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Tullamore Senior Ladies after winning first Midlands League Game since reforming. November 25th 2016
All Ireland Community Games Under 13 Runners Up August 2016
SILVER FOR TULLAMORE U13 GIRLS!!
Leinster Community Games Champions our Under 13 girls finally brought home the Silver medals today from Athlone with two strong performances. The girls defeated a great team from Moycullen in the morning and played an outstanding game going down to All ireland winners Castleisland. This as the first time ever Tullamore BC players had made it ti the All ireland series. Well done again to them all.
Tommy Keogh Athlone Under 10 Girls winners 2016
TOMMY KEOGH MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT ATHLONE U10 GIRLS WINNERS TULLAMORE. What a great way to finish the season with a wonderful performance form our Under 10 girls today in Our Ladys Bower Athlone. The girls started brightly with a convincing win over the home side Athlone. A feature of this particular Tullamore team is their ability to rebound strongly. Amy McGreal and Eloise Judge showed this to good affect gaining possession regularly and Amy scoring some nice put back baskets. In the second half it was guards Aine Byrne and Jane Maher who stole the show with some nifty footwork and great steals. Tullamore had a short rest before facing the Buzzers side in the semi Final. Our girls are quite athletic and despite Buzzers keeping the game low scoring the speed of Aisling Cotter and determination ofAnna Curry prevented Buzzers getting ahead. In the second half Naoise McDonald showed how tigerish she is with some strong drives to the basket and finishes under a lot of pressure. Julie Kelly was involves in a few tussles for the ball and Julie is always going to win those!! In the end Tullamore qualified for the final but not without a struggle. Home side Athlone also made the final and had learned how to cope with the Tullamore strengths. It was in this game that our long range shooters had to step up and both livewire Julia Slattery and the will o the wisp Una O Brien held their nerve to score from the free throw line. A two point lead at half time seemed slim but thanks to the industry of team captain Aoibhinn McDonagh and the elegant skills of Niamh Galvin the team managed to pull away to record a 9 point win. This is only the second time in the clubs history that a Tullamore team has managed to win this competition so there were scenes of great delight as Aoibhinn went up to receive the shield from Emmett Keogh of Athlone BC. The girls received lovely medals and certificates also and enjoyed their well deserved trip to McDonalds for ice cream also on a gloriously fine day
Under 12 Boys Team 2016. First ever team from the Club to win the Midland Cup and League double
U14 B Girls All Ireland Third Place Finish
.The Tullamore Under 14 girls team qualified for the All Ireland Club Championships recently and made the long trip to the impressive Forum Sports Centre in Antrim town to take on the best teams in Ireland. The team travelled up by bus on the Friday night along with parents and supporters so they were fresh and rested on Saturday when the took to the court against the semi finalists of last years competition Muckno Lakers of Castleblayney Co. Monaghan in Pool A of the 12 team tournament. The Tullamore girls started very well and played with a lot of confidence led by point guard Emma Glavin who finished the game as Tullamores top scorer on 8 points and some accurate outside shooting from Mia O Mahoney, Lucy Fennelly and Aoife Farrell. The Offaly girls had a comfortable lead going into the final quarter and with all girls playing good minutes they eased to a 34-21 victory. Next up were Donegal Town a team that had recently beaten Tullamore in a tournament game in Athlone by one point. The Tullamore girls were determined to make amends on this occasion. Shauna Slattery matched up on the Donegals girls impressive point guard and with good support from the other Tullamore girls, managed to nullify her threat considerably. The Donegal star also picked up 3 fouls in the first quarter which rattled their team. In the second half Eabha Enright came into her own with a superb peformance on Donegals 5’11” post player. Eabha athleticism helped in no small way to curtail Donegal and with Rachel Conroy and Sarah Jane Lynam scoring freely on the other end Tullamore won a high scoring game 38-33. This win finished the girls programme for Saturday with the team knowing they were in the All Ireland Semi Final against Tralee Imperials on the following afternoon. A bus full of young supporters travelled up on Saturday to Antrim and decided to make the 8 hour round trip journey again on the Sunday to support the team in a gesture that deserves huge admiration. The semi final was a tight low scoring affair where Tralees height neat the basket forced Tullamore to shoot from long range and despite Aimee Bard scoring, it remained a tight game 4-5 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter went well for Tralee