Presidents Prize: Donal in the Hall of Fame

Heartiest Congratulations this week has to go Donal O’Connor of St Mary’s Basketball Club who has picked up one of the four Basketball Ireland President’s Lifetime Achievement awards.

Since I have arrived to Castleisland, The “Duke” has been the one name that is always held in the highest of regard around the area. While some people build monuments to themselves Donal built a festival of basketball, which is enjoyed every Christmas in Castleisland. 

It is a tribute to him and those who helped and continue to help him that it will now have its 50th outing at the end of this year.

Despite the high presidential honour we’re sure that Donal will remain in his own words “just another helper”.

Well Done Donal 

Garda Blitz: 11th Annual Castleisland Garda Blitz makes it a good Friday for Basketballers

Last Good Friday at Castleisland Community Centre saw the 11th Annual An Garda Siochána/KDYS basketball blitz take place.  The event was organised by Liz Twomey Garda JLO Castleisland Garda Station and Helena Falvey Youth Justice worker, KEY Service KDYS.   

The event was hugely supported by both participants, parents, volunteers and supporter this year although a clash with a number of events meant that the number of teams was down slightly from other years. 

Eight teams took part over Primary, U15 & U18 with approximately 70 participants on the day with great excitement and heart stopping finals.  Our sponsors on the day were Vincent Murphy Sports, Supervalu, Centra and the Marketstall.  

This event each year is not possible without the assistance of our loyal volunteers of referees: Majella Moloney Ahern, Garda Mary Gardiner Tralee Community Policing, Nathan Egan, Maurice Casey, Eamon Egan who was on call out but still checked in on the event during the day. Table officials:  Tommy and Leah Boyle, Aoibhín and Caoimhe O Mahony and Aoife Bourke.  KDYS youth justice worker Geraldine O’Meara kept everyone satisfied with lovely refreshments during the tournament.  Thanks to Gardaí Cecilia Scanlon, Mike Courtney and Brian O Shea youth justice worker for assisting with the event.  

This event is a true testament to the Castleisland and surrounding areas for keeping the event going as they have a love of basketball and support the youth to be active over the Easter break.  Helena Falvey (joint organiser) spoke to the crowd present applauding them for the efforts with the tournament and thanked the continued support of sponsors of the annual event.

In the Primary Games four teams took part in a round robin series of games with the top two teams going forward to the final.  Teams taking part were Lucky Charms, Slán le do Rúitín, F4 Rockets and Warriors.  There was great support throughout these games and brilliant basketball played by all involved.  Through to the final were F4 Rockets and Warriors which was going to be a close encounter going on the earlier game which saw Warriors win by a basket and a repeat of last year’s final where Warriors won by a basket.  This final was heart stopping throughout with the teams’ level on two occasions at the start of the first half and Cian Downey sinking a free throw to put Warriors ahead on 6-5 at half time.  In the second half with Simon O’Leary brought F4 Rockets back to level on 9-9.  A good run of play by Warriors saw them go ahead and with just a few seconds on the clock in a show stopping shot by Gearoid Evans the teams were level on the final whistle much to the delight of the crowd on a score of 11-11.  Three minutes of extra time was added on and both Coaches Gerry and Joanne got their teams ready for the last few minutes of the game.  Warriors got off to a better stat with two sets of free throws and two being scored, again the game was brought back to level by F4 Rockets but in the last minute and a half Warriors managed to get three unanswered points to take the title.  This was an absolutely fantastic game of basketball and all players should be so proud of their efforts on the day.  Farranfore Rockets team:  Daithi O’Shea, Colm Riordan, Luke Henderson, Simon O’Leary, Gearoid Evans, Michaela O’Meara, Katie Doe.  Coach: Gerry O Leary.  Warriors: Shauna Wilkinson, Amy McCarthy, Amy Curtin, Eoghan Shire, Larry Nolan, Kian Downey, Evan Brennan, Chris Devan, Coach: Joanne Downey. The trophy was presented by Garda Liz Twomey and accepted by joint captains: Shauna Wilkinson and Chris Devan making it two in a row for Warriors.  MVP of the tournament was awarded to Katie Doe, F4 Rockets.

