FOLLOWING a very successful debut season in the National Basketball League, the profile of Team Left Bank in Kilkenny has risen across the country and has reached the shores of California.
In August, Kilkenny will play host to the premier basketball tournament in the country. On August 18 in the O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club a one day tournament has been organised and it promises the highest standards of play.
The University of Redlands, California will be travelling to Marble City for five nights to take in the sights and culture of the city and, of course, to demonstrate their basketball skills. They are the 2011 SCIAC champions and will pose a serious challenge to any team that faces them.
The organisers also have an American Select team who are currently travelling Europe playing matches. This Select team heard about the Kilkenny tournament and were keen to participate, much to the delight of the organisers.
The Irish based teams include Dublin Thunder, who boast a number of American players. They won the National Cup last season.
Ballon BC, who are made up mainly of the best Lithuanian players based in Ireland, will be involved too. They won the National League last season. Castleisland, who won the Southern Conference of the National League last year, has agreed to participate too.
Last, but certainly not least, is the home team, Left Bank Kilkenny, who reached the semi-final of the National Cup and were narrowly beaten in National League play-off quarter-finals which was a great achievement in their first outing at that level.
This will be the first tournament of its kind in Kilkenny for almost 20 years. The organisers are urging anyone with an interest in sport to attend what will be a very entertaining and competitive event.
Details of the game times will be advertised in the ’People closer to the date.