despite the best efforts of Ellie Glavin and Saraid Mcdonald, the Kerry team took a 12-4 lead to half time. Tullamore gave it everything with a full court pressure game against the taller Tralee team in the seconf halp but could not bridge the gap. The game ended 25-17 for Tralee. This result meant the girls would play for the bronze medal position against a local team Andersonstown Tigers of West Belfast. This was probably the most skilful game of the weekend with both teams showing a range of scoring ability. Tullamore looked at times like they would run away with the game and led by 10 at one stage in the second half. Due to a combination of conceding shooting fouls and good offence form Tigers the Tullamore girls found themselves holding on to a three point lead with 5 seconds remaining but sure enough the Belfast team launched a speculative attempt at three which found nothing but net as the buzzer sounded. Over time would be needed. Tullamore were ably led by captain Maedhbh O Brien on 11 points and Emma Hand on 11 in this game and when Emma Glavin hit a huge 3 pointer in the last minute of overtime the team knew they would hold on which is what they did 44-42 in a classic game. This result meant that Tullamore had earned the bronze Al Ireland Medals which will be presented to the team at the end of year function. The team had won 3 out of 4 games and finished in 3rd Place overall from 12 teams. When you consider 12 out of 15 of our girls are underage again next year gives an idea of their accomplishment. Well done to the team, coach, parents and supporters for giving us all a weekend to treasure for a long long time. The Tullamore team was Aoife Farrell, Mia O Mahoney, Lucy Fennelly Eabha Enright Emma Glavin Ellie Glavin Niamh Conroy Shauna Slattery Maedhbh O Brien Capt Rachel Conroy, Saraid McDonald, Emma Hand, Katie Bourke, Aimee Bard and Sarah Jane Lynam
Becky McAuley U13 Girls Tournament Winners 2016
Our Under 13 girls travelled to Limerick recently to take part in the prestigious Becky McAuley Memorial Tournament run by the Limerick Celtics Club. After four tough games Tullamore scooped the most sought after trophy in U13 Girls Basketball in Ireland. The team had an early start leaving Tullamore at 7am to take on Limerick Celtics at 9am in their first game. The girls started brightly and proved the better team for the majority of the game. Celtics employed a full court press in the last quarter which yielded rewards for them by cutting an 8 point lead down to one point. Tullamore managed the clock very well and held or passed the ball for the last 16 seconds to run down the clock just holding out by one point 29-28. Following a quick break the girls met crack Dublin outfit Meteors and again prevailed in a game of excellent quality 28-22. Meteors are top of the U13 Dublin league so a scalp like this was a huge achievement for the Offaly girls. Galway basketball stronghold Moycullen were next up but our girls were in great form in this game stringing a lot of super team scores together to win well. After a dinner break the girls were back to face Kilkenny Stars in their final game knowing a win would make them tournament winners. They duly obliged with a confident performance all through. Although the game was tight up to half time, Tullamore were the better outfit in the second half. President of Basketball Ireland Gerry Kelly attended to present the trophy and lovely commemorative medals to runners up Limerick Celtics and to Winners Tullamore. His speech proved touching and inspirational to all in attendance and informed all in attendance of the huge impact Becky had in dealing with her illness including writing a book titled ‘The liitle girl with the big headache’ which raised €20,000 for the Limerick Regional Oncology Hospital Unit . It was clear to all that Becky was held in the highest esteem by all in the Limerick Celtics Club and in the whole Limerick region. It was a proud achievement for all these Tullamore girls to feel part of such an incredible story. In fact all of the team brought the commemorative programme booklet to their various schools on the Monday following tournament in order to read the enclosed story of Beckys life to their schoolmates. Following the speeches Captain Maedhbh O Brien accepted the fabulous trophy and and Ellie Glavin the much deserved Most Valuable Player Award. The list of famous previous winners on the trophy will undoubtedly be an inspiration to these girls in the years ahead. The team were tired but thrilled at the end of a long day before heading proudly back to Tullamore. The team which won the Becky McAuley Tournament 2016 was Maedhbh O Brien (capt) Ballinamere, Emma Hand Ballinamere, Emma Glavin Mucklagh, Ellie Glavin Mucklagh, Shauna Slattery Ballinamere, Aoife Farrell Cappincur, Mia O Mahoney Knockowen Road, Eimear Galvin Ballinamere, Sarah Jane Lynam Cloncollig, Kate Healy Killeigh, Keisha O Brien Arden Road, Lucy Fennelly Clonminch and Saraid McDonald Ballinamere. Thanks to all parents and supporters who transported the girls and supported throughout a long day.
