This year’s domestic Basketball season got underway yesterday with the draw taking place for the Hula Hoops National Cups.
There will be three teams competing from Kerry in this year’s competitions, part of an expanded total of 38 now taking part around the country.
Ballincollig, having been strong at youth level for many years have now stepped up to the senior ranks making four teams from Cork City, alongside reigning National Cup Champions Glanmire, UCC Demons, and Neptune.
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The sport is on a high following the success of the Women’s U18 team making it to the final of the European Championships Division B hosted in Dublin earlier this summer.
There is no resting on laurels though as the Senior Women’s team will get the chance to emulate them in 2018 when Ireland hosts the European Small Nations Cup.
They are helping themselves in terms of promotion and publicity too, with yesterday’s draws streamed live and a first pilot show of a new Facebook programme ‘Time Out’ being broadcast yesterday evening and attracting an audience of over 2,000.
Initiatives like this serve to bring together the basketball community and provide news and information on the tournaments and the players that was once the exclusive domain of mainstream media.
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