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U16 Girls Team with Coach Niamh McEnhill. Semi Finalists in Longford Invitational Tournament 2014
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
Oct 25, 2014, 8:01 pm
U12 Girls A momentous occasion for Tullamore BC as Three u12 girls teams competed in the Midland League, the first club ever to do so. Team Phoenix were first into action taking on hosts Clonaslee last Saturday. The Tullamore girls proved stronger than their opponents despite going 4-0 down. With Shauna Slattery and Emma Hand starring ably assisted by Eimear Galvin and Vicki Lynam they ran out 24-14 winners. Their second game against Portlaoise was extremely tight all through with Phoenix losing out by one one 29-30 in the end. Team and scorers: Keisha O Brien(2), Robyn Evans, Amy Kelly, Maeve McGreal, Saraid McDonald, Shauna Slattery(9), Eimear Cullen(2), Eimear Galvin(3), Emma Hand(13) Vicki Lynam and Katie Bourke. Team Tigers were next into action and despite being short a number of regulars the girls gave it everything especially Lucy Ann Digan, Ciara Lydon and Eabha Dempsey. The biggest cheer of the day was for a spectacular score by Chloe Buggy in the final minute. Aoibheann Howard, Aoife Shaw and Abbi Foley all gave determined displays. Team Flames were up next against Athlone. They played an attractive passing and fast paced style which matched the strong Athlone team throughout. Flames got ahead in the third quarter and never relinquished that lead despite the Athlone comeback near the end. Final Score Flames 23 Athlone 19 Team and scorers Orlaith Connolly, Hannah Carey, Mia O Mahoney, Sarah Jane Lynam(1), Maedhbh O Brien(2), Aoife Farrell (6), Emma Glavin (6), Ellie Glavin (4), Kate Healy (2), Jennifer Wyer (2), Jean Carson and Sinat Azeez.
It was a busy week for Tullamore Basketball Club with underage games in 5 age groups on. There was a full gym present for an U16 double header of games against Clonaslee in Colaiste Choilm on Thursday night. First in action were the U16 BOYS. Clonaslee started the stronger with their tall post players Liam Senior and Sean Condon causing Tullamore problems inside. On the other end Martynas Garkauskas showed the threat he is near the basket with 6 points to leave Tullamore trailing by 3 points at the end of the first quarter. The same pattern continued for the second period with Edvinas Roscenkovas getting in on the scoring with some accurate running jumpers. Half time score Tullamore 17- Clonaslee 20. The Tullamore boys came out a different team in the third. with Cian O Mahoney and Cian Cronly locking down the Clonaslee outside threats, they built a comfortable lead helped in no small measure by 6 pts from point guard Cathal Kavanagh. The final quarter continued in the same pattern. Ciaran Farrell got on the scoreboard. Arnas Jasiukevicius and Adam Cuddy gave some quality minutes also for Tullamore to run out victors 45-24. Martynas Gakkauskas was unquestionably MVP with a haul of 22 points. These boys will prove a difficult nut to crack over the season especially when some of their other players recover from injuries. Team and scorers: Ciaran Farrell (2), Cian O Mahoney, Cian Cronly, Cathal Kavanagh(10), Adam Cuddy, Arnas Jasiukevicius, Martynas Garkauskas (22) and Edvinas Roscenkovas (11).
U16 Girls Our u16 girls also took on Clonaslee on Thursday night after the boys game and despite an excellent start which included a 3 pointer from Aoibheann O Mahoney, they fell away badly as the game progresses. They really had no answer to Clonaslees interior power and finishing prowess around the basket. Despite Tullamores best efforts the game was ended as a contest long before the final buzzer. Tullamore team and scorers: Katie Guinan, Mollie Carroll, Aoibheann O Mahoney (6), Clodagh Cullen(2), Lydia Coyne (4), Aisling Lydon, Ciara Coughlan (2), Jennifer Glavin Capt (6), Ciara McDaid (2) Halimet Balogun and Emily Geoghegan (2).
