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Tradehouse Central Ballincollig's Dylan Corkery is challenged by Oisin O'Reilly of Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Tradehouse Central Ballincollig's Dylan Corkery is challenged by Oisin O'Reilly of Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers. Picture: Denis Minihane.
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Ballincollig Basketball Club is ready for take off with the Super League in sight

THE biggest home game in the history of Ballincollig Basketball Club takes place this afternoon.

After losing just twice in their 24 regular season games and retaining the President’s Cup, Tradehouse Central Ballincollig are just two wins away from promotion to the SuperLeague.

Kieran O’Sullivan’s charges host Dublin Lions at 4pm today in Ballincollig Community School and if they deliver in front of their raucous supporters, they will travel to Waterford IT on Sunday against the winners of Éanna and Killarney.

The losers of that promotion game tomorrow will still have another shot at going up to the SuperLeague, in a play-off against Neptune, but the Collig will be eager to get the job done this weekend.

Tradehouse Central Ballincollig's Jack Kelly. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Tradehouse Central Ballincollig's Jack Kelly. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Ballincollig landed the Southern Conference crown while Éanna were victorious in the Northern region, losing just twice all season, once in the league and once in the cup and both times to the Leesiders.

Coach O’Sullivan believes Ballincollig will be fully prepared as they bid to end a campaign where they retained the President’s Cup on a real high.

“The players are well equipped to face the tough assignments that face them. We are mentally focused and our fitness levels are good so, no excuses, we will simply be ready.”

Dublin Lions have a decent American in Conroy Baltimore, but Andre Nation has been sensational this term. The former Division 1 college player has offered up a constant highlight reel of vicious slam-dunks and devastating drives.

Andre Nation on the move. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Andre Nation on the move. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Ciarán O’Sullivan is the playmaker and spiritual leader of Ballincollig, while homegrown players Colin Murray, Issac James, Daniel O’Sullivan, Andrew O’Connor, Alex Chandler and Dylan Corkery are integral to the squad.

Ballincollig Tradehouse Central's Ciarán O'Sullivan finishes to the hoop. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Ballincollig Tradehouse Central's Ciarán O'Sullivan finishes to the hoop. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Former Neptune ace Ian McLoughlin has proved a shrewd recruit, nabbing the MVP gong in the cup final, while Waterford native Jack Kelly and sharp-shooter Steven O’Sullivan have also been consistent.

“It’s incredible to see the club challenging for promotion in just their second year in the national league,” said Edward Burke, general manager of their sponsors Tradehouse Central.

“To retain the President’s Cup was a great achievement and everyone in Ballincollig is hoping they can follow up now with another trophy.”

Ian McLoughlin of Tradehouse Central Ballincollig in action. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Ian McLoughlin of Tradehouse Central Ballincollig in action. Picture: Denis Minihane.