Galway Under 13 League Winners 2016
Our Under 13 Girls travelled to Colaiste Iognaid Galway early last Sunday to compete in the Galway Final against city team Titans. Half the team were Confirmed in Tullamore Church on the previous day but they definitely didnt show signs of tiredness. The first quarter began at an incredible pace with Titans getting off to a great start with 6 unanswered points,Their Point guard McClean showed why she must be one of the best players in Ireland at this age group. The Tullamore 5 were working extremely hard and gradually pulled themselves back into the game finishing the quarter 4-12 behind. The second quarter girls knew quick scores were a priority and led by Captain Maedhbh they quickly set about eating into the Titans lead. An incredible return of 19 points in this quarter to the concession of 1 point from a free throw really gave Tullamore a cushon for the second half. The third quarter 5 kept up the pressure scoring 10 points followed by another 10 in the fourth quarter to allow Tullamore run out deserved winners. Maedhbh led her team up to receive a lovely trophy and medals with the maroon and white of Galway ribbons. Our u13 team are a well balanced group of excellent players which is obvious from the wide range of scorers again this week. The team and scorers Keisha Sarah Jane 2 Mia 4 Katie Saraid Shauna 4 Emma G 7 including a three Ellie 4 Aoife 2 Eimear 4 Emma H 3 and captain Maedhbh 13points, Well done Girls and congratulations. The team would like to thank Galway Basketball Board Secretary Hannah Coen who made the year so special for the girls including arranging game in the Kingfisher Arena and providing an opportunity to meet NUIG Div 1 Senior National league team and watch their games.
KERRY EASTER PRIMARY SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT WINNERS 2016
Well where should we start! Today our Tullamore Basketball Club Primary School Girls team won the Kerry Easter Tournament in Duagh Co Kerry. This is the first tournament at any level outside our region Tullamore Basketball Club has won since being reformed seven years ago. What makes the achievement most noteworthy is that the team matched seasoned clubs such as St Josephs Kerry, Ballybunion Wildcats, Maree and Corrib of Galway, Malahide of Dublin and in a nailbiting final just overcome the famous basketball nursery of Tralee Imperials. Our 13 girls played with incredible spirit especially in the Final where they found themselves 4 points down going into the last quarter but managed to overturn the deficit to win by three. Throughout the 3 day tournament our girls were complimented on their skill level and teamwork by opposing coaches despite quite often being seriously overmatched by physically bigger players. Off the court our girls were exemplary.Our Accomodation and meal hosts went out of their way to express how mannerly the team were. They really showed what team means by being so inclusive of everyone including our wonderful mascots Naoise and Julia. The girls parents should be so proud of these fine young ladies. We are sure the girls will go home with a lot of new basketball skills and we also noticed a number of budding hairstylists in our midst which could come in handy down the line!!