U12 BoysU12 Boys travelled to Newbridge today to start their season off against Newbridge Gliders. The boys continued their great play from where they left off last season, after only 2 training sessions the lads went out and put on a great team display with Daire mcDaid and Robbie Gallagher grabbing the scores in the first quarter , 2nd quarter we put on an equally good display , but a few missed chances , but Luke Burke came to the rescue giving Tullamore a 12-3 lead at half time, 3rd quarter we pushed on adding more scores and Adam kelly finished it off with 2 great baskets in the fourth leaving it 18-7 at the final whistle. Good start for our young team and only more training will add to this team. Team: B Connolly, D McDaid, B Malone, R Gallagher, A Spain, C Malone , D Daly, L Burke , A Kelly, F Redmond, F Carroll, N Dunne, A Cuddy . Training in SHS every Monday 6-7:15 all welcome. Well done to all the lads keep up good work.s , but Luke Burke came to the rescue giving Tullamore a 12-3 lead at half time, 3rd quarter we pushed on adding more scores and Adam kelly finished it off with 2 great baskets in the fourth leaving it 18-7 at the final whistle. Good start for our young team and only more training will add to this team. Team: B Connolly, D McDaid, B Malone, R Gallagher, A Spain, C Malone , D Daly, L Burke , A Kelly, F Redmond, F Carroll, N Dunne, A Cuddy . Training in SHS every Monday 6-7:15 all welcome. Well done to all the lads keep up good work.
U14 Girls The u14 girls set a club record highest winning margin in their first game last Sunday in Clonaslee against Kestrels. U12 player Maedhbh O Brien played in this game and acquitted herself well amongst the older girls. In their second game home team Clonaslee pulled away in the final quarter despite Tullamore sticking with them until then. Tullamore had good performances from Niamh Lydon, Leah Spollen, Abbie and Aideen Harte. Final score Tullamore 9 Clonaslee 26.
Schools Basketball. In the All Ireland Schools A U19 Cup scond round, Colaiste Choilm hava a difficult away fixture to Douglas CC of Cork on Thursday 23rd. Tullamore College Boys lost to Thurles CC in round 2 of U19 Midland League by one point.Club Player Martynas Garkauskas was much to the fore in their first round victory over Newbridge CC. In the Girls Midland League SHS Tulamore had 2 great wins over Clonaslee CC in U19( 39-32) and in U16s (41-23) in the Midland League last week. They take on Scoil Dara Kilcock this week with an eye on qualifying for the regional semi finals.
Regional Basketball Well done to U14 club player Oisin Rice on playing on the Midland Schools team last weekend at the Inter regional tournament in Galway. Congratulations to Senior Player Kacper Skura on being selected on the Carlow IT varsity side for the upcoming third level league. His teammates include former professional and Ireland captain Jason Killeen. Kacper may well line out against his older brother and club mate Sebastian in the higher education leagues as he is on the NUIG side!
Fixtures: All attention turns to our youngest team, the u10 girls as they take part in the TOMMY KEOGH tournament in Athlone the biggest event in the u10 calender. The girls are looking to avenge their defeat in last years final and maybe bring home the first silverware of the season! U18 Girls play two midland league games this week. Friday at 5:30 against Kestrels in Portarlington and Sunday at 4pm against the home club in Athlone.