In the U15 category two teams took part Bball Buddies and F4 Flyers the teams played two games, in the final F4 Flyers went into the game on +2.  This game was a very close encounter throughout and at half time 8-11 to Farranfore Flyers.  Farranfore got off to a better start but this didn’t deter the BBall Buddies and they kept fighting back to go ahead in the dying seconds.  With 5 seconds in the clock quick thinking for the F4 Flyers coach Gerry O Leary called a time out and got the team set for a play with a superb shot by Katie O Leary to bring the game to level on the hooter, with the crowd going crazy for another period of extra time.  In extra time F4 got a free throw and scored one and then Warriors scoring a basket to put them one point ahead.  This game was played at ferrous speed and great enthusiasm by all players.  Bball Buddies won on a score of 21-19.  Team: Mint O Connor, Patrick O Shea, Ruairi Bourke, Shane Browne, Rebecca Reidy, Muireann Rahilly, Muireann Walsh and Clodagh Delaney.  Coach: Grainne Walsh.  The trophy was presented by Gda Mary Gardiner and accepted by joint captains: Shane Browne and Rebecca Reidy.  Runners up F4 Flyers: Noah Moynihan, Liam Evans, Josh Vermiglio, Colm O Shea, Katie O Leary, Claire Stagg and Darren Deniel. Coach Gerry O Leary.  MVP was awarded to Patrick O’Shea.

In the U18 section we had two teams St Anne’s and York United who played round one and then a final.  St Anne’s went into the final on +9.  It was York United who put in the early baskets but St Anne’s fought back and returned seven unanswered baskets, this didn’t phase York United who took it all in their stride and smiled throughout.  Half time score 24-8 and in the final again York United clawed back some points but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and St Anne’s won on a final score of 28-13, a third final for the St Anne’s club on the day.  The trophy was present by Majella Moloney Ahern to a delighted St Anne’s team.  Team: Cian Ring, James O Leary, Andrew Moynihan, Tadhg Riordan, Daragh Brosnan, Katie Brosnan and Martha Fitzgerald. Coach: Gerry O Leary.  York United: Katie O Connor, Cian Murphy, Aoife Walsh, Grainne Walsh, Daragh Kelly, Billy Conway and Sean Cronin.  MVP:  Katie Brosnan St Anne’s. 

Thanks to Garda JLO and youth justice workers working together under the KEY Service which is funded by the Ireland EU Structural and Investment fund and the ESF fund through the Irish Youth Justice Service.

Four from four for Castleisland Community Games teams

Castleisland Community games had another successful Munster finals at the weekend, this year the munster finals were held in he new campus at I.T Tralee and four teams travelled in for us, first up were the u13 boys who had a great win over Cork to set up a final spot with Clare, here again the boys lead from the start and ran out winners 30-8.

In the U13 girls we met Tipperary in the semi final where all the girls played great to book their final spot, here they met Cobh if Cork where again the Castleisland team were the stronger and won 32-9.Next up were the U11s, in the semi finals we met Cobh of Cork and the Castleisland team set down their marker early as they also wanted to make the finals, in the final they met Clare where from the start Castleisland were the stronger of the two teams and ran out winners 25-5.Last up on the day were our U16 girls, they played Clare in the semi final and while it was close at time the girls always kept ahead to join the other three Castleisland teams in a final, here they were up against Cork again and they was definitely a tougher game than earlier, the Castleisland girls took the early lead but Cork were not going to let it go and fought back, with 2 minutes to go there was only four points in it but the Castleisland girls dig deep to win 30-23. The four teams now go onto the National finals in UL in May 25th and 26th 

Warriors face potential rematch with UCD Marian as they host Champions Trophy semi-final

 

Just a week after winning the Super League title on their home court, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors will be back in action again at the Tralee Sports Complex as they prepare to host a Basketball Ireland Champions Trophy semi-final this Sunday, with tip off at 2.30pm.

