Tralee Imperials BC

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Co. Kerry

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CLUB NOTES 16/01/22

Academy

Academy and U10s return to training after the Christmas break (week commencing 17/01/22). U10s take place Monday 5-6pm in Tralee Sports Complex and Academy is on Thursday 6-7pm in Kerry Sports Academy @ MTU.

JUVENILES

U14 Boys T1

St. Bridget’s 64-27 Tralee Imperials

The boys got back after the Christmas break with an away game to St. Bridget's in Castleisland .

Q1: St Bridget's 14-10 Tralee Imperials

They started the first quarter well with nice plays from Conor McGibney and Jack Conway. They traded baskets and it was separated by 4 pts at the break.

Q2: St. Bridget's 32-12 Tralee Imperials

St Bridget’s dominated this quarter with their strong drives to the basket outscoring the visitors 18pts to 2.

Q3: St Bridget's 48-19 Tralee Imperials

The Tralee side continued to struggle under the boards and had a few unfortunate misses from layups that they needed to make a difference to the scoreboard. They never gave up.

Q4: St Bridget's 64-27 Tralee Imperials

Tralee fought hard but it just wasn't there day in the end.

Scorers: Conor McGibney 14, Eoghan Crowley 3, Filip Rybansky, Jamie O'Keeffe, Jack Conway Nathan Hill O'Shea, Saad Abdalla 2.

U14 Girls T1

Ballybunion Wildcats 21-45 Tralee Imperials

The U14 Girls T1 got their 2022 season up and running with an away win in Ballybunion this morning. With it being over 1 month since the girls last game they were understandably rusty at times but a dominating performance under the boards by Emily Flynn, Anna O'Sullivan and Priya O'Donovan ensured the girls continued their form and are now 3 wins from 3 in the league.

Imperials started strong with Anna Chute and Sophie Mitchell combining for 10 points in the first quarter helping imperials to an 11 to 2 lead at the end of the first.

The second quarter was more of the same for Imperials with strong defence from Leipa Kalekaite and Priya O'Donovan resulting in some good fast break scores for Ashlyn Falvey and Anna Slattery. Half time score 27 - 5

The third quarter was a closer affair with the long layoff showing at times with some sloppy play from the girls. Strong play from Emily Flynn and Ciara Costello ensured Imperials kept the scoreboard ticking. End of third Imperials lead 35 - 12.

Imperials remained in control for the final quarter with Priya O'Donovan providing quality assists for Anna Slattery, Anna O‘Sullivan and Sophie Mitchell who all got score on the board. Final Score Tralee Imperials 45 Ballybunion Wildcats 21.

Scorers:
Priya O'Donovan 10
Sophie Mitchell 8
Ashlyn Falvey, Anna Chute, Ciara Costello 6
Anna Slattery 4
Emily Flynn 3
Anna O'Sullivan 2

U14 Girls T2

Ballybunion Wildcats 38-40 Tralee Imperials

Our U14 Imperials Girls Team 2 had their opening game of 2022 against Ballybunion Wildcats at Ballybunion Community Centre on Sunday afternoon. The game was an absolute thriller, with the result in doubt right down to the final seconds. A fantastic sporting game of basketball between 2 committed teams.

Ballybunion Wildcats started the game strongly, executing fast breaks and creating multiple opportunities. Imperials were on the back foot defensively for much of the quarter. Maria Walsh and Naomi Osidobu were working hard offensively for Imperials, however scores were at a premium during the quarter. Niamh Fitzgibbon, Aobh Cronin and Caoilainn Culloo all contributed to a strong Imperials defensive effort limiting Wildcats to 8 during the quarter. Maria Walsh opened the Imperials account late in the quarter with a great score. Ballybunion Wildcats with a convincing 8-2 lead at the end of quarter 1.

During Quarter 2 Imperials began to get to grips with the Wildcats threat. Imperials were again defending well with Juliette Gleeson and Penny Costello working hard. Grace Reilly opened the Imperials account in quarter 2. Juliette Gleeson followed up with a great score, Juliette being particularly impressive under the basket. Sarah Slattery followed up with a great long range score after good work by Penny Costello. Grace Reilly continued the Imperials comeback with a brilliant effort after a great run. Aoife O’ Connell stormed into the game in the final minutes of quarter 2. 2 great long range baskets from Aoife finished brilliantly. In the final seconds of the quarter, Aoife again got to the basket after a trademark strong drive from defence and finished with a great layup. 3 fantastic baskets from Aoife giving Imperials a narrow 16 – 14 lead at the end of quarter 2.

Quarter 3 began well for Imperials. Maria O’Connell and Abbey Stephenson were immense in defence with Keelin Reidy combining well in transition. The opening minutes of the quarter belonged to Grace Reilly. Grace attacked the basket time after time with runs from deep, causing consternation in the Wildcats defence. Grace scoring 8 points in the opening minutes of the quarter and extending the Imperials lead. Aoife O’Connell was again to the fore in this quarter with 3 great baskets. The score of the quarter came from Keelin Reidy, a brilliant bucket shot from Keelin bringing the loudest cheer of the game from the Imperials bench. A fantastic 18 points from Imperials during this quarter, extending the Imperials lead to 34 – 28 at the end of quarter 3.

With a slender 6 point lead, Imperials knew that this would go right down to the wire in quarter 4. Both teams did not disappoint with a fantastic 4th quarter. Juliette Gleeson with 4 points and Caoilainn Culloo with 2 points kept the scoreboard ticking over for Imperials. Katie Enright, Evelyn Moriarty and Amber Ryan all contributing to a fantastic team effort during the quarter keeping the Wildcats offence at bay. With a scoreline of 40 – 38 and 11 seconds on the clock, Wildcats mounted a final attack but Imperials defended brilliantly and took the win.

A huge thanks to Ballybunion Wildcats for a very sporting and enjoyable game. Thanks as always to the referee and table officials.
Well done to the Imperials Girls on a great win. All of the Imperials Girls got game time with everyone contributing to the result.
The management team of Brenda, Leanne and William are particularly delighted with the team effort and application and are looking forward to the weeks ahead.

