St. Mary’s Basketball has been announced as Basketball Ireland Club of the year for the 08/09 season.
This has been a particularly good season for the club both nationally and locally.

The club now has 17 teams, and cater for male and female, juvenile and senior.
Made up from 260 members.

They were host to the Basketball Ireland Cup semi-finals. The event ran well and praise was received from all visiting teams and the Governing body.
While competing at a National level, the club also did extremely well in KAB competitions. They were winners of 11 major KAB competitions and runners-up in five more. They had one regional win when the U18 girls won the KCYMS tournament in September, one National win when the U18 girls won the Cup in January and were runners-up in the senior men’s National Cup. At National Level they were among very few clubs who had three teams in the National Cup semi- finals and two in the final.

Team Garvey’s were runners-up in the Southern Conference and overall had 24 wins from 28 matches in what was a very demanding season. Team Garvey’s continue to inspire up and coming players in the area.

St. Mary’s continue to run one of the largest blitz in the country (39th last Dec) at Christmas, five days, 25 competitions, 191 games, 167 teams and all on time!

This season Three Club members were been selected as coaches of Kerry juvenile teams and their teams all brought back gold from the Inter area tournament.

St. Mary’s are committed to supporting events within the Community. They take part in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and in the Rose of Con’s. They visit and involve the local schools in their club events indeed many of their club members are involved in coaching in schools and neighboring clubs. Denny Porter and Maurice Casey have three schools All-Ireland titles to their credit outside of the club this year.
Anyone who has attended their big games or blitz in Castleisland will agree that great effort is put in at all times in décor and entertainment.  Their popularity in the Community is evident as the red and black flags can be seen flying from most windows when a major game is on the way and this January they got an incredible send off to the Cup finals when the local schools lined the street to wave them off.

The members are thrilled with the award.  “It is a fantastic honour and one we are proud and delighted to accept, we were complimented on our hosting of the Cup semi finals earlier this year, on the fact that we get so much media coverage, on the number of members we have and the interest we generate locally and also on the presentation we gave to Basketball Ireland.
We are extremely grateful to the media for their continued and extensive support of the club, thanks also to the schools and members of the community along with our sponsors all of whom we feel are part of the reason we won this award.  We feel it is very much a community effort”

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