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Our three u10 girls teams who took part in our 2014 home blitz.
TULLAMORE U16 GIRLS MIDLAND LEAGUE AND CUP RUNNERS UP 2013
SUSAN MORAN AND THE HAWKS VISIT TULLAMORE
Undoubably the best Female Irish Player of all time. Local girl Susan left Ireland to play at D1 University St. Josephs inPhiladelphia USA. Susan had the best college career any Irish player has ever had and she picked up numerous awards along the way. Susan was the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 rookie of the year in 1999. Susan was selected to the Atlantic ten and big 5 first team in 2000 and 2001. In 2002 Susan was the Atlantic Ten player of the year and the conferences leading scorer. Susan left St. Joe's as their all time leading scorer (2,340 points). Susan went on to be the first Irish player to be drafteed to the WNBA and she played for the New York Liberty and also played professionally in Spain, New Zealand and Australia. In 2005, Moran earned MVP honors of the Women's National Basketball League in New Zealand after leading the Canterbury Wildcats to the league title. In the summer of 2006, Moran earned MVP honors of the Queensland Australia Basketball League as a member of the Rockhampton Cyclones. Through out this time Susan was also playing with Ireland's senior womens team in the European Championships were she showed tremendous leadership.
Susan now enters her 10th season as an assistant coach on Hawk Hill. Moran is responsible for post development, opponent scouting and international recruiting. Tullamore basketball club are honoured to host the "Hawks" and to have Irelands most decorated female basketball player come home. The team ran a clinic for our young girls on Saturday 18th August. It was well attended by Coaches, Parents and local media. Thanks to Susan and Head coach Cindy Griffin for organising clinic. The young girls are already dreaming of a return visit to Philadelphia some day!
U10 GIRLS WIN TOMMY KEOGH ATHLONE TOURNAMENT 2012
Congratulations to our youngest team, the U10 girls on winning the Tommy Keogh Athlone Tournament last weekend. This was the first time the club has won this tournament which had all the top Midland clubs taking part. The young girls played three games to qualify for the Final, beginning with a victory over Kestrels. Maedhbh O Brien and Hannah Dooley showed some great determination and were ably assisted by the impressive Emma Glavin and Lucy Fennelly in this game. A tough second game against home club Athlone followed. Good baskets from Emma Hand, Aoife Farrell and Sarah Jane Lynam were needed to secure victory 14-8. Emma Beatty and Eimear Cullen fought hard for any loose ball in their third game against Clonaslee. Confident performances from Mia O Mahoney and Katie Bourke along with the superb defending of Ellie Glavin and the top class shooting of Kate Healy saw Tullamore home 20-8. The Final was played on the full court in the Bower School with 10ft baskets, so scores were at a premium. All the Tullamore girls had to work hard to cover the court in the high intensity encounter with Clonaslee. A 2 point lead at half time looked slender but a late basket in the final quarter saw Tullamore home amid wild cheers from their supporters. The Tullamore girls were presented with medals before the hard working Shauna Slattery proudly accepted the magnificent trophy from Ronan Keogh on behalf of the team.
ALL IRELAND u14 FINALISTS
Under 14 Girls claim All Ireland Bronze
The first team ever from Tullamore Basketball Club to qualify for the All Ireland Club Championships performed very well against a very high standard of opposition and came away with bronze medals.Big attendances from all over Ireland watched the games during the tournament which took place in Portarlington last weekend. The Tullamore girls were drawn to play in pool D with two of the strongest teams in the country. First of all they played Killenkere who eventually lost the Division 1 final by 2 points and then they played Meteors of Dublin who won the Division 2 title on the Sunday. The girls were not disheartened and played well in both games. On Saturday night they took on Kiltimagh Giants in the division 3 semi final and looked to be coasting at half time when Tullamore led by 5 points 18-13. The Kiltimagh girls were not fiinshed though and showed why they are Mayo champions by storming back to take an 8 point lead with three minutes left on the clock. Tullamore then really showed their mettle by fighting back to a 2 point deficit in the last minute. Tullamore turned over the Kiltimagh ball but unfortunately it ran out of play to save Kiltimaghs bacon. The Mayo girls managed a final score near the buzzer to win 33-29. Tullamore played Sligo Giant Warriors in a consolation game on the Sunday and then were presented with their All Ireland Bronze medals. A notable achievement for a team which has some girls who have not played the game for a full year yet. All at Tullamore Basketball are proud of them all and look forward to many successful years ahead.