Imperials Scorers

Grace Reilly 14
Aoife O’Connell 12
Juliette Gleeson 6
Caoilinn Culloo 2
Sarah Slattery 2
Keelin Reidy 2
Maria Walsh 2

U18 Girls T2

St. Colman’s 30-36 Tralee Imperials

Our U18 Girls Team 2 opened there 2022 season against St Colman’s on Sunday morning in Milltown.
Quarter 1 opened with both defences on top. Imperials were creating opportunities but the final shots just not dropping. Hollie Leane opened the Imperials account with a great basket after a run from deep. With Quarter
1 drawing to a close, Orlaith McKenna attacked the basket and drew the foul. Orlaith finishing 1 from the free throw line.
St Colmans with a narrow 4-3 lead at the end of quarter 1.

The 2nd quarter began well for St Colmans with some early scores on the board. Aine Walsh keeping Imperials in touch with a great
long range effort, St Colmans with a 14-5 lead midway through the quarter. Imperials defence really tightened at this point and began to take a hold on the quarter. A great steal from Keelin Coffey, a fantastic offload to Aisling O’Connell with Aisling duly obliging with a great score. Laura Reilly was having a massive impact on the quarter at this time, a great steal from Laura again finding Aisling O’Connell with Aisling making no mistake. With the 2nd quarter drawing to a close, Keelin Coffey was again to the fore with a great steal, strong run and great finish to leave a half time score of 16 – 11 in favour of St Colmans.

Imperials narrowed the lead significantly during quarter 3. Alva Daughton opened the Imperials account in quarter 3, after collecting an offensive rebound and finishing superbly. Laura Reilly was again defending well during the quarter, a great steal and a fantastic run by Laura, resulting in a great score. Imperials finished the quarter strongly with great baskets from Laura Reilly and Aisling O’Connell. St Colmans with a narrow 19-18 lead at the end of quarter 3, with evidence of a growing Imperials comeback.

Imperials really took the game to St Colmans in quarter 4. Keelin Coffey opening the Imperials account with a brilliant score after 11 seconds. Aine Walsh followed up with a great score after collecting an offensive rebound. With Imperials dominance growing, Orlaith McKenna stormed into the game with 2 great baskets giving Imperials a 27-20 lead, midway through the quarter. The lead was short lived with St Colmans following up with the next 5 points, ensuring a competitive finish to the game. With both teams in foul trouble, Orlaith McKenna was back to the Free Throw Line to add 1 to the Imperials account. At this point, Imperials really reduced the fouls to a minimum, reducing the opportunities for Colmans scores. Aine Walsh was back to the free throw line for another score. Laura Reilly also added 2 more from the free throw line to shift momentum to Imperials. With the clock counting down to the end of the quarter, Keelin Coffey and Orlaith McKenna combined well with Orlaith finishing brilliantly. With 1:26 on the clock in quarter 4, Imperials produced the score of the game, Laura Reilly to Hollie Leane, with Hollie offloading to Keelin Coffey, Keeling finishing brilliantly to extend the Imperials lead to 35-29. Keelin was back to the free throw line for the final score of the game. Imperials take the win on a score line of 36-30.

Thanks to St Colman’s for a very sporting and enjoyable game. Thanks as always to the table officials and referees.
The management team of Danny and Brenda were particularly impressed with the strong defensive effort and the great comeback after a slow start.

Imperials Scorers

Orlaith McKenna 8
Keelin Coffey 7
Laura Reilly 6
Aisling O’Connell 6
Aine Walsh 5
Hollie Leane 2
Alva Daughton 2

MONTHLY TRAINING FEES

The monthly training fee can be paid via the Club Shop on ClubZap App. December and January are treated as one month. Any queries re the training fee you can email imperialsbc@gmail.com

GARVEY’S TRALEE WARRIORS

Following their recent thrilling semi-final against Eanna BC, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors will take on C&S Neptune BC in the final of the Pat Duffy National Cup this Saturday. It is the first time a Warriors team has made it to the final and the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght will no doubt be rocking with all the support. Tralee Imperials BC would like to wish the team and all involved the very best of luck. LET’S GO WARRIORS.

CLUB NOTES 19/12/21

U12 Girls T2

Tralee Imperials 35-23 TK Bobcats

Tralee started off well, securing a very good lead with two lovely baskets from Yvie Ross and Clodagh Kennedy.

The second quarter was evenly matched with both teams scoring 6 points.

HT Tralee Imperials 18-9 TK Bobcats

The 3rd quarter caused a bit of worry with Bobcats scoring 12 points to Imperials 8 (three of these Imperials baskets coming from Holly Costello).

In the final quarter, Imperials came out fighting and scored 9 points to Bobcats 2 points (seven of these points coming from Ava Flaherty).

This was a massive team victory and all 15 players played their part, giving 100%.

We look forward to our next few games in January.

Well done girls.

Top scorers were Ava Flaherty 9 points, Clodagh Kennedy 6 points and Holly Costello 6 points.

U14 Girls T2

Tralee Imperials 48-28 TK Cougars

Our U14 Girls Team 2 continued their season on Wednesday night at CBS The Green, with TK Cougars as the opposition.

TK Cougars began the game well with a strong running and skilful team. Imperials gradually got to the pace of the game and
competed well in the opening minutes of the quarter. Sarah Slattery opened the Imperials account after collecting an offensive rebound.
Aoife O’Connell began the quarter strongly, and with her trademark strong running, got to the basket for a great layup.
Maria Walsh was controlling the game well for Imperials, she found Aoife O’ Connell in space and Aoife finished with a long range effort. Maria Walsh was again involved in the
next score, strong defensive work and a great layoff to Niamh Fitzgibbon. Niamh carried brilliantly and finished with a wonderful score.
Amber Ryan and Sarah Slattery also combined well, with Amber finishing from distance. TK Cougars staged a comeback late in the quarter with some excellent scores. The last score
of the quarter fell to Imperials, a long range effort from Sarah Slattery finished magnificently. A strong 1st quarter from Imperials with a 12 – 8 lead at the break.

