Tralee Imperials Basketball Club News

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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.


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

u12 girls T2

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

u14 Boys T1

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

U14 Girls T2

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 Brendans 56-36 Tralee Imperials

U16 Boys T2

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

U20 Men National Cup

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

Aivaras Uosis – u18 Irish team

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 Pat Duffy National Cup quarterfinal. Tip off @ 7.30pm in Tralee Sports Complex on 4th December.

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