The club would like to express thanks to the parents who travelled to supervise and support as well as acknowledging the unstinting support of all the parents of these kids at all times. Thanks to Julie Stack for inviting us to this outstanding tournament. The organisation and friendly atmosphere at the games was a credit to all involved. Thank you to our host Padraig in Ballybunion and the staff at the Listowel Arms and Kilcooly house for looking after the girls for meals. Finally congratulations to all our team as follows: Our bundle of energy captain Ellie, Our MVP Emma G, Our rebounding dynamos Emma H, Eimear and Jean, Our shooting stars Aoife,Saraid and Sarah Jane, Our mazy dribblers Shauna and Keisha and finally our defensive tigers Orlaith, Mia and Kate. We look forward now to the All Irelands next week and Please God our return to the Kingdom to defend our new title at Easter 2017.
Tullamore Basketball Club won the best sports entry for the second year in a row in this years St Patricks day Parade. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who took part or helped out.
Under 13 Girls with Michelle Fahy and NUIG Mystics in Galway February 2016
Under 16 girls defeat Kestrels
Dec 4, 2016, 11:07 pm
Tullamore edge past Kestrels
U16 Girls Midlands League
Tullamore got off to a bright start, with Eabha Enright and Roisin O'Brien getting the opening scores of the game. It didn't take long for the Kestrels to take control of events as they managed three baskets in succession, including an impressive three-pointer from Jade Lawlor. The second quarter was a tight affair, as each side swapped baskets and banked their free throws. The Kestrels held a deserved 14-16 lead heading into the third quarter and were looking like a very organised outfit. They demonstrated an ability to run a variety of well-organised offensive plays, which challenged Tullamore's zone defence at times. However, Tullamore's athleticism soon got the better of the Kestrels as the period progressed. Excellent rebounding from Niamh Lydon set up a fast breaking Eabha Enright on numerous occasions. The home side's ability to steal possession and break quickly up the court became a cause of concern for the travelling side. However, the Kestrels held strong in the early minutes of the final quarter with sharp shooting from Aoibhin Murphy, Jade Lawlor and Ciara Murphy. Though the Kestrels applied a strong defensive press in the final minutes, Tullamore's running game seemed to find a way through. Relentless pressure by Niamh McGann and Rachel Conroy made it difficult for the Kestrels to set up the offensive plays they needed to close the five-point gap at the buzzer. Final score: Tullamore 33, Kestrels 28.
Tullamore Scores: E. Enright (10), R. O'Brien (9), N. McGann (4), N. Lydon (4), N. Conroy (2), R. Conroy (2), A. McDaid (2).
Kestrels Scores: J. Lawlor (15), A. Murphy (8), C. Noons (2), C. O'Connor (2), C. Murphy (1).
Tullamore BC Club Notes 04/12/16
Dec 4, 2016, 9:30 pm
Tullamore Basketball Club would like to congratulate Susan Moran on picking up the Offaly Sports Award of the Decade for Basketball recently at the Offaly Sports Partnership event in the Bridge House Tullamore.