 

As Super League champions, the Warriors received a bye through to the semi final, as well as home advantage, to face the winners of UCD Marian and Belfast Star who meet in their quarter final in Dublin on Saturday afternoon. On the other side of the draw, the National Cup champions Pyrobel Killester await the winners of Templeogue and DCU Saints in their semi final on their home court at the IWA in Clontarf.

 

Club Chairman Terry O’Brien says the club is delighted to be hosting another big game at the Complex allowing the loyal Warriors fans one more opportunity to see their heroes in action. “Last Sunday we enjoyed one of the best days imaginable as we were crowned Super League champions on our home court in front of our fantastic supporters. This Sunday our fans have another chance to see their team in action, with the possibility of yet another clash with UCD Marian. The club committee decided as a gesture to our fans, who were such a huge part of the success story of the Warriors this season, that admission to the game on Sunday be set at just €5.00 per person”, he said.

The Warriors will be keen to make it three Champions Trophy titles in a row as they look to emulate the success they enjoyed in 2017 and 2018 with wins over their great rivals Templeogue in both deciders.

 

Admission to the game is €5.00 per person, for both children and adults, and there will be no tickets sold in advance of the event. This is a stand-alone event and Warriors season tickets are no longer valid and will not be accepted.

Doors open at the Tralee Sports Complex at 1.00pm. Tip off is at 2.30pm.

 

Basketballers turn to Fashion for Fundraiser

St Bridget’s Basketball Club, Currow are hosting a Fashion Show to raise much needed funds for the club. It will take place on Saturday 23rd of March in The River Island Hotel, Castleisland at 7.30pm

Featuring collections from Castleisland “ The fashion Capital of Kerry”  Penny’s, Mods & Minis, Parraffin, Simply Suits, Pamela Scott, Mary Jays Ladies Fashion and lots more.

A Night full of Fashion and Fun please come and Support. Lots of Spot prizes on the night.

Please contact Miriam Kelly on 087 202 2580 or miriam@frskerry.ie for further information 

Garvey’s Warriors Home Game is All Ticket Affair

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors Super League showdown with Templeogue at the Tralee Sports Complex on Saturday night is an all ticket affair. The highly anticipated clash between two of the League’s heavyweights could potentially decide the outcome of the title and is shaping up as the biggest game of the season for both teams.

 

Warriors Club Chairman Terry O’Brien says the massive interest in the game and the significance of the outcome prompted the move to make the fixture ticket only; “This is the biggest game in the Super League this season and we want to ensure that as many people as possible can come along and support the Warriors in their bid for glory. Our season ticket holders will be admitted by presenting their season ticket in the usual way. By selling the rest of the tickets in advance we can ensure our fans get to enjoy the game of the season.”.

 

Tickets for the game will on sale from Garvey’s Supervalu on Rock St., Tralee from 2.00pm on Tuesday 5th March. They will be priced as normal at €8.00 for adults and €5.00 for children. Season ticket holders will gain admission by presenting their season ticket at the Complex on Saturday night as usual.

 

Templeogue lead the competition on 39 points with four losses to date. The Warriors are currently in second place on 33 points and have also lost just four games. They are level on points with UCD Marian but ahead of them by virtue of points difference. The Tralee side have two games in hand on the League leaders and a game in hand on UCD Marian so still have their destiny in their own hands.

 

A win for the Warriors on Saturday night would see them cut the gap on Templeogue to three points and in turn move three points clear of UCD Marian. After that if they were to win their four remaining games they would win the League. As if the situation needed any more intrigue, the Warriors final two League fixtures are a double header against UCD Marian, away in Belfield at 5.00pm on Saturday 23rd, and at home in the Complex 24 hours later.

 

However defeat to Templeogue on Saturday night would see the Dublin side move into prime position to seal the League title by winning their remaining games away to UCC Demons and Moycullen.

