Tralee Imperials Basketball Club News

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Tralee Imperials will be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade behind Garvey’s Tralee Warriors and alongside St. Brendan’s BC. Children are encouraged to wear Imperials/Warriors gear where possible. More information to follow on ClubZap.



Our Academy and u10s have finished up for the 2021/2022 season. It was brilliant to have so many turn up to training each week with every child full of the enthusiasm for the game of basketball. A big thank you to Caitriona Collins, Academy head coach, as well as the Warriors players and TYs who were on hand each week to help out coaching. Our Academy continues to grow in numbers each year and without the volunteers each week it would not be possible. With some prizes up for grabs at their final session, the children enjoyed playing games and having shooting and ‘king of the ring’ competitions. Thank you to Mr. McGuire’s Olde Sweetshop for providing the sweet treats for our Academy.



Tralee Imperials 24-36 Glenbeigh Falcons (11/03/21)

U12 Boys T2


Tralee Imperials 12-20 St. Brendan’s (08/03/22)

A great game played by u12 boys T2 this evening against St. Brendan’s.

The improvements are as always very evident with the boys scoring some super hoops.

With the lead taken in the game, Imperials looked strong to take it home but St. Brendan’s sneaked ahead with some very nice scores to their credit.

Unlucky lads but well done!



St. Anne’s 30-47 Tralee Imperials (08/03/22)

U12 Girls T1 had a strong panel of 12 against St. Anne’s tonight.

Imperials kept a strong hold throughout despite St. Anne’s very strong start.

Excellent team work and impressive lay ups led to a great win.

Final score 30-47 to Tralee Imperials

Top scorer: Nessa Kirby (16 points)

St. Joseph’s 20-45 Tralee Imperials (10/03/22)

The U12 T1 headed to Duagh tonight and continued their winning streak.

They were slow to warm up going in 8-6 after the Q1.

Great scoring by Evie in Q2 sent the girls in leading 14-22 at half time.

Great defensive work and steals by Abby, Sadhbh and Taylor Kate with brilliant passing by Sofia, and turnovers by Ciara throughout the game.

Third quarter finished 18-38 with excellent scoring from Sarah and Nessa.

The final quarter they finished well despite St Joseph’s constant pressure.

Great scores also from Aoife, Lauren, Taylor and Abby.

Every girl has shown tremendous progression this season, credit to coach Brandon Cotton for his fantastic coaching.

Final score 45 – 20.

Top scorers: Evie O Sullivan 18 pts, Nessa Kirby 8, Sarah Chute 8.

U12 Girls T2


Tralee Imperials 19-16 St. Mary’s (09/03/22)

Well done to u12 girls who finished their last game with a cracking win.

Imperials had a great start with baskets coming from Yvie Ross, Holly Costello, Kaela Reidy and 2 baskets from Lily-Mai leaving the Castleisland side scoreless in the first quarter. Imperials 10 St. Mary’s 0.

The 2nd quarter was more closely contested with St. Mary’s scoring 2 baskets and Sarah Slattery scoring a basket for Imperials. This quarter was very tough with Imperials giving it their all. Tralee Imperials 12 St. Mary’s 4 at half time.

St. Mary’s came alive in the 3rd quarter leaving Imperials scoreless in this quarter and scoring 7 points themselves. Score at the 3rd quarter Tralee Imperials 12 St. Mary’s 11.

The last quarter left everything to play for. Both teams gave their all. Imperials fought bravely for every ball, throwing themselves on the line and showing great defence. Lily Mai scored 3 well needed baskets in this quarter but St. Mary’s kept coming back and scoring from the free throw line. With seconds to go and a basket up, Holly Costello drew the foul and scored one of her free throws. Imperials scoring 7 points to 5 in this quarter.

Final score Imperials 19 St. Mary’s 16.

Such a fantastic way to finish the season. Thanks to all the parents for their brilliant support throughout and to all that help with the table throughout the season. Such a fabulous team that have come on so much and are a pleasure to coach. Well done girls. We are so proud of you.


Tralee Imperials 30-51 TK Cougars (09/03/22)

Q1 Imperials 0-18 TK Cougars

A slow first quarter for Imperials saw the Cougars gain a substantial lead.

Q2 Imperials 18-21 TK Cougars

A better second quarter for Imperials with some nice scores coming from a well worked press left only 3 points in it at half time

Q3 Imperials 25-34 TK Cougars

A few wayward shots from Imperials left the Cougars increase their lead by 9 at the end of the 3rd.

Q4 Imperials 30-51 TK Cougars

Imperials began to tire in the 4th and were chasing Cougars who finished strong in the end.

Top scorers: Conor McGibney 16, Ruairi Kennedy 10, Luke Gannon 4.


St. Joseph’s 36-62 Tralee Imperials (10/03/22)

U14 T1 finished up their league with a strong performance against an unbeaten St Joseph’s side.

