The West Cork town is proving the game isn’t exclusively the preserve of the blue bloods on Leeside like Neptune and Demons. At second level their schools’ teams are mixing it with the best from around the country, their underage is thriving for boys and girls, and both their men’s sides collected trophies in 2018-‘19.
It helped he came through Neptune’s famed academy, a production line of internationals. “I started out when I was six or seven years of age and I was coached by some of the best, Noelie Allen, Seanie Murphy, Martin Aherne and more.”
“The school is very accessible in terms of allowing kids to try basketball out and the underage numbers are incredible really. There’s a big interest from the younger ages and you can see that at U10 training for boys and girls.”
Model Emily Ratajkowski, who has Bantry links, tweeted congrats to Bantry when they landed school silverware in 2018. We better give her the heads up that there’s more to come, next season and beyond.