 

Doors open at the Tralee Sports Complex at 6.15pm for the game on Saturday night. Tip off is at 7.30pm.

 

ENDS

 

For all enquiries call Terry O’Brien, Chairman of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors on 087 263 4196

Warriors overpower Maree to set up Super League showdown

Alan Cantwell reports on another vital victory for Garvey’s Tralee Warriors over Maree at the weekend with Liam Ryan supplying the photo

 

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors extended their winning streak to four games in a row and in doing so consolidated their position in second place on the Super League table with an 88-70 win over Maree at the Tralee Sports Complex on Saturday night. The Tralee side overcame a typically spirited performance from the Galway side before asserting their authority in the third and fourth quarters to pull away in the end. The victory leaves the Warriors poised for the visit of League leaders Templeogue in what promises to be an epic battle as both sides square up for a potential Super League decider at the Tralee Sports Complex next Saturday night.

 

The Warriors opened proceedings in fine style with Eoin Quigley landing a three pointer. Kendall Williams immediately followed suit after Sean Sellers got Maree on the board with a score from close range. Niels Bunschoten then landed from outside the arc and added two from the line before Williams hit his second three to leave the sides level at 9 points each midway through the quarter. Maree’s John Burke opened his account before Keith Jumper got to the board for a score and quickly followed up with two from the line. Paul Dick eluded the Maree cover to score and when Jumper dunked spectacularly the Warriors led by 6. However scores from Burke and Bunschoten cut the Warriors lead to 19-18 at the break.

 

John Burke fired Maree into the lead with a fine three early in the second before young Warriors star Rap Buivydas stepped into position to reply with three of his own much to the delight of the Warriors faithful. Burke and Williams exchanged scores before Maree hit the hosts for 9 unanswered points through Burke and Sellers to see the visitors move 6 ahead. Paul Dick steadied the Warriors ship by slaloming his way to the Maree board and then swapping threes with Sellers. When Dick and Quigley combined to hit the visitors with a 9 point blitz the Warriors wrestled back the lead. Bunschoten leveled the game at 40-40 before scores from Quigley and Williams and Sellers and Eoghan Rockall saw the sides go to the long break level again at 44-44.

 

Maree had the better of the opening exchanges in the third with Rockall, Sellers, Burke and Bunschoten all on the mark but with Williams, Paul Dick and Donaghy continuing to get to the visitors board the sides were still level at 52-52 half way through the quarter. The Warriors offensive effort then moved up a gear and in a breathless couple of minutes they hit the Maree rearguard for 10 unanswered points to lead by 8. At the other end Donaghy was simply peerless under the Warriors board and used all his skill and experience to repel the Maree offence time and time again. Darren O’Sullivan was deployed to curb the threat of Sellers and did so clinically. Paul Dick and Quigley combined to increase the Warriors advantage to 12 but in the final act of the quarter Rockall fired in a stunning three to cut the gap to 66-57 as the sides turned for home.

 

Quigley continued his rich vein of form by firing in his third three of the night to restore the host’s 12-point lead at the start of the final quarter. Rockall and Sellers replied with scores to keep the visitors just about in touch but when Quigley, Paul Dick and Donaghy all found the Maree basket the Warriors moved effortlessly into a 16 point lead. The dynamic Rockall was on the mark from inside and out but as the Galway side tired late on the outstanding Paul Dick along with Quigley and Williams all laid up unopposed. Warriors coach Pat Price took the opportunity to run the bench and introduce Gary Murphy, Leeroy Odiahi and Daire Kennelly in the last few minutes. In the final act of the contest Kennelly heralded his arrival on the scene with a score to cap the 88-70 win for the Warriors.

 

Scorers: Garvey’s Tralee Warriors – Paul Dick 26, Eoin Quigley 23,  Kendall Williams 16

Maree – Sean Sellers 27, Niels Bunschoten 15, Eoin Rockall 14

 

Next up for the Warriors is the game of the season and their ultimate test as they welcome Templeogue to the Tralee Sports Complex next Saturday night. With both the Warriors and last seasons Cup champions having four losses in the League it is simply a must win game for both teams. The spiritual home of the Warriors will be packed to capacity and the Complex will be rocking when the Super League showdown tips off at 7.30pm.

