Thrillers and High Scoring Games the Order for St. Mary’s

St. Mary's Basketball Club Coach, Paudie Fleming and his U-12A team which defeated KCYMS at Castleisland Community Centre. Included are, front from left: Gerard Costello, Shane Kelliher, Eoghan Shire, Ben O'Donoghue, Cian Downey, Isaac Brosnan and Patrick Brosnan. Back row: Eoin Brennan, Mint O'Connor, Christopher Devane, Larry Nolan, Max O'Connell, Killian Dennehy and Coach Fleming.
St. Mary’s Basketball Club Coach, Paudie Fleming and his U-12A team which defeated KCYMS at Castleisland Community Centre. Included are, front from left: Gerard Costello, Shane Kelliher, Eoghan Shire, Ben O’Donoghue, Kian Downey, Isaac Brosnan and Patrick Brosnan. Back row: Eoin Brennan, Mint O’Connor, Christopher Devane, Larry Nolan, Max O’Connell, Killian Dennehy and Coach Fleming.

U-12 Boys Division 1 St. Mary’s v KCYMS – A Thriller 

A thriller of a game took place in Castleisland on Wednesday of last week between St. Mary’s and KCYMS U-12 Boys Division One.

By Liz Galwey, PRO.

The home team had a strong opening quarter; they were accurate and consistent with both Killian Dennehy and Eoghan Shire in fine shooting form.

While the visitors were well able to handle the ball, and huge efforts was made by Jake Sparks, they were repeatedly met by a strong defence in the St. Mary’s team in Ben O’Donoghue, Larry Nolan and Evan Brennan.

First Quarter Score

This gave them little chance to get shots off and resulted in a first quarter score of eight points to nil in favour of the home team.

KCYMS had a stronger second period. Niall Tadhg O’Brien registered their first score quarter just two minutes in.

St. Mary’s had shot opportunities but failed to find their target in the early part and good rebounding by Killorglin’s Darragh Foley ensured that they got no second chances despite some great challenges from Pat Brosnan.

Scores from Costello and Devane

Eoin O’Connell had a huge seven points in this period for the visitors but as the quarter progressed St. Mary’s Gerard Costello and Chris Devane registered scores for their side to keep them ahead and leave the half time score at 12 points to 9.

The third quarter was closely fought with Castleisland’s Eoghan Shire and Evan Brennan hitting the target and good defence from Isaac Brosnan while Killorglin’s Jake Sparks and Conor Buckley kept their side in touch.

The home team came out on top once again by a single point.

Back in the Game

St. Mary’s led 21 points to 17 going into the final seven minutes. Eoin O’Connell hit the first basket of the final quarter for KCYMS. St. Mary’s introduced Max O’Connell and Shane Kelliher in this quarter but lost Kelliher to injury.

Kian Downey and Mint O’Connor registered scores for the home side who went up 25 point to 19 in the early part after some great attacks. O’Connell and Darragh Foley got some great scores and rebounds to bring KCYMS back into the game.

Great Rebound by Downey

A great rebound and a forward pass by Kian Downey set up a fast break in which he finished with a lay-up. Some quick scores by KCYMS brought them back again, with just six seconds remaining Darragh Foley levelled the game.

St. Mary’s made the most of this final possession and quickly got the ball down to court to Chris Devane who popped it in the net for a win on the buzzer.

Final Score: St. Mary’s 31. KCYMS 29.

St. Mary’s: Eoghan Shire 13, Chris Devane 6, Kian Downey 4, Killian Dennehy 2, Gerard Costello 2, Evan Brennan 2, Mint O’Connor 2. Isaac Brosnan, Larry Nolan, Shane Kelliher, Ben O’Donoghue, Max O’Connell, Pat Brosnan.

KCYMS: Eoin O’Connell 15, Darragh Foley 4, Conor Buckley 4, Jake Sparks 4, Niall Tadhg O’Brien 2, Denis McGeeever, Alex Garry, Cian Kissane, Rian Hogan.

Division Two Men: St. Mary’s V Killarney Cougars

St. Mary’s had home advantage in this division two men’s clash on Sunday.

The home side had a strong opening with Chris Brosnan winning most defensive rebounds and Michael Broderick in fine shooting form. The home side led by eleven having had some great steals and fast breaks by Darragh McCarthy and Frank O’Rahilly but Cougars Dan Doonan hit a basket on the buzzer to leave the score at the end of the first 18 points to nine in favour of St. Mary’s.

Cougars made a good comeback in the second quarter and outscored St. Mary’s by six reducing the gap and leaving the half time score at 31 points to 28.

Michael Broderick and Maurice Casey hit early baskets in the third quarter and it as two and a half minutes in before Darren Gaffney replied for Cougars. The home side were the better by far again in this quarter outscoring the Killarney side by 11 and going ahead by 14 as the sides entered the final quarter.

Cougars brought it back to seven as the final quarter progressed but a big three from Maurice Casey followed by another from James O’Sullivan saw St. Mary’s take the game.

Final Score: St. Mary’s 70 Killarney Cougars 5.

Top scorers for St. Mary’s: Michael Broderick 18, Maurice Casey 12, Chris Brosnan 11

Killarney Cougars: Darren Gaffney 14, Pa Murphy 12, Dan Doonan 12

St. Mary’s Basketball Club news

There were some close and exciting club games this week both home and away. There were also some incredibly high scoring juvenile games. Well done to our U-10 teams who had their second blitz win of the season.


U-18 boys Gneeveguilla 96 St. Mary’s 77

U-12 girls A St. Mary’s 45 Gneeveguilla 16

Division 2 men St. Mary’s 70 Killarney Cougars 51

U-16 girls B St. Mary’s 53 Rathmore 49 in overtime having been behind by 12 at one stage in ordinary time!

U-14 girls division 1 33 Cahersiveen 20

U-12 boys division 1 40 Rathmore 54

U-12 boys division 1 31 KCYMS 29

U-14 girls division 1 61 KCYMS 18


Friday November 24th

U-16 boys division 3 play Rathmore in CCC at 6pm

U-18 girls division 1 play Cahersiveen in CCCat 7pm

Sunday November 26th

U-16 boys division1 meet Tralee Imperials in CCC at 1pm

Division 2 ladies meet Ballybunion in CCC at 3pm

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