UNDER 14 TEAM
MAISIE CURRAMS, ELLEN HENRY, EMILY BAILEY, REBECCA O MAHONEY, CHLOE HARTE, AILBHE BYRNE, KATIE KEHOE, BRID MOLYNEAUX,AISLING FOX, AMY GALVIN, CAOIMHE GUINAN, MUIREANN MCDAID, AOIFE SPAIN, AOIBHEANN O MAHONEY RACHAEL DUNNE (CAPTAIN)
UNDER 18 MIDLAND LEAGUE WINNERS 2010/11 with coach Enda McCabe
Mar 1, 2015, 5:47 pm
Tullamore Senior Mens. Hard luck to Senior team on their two defeats last Friday and Saturday nights. In the Friday night game v Lit Pol, they played their best basketball of the year in the third quarter turning a 22-33 deficit at half time to a 41-40 lead. Hot shooting from Kacper Skura allied to a number of steals from Sebastian Skura and Kasys Garkauskas set up what could have been a landmark victory. Victor Vaitkus was also doing well inside but huge credit to Lit Pol they withstood the Tullamore onslaught and were worthy winners. The game had the novel sight of 3 referees for a Midland League game and in fairness all three did well. Final score: Tullamore (22)57 LitPol (33)64 Tullamore top scorers Sebastian Skura 20 Kacper Skura 13 Victor Vaitcus 6. The following night the team were heavily beaten by Kestrels 54-83 U10 Girls An Enjoyable day was had on Saturday last by our u10 Girls team along with our neighbours in Clonaslee Basketball at our 3v3 Blitz. 40 girls in total and a boys team from Clonaslee took part. Four game went on simultaneously on the Colaiste Choilm court using the side baskets ensuring 24 kids played at once. The session lasted 2 hours so all kids went home tired. It was obvious after the first half hour how passing and movement improved even in kids this young, as they are getting much more touches of the ball compared to the 5v5 game.Fixtures: Midland Leagues Senior Men v Old Leighlin away Friday 6th March at 9:15pm.On Saturday 7th March U18 GirlsV Athlone 11am and Portlaoise 12:30pm in Our Ladys Bower Athlone. U18 Boys V Athlone 12:30pm , Clonaslee 3:30pm and Longford Falcons 6pm in Colaiste Iosagain Portarlington. Sunday March 8th U14 Boys V Gliders at 1:30pm and Kestrels at 3:30pm in St Marys Hall Portlaoise.
Feb 22, 2015, 9:02 pm
U12 Girls. TheThree u12 girls teams played in the Midland League in St Marys Hall Portlaoise last Saturday, Team Phoenix must take pride of place with two super wins over Kestrels and Athlone. Phoenix lived up to their name by coming back from the ashes when only taking the lead against Athlone in the last minute and a half owing to great steals from Shauna Slattery and finishing from Eimear Galvin. In a welter of excitement Athlone came back to within a point with some outstanding free throws but with Saraid Mcdonald and Keisha O Brien throwing body and soul into defending their basket they held out for the one point victory 22-21. Seven different players got on the score sheet against Kestrels in a 41-4 win. Team and scorers: Keisha O Brien(4), Maeve McGreal, Saraid McDonald(4), Shauna Slattery(7), Eimear Galvin(8), Emma Hand(5), Abbi Foley, Angel Tormey, Sophie Bracken, Lucy Fennelly(4) and Katie Bourke(9). Team Flames were up next against Portlaoise. Flames are well ahead at the top of the league with two games to play but they suffered their first defeat of the season in this game to a physical home side. Team and scorers Orlaith Connolly, Mia O Mahoney, Sarah Jane Lynam, Maedhbh O Brien(5), Aoife Farrell, Emma Glavin (2), Ellie Glavin (8), Kate Healy, Jennifer Wyer, Jean Carson and Sinat Azeez. Team Tigers were next into action against Porlaoise and they finished their season with another improving performance. Tigers: Ciara Lydon, Ava Dempsey, Aoibheann Howard, Aine Bermingham and Aoibheann Grehan.
U14 Girls The Tullamore U14s put in two strong performances last Sunday in Portlaoise. They defeated Kestrels by 23-18 and went down by only 14 points to table toppers Portlaoise. A notable event was a 3 point score by still u12 player Maedhbh O Brien. We believe Maedhbh to be the youngest player either boys or girls ever from the club to score a long range 3 with the full size 6 ball in competition. It bodes well for the future for Maedhbh. The Tullamore was Niamh Lydon, Niamh Conroy, Rachel Conroy, Eabha Fulton, Aoife Maher, Aine McDaid, Leah Spollen, Maedhbh O Brien, Roisin O Brien and Emma Hand.
Tullamore Senior Mens team lost heavily to Mullingar 42-83 last week in the league in Clonaslee. Top scorers for Tullamore wereKacper Skura 14, Sean Ahern 8, Sean Spollen 6. The team faces make or break games at home in Colaiste Choilm this week against Old Leighlin on Tuesday at 8pm and against Lit-Pol on Friday at 9pm.
Primary Schools Basketball: Well done to all schools who took part in the Finals in Colaiste Choilm especially Ballinamere NS, Ballinagar NS and Scoil Bhride Clara who all won trophies.
Fixtures: Our youngest team, the u10 girls along with our friends in Clonaslee BC u10s take part in a pilot of the very popular 3v3 format of basketball in Colaiste Choilm next Saturday 28th February from 12:30-2:30. Our older juvenile players are helping to referee. The blitz in preceeded by u21 Men v Portlaoise at 11:15am.