Imperials again started strongly in quarter 2. With Naomi Osibodu and Grace Reilly strong on defensive rebounds, Imperials executed some fast breaks resulting in early scores.
Grace Reilly and Katie Enright combined brilliantly to find Juliette Gleeson, with Juliette opening the Imperials account in quarter 2. Great play from Evelyn Moriarty found
Grace Reilly, with Grace finishing superbly. With 5:39 on the clock in quarter 2, Juliette Gleeson took the game to TK Cougars. She got to the basket after a great run and finished magnificently.
Seconds later Juliette again got to the basket after a great pass from Grace Reilly. Juliette then collected an offensive rebound and finished superbly.
Grace Reilly secured 1 from the Free Throw Line to add to the Imperials lead. With the countdown on to half time, Juliette Gleeson again scored 2 baskets after great work by Naomi Osibodu and
Evelyn Moriarty. 10 Points for Juliette in quarter 2, leading the Imperials charge with a brilliant display and maintaining an excellent run of form in recent games.
Imperials with a 29 – 18 lead at half time.

The 3rd quarter began with a period of dominance from TK Cougars. Scores were at a premium during the quarter for Imperials.
Imperials were creating a lot of opportunities, but the final shots just not falling. Aoife O’Connell, Sarah Slattery and Maria Walsh were all taking the game to TK Cougars with great team
work and effort. Clodagh Burke was also to the fore during the quarter with strong running and great positional play. Clodagh also scored a wonderful long range effort to the delight of the Imperials bench.
It was during the 3rd quarter that Abbey Stephenson really epitomised the never give up attitude of Imperials.
Abbey was brilliant in defense, providing constant pressure on the ball, making it extremely difficult for TK Cougars to maintain pressure.  Abbeys constant pressure and multiple steals, were
a huge part of Imperials limiting TK Cougars to 6 during the quarter. Imperials with a narrowing 31-24 lead at the end of quarter 3.

Quarter 4 began at a blistering pace. TK Cougars finished a great basket to narrow the Imperials lead. Maria O’Connell and Aobh Cronin were defending strongly for Imperials with great support
from Naomi Osibodu. With a 5 point lead and strong TK Cougars pressure, Imperials needed to raise the intensity. And raise it they did, with fantastic team work from all players and Grace Reilly
dominating brilliantly. Grace scored 1 from the Free Throw Line after a strong run. Seconds later Grace supplied Naomi Osibodu, with Naomi driving to the basket and finished brilliantly.
Juliette Gleeson collected an offensive rebound and finished superbly, after strong running by Grace Reilly. Grace followed up with a run from deep and finished with a great layup.
Seconds later Grace was again to the basket for another score, a strong press providing dividends for Imperials at this time. Juliette Gleeson and Maria O’Connell followed up with 2 great baskets to extend the
Imperials lead going into the final minutes. Keelin Reidy and Lauren Foley were strong in defence in the final minutes of the quarter.
With the clock ticking down towards full time, Grace was back to the basket for another great score with Imperials leading on a score line of 46 – 28.
The final score was a great team effort with Juliette Gleeson finding Grace Reilly at the basket. Grace finishing superbly to close out a majestic performance!

A great Imperials win on a final score of 48 – 28. Thanks to TK Cougars for a sporting and enjoyable game.

Thanks as always to our Table Officials and Referees.

This was the final game for the U14 Girls Team 2 for the calendar year of 2021.
The girls are an amazing group and have created a wonderful team environment, where support for each other,
through victory or defeat is always visible. We’re thankful to be part of the journey!
We look forward to seeing everyone back on the court for our first training session of 2022 on January 5th.
Lots more basketball to come in the New Year! The Management team of Brenda, Leanne and William would like to wish
everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tralee Imperials Scorers

Juliette Gleeson     16
Grace Reilly    14
Sarah Slattery     4
Aoife O’Connell    4
Niamh Fitzgibbon    2
Amber Ryan    2
Clodagh Burke    2
Naomi Osibodu    2
Marie O’Connell    2

Monthly Training Fees

The monthly training fee for Juvenile (u12-u18s) and Seniors can be paid via the Club Shop on ClubZap app. FYI December and January are treated as one month.

Christmas Wishes

Wishing all the Tralee Imperials basketball community a very merry Christmas and we look forward to getting back on the court in the new year.

CLUB NOTES 12/12/21

Academy

U10s had an enjoyable final session before the Christmas break.

U14 Girls T2

Tralee Imperials 35-18 St. Colman’s

Our U14 Girls Team 2 continued their season on 8/12/21 at CBS The Green, where our opposition was St. Colman’s Flames.

The opening minutes of quarter 1 started well for Imperials. Naomi Osibodu, Caoilinn Culloo and Juliette Gleeson were winning defensive rebounds and offloading superbly. Maria Walsh at Point Guard was controlling the play brilliantly. The Imperials dominance began to transfer to the scoreboard during the quarter. Juliette Gleeson found Maria Walsh in space, and Maria finished brilliantly for the opening basket of the game.

The same players were again involved in the next score, a great steal by Juliette, a strong run, and a great offload to Maria Walsh, with Maria again obliging.

Imperials followed up with a super team score, Naomi Osibodu found Penny Costello who offloaded to Caoilinn Culloo. Caoilinn found Juliette Gleeson in space and Juliette finished from distance. Penny Costello added 1 from the Free Throw Line to give Imperials a 7-0 lead midway through the quarter. With quarter 1 drawing to a close, Maria Walsh again found Juliette Gleeson who finished superbly. Caoilinn Culloo extended the Imperials lead in the closing minutes of the quarter with 2 brilliant baskets, after great work by Naomi Osibodu and Penny Costello.

Imperials started the 2nd quarter under real pressure from St Colman‘s Flames. The opposition got a number of scores on the board with Imperials made to work hard in defence. With Grace Reilly involved in everything, Imperials began to get a foothold on the quarter. Niamh Fitzgibbon, Evelyn Moriarty and Amber Ryan all raised the intensity levels at this time. Strong running from Grace Reilly resulted in a superb basket. Aoife O’Connell was competing strongly in defence, Aoife collected a defensive rebound, and with strong running finished with a great lay-up. A great score to lift the Imperials team! As the quarter came to a close, Grace Reilly was again to the fore, a brilliant steal, strong run and superb finish. Imperials with a 19-7 lead at half time.

