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U12 Boys T1


Our U10s will get their first taste of matches against opposition when they welcome St. Brendan’s to the Complex this Monday (6th Feb).

This will be the boys and girls first opportunity to represent the club and put all the work they have done in training in to action.


U12 Boys T1 01/02/22

Tralee Imperials 21-38 Rathmore Ravens

Q1 Tralee Imperials 4-12 Rathmore Ravens

Q2 Tralee Imperials 11-24 Rathmore Ravens

Q3 Tralee Imperials 15-29 Rathmore Ravens

Q4 Tralee Imperials 21-38 Rathmore Ravens

Top scorers: Tom Dawson (10pts), Barry O’Sullivan (4pts), Calum Lacey (4pts)

Thank you to Warriors player, Brandon Cotton, who made a guest appearance at one of the team’s training sessions this week. He also brought the Pat Duffy Cup with him which the boys were delighted to get to see up close.

U12 Boys T1 with Pat Duffy cup

U12 Boys T2 06/02/22

TK Bobcats vs Tralee Imperials

U12 Boys T2

The boys played their second game of the season today.

Tralee Imperials started strong demonstrating great composure and rebounding dominance. As the game progressed however the Ballymac home side took control of the game and unfortunately it was too much for our boys.

There was massive heart shown by the whole team with everyone getting valuable game time and experience. There were some nice scores with the odd swish or two from ‘downtown’.

The team look forward to welcoming back coach Henrique this week who returns just in time for a busy run of games.

U14 Boys T1 04/02/22

Kenmare Kestrels 39-37 Tralee Imperials

U14 Boys T1

Q1 Kenmare 14-4 Tralee Imperials

Tralee were slow to settle into the flow of the game despite some excellent defence by Eoghan Crowley.

Q2 Kenmare 20-14 Tralee Imperials

Imperials got going in the 2nd quarter with some lovely scores from Conor McGibney and Jamie O’Keeffe they outscored the home side 11 pts to 6 to leave 6 between them at the half.

Q3 Kenmare 27-22 Tralee Imperials

Again imperials outscored the home side with good performances from Rodhan Culloo and Jack Conway Tralee were fighting hard for the comeback in a game they just couldn’t seem to pull ahead in.

Q4 Kenmare 39-37 Tralee Imperials

A very fast 4th quarter with both sides trading basket for basket after a fantastic 2 then a 3 from Ruairi Kennedy the game was level with about 1 minute left on the clock.

A final quick thinking score from Kenmare saw the home side come away with the win with just 2 pts the winning margin. Each of the boys can be very proud of their performance and they gave it their all.

Scorers: Conor McGibney 18, Ruairi Kennedy 7, Jamie O’Keeffe, Luke Gannon, Rodhan Culloo 3, Jack Conway 2 and Oran O’ Donoghue 1.

U14 Girls T2 04/02/22

St. Colman’s Rockets 21-23 Tralee Imperials

U14 Girls T2

Our U14 Girls Team 2 continued their season on Friday evening at Milltown Basketball Hall against St Colman’s Rockets.

It was a fantastic evening for all involved, as for the first time in weeks we welcomed supporters back to the game. The girls have missed them, we’ve missed them and it’s great to have them back.

For everyone present, they witnessed a thriller, with both teams producing the most exciting game of the season, end to end basketball that had everything, and most importantly 2 teams giving it everything.

Imperials began the game strongly, bucking the trend of recent games. Niamh Fitzgibbon was to the fore as usual, with her strong running and defensive work.

Imperials opened the scoring in the game, an inbound from Maria Walsh finding Naomi Osibodu with Naomi finishing in style. Another great run from Niamh Fitzgibbon found Katie Enright under the basket, with Katie completing the finish.

At this time St Colman’s Rockets began to get momentum and followed with some scores on the board.

The final score of the quarter for Imperials fell to Maria Walsh, a brilliant effort finished superbly, after great work by Aobh Cronin. Imperials with a 6-5 lead at the end of quarter 1.

The 2nd quarter began with St Colman’s Rockets to the fore. Imperials were creating chances but not applying the finish, with St Colman’s defence on top.
St Colman’s Rockets secured the opening baskets of the quarter to race into an early lead.

Evelyn Moriarty opened the Imperials account with a great score, Evelyn collecting an offensive rebound and finishing superbly. Grace Reilly was leading the charge for Imperials, and after a great run, offloaded to Aoife O’Connell with Aoife finishing from distance.

Clodagh Burke and Juliette Gleeson were combining well, with Imperials beginning to create opportunities. Evelyn Moriarty added 1 from the free throw line, Evelyn having a big impact on the quarter for Imperials.

The final score of the quarter fell to Aoife O’Connell, a great run and finish from Aoife, ensuring the sides went to the half time break all square.

Quarter 3 opened with both defences on top. Amber Ryan and Maria O’Connell were strong on defence for Imperials. The opening score of the quarter came from Keelin Reidy.

