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U12 Div 2 Plate Semi-final
St. Brendan’s 39

Gneeveguilla 35

St. Brendan’s hosted Gneeveguilla last Wednesday evening in an eagerly awaited plate semi-final.

The game ended in victory for St. Brendan’s by four points after a brave comeback by Gneeveguilla in the second half.

The opening quarter was evenly matched as both sides traded baskets and played tight defence. Olaf Michalezuk opened the scoring followed by an interception and a full court lay-up by Shane Kelly.

Olaf, Shane Kelly and Shane Cotter added a point each from the free throw line to leave the score 7pts to 6 at the end of the quarter. Seán Finnegan was keeping Gneeveguilla in touch scoring 4 pts.

Brendan’s dominated the second quarter with excellent rebounding and scoring by the outstanding Kieran Aralleno and Brian O’Donnell. Eoghan Bradshaw, Peter Doyle, Braiden Pierce and Rory Clifford all worked hard in defence to keep Gneeveguilla to just 2 pts. St. Brendan’s led 26 – 8 at half time.

At this point the home side looked in control but Gneeveguilla were not giving up and rallied in the third quarter with Seán Finnegan and Seán Hurley doing most of the damage.

Liam Óg O’ Connor, Kieran Aralleno and a great baseline shot from Shane Cotter gave us a 12 point lead going into the final quarter.

By now Gneeveguilla were double marking Kieran which curbed Brendan’s threat to the basket. Seán Hurley and Seán Finnegan continued to close the margin to leave only 4 pts between the sides going into the final few minutes.

Peter Doyle added a basket before going off injured but David Scally kept his cool at point guard in the closing moments of a very close encounter and Brendan’s hung on to win on a score of 39 -35 much to the delight of coaches Cyril and Matthew.

All boys played their part in a great win and will now go on to play in the final in March.

Team: Olaf Michalezuk, Kieran Aralleno, Shane Cotter, Brian O’Donnell, Shane Kelly, Rory Clifford, Eoghan Bradshaw, David Scally, Liam Óg O’Connor, Peter Doyle, Braiden Pierce, Seán Naughton.

Saturday 25th February

Leestrand Boys U14 Div 1

St. Mary’s v St. Brendan’s at 1.00pm in Castleisland Community Centre
Sunday 26th February

Leestrand Boys U12 Div 2

Gneeveguilla v St. Brendan’s in 3.15pm in Rathmore Sec School Gym

Leestrand Boys U16 Div 1

KCYMS v St. Brendan’s at 7.00pm in Killorglin Sports Complex
U10 Basketball Blitz in Moyderwell

The St. Brendan’s Girls U10s pictured with coaches Denis Sugrue and Deirdre Hartnett that competed at the U10 Blitz at Moyderwell last Sunday

Congratulations and well done to both our U10 Boys and Girls squads who performed so well at the Basketball Blitz held in Moyderwell last Sunday.

The event was organised by the club in association with the County Board and as always the St. Brendan’s organisers did a fantastic job.

The girls got the action under way on Sunday morning with two great games against TK Bobcats and Rathmore. All the girls got court time and showed off both their shooting and defensive skills throughout.

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The St. Brendan’s Boys U10s pictured with coach Casey O’Donnell that competed at the U10 Blitz at Moyderwell last Sunday.

The boys took to the floor at the same time and had two very competitive and keenly contested games also against TK Bobcats and Rathmore.

The continuing training is paying dividends with both the boys and girls displaying some great shooting, particularly from outside as well as really good defence denying their opponents shooting opportunities.

Thanks to coaches Deirdre Hartnett, Denis Sugrue and Casey O’Donnell for preparing and managing the two squads on the day.


Members, coaches and players alike in the club were deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Éamonn McCarthy last week.

Éamonn was a devoted and active member of the club for many years and his sons Kevin, David and Mikey all wore the St. Brendan’s colours with pride.

Éamonn also coached at underage level and his enthusiasm and total commitment to the role was well respected throughout the club.

The club committee and members wish to express their sincere condolences to Éamonn’s wife Bríd, his sons Kevin, David and Mikey, his father Frank, his brothers Proinnsias, Mick and Cormac, sisters Muire and Neasa and his extended family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


The Garvey’s Tralee Warriors remain in fourth position on the Superleague table following another big win away from home on Saturday night. Eanna became the latest team to succumb to the in-form Warriors as the Tralee side made it eight wins in a row to secure three more precious Superleague points with a 89-68 victory.

Warriors face a tougher test this weekend when they travel to Belfield to face UCD Marian who are one position above them on the table with a three point advantage going into the clash.

The next home game is the following week on Saturday 4th March when the Warriors welcome National Cup champions Griffith Swords Thunder for another super Saturday of action at the Tralee Sports Complex.  Make a date for the diary and don’t miss out on what promises to be a thrilling encounter.

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