The 3rd quarter began well for Imperials. Caoilinn Culloo found Naomi Osibodu, with Naomi finishing from distance. Juliette Gleeson again broke through the defensive guard to get to the basket. Juliette finished superbly to continue the rich vein of form she has shown in recent games. Imperials ran the bench again in quarter 3. Katie Enright, Maria O’Connell and Abbey Stephenson all contributed to the Imperials ascendency. With the quarter drawing to a close, Grace Reilly and Juliette Gleeson were both on target for Imperials to give a Q3 score line of 27-13 to Imperials.

The Imperials defence was again on top in quarter 4. Great work from Clodagh Burke found Aoife O’Connell with Aoife finishing a long range effort. Grace Reilly and Maria Walsh both finished superbly to give Imperials a 33-18 lead going into the final minutes. The final score of the game fell to Grace Reilly, a brilliant individual effort after a great steal. A great score and a brilliant performance from Grace! Imperials take the win on a scoreline of 35-18.

All Imperial players got game time and contributed to a great win. Brenda, Leanne and William look forward to getting back to training on Saturday, with the next game planned for 15/12/21. Thanks as always to our Table Officials and Referees. A special thanks also to St Colman’s Flames for a sporting an enjoyable game.

Imperials Scorers

Grace Reilly     10

Juliette Gleeson   8

Maria Walsh   6

Caoilinn Culloo   4

Aoife O’Connell   4

Naomi Osibodu   2

Penny Costello   1

U16 Boys T1

Tralee Imperials 44-51 St. Mary’s

On 6/1/21 we hosted a very strong St Mary’s u16 team in our second county league game. In the first quarter our tenacious defense kept us in the game and with four players sharing the scoring we ended the first quarter down 10-14.

The pace increased in the second quarter and both teams hit some great scores. Ryne hit two ‘3s’ along with a few layups to help us go into halftime down just 4 points: 27-31.

Castleisland came out with serious intensity to start the third quarter and it was to the boys credit that we stayed in the game. They showed great character and desire especially on defense with Sam and Sean Heaslip working their socks off, and Sean Óg rebounding strongly, we ended the quarter still only 4 points down 36-40. Tomas started to find his scoring touch at this point and hit a ‘3’ to end a fabulous move. Fionnán was moving the ball very well and with Jamie and Tadgh making vital contributions we entered the fourth quarter with all to play for.

The final period was a tight affair and we had opportunities to take control but couldn’t capitalise on them. With just over a minute to go we were down just 2 points but a turnover led to a layup for the visitors. We had to foul to stop the clock near the end and with Mary’s making their free throws the final scoreline read 44-51. This was a very tight game which could have gone either way. We will learn from this and improve because of it.

Well done to the boys who went toe to toe with the reigning county league champions and just came up short.

Top scorers:

Ryne Ybanez 17

Tomás Kennedy 11

Fionnán Ryan 6

U18 Boys

Tralee Imperials 64-36 St. Bridget’s

U20 Men

Tralee Imperials 83-89 KCYMS

It was a local derby in the quarterfinal of the National Cup.

On Saturday 11th December we took on local rivals KCYMS in the National Cup 1/4 final in Tralee. The visitors started quickly and we struggled to contain their transition offense. Aivaras Uosis at just 16 years old had 8 first quarter points to keep us within touching distance as we trailed 15-23 at the end of the first period. Our lack of match practice was apparent at this stage as our opponents were much sharper.

Our defense was much improved in the second quarter and we managed to get into our flow on offense. Sean Pollman-Daamen was outstanding in this period and we trailed at half time 42-49.

We started the 3rd really well and got the lead down to just 3 but a combination of tiredness and foul trouble came against us and we fell further behind ending the quarter behind 63-75.

Dean Rusk and Tim Pollman-Daamen were getting into the game at this stage but KCYMS kept the scoreboard ticking over to extend their lead to 18 points with just 5 minutes to play. It was at this juncture that the boys showed tremendous character and drive. With Aivaras, Sean and Zygi hitting some key buckets we managed to reduce the lead to 1 point with just over two minutes remaining. Tim was unlucky to be fouled out when playing great defense and this was a huge turning point in the game. We had to put our opponents to the foul line in the dying moments which inflated their lead. The final score was 83-89.

The players couldn’t have given any more and the game could have gone either way. We are certainly very proud of them all. Well done to KCYMS and we wish them the best of luck in their semi final against Marian of Dublin.

Top scorers for Imperials:

Sean Pollman-Daamen 34

Aivaras Uosis 17

Tim Pollman-Daamen 12

Zygi Kaletka 1

HT score Tralee Imperials 42-49 KCYMS

FT score Tralee Imperials 83-89 KCYMS

Monthly Training Fees

The monthly training fee can be paid via the Club Shop on ClubZap app. FYI December and January are treated as one month. Tralee Imperials BC will be taking a Christmas break finishing on Monday 20th December and resuming Monday 3rd January.

CLUB NOTES 05/12/21

Academy

Our u6-9s had a fantastic Christmas party. There were Santa hats, reindeer antlers and plenty of Christmas jumpers on display while Christmas tunes played over the sound of bouncing basketballs.

The children enjoyed playing games and shooting competitions with a chocolate Santa up for grabs for the winner.

Thank you to Mr. McGuires Olde SweetShop who provided Christmas treats for all our young players.

A special mention to our dedicated TY coaches who turn up to every session full of enthusiasm and are great role models for our Academy youngsters.

Academy will return in January with date tbc.

U10s have their Christmas party 6th December 5-6pm in Tralee Sport Complex. Once again, children are encouraged to wear festive clothing.

Juveniles

U12 Boys T1

Tralee Imperials 23-21 St. Joseph’s

U12 Boys T1 got their season underway with a home game vs St. Joseph’s, Duagh.

The boys have waited a long time for their first competitive game and they played very well in what was a tight contest.

Tom Dawson scored in the final moments to secure a 23-21 win for Imperials.

