Call for 49th Blitz Entries as St. Mary’s Ladies Hit the Road

Donal ‘Duke’ O’Connor.

It’s 49th annual Blitz Time

It’s that time of the year again!

By Liz Galwey, PRO

St. Mary’s Basketball Club is now taking entries for the 49th annual Christmas Blitz.

Closing date for team entries is October 31st.

Contact Donal O’Connor, tournament director on 087 6984941 or call to Murphy Sports or email: for an entry form.

Team Tom McCarthy’s players, Orla White (left) and Cassandra Buckley pictured with sponsor Tom McCarthy. The team travel to Portlaoise for their first game of the season this weekend.


Meanwhile: St. Mary’s Team Tom McCarthy’s senior women are in action this coming weekend as the ladies division league tips off around the country.

Not since the 2015/16 season has the Castleisland club played at this level. However, having won the NICC cup earlier this year, under the guidance of coach Liam Culloty, the players were anxious to take the next step and enter the national league.

Dream Became a Reality

With sponsor Tom McCarthy on board the dream quickly became a reality.

Liam Culloty confirmed that a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to get the squad to this stage.

“We have a terrific base of local players and we are delighted to welcome some new faces to the team also,” he said.

No Easy Opener

The opening game will not be an easy as their opponents, Portlaoise Panthers played at Superleague level last year but, according to Coach Culloty, Team Tom McCarthy’s are up for the challenge.

“We have a tough opener against a really good team but we will travel with a full squad and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Two Conferences

The division one ladies league will be made up of two conferences. St. Mary’s, who are the only Kerry ladies team to play in the league this season, play in the southern conference along with Maree, Limerick Celtics, U.L., Portlaoise Panthers. The Northern conference is made up of Letterkenny, Ulster University Elks, Belfast Phoenix, Trinity Meteors and Swords Thunder.

Tip off in Portlaoise this Saturday is at 7.30pm. Good Luck to them.

Home Game on 13th

Team Tom McCarthy’s will have their first home game of the season on October 13th when they tip off against U.L. Huskies at 6.30 pm in Castleisland community centre.

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