Tralee Imperials Basketball Club

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What a weekend in Basketball both nationally and at a Co. Level.

The club were involved in 4 of the 5 finals on Sunday and gave some tremendous performances that we are so proud of and well done to all involved.

U11 Girls

These girls were 1st on and played with great energy and provided everyone with a thrilling encounter. Unfortunetly they lost by 2 baskets. Fantastic effort for such young girls and this team are team to be watched for the future. Many thanks to Coaches Niamh Collins and Helen Rodgers.

U18 Girls.

Next up was the older girls and what can I say. Anyone who was privileged to be in attendance will tell you it was a cracker. The game went to 3 overtimes despite the girls thinking they had won as the time had elasped and we were 2 points up.

However a decision was made that a basket scored by Castleisland after buzzer went was valid and ended in another extra time. At the end of 3rd overtime with 3 of our players fowled off Castleisland were deemed the winners by single point. There was outrage after in the hall and to say that Tralee Imperials werent robbed is an understatement. Again massive thanks to coach Liam Culloty and their sponsor Four Star Pizza.

U18 Boys

Well done to our u18 boys who won the KABB u18 Cup last Sunday. It was a historic win over St. Mary’s, the final score 61-58. The side from Castleisland led Tralee by 7pts at half time but the boys had a very strong 3rd quarter out scoring St. Mary’s 14-6. Tralee led 42-41 going on to the final quarter.

Despite 3s from Shane O’Connell and Adam Donoghue from St. Mary’s, our boys had the mental strength to finish out the game with scores from captain Keelan Crowe, Ryan Leonard and Dara Devine. Patrick Kearney made a free throw and grabbed a vital rebound to finish out the game. A special mention to Kieran Mangan and Robbie Dinan who gave their all underneath the boards.

Final Score: Tralee 61 St. Mary’s 58 Top scorers: Leonard (27), Devine (16), K. Crowe (10). Team: Michael Linnane, Deagl├ín Crowe, Ryan Leonard, Patrick Kearney, Keelan Crowe, Dara Devine, Rory O’Connor, Kieran Mangan, Dovydas Baltonis and Robbie Dinan.

Well done to the boys and their coaches John Dowling and Rick Leonard.

Thanks to all our supporters and team sponsor Leahy Construction Ltd. Focus now turns to the remaining fixtures in the league, with the next game against local rivals, St. Brendan’s, on January 25th in Mounthawk at 7.30pm.

U16 Boys

As if we hadnt endured enough we had to witness another classic game v KCYMS. Imperials got the better start with some fantastic scores and link ups between Daire Kennelly and Tristan Raymond.

The game switched leads numerous times and again it was nail biting stuff to watch. They lost in the end by a single point and a more detailed report will be given next week. Well done boys. You should be very proud as we are of you. Huge thank you to Jimmy Philip and Anne for all the support you give these boys and to Premier Financial Services for their sponsorship.

On behalf of the club i would like to thank the Co Board for hosting such an amazing event. Alot of hard work is evident here and is much appreciated.


The news was announced on Saturday that coach Liam Culloty is tobe the NEW U18 Irish Ladies coach. This is a huge honour for Liam and the Club and well deserved for his committment over the years….and we wish him all the best over the next 6 months.


The academy resumes next Saturday at 9.45 for 5/6 yr old. We lok forward to seeing huge numbers back in attendance.


Please note this Sat sees our ladies at home to Oblates Drimnagh at 7.30 in Mounthawk. We implore you to come out in huge numbers to support our girls especially as Oblates have qualified for the Cup Final and feeling confident. As always a huge thanks to Sponsors Garveys.

Lastly we would like to congratulate Tralees St Brendans who won the semi-final of Hula Hoops Men’s national Intermediate Cup. Well done lads and we wish ye all the best in 2 weeks times

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