Q1 Tralee Imperials 9-6 St. Joseph’s

Q2 Tralee Imperials 0-13 St. Joseph’s

Q3 Tralee Imperials 15-15 St. Joseph’s

Q4 Tralee Imperials 23-21 St. Joseph’s

Top scorers:

Tom Dawson 12pts

Jack Hanlon 6pts

Shea Bowler 4pts

Robáird Foley 1pt

U12 Boys T2

Tralee Imperials 4-26 St. Colman’s

The under 12's team 2 put in a super effort this evening as they took on St Colman’s in their first competitive game of the season.

For some players, this was their very first competitive game ever.

Everyone had plenty of minutes, gaining valuable experience in this first encounter that will be valuable in future games.

Unfortunately, the opposing team proved to be strong opponents and after a slow start, gained a considerable lead as the game went on.

Well done to all the team. They kept their heads up the whole game, encouraging each other and applying what they've been learning in training.

U14 Boys T1

Tralee Imperials 32-53 Glenbeigh Falcons

Q1: Tralee Imperials 12 Glenbeigh 15

Very closely contested opening quarter with Nathan Hill O'Shea getting some lovely layups from the press and pinpoint passing from Ruairí Kennedy.

Q 2: Tralee Imperials 19 Glenbeigh 27

Very strong scoring quarter for Ruairí Kennedy getting all Tralees scores.

Q 3: Tralee Imperials 22 Glenbeigh 49

Tralee found it tough in the 3rd quarter against a much physically stronger Glenbeigh side and were unlucky not to get a few more scores here but they were trying hard and didn't give up.

Q 4: Tralee Imperials 32 Glenbeigh 53

Some good rebounding and pressure defence led to a few nice scores from turnovers for Tralee who fought hard until the final whistle.

Special mention to the score of the night for Jack Conway who spun around and crossed hands to score a great basket.

Scorers: Ruairí Kennedy 15, Nathan Hill O'Shea 6, Jack Noonan 4, Rodhan Culloo 3 and Jack Conway, Eoghan Crowley 2.

U14 Girls T1

Tralee Imperials 46-23 St. Colman’s

U14 Girls Team 1 make it 2 wins out of 2 with a solid performance against a well drilled St Colman’s Team. Imperials went in ahead 13 - 5 after the first quarter thanks to good scores from Ciara Costello and Anna Slattery. Ashlyn Falvey and Priya O’Donvan with the assists.

The second quarter was a close affair with Colman’s scoring some nice baskets. Anna Chute and Anna O’Sullivan scored well for imperials with Saoirse McCarthy coming up with important stops in defence. Score at half time 25 - 15

Imperials stepped up their defensive effort in the third quarter particularly Priya O’Donovan and Liepa Kaletkaite who was ever present on defence coming up with some important stops. Imperials further extended their lead outscoring Colman’s 12 - 0 in the quarter thanks to good scoring from Anna O’Sullivan and Ciara Costello. Score after 3rd score 37 - 15.

The final quarter was played at frantic pace by both sides who traded baskets throughout. Imperials managed to keep the score board ticking through Emily Flynn and Sophie Mitchell to secure the hard fought win. Final score 46 - 23.

The girls all played good team basketball with lots to improve on going forward.

Top scorers:

Ciara Costello 12

Anna O Sullivan 10

Sophie Mitchell 7

Anna Chute 6

Anna Slattery 5

Emily Flynn, Priya O’Donovan, Liepa Kaletkaite 2

U16 Boys T1

St. Brendan’s 52-45 Tralee Imperials

In our first outing in almost two years our u16 A Team put up a brave performance away to local rivals St Brendan’s. We started well with Ryne’s 3 point shooting and Sean Óg getting to the basket we opened up a 9 point lead 8-17 by the end of the first quarter.

We struggled to find our rhythm in the second period and allowed Brendan’s to take control. With Tomas and Fionnan hitting some fine scores we held on to a narrow lead at half time 24-26.

William and Sam came into the game and contributed to an improved defensive effort in the third but we were unlucky with a lot of efforts just not falling into the basket for us. The game was then finely poised heading into the final period as we trailed 37-36.

At this point our lack of match practice led to some uncharacteristic mistakes which our opponents capitalised on. The boys fought gamely to the end but we just couldn’t close the gap. The game finished 52-45 to the hosts.

We will learn from the defeat and prepare for a tough second game against St Marys on 6th December at home. Well done to the players who gave 100% and can be very proud of themselves.

U18 Girls T2

Kenmare Kestrels 29-35 Tralee Imperials

Our U18 Girls Team 2 began their season on Saturday after a 21 month layoff from competitive basketball. They made the long trip to Kenmare, to take on local team Kenmare Kestrels. Imperials were missing a number of players due to other commitments.

Imperials started slowly in quarter 1 with the long layoff particularly noticeable. Kestrels raced into an early lead with some very good scores. Aine Walsh kept Imperials in touch with 2 great scores from the free throw line. Katie Nix at Point Guard was starting to have an influence on the game. With seconds remaining in the quarter, Katie got to the basket for a great score, reducing the deficit to 10-4 at the end of Quarter 1.

The introduction of Keelin Coffey at the start of quarter 2 provided the platform for an Imperials revival. Strong Defensive work from Keelin and Hollie Leane, with great transitional play from Aine Walsh started to pay dividends for Imperials. Aisling O’ Connell got to the basket for 2 brilliant scores. Katie Nix, Aine Walsh and Aisling all finished the quarter strongly with great scores, leaving the half time score of 18-14 in favour of Kestrels.

Quarter 3 began with both defences on top. Great work from Hollie Leane and Katie Nix, found Keelin Coffey who finished brilliantly. Keelin turned from scorer to provider with a great pass to Aisling O’Connell, Aisling getting through the defensive guard to finish brilliantly. Keelin was again provider for Alva Daughton who finished superbly. A strong comeback from Imperials, driven by a massive defensive effort by all Imperials players. Hollie Leane and Katie Nix were immense during this period with strong running and multiple steals. The final score of the quarter was a brilliant long range effort from Aine Walsh, leaving a score line of 24-24 at the end of quarter 3. All eyes on Imperials and the massive intensity levels of the first three quarters.

