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Clare Masters Basketball preparing for new season

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*Action from Galway Masters 2019. Trish Blount (in blue) starts the Cascader’s fast break with Eleanor Kennedy, Ailish Linnane and Fidelma Farrell in support.

Clare Cascaders are appealing for new members to sign up to their masters team ahead of new competitions due to take place in the upcoming season.

Basketball Ireland have announced a Cup competition for Master’s basketball for both male and female in two categories, under forties and under fifties.

This will culminate in a finals weekend at the National Basketball Arena in February 2021 This is a first for the association. Heretofore Master’s Basketball has been played in tournament format, hosted by clubs.

Clare Cascaders ladies have led the charge with successful outings at the Galway and Kilkenny Masters, the most prestigious of the tournaments to date. They were pipped by a single basket in the Kilkenny 2019 Semi Final. The Men’s team turned in a strong performance at Galway making the 2017 Plate Final.

The annual Frank Gallery tournament welcomes back former players of the Claremont Admirals team of the eighties. The 2019 tournament was played at Breezy Point New York, hosted by former player Dan Leary and was an international Masters event. The ladies team had to pull out of the Kilkenny tournament this year due to COVID-19.

Apart from this new competition the Cascaders Masters will be starting workouts at the new CBS Yard MUGA facility shortly with dates and times to be announced.

Enda Byrt is hopeful more over forties will join their ranks. “A team is never reliant on an individual and the collective is the heart of the Masters Game, a strong bench and squad is essential so we want to hear from players who have passed the 40 threshold to get in touch if they are keen to extend their playing careers and most importantly join in the fun”.

Individual players who are unattached are encouraged to get in touch with a local team and they will be made welcome. Also players registered with other clubs are allowed to play with the Masters Team from their area.

For more information, contact Trish Blount (0863557749) or Enda Byrt (0857685597).

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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