Congratulations to our U18s who yesterday won the U18 Michael Heffernan tournament in the Parochial Hall. Coached by David Murphy & Carleton Cuff, our lads gave it their all to win the tournament outright after a great day of basketball. It was great to see 17 teams from all over the country get back into action after over a year without action.
Demons won their pool after wins over Killester (42-31) & St Brendan’s Tralee (44-33). In the quarter finals against Eanna of Dublin, the game went to the wire but our lads won 55-47 after a tough game.
In the semis finals against Tralee Imperials, our lads again played tough defence to win 46-29.
Demons played a very fancied & talented Templeogue of Dublin in the final and started strong to be 16-9 up at the end of the 1st quarter. The 2nd & 3rd quarters were very tight with both teams going basket for basket and Templogue managed to get it back to a 1 point deficit but our lads again dug deep with a great defensive effort to win 46-32 after a very tough & long day.
It was great to see basketball return in style but also remembering Billy Coffey who was and will continue to be sorely missed by all the basketball community. RIP Billy.
Well done to the coaches & players after a fabulous victory.
Focus this week now switches to U18 National Cup qualifier preparation in Gormanstown next weekend.