Aisling O’Connell opened the Imperials account at the start of quarter 4 with a brilliant effort. Kestrels began to run their bench and executed a full court press. Keelin Coffey was again to the fore with a brilliant pass for Alva Daughton, a bucket shot from Alva finished superbly. Imperials take the lead with 7:46 on the clock. With Kestrels in foul trouble, Keelin Coffey scored 2 from the free throw line. Keelin followed up with a great basket to extend the Imperials lead. Imperials were back again to the free throw line at the closing stages of the quarter. Aine Walsh and Katie Nix finishing to ensure a fantastic Imperials win on a score line of 35-29.

The management team of Danny and Brenda were delighted with the win. The fitness levels, intensity and teamwork were fantastic to see and bode well for the months ahead. Imperials follow up with their next game on Tuesday evening.

A huge thanks to Kenmare Kestrels for a sporting and enjoyable game. Thanks also to the referees and table officials.

Imperials Scorers

Aisling O’Connell 10

Keelin Coffey 8

Aine Walsh 7

Katie Nix 6

Alva Daughton 4

Ireland U16 Men’s Panel

Congratulations to Tomas Kennedy who has been selected on the Ireland U16 Men’s panel. Head coach, Pat Price, has made a selection of 31 players following a very productive weekend training camp at Kerry Sports Academy. Best of luck to Tomas as he moves forward with the selected group for December training camps.

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors

The Warriors had a 77-62 win over Moycullen BC in the quarterfinal of the insuremyhouse.ie Pat Duffy National Cup. This sets up a semi-final battle against Dublin sided Eanna BC in the new year. Warriors are back in super league action this coming weekend away to Belfast Star on 11th December.

Training Fees

Monthly training fees can be paid online via the Club Shop which can be accessed on the club’s app ‘ClubZap’ or the club’s website www.traleeimperials.ie. December and January are treated as one month and is available to pay online now. Any outstanding fees for October and November can also be paid online via the Club Shop.

Any queries contact imperialsbc@gmail.com

CLUB NOTES 28/11/21

Academy

Due to limited hall availability, our final Academy session before Christmas for u6-9s will take place 2nd Dec Thursday 6-7pm in Kerry Sports Academy @ MTU.

All are encouraged to bring a festive feel to the session - Christmas hats/T-shirts/jumpers etc.

Juveniles

U12 Girls T1

Glenbeigh Falcons 25-30 Tralee Imperials

U12 div 1+2 team took a depleted team to Glenbeigh this morning.

The teams were evenly matched in the 1st quarter with Imperials up 6 to 5 at the end.

Imperials were stronger in the 2nd and 3rd quarters with some impressive scores from Sarah Chute and Abby Crowley.

The 4th quarter was exciting as Glenbeigh came back strong with top scorer Clodagh Quirke scoring 10 points but Imperials were able to dig deep and keep a gap to secure a 5 point win.

All seven girls played extremely well and show continued improvements week on week.

U12 Girls T2

Glenbeigh Falcons 13-30 Tralee Imperials

The girls all played very well, with some girls only playing their first match today.

Tralee Imperials led 2-12 after the 1st quarter.

Imperials held on to the lead at half time 7-14.

The 3rd quarter Imperials extended the lead 7-24.

Final score 13-30 to Tralee Imperials.

All players were very impressive and getting a good understanding of the game.

Special mention to Lily-Mai Bowler who finished the game with a personal score of 18 points.

Well done to all the girls.

U14 Boys T1

TK Bobcats 38-17 Tralee Imperials

Q1 TK Bobcats 10-6 Tralee Imperials

Q2 TK Bobcats 22-14 Tralee Imperials

Q3 TK Bobcats 32-16 Tralee Imperials

Q4 TK Bobcats 38-17 Tralee Imperials

Top scorers : Conor McGibney 7, Jack Noonan, Jack Conway, Ruairi Kennedy, Luke Gannon & Eoghan Murphy 2.

U14 Girls T2

Tralee Imperials 18-20 TK Vixens

Our U14 Girls Team 2 continued their season on Saturday morning against TK Vixens at CBS (The Green).

Evelyn Moriarty was unavailable due to injury, we wish Evelyn a speedy recovery and look forward to having her back on the court.

The game started positively for Imperials with a basket straight from tip off. Great work from Naomi Osibodu found Niamh Fitzgibbon who finished with class. Both defences were on top during the early exchanges in the quarter. Caoilainn Culloo and Naomi Osibodu were particularly impressive in defence, and great running by Penny Costello was causing difficulties for the opposition. As the quarter entered the final stages, Juliette Gleeson stamped her authority on the game. Juliette scored 3 great baskets in succession giving Imperials an 8-0 lead at the end of quarter 1.

The roles were reversed in quarter 2. TK Vixens stormed into proceedings with a great running game. Imperials were defending well but under serious pressure. As the quarter progressed Vixens dominance began to translate to the scoreboard. 9 unanswered points in the quarter left the score at 8-9 at half time in favour of TK Vixens.

TK Vixens continued their dominance in quarter 3. Imperials defence had tightened significantly, limiting Vixens to 4 points during the quarter. Sarah Slattery scored a superb basket near the end of the quarter, leaving the score line at 10-13 in favour of the opposition.

The 4th quarter began with some good scores for the opposition. They had extended their lead to 20-10 mid way through the quarter. Imperials rallied superbly at this stage led by Aoife O’ Connell, Caoilainn Culloo and Naomi Osibodu. Aoife scored 2 baskets to narrow the lead to 6. Sarah Slattery was also contributing hugely and followed up with a great score. With the TK Vixens defence under pressure, Aoife O’Connell was really coming into the game. She again got to the basket to reduce the deficit to the minimum with 36 seconds on the clock. Imperials fought for every ball but it was not to be, TK Vixens took the win on a score line of 18-20.

Congratulations to TK Vixens on the win, and thanks for a very enjoyable and sporting game.

As always a huge thanks to the Referees and our Table Officials.

The Imperials bench all got game time, with some valuable experience gained. The Management team of Brenda, Leanne and William are delighted with the effort and application and look forward to the weeks ahead.

