A Donegal, Derry, Sligo Select, a team made up of players selected from Derry, Donegal and Sligo clubs - Northstar B.C., Derry; Letterkenny Blaze B.C. and Sligo Giant Warriors B.C. came together with host club Donegal Town B.C. for trials in both Letterkenny and Donegal Town over the course of 5 weeks where they had wins over Tyrone Towers ladies and a combo ladies team from County Donegal while the lads had a win over Donegal Dragons..
There was a great standard of basketball from start to finish and gave the players that bit of regular ball at a higher standard which will help all the players improve. Basketball Northern Ireland did the same and their East Ulster side were the hosts for this first time event in Queens University in Belfast.
Queens University themselves also took part playing our teams first in both the boys and girls. Our lads team had a great win against a team boasting National league players and one of the country’s top talents in Caolan Cairns who plays for Penn College in Division 1 in the College game in America, a standard very few Irish players have ever reached. He is currently home getting rehab for an injury and togged out against our lads which was a great thrill for our team to play against him . DDS Select eventually won by 12 points in a great game.
The girls also had a tough challenge in the form of Queens who boasted some fine players with a few of them playing Super League Basketball for Ulster Rockets which is the highest league in the country. Our girls led the whole way only to go down by 2 points in a cracker of a game. A wonderful high standard from the girls.
Both our teams then took on East Ulster in their own age groups with both sides coming away with great wins. Great to see such interest in this concept from the top players in the area and we hope to keep it going with further challenges next season. Thanks to all the players and coaches for their efforts. A great honor for these players to get selected and they did they themselves and their clubs proud . Well done to them all and good luck to the U16s.
U-18 Select GirlsTeam (Donegal Derry Sligo) - Blaze players Laura Kelly, Clodagh Brennan, Sinéad Hession and Rose Boyle - Sligo Giant Warriors Players Marian Leahy, Rhiannon Roberts - Donegal Town B.C. Players Ruta Balezentyty (c), Kelly Harron, Lauren Mc Sharry, Maeve Liston, Holly Marie Carty - Colaiste Cholmcile Ballyshannon Claudia Coughlin
U-18 Select Boys Team (Donegal Derry Sligo) - Regional Winners today at Queens PEC with Pat Hickey, Caolan Harrigan, Jordan McClelland, Matthew Curley, Andrew McGeever. Peter Lynch, Cian Hickey, Tadhg Hickey, Mark Thornton,
On May 11th in Donegal Town the u16 Girls Select team take on Mayo and East Ulster. The DDS
Select U16 Girls
Kate O Neill Donegal Town,
Holly Marie Carty Donegal Town,
Roise Keown Colaiste Cholmcile Ballyshannon
Claudia Coughlan Colaiste Cholmcile Ballyshannon
Aine Mc Gettigan Blaze,
Carol Kelly Blaze,
Sarah Boyce Blaze,
Ellen Campbell Donegal Town,
Matea Leaghy Sligo Giant Warriors
Aoife Leaghy Sligo Giant Warriors
Aisling Nee Blaze,
Alisha Mc Menamin Blaze,
Megan Brennan Blaze,
Coach Stephen Carty Donegal Town.
On Sunday 12th in Letterkenny Blaze sees the u16 boys host Mayo and East Ulster. DDS Under 16 Boys Panel:
Thomas Vaughan Blaze; .
John Mc Intyre Blaze,
Gary Coyle North Star,
Sean Mc Gettigan Blaze,
Jack Knox North Star,
John Bonner North Star,
Raymond Rodgers Blaze,
Kevin Kealy Blaze,
David Wilson North Star,
Dylan Kennedy Donegal Town,
Nathan Ward Donegal Town,
Mathew Oates Donegal Town,
Coach Kevin Sinclair Donegal Town,
Thanks to All Sports Donegal Town for sponsoring the T Shirts and for their continued support of Basketball in Donegal