Feb 15, 2015, 9:08 pm
U12 Girls Theu12 girls teams played in the Midland League in Colaiste Choilm last Friday, Team Flames were first into action taking on Clonaslee.. This game was close throughout as the Clonaslee girls threw everything at the Tullamore side. A few late scores gave Flames a 24-19 win. Team and scorers Orlaith Connolly, Hannah Carey (2), Mia O Mahoney, Sarah Jane Lynam, Maedhbh O Brien(6), Aoife Farrell, Emma Glavin (13), Ellie Glavin (2), Kate Healy (1), Jennifer Wyer, Jean Carson and Sinat Azeez. Team Tigers were next into action against Clonaslee. The young Tigers side tried really hard and held the opposition to less than 20 point difference. Team and scorers Lucy Ann Digan(2), Ciara Lydon, Ava Dempsey, Chloe Buggy, Aoibheann Howard (1), Aoife Shaw, Saorah Doyle, Aine Bermingham, Sophie Bracken, Aimee Bard(2) , Aoibheann Grehan, Lucy O Brien and Abbi Foley.
U16 Girls: On Saturday the girls were defeated by Portlaoise by a large margin. The Tullamore girls tried hard but are out of their depth against this kind of opposition. Tullamore team :Katie Guinan, Aoibheann O Mahoney, Lydia Coyne, Aisling Lydon, Jennifer Glavin(Capt), Suzie Azeez and Emily Geoghegan Ciara McDaid and Jane Whitaker.
U16 Boys On Sunday a very understrength u16 boys had two excellent performances going down to Kestrels and Falcons 48-57. Incredibly when reduced to four players they outscored Longford 18-6 in the final quarter Team and scorers: Ciaran Farrell (18), Oisin Rice(13), Adam Cuddy (4),Matas Naudziunas and Edvinas Roscenkovas (13).
Fixtures: Saturday 21st February in St Marys Hall Portlaoise U12 Girls Midland League; 10am Tullamore Flames V Portlaoise 11am Tullamore Phoenix V Athlone 1pm Tullamore Tigers V Portlaoise, 2pm Tullamore Phoenix V Kestrels. Sunday 22th Febuary in Portlaoise U14 Girls V Portlaoise at 10am and Kestrels Black at 1pm. In Colaiste Iosagan at 10am U12 Boys V Portlaoise and at 12.05pm v Athlone.
Feb 8, 2015, 7:45 pm
Last weekend was a quiet one with only two teams in action. U18 Girls Our u18 girls played two games in St Marys Hall Portlaoise last Saturday. Unfortunately they lost out to a strong Kestrels side 11-33 and in a very close game 20-27 to Athlone. Tullamore stated brightly against Athlone and led at the end of the first quarter and were still on level term at half time. Athlone took a lead in the third which they were just about able to hold onto until the finish. Team and scorers against Athlone: Rachael Dunne (Capt), Caoimhe Guinan (3), Rachel Heffernan O Brien, Aoibheann O Mahoney (5) Amy Galvin, Aoife Spain, Rebecca O Mahoney (8) and Maisie Currams (4).
The Tullamore U14 Boys proved too strong for Naas in their game on Sunday in Colaiste Iosagan Portarlington. Tullamore Team: Oisin Rice, Sean Courtney,Dean Carroll, Kevin Slattery, John Fahey , Adam Griffin, Paul Sheehan, Ciaran Digan, Shane Lynam, Cian Rice, Luke Carey and Colm Farrell.
Fixtures: Friday 13th February 6:05pm U12 girls Flames V Clonaslee. 7:10pm U12 Girls Tigers V Clonaslee. Saturday 14th February U16 Girls play Kestrels at 12:15am and Portlaoise at 3.15pm in St Marys Hall Portlaoise Sunday 15th February U16 Boys play Longford Falcons at 10 and Kestrels at 12:15pm in The Mall Sports Complex Longford.
The Primary Schools Mini Basketball Finals will take place in Colaiste Choilm on Monday next 16th February. Eight girls’ teams will take part from 9am-1pm followed by 6 boys teams from 1pm-3pm. All support welcome
Feb 1, 2015, 7:24 pm
A quiet weekend for the club with only the U21 Men in action in Portlaoise on Friday night. The game was close up to the final quarter when Portlaoise got ahead to finish winners. The return fixtures will be at home on the 28th February. Team: Daragh Fogarty, Kacper Skura, Dom Skura, Darragh Kelly, Sean Ahern, Kazys Garkauskas, Paulius Simkevicius and Tomas Ramelis. Best wishes to Paulius Simkevicius who suffered an ankle injury during the game.
Fixtures: U18 Boys are in action next Saturday 7th February as they take on Kestrels at 2pm Portlaoise at 5pm and Longford at 6:30pm in The Mall Complex Longford. Our U18 girls take on Kestrels at 10am and Athlone at 12:15pm on in St Marys Hall Portlaoise. U14 Boys play a games against Naas in Portarlington on Sunday next 8th February at 3pm.
Athlones Laura Mullally Pruit coach in Chestnut Hill US.
Susan Moran coaching how to shoot free throws video