U16 Boys T2

St Brendan's 56-36 Tralee Imperials

After almost two years without a game our u16 Team 2 made a welcome return to the court to take on local rivals St. Brendan’s. The boys found it difficult to settle into the game and St. Brendan’s started quickly to open up a 21-10 first quarter lead. Johnny Dawson and Conor Galvin performed well in the second quarter but we still trailed at halftime 40-16.

Bao Foley, Will Leahy and Ronan Hayes contributed to an improved performance in the third quarter to end the period 52-25. Conor Morrissey found his shooting groove in the final quarter and with improved effort on defence the game finished 56-36.

As expected the boys were very rusty and will improve as the season progresses. Well done to St. Brendan’s on a deserved win.

Johnny Dawson 10 pts

Conor Morrissey 7 pts

Conor Galvin 5 pts

U16 Girls T1

St. Mary’s 55-22 Tralee Imperials

U18 Girls T1

Ballybunion Wildcats 26-57 Tralee Imperials

The u18 girls travelled to Ballybunion on Monday last to take on Ballybunion Wildcats in their first away game in the Div 1 & 2 County league.

Niamh Collins opened the first quarter in fine shooting form draining two threes and two baskets inside and finding Aoife Fleming open on the base line to score a nice outside shot leaving the score at the end of the first quarter 15-3 to Imperials.

Imperials found the going tough in the second period with the physically strong Wildcats players getting the better of them under the boards. Up stepped Lauren Smullen and Aoife Bourke and both took control catching rebounds and through some nice footwork, making some good scores themselves leaving Imperials ahead 31-8 at half time.

Wildcats came out in the third quarter and showed great determination with great scores coming from Caoimhe O’Connor and Nora Fitzsimon, the pressure was on the Imperials girls to push on. Aoife O’Rourke kept great control at the top despite the tight man to man defence and dished some nice passes inside to Cara Gannon and Aisling Ní Ainifean who took their scores well. Score at the end of the third was 43-20 to Imperials.

Imperials won the final quarter with young players Lucy O’Donnell, Sorcha Casey and Grace Lucid all stepping up to the mark and getting themselves on the scoresheet. Lynda O’Connor hussled well throughout in defence and showed great strength on the rebounds as Imperials ran out winners on a final score of 57-26 to Imperials.

Team: Clodagh Murray (3) Aisling Ní Ainifean (8) Niamh Collins (12) Mary Moore, Aoife O’Rourke (6) Aoife Fleming (2) Lauren Smullen (4) Cara Gannon (7) Aoife Bourke (4), Lucy O’Donnell (4) Grace Lucid, Sorcha Casey (4) Lynda O’Connor(2)

U20 Men National Cup

Moycullen 88-103 Tralee Imperials

On Sunday our u20s had their first outing of the season in the National Cup away to a talented Moycullen outfit.

We started quickly with pressure defense triggering our fast break game for some easy baskets. We led 21 - 28 at the end of the first quarter. Aivaras Uosis who was playing well, rolled his ankle and had to be substituted. He later returned to make a key contribution to our win.

Our intensity dropped in the second quarter and Moycullen began to dictate the pace of the game. With some excellent 3 point shooting from the home team along with some poor decision making on our part we trailed 52-41 at the break.

We reorganised ourselves at halftime and the boys came out with serious intensity to begin the third quarter. Sean and Tim Pollman Daamen began to hit from three point range and Zygi got to the basket with some great drives. Our defensive effort was outstanding in this period with Dean Rusk and Johnny Feeley bringing great intensity. We scored a whopping 36 points in the ten minutes to lead 70-77 by the end of the quarter.

Moycullen made a run early in the fourth but we withstood their onslaught and controlled matters until the end of the game. Odhran Pierse and Adam Kelly gave us some valuable minutes to rest players. Darragh O Connor and Cathal Culloty also got into the game to help see out the win. FT 88-103.

The boys can be very proud to have come through a stern test from a quality side. Our next game is against local rivals Killorglin in the National Cup 1/4 final.

Top scorers:

Sean Pollman Daamen 40

Tim Pollman Daamen 23

Zygi Kaletka 17

Ireland U18 Men’s Panel

Congratulations to Aivaras Uosis who has been selected on the Ireland U18 Men’s panel. Head coach, Paul Kelleher, has made a selection of 29 players. The group will begin work in December with ultimate focus on the FIBA U18 European Championships in 2022, which take place in Oradea, Romania at the end of July 2022.

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors

We would like to wish Garvey’s Tralee Warriors the very best of luck as they take on Moycullen BC in the insuremyhouse.ie Pat Duffy National Cup quarterfinal. Tip off @ 7.30pm in Tralee Sports Complex on 4th December.

CLUB NOTES 21/11/21

Academy

The Kerry Sports Academy at MTU is a hive of activity on Thursday evenings with our Academy. The u6/7 boys and girls are working hard on their fundamental skills. The high energy sessions are led by some of our fantastic volunteers from the u18 boys and girls teams. It's fantastic to see these juvenile players getting involved with coaching and introducing the game to the youngest club members. Meanwhile, our u8/9 boys and girls had their first taste of playing a basketball game. Following on from the weeks of skills and drills they have been doing at the Academy sessions, most recently led by Warrior Kieran Donaghy, they got to put what they have learned into practice. The Warriors players - Ron, Niko, Aaron, Jacko and Skinny, who also are our Academy coaches, were very impressed by the performance of the youngsters.

Juvenile

Meanwhile, it has been another busy week for our juvenile teams. Our girls teams made it a hat trick of wins over St. Brendan's while our u14 boys T1 lost out away to St. Mary's.

U12 Girls T1

St. Brendan’s 17-45 Tralee Imperials

U12 Girls T1 playing in the U12 div 1&2 county league got their first win of the season. They were away against St. Brendan’s. The panel of ten played some fantastic basketball showing improvements in both offence and defence. They got a hold of the game early and kept the momentum going throughout.

U14 Girls T1

Tralee Imperials 64-10 St. Brendan’s

U14 Division 1 girls had their first competitive outing of the season against local rivals St. Brendan’s, who were missing a number of their regular players through injury and other commitments. Nevertheless the game was played at a high intensity in a sporting manner throughout by both teams.