 

It is literally all to play for…

Warriors Shine As Belfast Star’s League Hopes Fade

 

 

Story by Alan Cantwell                     Pictures by Liam Ryan

 

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors have moved to joint second in Super League alongside UCD Marian following a vital but hard earned win away to Belfast Star in De La Salle College in the northern capital on Saturday night. The Warriors produced a performance of quality and endeavour to dominate the first three quarters but had to withstand a late comeback by Belfast in the final minutes to secure what for long periods of the game looked like being a certain win.

The Warriors stormed into the contest with their best start to a game this season to leave the Belfast side stunned. The Tralee side fired in an unanswered 14 points before Belfast even realised the game had started. Eoin Quigley continued his great form with the opening score before Dusan Bogdanovic followed suit. Two superb threes from Paul Dick and Kieran Donaghy helped the Warriors drive on and despite CJ Fulton opening the Belfast scoring with a major score, Kendall Williams and Donaghy added to see the Warriors lead 18-3 midway through the quarter. Belfast sharpshooter Mike Davis finally came to life to find his range and when Matthew Jackson and Conor Johnston also hit the mark the hosts clawed their way back into the contest. However back-to-back scores from Keith Jumper followed by back-to-back threes from Fergal O’Sullivan saw the Warriors lead 28-17 at quarter time.

The Warriors continued to win all the individual matchups on the court in the second quarter and another efficient and effective defensive effort limited Belfast to just three scores from Davis and Johnson, and a meager seven points for the period. On the offensive side Paul Dick was getting to the Belfast board with ease and with Bogdanovic, Donaghy and Jumper all getting in on the act, the Warriors took a 44-24 lead to the long break.

The third quarter was more like a proper contest between the sides and Belfast came more into the game mainly through the scoring power of Davis. Paul Dick opened with his second three of the night before Davis replied with two big scores. Quigley added again to maintain the Warriors advantage before CJ Fulton hit a three for the hosts but that was immediately cancelled out by another Fergal O’Sullivan effort from outside the arc. Keith Jumper also got to the Belfast board but the home side finished the quarter strongly through Paddy McGaharan  hitting four from four from the line and Liam Pettigrew fired in to just about keep his side in touch as they trailed 44-62 at three quarter time.

The Warriors faithful that made the long trip as well as those tuned in online would have assumed that their team would easily see out the win as the sides turned for home. But in reality there were some nervy moments as Belfast mounted a brave and sustained comeback in the final quarter. Bogdanovic made it a 20-point lead early on but Fulton and Davis kickstarted the Belfast momentum before Davis again added from play and free throws. When the fit again Conor Quinn landed back-to-back threes suddenly the apparently unassailable Warriors lead was down to 9. Davis was flawless again from the line before launching a three to fire Belfast right back into the game and cut the gap to 5. The Warriors needed a score to halt the Belfast charge and yet again it was Fergal O’Sullivan that produced a signature three before Williams added again. Davis fired in to complete his top scoring performance and the normally free scoring Sergio Vidal Baldovi added just his first score of the game to keep the Warriors honest. But Eoin Quigley sealed the deal for Tralee side with an effortless three in the final seconds to secure the vital 80-68 win.

Scorers:

Warriors – Paul Dick 16, Kieran Donaghy 14, Fergal O’Sullivan 13

Belfast Star – Mike Davis 34, Paddy McGaharan 9, CJ Fulton 8

 

Results elsewhere on Saturday night saw Templeogue easily account for DCU Saints and UCD Marian power to a big win away to Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin to keep the top three in position as the end of season drama unfolds. Next week the League leaders entertain Pyrobel Killester while UCD Marian will be looking to win the battle of the colleges when the travel to take on UCC Demons.

