Our U12 Boys made the trip to Tralee on Saturday 8th December to participate in the U12 Bruddy Burrows tournament. Last year the club went to what was the first running of the tournament and the trip was a great success for that team; this years U12’s were hoping for more of the same.
Drawn in a group with St. Brendan’s of Tralee & St. Paul’s of Killarney the team knew they would have to play at their best to compete.
Team on the day
Back Row: Conor Leahy, Nathan Tierney, Colm Davoren, Eoin Molloy
Front Row: Roan Creaven, Joseph Hedges, Eoin Cleary, Harry Keogh, John O’Sullivan
First up were the hosts St. Brendan’s of Tralee. A super 1st quarter from the hosts had the lads on the back foot for but they responded to play a much better middle 2 quarters to still remain in with a chance. However the efforts in those two quarters where probably a little too much for the lads and Brendan’s were able to see the game out for a comfortable win.
St. Paul’s were next and with the Killarney team only losing to Brendan’s by 1 it too was going to be a tough game. The 1st quarter saw us dig a hole for ourselves but outstanding play in the 2nd & 3rd quarters saw the game all square and everything to play for. A few silly turnovers and missed opportunities saw Paul’s build up a lead which we just couldn’t overcome. However a far better performance from the team especially on the defensive end where they made the opposition work for most of their scores.
Next up where Blue Demons of Cork and the lads put in an excellent display of basketball in 3 of the 4 quarters. A lot of the lessons learned during the first 2 game were put into practice and all 10 lads played much better on both ends of the court to secure a super 4 point win. Even when things were going a little astray in the 3rd quarter, the team kept working hard and were able to settle the nerves in the last quarter to get an excellent win.
The last game of the day was due to be against Sligo All-Stars but that game was not played. Hopefully it’ll be played over the Christmas period in Galway.
Well done to all the lads on what was a great learning experience for the team. With each game there was considerable improvement and they’ll be hoping to build on that over the course of the year. Also a special note to all the parents who traveled down and gave the team such great support