Masters Sides will keep on dunking
After nearly two years in the planning, Basketball Ireland have finally been able to roll out a new sports initiative – The Masters National Cup competition in Basketball.
With 43 teams from all around Ireland at Over 40’s (men & women) and Over 50’s (men) willing to participate, it is certainly going to get a lot of players engaged in the game.
Most are currently playing in their regional leagues already, so to be involved at this national level is a big step up.
Mike Murray, the administrator for Masters basketball in Basketball Ireland, is delighted to see the competition come to fruition following the impact of Covid-19.
“It’s great to eventually get the Masters Cup up and running after several delays due to Covid. This event is a highly anticipated addition to the basketball calendar and it creates the opportunity for former players, most of whom are actively involved in various areas of the game, to compete at a national level”.
The Kilkenny Masters Over 40’s team have a home tie in the first round this Saturday evening (12th) in O’Loughlins Gym at 7.30pm.
The opposing team are The Vikings from Dublin, a formidable outfit made up of ex Internationals and Super League players.
The Paris Texas sponsored Kilkenny team have quality personnel in their ranks too, with newly appointed head coach Damien Brett putting the players through their paces in recent weeks, and battling it out for their starting positions.
It promises to be a very exciting game and we encourage you to go along and show your support for the men in Black & Amber!
There will be post-match drinks and entertainment in Paris Texas bar, all are welcome.
The annual Kilkenny Masters Basketball Tournament takes place on the weekend 4th-6th March, with 29 teams taking part.
Check out www.kilkennymasters.ie and Facebook for more details and fixtures.