Imperials jumped out to an early lead thanks to a strong performance under the boards from Anna O‘Sullivan and Priya O'Donovan who both finished the game on 9 rebounds apiece. Excellent long range shooting from Saoirse McCarthy and Sophie Mitchell helped Imperials stretch their lead before the half with Leipa Kaletkaite and Ciara Costello a constant threat on the fast break. Half time score 36 - 6

The second half saw more of the same from Imperials with Anna Chute taking control in the point guard position ending the game with 5 assists. Great inside scores from Emily Flynn saw Imperials stretch their lead further going into the 4th Quarter.

During the final quarter the Imperials defence stepped up their pressure in particular Ashlyn Falvey and Anna Slattery who combined for 5 steals in the quarter.

A solid first outing for the girls who are all delighted to be back playing competitive basketball after a long break.

Final score

Imperials 64

St Brendans 10

Tralee Imperials Scorers:

Priya O‘Donovan 16

Ashlyn Falvey 10

Sophie Mitchell 8

Emily Flynn 6

Ciara Costello 6

Anna O‘Sullivan 6

Anna Chute 6

Saoirse McCarthy 4

Leipa Kaletkaite 2

U14 Girls T2

Tralee Imperials 32-21 St. Brendan’s

Our U14 Girls Team 2 continued their season on Saturday with a home game against local rivals St Brendan’s.

The first quarter opened with strong defensive work from St Brendan’s and scores were at a premium. Juliette Gleeson opened the Imperials account with a great basket. Imperials showed positively in transition, with Maria O Connell, Caoilainn Culloo and Juliette Gleeson combining well, to find Penny Costello in space, with Penny finishing brilliantly. At this stage Aoife O’ Connell stormed into the game with strong running and 2 great baskets. The final score of the quarter fell to Penny Costello who was involved in everything. Imperials with a slender 10-5 lead at the end of quarter 1.

Imperials really raised the intensity level in quarter 2. Evelyn Moriarty and Naomi Osibodu combined well with Naomi finishing superbly. Evelyn then turned from provider to scorer with a great long range effort. At this stage Imperials were growing in confidence and beginning to take a hold on the game. A brilliant run from Keelin Reidy found Evelyn Moriarty free, and Evelyn duly obliged with a super score. Keelin Reidy and Aobh Cronin followed up with 2 great baskets, after great defensive work by both. The score of the game came from Sarah Slattery with seconds remaining in the half. Keelin Reidy securing a great turnover in her own half, before finding Sarah free with a superb pass. Sarah finished brilliantly to give Imperials a 22-5 lead at half time.

The 3rd quarter began with Imperials under a lot of pressure defensively. St Brendan’s started strongly with some early scores on the board. Imperials slowly began to get to grips with the threat as the quarter progressed. Clodagh Burke was strong in defence for Imperials, with Lauren Foley, Niamh Fitzgibbon, Katie Enright and Maria Walsh doing well in transition. The introduction of Naomi Osibodu during the quarter really steadied the Imperials ship, with Naomi securing turnover after turnover in an awesome display. The quarter closed with Imperials leading 22-13. All eyes focussed on the final quarter with St Brendan’s staging a strong comeback!

Penny Costello opened the Imperials account in quarter 4 with a superb effort. Aoife O’ Connell followed up with 2 great lay ups after great runs from defence. At this stage Naomi Osibodu and Caoilainn Culloo were immense in defence for Imperials. They also popped up at the other end to finish superbly, giving Imperials a slight cushion going into the final minutes. At this stage Imperials ran the bench with all girls contributing strongly to the win.

The support of the girls for each other during the game was a joy to behold!

Special mention to Amber Ryan who was on the bench today but injured. We wish Amber a speedy recovery and look forward to having her back on the court with the girls.

A huge thanks to St Brendan‘s for a very sporting and enjoyable game. Thanks as always to the referees and our wonderful table officials.

A final word of thanks to all the parents, without whose help and support this couldn’t work. The girls are a fantastic group and we’re delighted to be part of the team!

We return to action on Wednesday evening with a home game against St Colman’s.

Tralee Imperial Scorers:

Aoife O’ Connell 8

Penny Costello 6

Evelyn Moriarty 4

Naomi Osibodu 4

Juliette Gleeson 2

Keelin Reidy 2

Aobh Cronin 2

Sarah Slattery 2

Caoilainn Culloo 2

U14 Boys T1

St. Mary's 52-25 Tralee Imperials

Q1 - St. Mary's 14 Tralee Imperials 6

Tralee took a while to settle down but got underway with some nice baskets from Conor McGibney.

Q2 - St. Mary's 22 Tralee Imperials 15

Strong second quarter for Imperials saw them outscore St Marys 9 pts to 8 with some lovely scores from Ruairí Kennedy and very good work in offence and defence from Eoghan Crowley.

Q3 - St Mary's 40 Tralee Imperials 17

Some very organised play from St Mary's saw them pull the lead further ahead and they outscored Imperials 18 pts to 2 here despite some good effort from David Lynch.

Q4 - St.Mary's 52 Tralee Imperials 25

A few long range shots from Imperials didn't work out in their favour and despite good pressure which led to a few scores St. Mary's were the deserved winners.

Tralee Imperials Scorers:

Conor McGibney 12

Ruairí Kennedy 10

Jack Noonan 2

David Lynch 1

Garvey's Tralee Warriors

Congratulations to Tralee Imperials BC chairperson, John Dowling, and Academy coach, Aaron Calixte, on their Basketball Ireland Superleague October Coach and Player of the Month awards respectively.

Garvey's Tralee Warriors head into the international break unbeaten at home and through to the National Cup quarter final vs Moycullen BC which will take place 4th December in the Tralee Sports Complex.

A special mention to the younger members of the squad who have stepped up to the challenge of playing Superleague including Tralee Imperials Keelan Crowe with two big performances vs DCU Saints and vs Templeogue. It is testament to the great work being done in the local clubs of Tralee and is fantastic for boys and girls of the town to see members of their club playing basketball at the top level in Ireland.

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