A great steal from Abbey Stephenson and an offload to Keelin deep inside her own half. Keelin carried magnificently and finished under pressure. A brilliant score from Keelin, keeping Imperials in touch. Scores were again at a premium for both teams during the quarter.

In the final minutes of the quarter, Imperials rallied with an exceptional collective team effort led by Grace Reilly.

Grace secured the last 2 baskets of the quarter to nudge Imperials in front. Both scores from under the basket after offensive rebounds. Imperials with a slender 19-17 lead at the end of quarter 3.

With a slender 19-17 Imperials lead, the scene was set for an epic final quarter and both teams did not disappoint.

St Colman’s Rockets were quick off the mark in quarter 4 with strong running and fast breaks. Imperials were defending well, but finding it difficult to get scores on the board.

Lauren Foley was working hard for Imperials and defending brilliantly. Maria Walsh and Juliette Gleeson were combining well and creating opportunities.

St Colman’s Rockets added to the scoreboard midway through the quarter, to move into a 21-19 lead. The introduction of Naomi Osibodu steadied the Imperials defence.

A strong defensive rebound from Naomi, and a fast break and offload to Aoife O’Connell, with Aoife finishing under pressure.

The teams locked on the scoreboard at 21-21 with 3:12 on the clock. Both teams were in foul trouble late in the quarter, with both sides visiting the free throw line.

With 1:33 on the clock, Abbey Stephenson carried and drew the foul from the Rockets defence. Abbey to the free throw line with the sides all square at 21-21. Abbey slotted shot number 1 to the delight of the Imperials supporters and bench. Could she finish the 2nd to make it a 2 point game.

The answer was a definitive yes, Abbey scoring the 2nd shot to give Imperials the lead at 23-21. The final moments of the match were scintillating. St Colman’s Rockets in the ascendency putting massive pressure on the Imperials defence. Imperials hold out on a final score line of 23-21.

Thanks to St Colman’s Rockets for a very enjoyable, sporting and competitive game. Thanks as always to the Table Officials and Referee.
The girls and Management team would like to wish Penny Costello a speedy recovery from injury and look forward to having her back on the court.

All were delighted when Penny joined the team on the bench for the game, Penny bringing the enthusiasm she always brings to the team!
The management team of Brenda, Leanne and William were delighted with the win, but more importantly the never give up attitude of the girls.

We look forward to the coming weeks and the undoubted twists and turns that the season will bring.

Imperials scorers.

Aoife O’Connell       6

Grace Reilly            4

Evelyn Moriarty       3

Naomi Osibodu       2

Katie Enright           2

Maria Walsh            2

Abbey Stephenson 2

Keelin Reidy            2

U16 Boys T2 03/02/22

Tralee Imperials 37-30 St. Colman’s

U16 Boys T2

Tralee Imperials trailed by 2pts at half time but a strong third quarter saw the home side outscore their opposition 16-7 which ultimately secured victory for Imperials.

Q1 Tralee Imperials 5-8 St. Colman’s

Q2 Tralee Imperials 14-16 St. Colman’s

Q3 Tralee Imperials 30-23 St. Colman’s

Q4 Tralee Imperials 37-30 St. Colman’s

Top scorers: Conor Morrissey (8pts), Conor Galvin (6pts), Johnny Dawson (5pts)

06/02/22 Tralee Imperials 40-43 St. Joseph’s

A very close game with Imperials losing out by 3pts.

U18 Boys 01/02/22

St. Brendan’s 51-53 Tralee Imperials

In what was by all accounts a nail biter of a game, with the score close throughout, it was Tralee Imperials who clinched the win against local rivals, St. Brendan’s.

U18 Girls T2 02/02/22

Tralee Imperials 30-41 Rathmore Ravens


U18 Girls bonding and enjoying a well deserved meal at National Cup Qualifiers

Tralee Imperials faced some tough competition in the U18 Girls National Cup Qualifiers in Parochial Hall, Cork against Brunell and Waterford Wildcats.

Our girls put up a great battle on the court but ultimately the opposition was too strong. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the trip with the day full of laughter with the friends they have made and played with all the way through the underage ranks.

The coaching and management team of Tomas, Caitriona and Niamh are very proud of the girls’ attitudes and the effort they put in every week. Thank you to Lee Strand for their sponsorship.


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

Any queries email


The Complex was buzzing on Saturday evening to see National Cup Champions Warriors in action at home for the first time in 2022. The Fanzone cheered on the Warriors, while the Pat Duffy Cup was in demand for photo opportunities. Well done to Tralee Imperials Academy member Oisin who was successful with his free throw at halftime.

Congratulations to our Chairperson and Warriors head coach, John Dowling, on his Superleague Coach of the Month award for January. Daniel Jokubaitis had a very successful January as he added a Superleague Player of the Month to his MVP award in the cup final.

Up next is a double header of a weekend for Warriors vs Ballincollig – at home on Saturday 12thFeb @5pm and away on Sunday 13th Feb @3pm.

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