In the first quarter Imperials got out to a nice lead thanks in particular to excellent play from Emily Flynn. Emily was dominant under the board coming up with numerous offensive rebounds and put backs. All 5 starters of Priya O Donovan, Anna Slattery, Sophie Mitchell, Ciara Costello and Emily Flynn got on the score sheet in this quarter to give Imperials a 15 – 7 lead.

The second quarter saw Imperials pick up the tempo combing a strong full court press with a high tempo fast break. This paid dividends on the score board for Imperials with Leipa Kaletkaite and Ashlyn Flavey running the floor for some excellent team scores thanks in no small part to outstanding defence from Soairse McCarthy who had 5 steals in the quarter. Anna Chute also excelled at point guard controlling the tempo throughout and pitching in with a good score. Half time score 27 – 12

Imperials stretched their lead further in the third quarter. Priya and Sophie were on fire from outside and Emily and Anna Chute in control inside. Imperials stretched their lead to 48-22 after the third quarter.

The final quarter saw Duagh rally and put pressure on Imperials. Good team basketball saw Imperials weather the storm with valuable scores coming from Ciara Costello, Saoirse McCarthy, Anna Slattery and Sophie Mitchell. Final Score 62 – 36


Emily Flynn 13

Priya O’Donovan 11

Sophie Mitchell 8

Ciara Costello 7

Leipa Kaletkaite 6

Anna Chute 5

Ashlyn Falvey, Anna Slattery 4

Saoirse McCarthy 2

All in all a great year for all the girls who finish the league with 6 wins out of 8, the 2 losses coming in a 24 hour spell where external factors probably didn’t allow us to do ourselves justice.

Since the 12 girls were selected for U14 T1 last September- 6 have been selected to the u14 South West Basketball Academy, 7 have been selected to play with Kerry u14 Football team, 3 have been selected to play with Kerry Soccer team and 1 has been selected to play with the Irish u15 soccer team. A very talented bunch of athletes and very busy parents.

The coaches and management would like to thank the girls for all their hard work and dedication. They are a credit to themselves, their families and their club. Looking forward to plenty more basketball in the years ahead.



Tralee Imperials 36-43 TK Bobcats (08/03/22)



Tralee Imperials 48-47 St. Bridget’s (10/03/22)

On Thursday evening we took on St Bridget’s in what turned out to be a nail biting encounter.

Conor Galvin and Johnny were prominent on offense in the first quarter and helped us to lead 11-8 at the first break.

In the second period our fast break improved and with Darragh and Conor Morrissey hitting some outside shots we led 27-23 at half time.

The 3rd quarter was very even finishing 39-35 and we stayed ahead primarily thanks to some great shooting from Will and fantastic pressure defense from Bao.

The last quarter was very tense but thanks to our defensive rebounding we just pipped our opponents by a single point to win 48-47.

The boys are improving with every game and all are still u16 again next year so there is much to look forward to.


Conor G 11

Conor M 11

Johnny 10

Will 6

Darragh 5

Jamie 3

Ronan 2



St. Paul’s 47–75 Tralee Imperials (13/03/22)

On Sunday 13th March we travelled to Killarney to play St Paul’s in our first game in phase 2 of the county league. Our defense was outstanding limiting our opponents to just 8 points. This along with some great scoring from Aivaras ensured we led at the end of the first 8-16.

The second quarter was a closer affair but with Cian Dillane and Jack getting more involved we extended our lead slightly to 24-33 at halftime.

The third quarter saw Daniel and Oisin hit some great scores and with the defense increasing in intensity we pushed the score out to 34-52 at the end of the quarter.

It was great to get all players on the court which will stand to us in the long term. Aivaras had two dunks to excite the crowd and Gearoid hit a late basket as we ran out 47-75 winners at the end.

Well done to the all the boys on a great performance.

Scorers were:

Aivaras 32

Oisin 14

Daniel 10

Cian D 10

Jack D 7

Gearoid 2

U18 Girls T2


Tralee Imperials 21-44 TK Cougars (09/03/22)

This was the final game of the season for the girls.

The coaches were very happy with the girls’ effort at training and how they have played all season.



Monthly training fees for juvenile (u12-u18) and senior teams can be paid online via ClubZap app or the Club Shop on the website

Any queries email



The Warriors had a ten-point loss away to C&S Neptune last weekend in the final game of the regular season. Warriors finished second in the Southern Conference which sets up a Superleague quarterfinal clash versus UCD Marian. This will be the last home game for Warriors taking place on Saturday 19th March with a 7.30pm tip off in Tralee Sports Complex.

U20 Warriors have their U20 National League semifinal where they too face a side from UCD Marian. The game takes place on Sunday 20th March in Oaklands College, Stillorgan, Dublin with a 3pm tip off.

Best of luck to both Warriors teams.

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