Our opening u20 victory against Maree in the National Cup last week was missing a key player in team captain through the years, Eoghan Kelly. Eoghan was the point guard on the team that finally got our first win over Maree ( and, indeed, our first Billy Kelly win ) in the Billy Kelly final of 2015 and also led the team to the 2016 National Cup Final vs Neptune. While his younger brother, Paul, was an able deputy on Friday night, Eoghan’s leadership and powerful engine was still missed. As the team continues on what we hope will be a successful cup run, there will definitely be further occasions where i’ll look around and say ‘I wish I had Eoghan to drive us on here’.
This isn’t a sad story though. After completing his Leaving Cert, Eoghan went to Prep school at the Gunnery in Connecticut on a basketball scholarship and had a standout year. After mulling over his options, he chose to continue to follow his dream and accept an offer from a D3 basketball school near Chicago, Lake Forest College, or the ‘Foresters’ as their sports teams are known. They play in the Midwest Conference and are second in the pre-season conference rankings. Eoghan has made the 14 player squad in his freshman season and will proudly wear #30 on opening night tomorrow (Wednesday) at home vs Loras.
Myself , and i’m sure all of the Moycullen basketball family, wish Eoghan all the best and, while we’d love to see him back in the Moycullen colours, we hope it’ll be after a successful college career in his home away from home.