Tullamore and Clonaslee BC played u12 and u16 fixtures today in Colaiste Choilm, Honours were shared as Tullamore won the u12 game 30-26 while Clonaslee prevailed in the u16 game 30-22. The under 12s provided interesting personal duels with Aine Bermingham going toe to toe with Eimear Dunne, Siun O Brien and Ella Ryan likewise and at guard Julia Slattery and Ruth O Brien were at close quarters all game. In years to come all these girls will no doubt be Midlands teammates together but for now it was no quarter given or asked for between them. Tullamore started well witjh Abbie Keyes dominating the rebounds and scoring well. Sophie Thornton and Naoise Mcdonald got through an amount of work and proved their toughness all game. In the second quarter we saw a new point guard develop for Tullamore in the form of Julie Kelly whose crossovers and bouncing passing left her opponents floundering. In the second half Amy McGreals catching and handling led to a number of fast breaks which finished with scores while Sinead Ni Cheilleachair was a tight marker throughout. Every good team needs a ciotog and Tullamores Aine Byrne gave some great service on the left wing. Her partnership with Aoibhinn McDonagh proving that good things can often come in small packages. Tullamore will take great heart from this narrow hard fought victory for their future games
Clonaslee started with 3 u15s and one u14 for their U16 clash with Tullamore who seemed early on to have the measure of their younger opponents. Clonaslee Coach McGettrick will be delighted his girls ran efficient zone offences which brought a measure of control to Clonaslees play. Their perimeter shooting was the difference in the first half whereas Tullamore relied on more broken play to run in fast break layups. Clonaslee varied from a 2-3 zone with a 2-1-2 zone at times which proved difficult to break down. Its unusual at this young age to see girls run a couple of different zones well so they obviously have a lot of work done in training. Tullamore have athletic players and there is no doubt that if Roisin O Brien, Eabha Enright and Niamh Lydon get running in open court they are unstoppable. A run of six points levelled the game in the third quarter but unfortunately for Tullamore, Clonaslee were able to shoot their way to a reasonably comfortable win by 8 points. Tullamore seem like a team that would enjoy a more frenetic type of game and perhaps the freedom of the full court game.Its only their second game of the season so more games will bring improvement no doubt.
Senior Basketball Returns to Tullamore
Nov 27, 2016, 8:27 pm
Senior Basketball returns to Tullamore with a win for the home team
Tullamore BC Senior ladies team got their season off to a great start with an unexpected win over an excellent Ballyroan Cougars side based in Mountmellick last Friday night in Colaiste Choilm. The team played extremely well considering they have just got together over the last month. This is the first time in at least 8 years that Tullamore have fielded an adult womens team. Some young players who have come up through the clubs underage system were supplemented by some experienced players who are returning to playing after a few years away from the game. Fridays game was tight throughout although Tullamore got off to a strong start with some accurate shooting from guard Aoibheann O Mahoney including a long range 3 pointer. Liz McWey for Cougars didn’t allow the gap to grow though and hit back with a 3 of her own leaving Tullamore ahead by two points 13-11 at the end of the first quarter. Katie Guinan took up the scoring mantle in the second quarter for Tullamore hitting a quick 5 points. Claire McIntyre was also starting to have a big influence on the game in this quarter and began a run of excellent free throws. Lorraine Hyland contributed hugely to Cougars tally in this quarter eventually leading to a Cougars lead at half time by a point 23-22. The second half was nip and tuck throughout. Claire McIntyre continued her procession to the free throw line while also dominating the rebound stats. Cougars kept in the game though led by some super cuts to the basket from Sinead Dempsey. The third quarter finished on tied scores 32 points apiece. The large crowd in attendance were on the edhe of their seats in anticioation of a game which could go either way in the final quarter. The Tullamore team had a deep bench to pick substiutes from and this may have helped the overall energy levels of the team in the final deciding quarter. Foul trouble also hurt both teams in this period. Jennifer Glavin had a big influence on the game in this quarter both defensively and also with two super scores following drives to the basket. A mid range jump shot that hit nothing but net from Gemma Prendergast gave Tullamore a liitle breathing room but the lead was still just 3 point with 11 seconds remaining on the clock. A clever inbound pass got Katie Guinan free on the elbow and she duly finished off the game with a neat shot to leave the final score 45-40 in favour of Tullamore. Although not getting on the scoresheet, Aisling Lydon,Treasa Howell, Patrice Howell and Rebecca O Mahoney also contributed hugely to the win with some outstanding defensive and link up play. Tullamore will improve as they get to know each others game a bit more but for now this was an auspicious start at this level for the club. A huge home crowd really got behind the team which really helped the team in the final quarter.Claire McIntyre was a deserving MVP on the night for an outstanding rebounding and committed display while also getting to the free throw line constantly. Guards Aoibheann O Mahoney and Katie Guinan provided the shooting power on the night while 15 year old Jennifer Glavin belied her young years with a composed and skilled performance throughout. Captain Treasa Howell led form the front with a committed display in the post.. The girls are in action again next Friday night against Kildare Gliders in Colaiste Choilm at 8:30pm in the second round of the Midlands League. All welcome.
