Posted by Hannah Coen in Sport.

Claregalway Basketball Club is fully up and running and is going to conclude its first half of the season with a Christmas Fun Day on December 20th in Claregalway Community Centre from 12–4pm.

12–2pm will cater for the U8s–13s and 2–4pm will cater for the U14–18s, with both session mixed. Loads of basketball games, Christmas music and prizes to be won. Plenty of fun for all the family, club members and non members all welcome.

Remember you can still join after Christmas in January. Most of the teams have some league and cup games played and are doing well in their divisions. Some team’s leagues will start after Christmas. Best of luck to everyone who are sitting exams in December. Below is a brief round up from all the coaches of each of the teams.

U10 Girls train on Mondays from 3:15–4:30pm.

U11 Boys train on Mondays from 5–6pm and Saturdays from 1:30–2:30pm with James McDonagh and Joanne Cullen. New members are always welcome anytime. The U11s are doing very well learning basic plays and loads of drills. They had their first challenge against Titans and a few more are planned for the new year.


Panelists: Adam McDonagh, Jason McDonagh, AJ Cullen, Johnny King, David Tarmey, Andrew Fox, Sean Collins, Darragh Moran, Owen Hardiman, Aaron Walsh, Michael Fahy, Ciaran Wilde, Cian Fahy, Ryan Kearney, Cathal Duffy.

U12/13/14 Girls train on Mondays from 6–7pm with Mike Murray and Rebecca Hansberry and have seventeen coming to training on Monday evenings. Our next game is v Titans in Claregalway on the 8th of December at 6pm, and 13th of December v Oughterard in Killanin. These are a great bunch of girls and work hard in training.

Panelists: Ciara Kearney, Ava Murray, Katelyn O’Donoghue Moran, Katlyn Kearney, Maolissa Walsh, Jennifer Hughes, Lucy Murray, Chloe McNamara, Kate Slevin, Alana Griffin, Rebecca Moylan, Rosanna Martin, Johanna Swaitek, Shauna Brennan, Ruby Duggan, Natalia Sikorski, Kathryn Cloonan, Molly Mc Hugh.

U12/13 Boys train on Thursday evenings from 6:15–7:30pm under Liam Ryder and Keith Duggan. They are to have their first game this Thursday 4th of December with more to follow after the Christmas. There has been a good turnout at training with up to fifteen members at this age group. We also had two new players join up in recent weeks. We are training Saturdays also at 1.30pm along with James U11 team.

Panelists: Neil McLoughlin, Aaron Ryder, Enda Lawless, Brendan Hardiman, Rory Duggan, Darren Melody, Christian O’Kane, Henry O’Hare, Oisin Tobin, Jack Timothy, Matthew Fahy, Cathal Hardiman.

U15 Girls train on Fridays from 5:30–7pm and have played league matches at home v Corrib and away v Maree. Both were great matches losing by a slim margin.

U16 Boys train on Wednesdays from 5:30–7pm and Saturdays 3–4:30pm with James McDonagh and Brendan Harte.

U16 Boys in action against Titans November 2014.

U16 Boys in action against Titans November 2014.

They have a cup semi final on Thursday 10th of December in Oranmore vs Maree. They have two league games played with more to play after the Christmas break.

U16 Girls train on Fridays from 5:30–7pm and have played a cup match v Corrib and in the league away v Maree, home v Corrib. We have a great bunch of girls that are having a great time. It’s a great way to socialise and keep fit and if they win it’s a bonus. David Hansberry is the trainer and Rebecca his sister is the assistance coach you couldn’t ask for better.

Come out and support up coming games are as follows:

  • Friday 5th of December at home v Moycullen, starting at 6.30pm in the Community Centre
  • Saturday 13th of December away v Gort, starting at 12.30pm in Gort.

Panelists: U15/16 Caoimhe Keenan, Lauren Boyd, Ellen Coyle, Kate Roche, Niamh Fahy, Rachel Walsh, Shauna Flaherty, Vanessa Dinan, Jayne Conlon, Grace Gilmore, Rebecca Downes, Orla Canney, Maolissa Walsh.

U17/18 Women train on Wednesday nights from 7–8:30pm and their competitions start after Christmas. The girls have joined up with the senior team for some experience and match practice. Shannon Cullen, Rachel Gaffney, Rebecca Hansberry, Stephanie O’Connell, Michelle Coyle, Caitriona Moran, Moya Dunleavy.

Acorn Life Senior Women train on Wednesday nights from 7–8:30pm and are top of the league, going undefeated in all league games to date. There’s a good mix of ages on the team this year with the ladies welcoming ten new members to add to the twelve returning. Congratulations to Karen Campbell who also got married in November.

Acorn Life Claregalway Senior Ladies Team 2014.

Acorn Life Claregalway Senior Ladies Team 2014.

Panelists: Hannah Coen, Kate Lyons, Shannon Cullen, Michelle Coyle, Stephanie O’Connell, Caitriona Moran, Moya Dunleavy, Rebecca Hansberry, Emer Glynn, Georgina Martin, Lauren Murray, Siobhan Cullen, Mary Kate Killilea, Vanessa Creaven, Nikki Burke, Kasia Borek, Sinead Harte, Karen Campbell, Orla Sands, Una Daly, Rachel Gaffney. Coached by Mike Murray.

Senior Men are also top of the table going undefeated into the Christmas break with some superb games over the last number of weeks.

Senior Men in action vs Na Gaeil November 2014.

Senior Men in action vs Na Gaeil November 2014.

Panelists: Mike Murray, Ryan Murray, Paul Flanagan, Marius Sarapejevis, Gregor Galucha, Tony Creane, John Caulfield, Tom Lavin, Robert Bowe, David Hansberry, Daire Conway.

Social Basketball on Sunday mornings has really taken off with the ladies playing for fun. The ladies play from 10–11am and men play from 11am–12:30pm. This will recommence after Christmas.

Dates to remember

  • December 20th Christmas Family Fun Run
  • January 5th Basketball Sessions Resume
  • January 11th Social Basketball returns
  • January 23rd/24th/25th No Basketball
  • March 9th–21st No Training Due to Drama Festival
  • April Annual All Star Awards Night

Thank you all for your continued support every year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.