Castlecomer basketball club is embarking on what will be a landmark 60th season. It will do so in fitting style with an under-12 girls tournament on Sunday in the honour of one of the finest exponents of the game locally in that time, the late Mick ‘Rajah’ Byrne.
Along with another Castlecomer great, Mick Sherwood, he was a member of the first Kilkenny team to win a national title when the county beat Kerry in the All-Ireland minor final in Killarney in 1955. Both players went on to success at senior level following on from that.
The tournament takes place in the beautiful Watershed Complex and, along with the locals, features Portlaoise Panthers, Berkeley and Kilkenny Stars.
This is a pre-season development tournament for youngsters ahead of the Kilkenny and SE league that this year features a record entry of 10 teams. With eight of last year’s panel still under-age and some really talented girls coming through from the younger age group, this Castlecomer team will more than hold its own in the coming season.
The girls tip off the action against fancied Portlaoise at 10 o’clock and will play three games back to back with the final down for decision at 12.20pm, should they progress.
This coming weekend Castlecomer BC holds its annual fund-raiser in conjunction with Eurospar and would welcome all support for the coming season.
The training for the boys under-12 team has resumed on Friday nights from 6.30 to 8pm and new members are welcome.