Thankfully I have been involved in the sport for over 50 years and I can remember attending the first National Cup game between Burgerland Neptune and St Vincent’s Dublin at the Blackpool venue in 1985. Times have changed since that famous day but one trait that’s thankfully hasn’t is the number of people who converge on this famous venue for major basketball games.
The one skill that O’Halloran has with players is to get them believing in their ability to win games and that was shown in the win over Fr Mathew’s.
Remember sponsorship is usually has a short life span but Tomas has remained loyal to Brunell over the past 10 years and at long last, he will have his day in the capital with a team competing at the top level of Irish basketball in a cup final.
Credit to all concerned at Neptune but players like Darragh O’Sullivan, Cian Heaphy and the Hannigan twins Scott and James are highly talented athletes and I have no doubt they will win the final in a canter.
The other Cork winners at the Neptune Stadium were Ballincollig in the President’s Cup semi-final, who drew a fine crowd to their hammering of Limerick Celtics, and Fr Mathew’s in the Women’s NICC last-four clash with Glanmire.
Roll on Tallaght in two weeks!