 

For the Warriors it is back to the Tralee Sports Complex for another must win game this time against Maree of Oranmore next Saturday night. Tip off as usual is 7.30pm.

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors – Remaining Fixtures
Sat 2nd Mar – Home to Maree                     Tralee Sports Complex 7.30pm
Sat 9th Mar – Home to Templeogue            Tralee Sports Complex 7.30pm
Fri 15th Mar – Home to C&S Neptune        Tralee Sports Complex 7.30pm
Mon 18th Mar – Away to Moycullen                       NUIG Arena 3.00pm
Sat 23rd Mar – Away to UCD Marian                        Belfield Sports Centre 5.00pm
Sun 24th Mar – Home to UCD Marian        Tralee Sports Complex 5.00pm

Defence immense as Warriors down Cup champs

By Alan Cantwell

 

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors overcame Pyrobel Killester at the third time of asking this season by 71-55 in a performance of real quality and endeavour in front of a packed out Tralee Sports Complex on Saturday night. Having lost out to Killester in the reverse fixture in November, and more significantly going down to the Dublin side in the National Cup semi final, the Warriors asserted to dominate this encounter with a much improved defensive effort and big performances from Paul Dick at point guard who top scored with 23 and Eoin Quigley who was outstanding throughout.

 

In a lively and entertaining opening quarter both sides settled into the contest well with early scores from Eoin Quigley, Paul Dick, Kendall Williams and Dusan Bogdanovic for Warriors matching efforts from Luis Garcia Hoyos, Ciaran Roe, Alan Casey and Royce Williams for the visitors. Williams and Andy McGeever landed scores from outside with Michael Westbrooks firing in to push Killester ahead but Quigley and Paul Dick kept the Dublin side in their sights with scores to cut the gap to two. Alex Herreros marked his introduction to the game with a three for Killester to give his side a 20-15 quarter time lead.

 

The Warriors effort moved up a gear both defensively and offensively in the second as the hosts hit the Cup champions for 10 points without reply. Two from Donaghy, one from Kendall Williams and a score from play and two from the line from Paul Dick saw the Warriors go from five down to five up at 25-20. Killester responded through Roe and Williams but a number of missed chances from free throws handed the initiative back to the Warriors. Fergal O’Sullivan entered the fray in typical style by arcing in two big three pointers to fire up the home support and when Keith Jumper, Quigley and Paul Dick added the Warriors had outscored Killester by 24-8 in the quarter to lead 39-28 at the long break.

 

The Warriors maintained control of the game in the third and the tireless Eoin Quigley fired the home side further ahead with a great three followed up by a driving score by Paul Dick. Williams and Casey kept Killester just about in touch before Williams struck again with McGeever to hit threes either side of another Fergal O’Sullivan special. Killester were struggling to live with the Warriors relentless defensive effort and the remainder of their scores in the quarter came from free throws. Two from Paul Dick and another from the hugely impressive Quigley saw the Warriors head down the stretch with a 58-42 lead.

 

Paul Dick and Quigley added again early in the final quarter helping push the Warriors advantage out to an unassailable 21. Kieran O’Brien, Hoyos and Williams took the edge off that deficit but Quigley again was one the mark for Warriors to restore the significant advantage. Back-to-back efforts from Keith Jumper, including a dunked effort, delighted the huge Complex crowd and the Warriors saw out the decisive win in the end.

 

Scorers:

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Paul Dick 23, Eoin Quigley 16, Keith Jumper 7

Pyrobel Killester: Royce Williams 17, Ciaran Roe 11, Andy McGeever 9

Results elsewhere at the weekend mean that Templeogue still top the League table with 33 points and the Warriors now stand alongside UCD Marian and Belfast Star in a three-way tie for second place. Crucially the Warriors have two games in hand on Templeogue and a game in hand each on both Belfast and Marian. The Warriors face both Belfast Star and Templeogue over the next three weeks and take on UCD Marian in back-to-back games at the end of March.

 

It is literally all to play for.

