since January 1, 2012
TULLAMORE BASKETBALL CLUB
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
Leinster Community Games Finalists June 2015
Leinster Silver medals today for both girls and boys u13 sides. Both sides had comprehensive semi final wins before facing into the Finals. The girls were up against a hugely impressive Liffey Celtics side who were too strong for our girls on the day. It was still a huge achievement to win 3 games in Leinster and bring home just our 2nd ever Leinster girls medals. Our 5 boys gave a tremendous display of heart and grit to come from 6 points down against Drimnagh Oblates of Dublin to lead by 4 with 35 seconds left. With 7 left they still led by 2 but credit to the Dublin lads the engineered winning scores against the physically shattered Tullamore lads. The club could not be prouder of these 2 teams today and it was a wonderful way to bring the curtain down on the season. ROLL ON NEXT SEASON and remember keep practicing and improving over the summer.
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.
.U12 Boys in Galway Tournament
Feb 24, 2016, 8:43 pm
Tullamore u12 boys were invited to take part in Corrib Basketball Club tournament that took place in Oughterard in Galway on Sunday 21st Feb. This was the first time these boys played outside of the Midlands. The other teams all based in Galway included hosts Corrib. Titans and Moycullen. All have great history and are rich in basketball talent. These teams were full of talented players and our Tullamore boys rose to the occasion.
Firstly we were pitted against a great titan team and after 4 quarters still couldnt seperate these 2 teams with a scoreline of 27-27 . It was an exciting game with both teams exchanging leads throughout the game. Titans got a lovely score and converted free throws to pull away winners 31-27 in overtime . Tullamore started off so well and well dominated the game and really could have gone either way. We then Played hosts Corrib which again was a close encounter with fantastic play by tullamore another game that went to the wire with corrib winning 21- 16. Another game that easily could have gone Tullamore s way . Tullamore then played Moycullen in the 3rd and 4th playoff. Tullamore started off brightly with some great scores and with tough defense Tullamore ran out 35-18 winners. This was a great experience for the boys and basketball played was superb and are a credit to the club and parents. I would like to thank Corrib Bc for the invitation and the boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
It was a busy weekend for the boys as they played Kildare Gliders on Sat running out 47-21 winners and keep there unbeaten run going in the midland league. These boys have put in so much effort over the last few years and to see them develop into these talented players is a credit to themselves and parents. I d like to thank all the parents who travelled all over the weekend and their support and boys were treated to Supermacs after a tough weekend. Training resumes Monday 29th Feb in Shs at 6pm.
Feb 14, 2016, 7:53 pm
Our U13 Girls made the trip to Galway City on Saturday last where they were the guests of the NUIG Mystics Division 1 Senior Side. Irish Basketball legend Michelle Fahy took who plays for Mystics took time out before the game to talk to the team about her experiences in the game. She answered some questions also and stood in for photographs. The U13s also played 2 games in Galway that morning against Moycullen and Corrib. The girls gave two good performances including 10 of the team getting on the scoresheet in their second game.
Feb 7, 2016, 8:12 pm
Post Primary School Basketball Well done to Tullamore College and Sacred Heart Tullamore First and Second Year Girls who all began competition in the Midland Leagues last week with wins. This may be the first time ever all 4 girls teams won all their opening round games.
U14 Girls Division 2 Tullamore were beaten by an excellent Portlaoise side last Friday evening in the Midland League 16-38. This was the girls first defeat of the season so they are doing extremely well overall. The team and scorers was Lucy Ann Duigan, Ellen Colton, Ava Dempsey, Jean Carson, Kate Healy 4 Aimee Bard 8, Keisha O Brien 2 Orlaith Connolly, Jessica Bhattacharya and Sinat Azeez 2.
U14 Girls Division 1 Our U14 Girls Division 1 side also played Portlaoise last Sunday and gave as good as they got from an outstanding Portlaoise side. The Tullamore girls finally gave way 38-52 but they showed how much they have improved this season. Team and scorers Aoife Farrell, Mia O Mahoney, Lucy Fennelly Eabha Enright 8 Emma Glavin 2 Ellie Glavin Niamh Conroy Shauna Slattery 10 Maedhbh O Brien 14 Rachel Conroy, Saraid McDonald 4 and Sarah Jane Lynam.
Fixtures: U12 Girls Portlaoise v Tullamore 1pm St Marys Hall Portlaoise Sunday 14th February
Club News 24th January 2016
Jan 24, 2016, 9:23 pm
Our u16 girls today on a super win over a gallant Clonaslee team. Coaches Paul and John will be delighted with the determined performance of the Tullamore girls. The coaches certainly had them fired up from the beginning where they jumped out an early 11 points to 3 first quarter lead. The girls were hit with a body blow at the end of the first with an injury to Jennifer Glavin which forced her out of the rest of the game. Tullamore though regrouped with Rebecca Poole Aoife Maher and Suzie Azeez providing quality minutes to the team effort. Fast break lay-ups from Roisin O Brien and Niamh Lydon were the highlights of this quarter along with some soild zone defence which stifled the Clonaslee basket drives. Credit though to Clonaslee as they steadily worked their way back into the game over the next 2 quarters. A tidy jump shot form Katie Mangan and a strong rebound finish from Lydia Coyne steadied the Tullamore nerves at the end of the third. Tullamore still found themselves 4 points down entering the last 2 and a half minutes, a situation whch could have been worse except for the incredible defensive display of Katie Guinan who came up with numerous turnovers to compliment her attacking drives. Coach Paul called a time out at this stage and switched the team tactics to an all out full court press, This move yielded dividends with 2 baskets and a made free throw within a minute giving Tullamore the lead late in the game. Guard Niamh McGann showed her class at this stage with some decisive plays which breathed confidence back into the team. Tullamore lived on their nerves in the last minute while Clonaslee spurned five opportunities from the charity stripe to level the game. Fittingly Niam McGann had the last say as she got to the free throw line after some calm and collected play to seal the victory 30-28. It was a display of grit and determination from the Girls and Coaches which all at @tullamorebc are very proud of. MVP: Niamh McGann.
The under 16 boys played a good competitive game against Drogheda Bullets on Saturday last and will benefit greatly from the experience.
U14 Girls. Our under 14 team had a good win over Athlone recently against in Colaiste Choilm 47-34, Team and scorers Aoife Farrell, Mia O Mahoney, Lucy Fennelly 4 Eabha Enright 10 Emma Glavin 6 Ellie Glavin Niamh Conroy 6 Shauna Slattery 4 Emma Hand 7 Maedhbh O Brien 8 Rachel Conroy 2 and Sarah Jane Lynam 4.
U10 Girls Our youngest team, the u10 girls will take part in the Portlaoise Blitz next Saturday 30th January.
Post Primary School Basketball Hard luck to Colaiste Choilm under 16 boys who were knocked out of the U16A All Ireland League Play-offs recently. Good luck to 1st and 2nd year boys and girls from Colaiste Choilm, Sacred Heart and Tullamore College who begin competition in the Midland Leagues this week.
Fixtures Sunday 31st January in St. Josephs Rochfortbridge Tullamore v Longford Falcons 10:15am U12 Boys 12:45pm U16 Boys 2:15pm U16 Girls 3:45pm U14 Boys.
Athlones Laura Mullally Pruit coach in Chestnut Hill US.