Tullamore BC Club News 20th November 2016
Nov 20, 2016, 8:27 pm
Under 14 Girls win Galway Titans Basketball Club Invitational Tournament.
Our under 14 team made the trip to Colaiste Iognaid Galway last Saturday as they had been invited to take part in the Titans Club Tournament. The Tullamore girls played three games against various opposition from different parts of the country. First up were Killarney St Pauls, the club where Colm Gooch Cooper excelled as a basketball juvenile. The Tullamore girls started in blistering fashion with layups from Shauna Slattery and Sarah Jane Lynam. The second half continued with Tullamore in control through strong rebounding from Eimear Galvin and determined defending from Mia O Mahoney. The girls had no time to rest after this game as they were straight into their second game against Sligo All-Stars. The Sligo girls played a high tempo full court pressing style which demanded cool heads and accurate passing from the Offaly team. Emma Glavin at point guard showed her class by outwitting her opponent and breaking the press before finding the free scoring Saraid McDonald and Maedhbh O Brien for neat scores. The Tullamore girls were comfortably ahead on the scoreboard come the second half but still needed Emma Hands assurance under the basket to control the last quarter. After a break and a trip downtowm for Pizza the team returned to face the host club Titans in the final and deciding game. Ellie Glavin constantly slipped to the basket going through gaps like an eel and finishing with aplomb. The shooting of Aoife Farrell and controlled dribbling of Keisha O Brien ensured the game was going Tullamores way while the fast break finishing of Kate Healy kept the scoreboard ticking. A feature of the Under 14s performances over the 3 games was the consistent free throw ahooting which was highly impressive. Tullamore U14s would like to thank their opponents for tough games and also the Titans Club parents who provided refreshments all day long.
Senior Womens Basketball returns to Tullamore
On next Friday night 25th November, Colaiste Choilm is the place to be where the newly reformed Tullamore Senior Womens basketball team bring competitive games back to the town for the first time in ten years. The home team host Ballyroan Cougars who are based in Mountmellick for an 8:40pm tip off in this seasons Midland League. Admission is free to the game and all are welcome to attend and support. The Tullamore team is an exciting blend of young players who have come up through the clubs underage programme over the last 6 years and more experienced players who cut their teeth under the guidance of coach Ann Ganly in the Sacred Heart School. Tullamore are hoping that thier first season back at the top table will enjoyable but also a good learning experience. Cougars will provide a difficult first game as they are an experienced team at this level and have already booked a place in this seasons Midlands Cup Semi Final. Cougars have also drafted in the coaching experience of Portlaoise Panthers player Dorothy Fahy to complement their coaching staff. While Tullamore are hoping to be competitive they realise that some of these first steps may be difficult for the team so any support from the "6th player" of a noisy Colaiste Choilm packed with some the 200+ of our younger club players would really gee up the team. Anybody not already involved with Tullamore BC is also welcome to drop in and see a basketball game at this level. So date for your diary Friday Night 25th November 8:40pm. Tulamore will host Kildare Gliders on the following Friday night 2nd December also in Colaiste Choilm.
Tullamore Girls play St Laurences 'Larrie Birds' from South Kildare in Mucklagh Community Centre on Sunday 27th November. The u12s play at 11am, U14s at 12 and the U16s at 1:15pm. Please support.
Jun 6, 2016, 11:05 am
A great evening was had by all at the Tullamore BC End of year Awards. Thanks and well done to Paul and the committee especially all who helped out with the food and thanks to all who brought some. Thanks to Tullamore Rugby Club for use of their fabulous facility. Thank you to Archie for arranging and setting up the hall. Thanks to all the coaches on presenting awards. Well done to all winners and thanks to all players who attended. It was certainly a huge turnout.
Athlones Laura Mullally Pruit coach in Chestnut Hill US.