 

Next up for Warriors is the first of three remaining road trips as they face fellow title challengers Belfast Star at De La Salle College next Saturday with a tip off time of 6.30pm.

Warriors back to winning ways as Saints sent marching home

By Alan Cantwell           Pics By Liam Ryan

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors returned to winning ways in emphatic style with a surprisingly easy win over DCU Saints at the Tralee Sports Complex on Saturday night. As a result the Warriors are now joint second in the League with Belfast Star and Killester, two wins behind League leaders Templeogue. Having come into the game off the back of defeats to Killester in the Cup semi final and an unexpected loss at home to UCC Demons, the Tralee side was fully charged for a stern Super League test from Saints who had won their last five on the spin including wins over C&S Neptune and UCD Marian. However in truth this game was won and lost half way through the second quarter and by the time the fourth quarter had played out it was the Saints that were praying for the final buzzer to sound.

Saints point guard Kevin O’Hanlon opened the scoring for Saints but Paul Dick quickly restored parity before Eoin Quigley shot the first of his two and the Warriors three three-pointers on the night. The veteran Mike Bonaparte, Graham Brannelly and O’Hanlon fired in either side of another Paul Dick effort but when Dusan Bogdanovic and Darragh O’Hanlon found their range and Paul Dick danced his way to the board, the Warriors eased to a 16-11 quarter time lead.

Bonaparte and O’Hanlon helped Saints back to level early in the second but two from Kieran Donaghy and another from Quigley either side of a O’Hanlon drive to the board saw the Warriors lead by four. Here the game turned significantly the way of the home side as Saints scoring options were limited to free throws such was the strength of the Warriors defensive effort. While the Dublin side failed to register another score from play in the quarter, the Warriors added sixteen through Donaghy, Bogdanovic and the impressive Keith Jumper while Bonaparte, Domonic Phillipi and Tariq Quebali shared the Saints six points in reply, all coming from the free throw line. At half time Warriors lead was pushed out to 42-29.

The Warriors pressed home their advantage in the third with a scoring blitz that was initiated by Quigley with his second three of the night. Martins Provizors with his first score from play of the night and another from Bonaparte stemmed the tide momentarily before Bogdanovic, Paul Dick and new recruit Kendall Williams celebrated his first score for the Warriors with a momentous play to the home crowd before adding the extra for good measure. The Warriors onslaught continued unabated with the unmanageable Jumper simply pounding the Saints board for nine points as Quigley, Paul Dick and Bogdanovic also found the DCU net with relative ease. Andres Gomez fired in a late three for Saints but is was too little too late and by three quarter time the gap was out to an unassailable 69-41.

The Warriors took up in the fourth where the left off in third by continuing to get to the DCU board as they pleased. Donaghy, Williams, Bogdanovic, Jumper and captain Darren O’Sullivan all fired in scores to see the Tralee side add 20 points to the final tally of 89. Much to the delight of the Warriors faithful Pat Price introduced Paul McMahon, Rap Buivydas and Daire Kennelly to great ovations as the Warriors coach afforded the young players some game time in the shadow of the winning post. All three showed the type of performance and temperament that is expected at this level and they will come on for the experience.

Despite the facile mature of the win, the Warriors can reflect on a number of significant positives particularly the outstanding defensive and offensive displays of Kieran Donaghy and Keith Jumper who were simply outstanding at both boards sharing 27 points and 28 rebounds in the game. The Warriors faithful also warmed to the introduction of new signing Kendall Williams who showed glimpses of the incisive and instinctive play that he is capable of.
Scorers:
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Dusan Bogdanovic 19, Keith Jumper 19, Paul Dick 18, Eoin Quigley 9
DCU Saints: Kevin O’Hanlon 17, Mike Bonaparte 15, Tariq Guebali 8

Next up for Warriors is the first of four remaining road trips as they face Griffith College Swords Thunder at the ALSAA Sports Centre in Dublin next Saturday afternoon with an earlier than usual tip off time of 5.00pm.