowd will be staying in the locality also to watch the games. All Ireland trophies will be presented on the Sunday in three divisions.
Chairman of Basketball Ireland Bernard O Byrne will be attending to watch the finals and present the trophies to the Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 All Ireland Champions.
It promises to a memorable occasion locally also, as for the first time two midland clubs will be taking part, namely Kestrels Basketball Club from Portarlington and Tullamore BC. Among the other teams competing will be some of the fabled nurseries of the Women’s Super League senior clubs. Renowned clubs such as Meteors Dublin, St Mary’s Castleisland, Brunel of Cork, Limerick Celtics, Moycullen of Galway and Ulster Elks of Belfast will take part.
A series of pool games will take place at both venues from 10am until 8:30pm on Saturday to determine the semi final lineups. Then the Finals will take place on Sunday afternoon in Colaiste Iosagain culminating with the Division 1 Final at 3pm.
Presentations of Trophies and MVP awards will follow each Final. Chairperson of the Midland Area Basketball Board Angela Hughes and her committee are working hard so that all will run smoothly on the weekend and are hoping that it is a memorable experience for all the girls involved. Entry to all games is free so come along if you wish to see the game played at this high level and support the two local teams.