The Berkeley ladies basketball team from Thomastown have been going great guns on two fronts this season to date.
The completion of round one of the Kilkenny and South East Area League left them sitting proudly on top of the table. They are also competing in the Midlands Regional League.
They have reached the half-way stage of this league. They are in second position out of six teams, compliments of wins over Ballyroan Mavericks, Moate, Rathangan, Ballyroan Cougars and Carlow IT.
Their only defeat was suffered against Portlaoise Panthers in a hard fought game in St Mary’s hall. By finishing in the top three they have qualified the ladies for Division I for the second round of the league.
Big games to come before the weekend finals are decided in May are against Portlaoise 2, Carlow IT, Portlaoise and Ballyroan 1.
Their next home game is against Portlaoise 2 on Saturday, February 1 (8pm) in O’Loughlin’s. This will be a tough game and all support would be greatly appreciated.
Castlecomer 42, South Tipp Titans 19
The Castlecomer boys under-14 team maintained their unbeaten run with a comprehensive 42-19 win over South Tipp Titans in the league in O’Loughlin’s.
The early exchanges gave no indication of the ease with which the winners would eventually get home as the Tipperary boys matched ’Comer basket for basket.
However, once James Brennan edged them 8-6 in front nearing the end of the first quarter, ’Comer gradually took a stranglehold on the game and they eased further ahead as the game progressed.
Cathal Holland (18) was tormentor in chief of the Titans, but Brennan (14) was also in top form and the losers really had no answer to this dynamic pair.
In the end the ’Comer lads showed why they will be serious contenders for this title. Others who did well were Conor McMahon, Darragh O’Shea and Conor Rowe.
Girls under-12 - Castlecomer 24, Kilkenny Stars Meteors 4; Old Leighlin A 44, Kilkenny Stars Comets 17.
Boys under-12 - Waterford Vikings 22, Castlecomer 12; Portlaoise 34, Kilkenny Stars 14.
Girls under-13 - Old Leighlin 15, Kilkenny Stars 54; Wildcats 22, Berkeley 18.
Girls under-14 - Wildcats 72, Old Leighlin 2; Portlaoise 37, Kilkenny Stars 54.
Boys under-14 - Castlecomer 42, South Tipp Titans 19; Portlaoise 42, Kilkenny Stars 7.
Girls under-16 - Tipp Talons 30, Old Leighlin 35; Waterford Vikings 17, Portlaoise 45.
Boys under-16 - Old Leighlin A 22, Kilkenny Stars 74; Portlaoise 36, Old Leighlin B 35.
Girls under-18 - Tipp Talons 43, Tipp Knights 45; Tipp Knights 72, Castlecomer 25.
Boys under-18 - Old Leighlin 29, Waterford Vikings 61; South Tipp Titans 60, Portlaoise 50; Tramore ‘A’ 52, Tramore ‘B’ 22.
Ladies League - Old Leighlin B 10, Wildcats 70; New Ross Sparks 27, Waterford Ladies 16.
Men’s League - Tramore B 35, Waterford Vikings B 50; Old Leighlin 24, Left Bank 67