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.