Oct 12, 2014, 8:22 pm
It was a quiet weekend for Tullamore Basketball Club with only two teams in action. Senior Men: Coach Nico was hoping our young senior team could continue their excellent start to the season with a win over Club23 Of Portlaoise. Unfortunately as it was not to be as the Portlaoise side took no chances against their dangerous opponents and led from start to finish winning 90-64. Kacper Skura (18) led the scoring for the boys in blue with help from Victor Vaitkus (12) and Mareks Matulis (12). U16 Girls Our u16 girls Midland League game was called off at last minute last Saturday morning but a hastily arranged friendly with our good friends at Athlone Basketball Club provided the girls with a good run out. Score were tied in the final quarter in Colaiste Choilm before Tullamore added late baskets to finsh 30-27 ahead. Thanks to Athlone BC on playing the game at such short notice. The girls are back in action this Thursday with a home game in Colaiste Choilm at 7:30pm.Tullamore team and scorers: Katie Guinan(6), Clodagh Redmond, Aoibheann O Mahoney (10), Clodagh Cullen(6), Darija Roscenkova, Aisling Lydon, Ciara Coughlan, Jennifer Glavin Capt (8), Celia Hynes, Jane Whitaker,Suzie Azeez (2) and Emily Geoghegan.
Schools Basketball. In the All Ireland Schools A U19 Cup, Colaiste Choilm had an excellent home win 59-56 over St Joes of Drogheda in the first round. Top scorers for the Tullamore boys were club players Dominik Skura (19) Deividis Rimiekis (15) and Liam Og O'hOistin (10). Tullamore College Boys will play Thurles CC in round 2 of U19 Midland League. Club Player Martynas Garkauskas was much to the fore in their first round victory over Newbridge CC. In the Girls Midland League SHS Tulamore play Clonaslee CC in U19 and in U16 Midland League this week.
Fixtures: Thursday 16th October 6:15pm U16 boys V Clonaslee. 7:30pm U16 Girls V Clonaslee Both games in Colaiste Choilm.Saturday 18th October U12 Girls games Sunday 19th October U14 Girls and U12 Boys.
Oct 5, 2014, 8:26 pm
THREE MOMENTOUS EVENTS FOR TULLAMORE BC LAST WEEKEND. 1 SENIOR TEAM BEAT A PORTLAOISE SIDE IN A TOP DIVISION CLASH FOR MAYBE THE FIRST TIME IN RECENT MEMORY. 2. U18BOYS TEAM BEAT A GLIDERS SIDE THAT DOMINATED THEM AT U16 LEVEL 2 YEARS BEFORE. 3 AN U18 GIRLS TEAM TOOK TO THE COURT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.
TULLAMORE SENIORS BEAT O LOUGHLINS PORTLAOISE IN FIRST ROUND OF MIDLAND LEAGUE. 3 POINTS BEHIND AS SECONDS COUNTED DOWN, 16 YEAR OLD DOMINIK SKURA STEPPED UP TO LAND A BUZZER BEATING 3 POINTER TO TAKE IT INTO OVERTIME. THERE WAS ONLY GOING TO ONE WINNER FROM THERE ON IN AS THE YOUNG TULLAMORE SIDE COMPLETELY DOMINATED THEIR ILLUSTRIOUS RIVALS. 3 POINT PLAYS AND LAYUPS FROM KACPER SKURA AND DARAGH FOGARTY WERE OT HIGHLIGHTS. VICTOR VAITKUS WAS IMMENSE THROUGHOUT. WE MAY BE WRONG BUT WE BELIEVE THIS TO BE THE FIRST SENIOR WIN OVER A PORTLAOISE SIDE.
U14 Boys: The under 14 boys had three games in Colaiste Choilm on Sunday last. In their first game against Portlaoise, the laois boys proved far too strong running out easy winners. In their second game, Tullamore were too strong for Portlaoise B and ran out winners by 32 points to 11. Adam Griffin played well scoring 5 points with Cian Rice getting 4. In their third game Kildare Gliders managed to hold out despite Tullamore’s gallant efforts in the final quarter to win 32-24 Oisin Rice and John Fahey top scored for the boys with 10 points each.
U18 Boys. Tullamore u18s had a great win on Saturday last 47-45 over Gliders. Ernestas Barsauskas iced the game from the free throw line with seconds on the clock. This was a noteworthy victory considering Gliders beat these boys easily at u16 level two years ago and also that senior player Dominik Skura had fouled out in the last quarter leaving only six players to finish out the game.
U18 Girls Our first ever u18 girls team to play in the midland league played two home games in Colaiste Choilm last Saturday. Unfortunately they lost out to a strong Kestrels side 20-41 and an excellent Portlaoise side 33-68. The first game was close until the final quarter. Top scorers were Aoibheann O Mahoney 10 and Rebecca Rigney 6. The girls tired a lot in the second game as they lost players who were attending the Ed Sheeran concert in Dublin leaving only 6 players on the team. All six players gave it their all and had the notable achievement of each one of them getting on the scoresheet. Team and scorers: Rachel Heffernan O Brien 2, Aoibheann O Mahoney 9 (including a 3 point shot) Amy Galvin 2, Rebecca Rigney 4, Rebecca O Mahoney 10 and Aoife Spain 6.
Schools Basketball. In the All Ireland Schools A U16 Cup, Colaiste Choilm are at home to basketball powerhouse Calasanctius College.
Fixtures: Saturday 11th October U16 Girls games Sunday 12th October U16 Boys.
Sep 30, 2014, 9:05 am
New Basketball Season. The 2014/15 basketball season is gearing up to start over the next fortnight. Some of Tullamore’s teams got in some pre-season games last weekend including the senior mens team who took part in the Longford Torpedoes invitational tournament in Edgeworthstown.
Senior Men The lads got in some good games last Saturday and Sunday starting off with a comfortable win over neighbours Athlone 40-28. A strong Torpedoes side had a small bit to spare over Tullamore in the second game winning 55-47 so the lads knew they had to put in a strong performance in the third pool game against the rebels side over from Manchester to have any hope of qualifying for Sundays semi finals. A first half lead of 20 points for Tullamore looked good but the English boys fought back to level at the end of normal time. Each team spurned free throw opportunities to win at the death so overtime loomed. Manchester won but Tullamore had done enough to earn the right to play Trinity College Dublin in the semi final. The students proved a strong outfit winning out the tournament eventually and they beat Tullamore 55-41. Kacper Skuras three point shooting was a highlight for Tullamore. Other noteworthy performers over the weekend were Sebastian Skura, Viktoras Vaitkus and Kasys Garkauskas. Tullamore will welcome back Conor McNiff next week now that gaa season is ending and he will add a major scoring threat for their first Midland league game away to Portlaoise.
Underage friendlies. There were 3 friendlies in Colaiste Choilm last Sunday. The u14 girls defeated Kilcock 26-21. Niamh Lydon impressed as did Leah Spollen. The u16 boys played Longford falcons and came away with a close 55-48 win. All 11 players gave solid performances with Edvinas Roscenkovas, Cathal Kavanagh and Martynas Garkauskas heading the scoring. David Donoghue also showed well in his debut for the club.
Schools Basketball Sacred Heart u16s and u19s take on neighbours Gallen CS Ferbane in the Midland Schools League this week.
Fixtures: Midland league games tip off next Saturday with u18 boys playing in Portarlington and u18 girls also in action (venue do be confirmed.) Senior men take on Portlaoise away on Saturday also in their first round game.
U18 player competes for Ireland in the triple jump
Aug 14, 2014, 6:30 pm
Celtic Games Win For U18 player Jordan Hoang Triple Jumper and Basketballer
AT the weekend Tullamore BC club member, Jordan Hoang was at the Celtic Games which took place in Morton Stadium, Santry with Ireland, Wales, Scotland taking part.
Athletes from each team compete in the U16 and U18 age groups over a range of track and field events. On a momentous day for Irish underage athletics the Irish team came out on top. Jordan competed in the Under 18 Triple Jump and was the only athlete over 13m as he dominated the competition to win with a jump of 13.68. Well done Jordan. You can read a profile on Jordan in this weeks Tullamore Tribune.
Athlones Laura Mullally Pruit coach in Chestnut Hill US.
Susan Moran coaching how to shoot free throws video