Neptune coach pays tribute to basketball star

Neptune coach pays tribute to basketball star
Neptune's Liam Chandler. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THE world of Cork Basketball is in mourning today due to the sudden death of the Neptune rising basketball star Liam Chandler.

Chandler, 18, an underage Irish international, was one of the best young big men in the country, and standing at 6" 10, he was a key player in the Neptune U18, U20 and senior sides that won three cup competitions last year.

Chandler only returned back to the training court on Monday last and hopes were high he would be soon back playing the sport he loved.

For coach Paul Kelleher words cannot express how the club feel with the news they were greeted with yesterday.

“First of all our condolences go to the Chandler family on the passing of a wonderful son," Paul Kelleher said.

“I always said you could judge yourself on Liam as for an 18-year-old student at CBC, he was very clever and had high ambitions to become an engineer.

“Liam’s passing has touched everybody who had the pleasure and honour to know him, and we will never forget him.”

As a result of the passing of Chandler, Neptune's division one National league clash against Killorglin has been cancelled.

The Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell Women’s National fixture against IT Carlow tomorrow at the Parochial Hall has also been cancelled, as well as the men’s U18 National Cup fixtures scheduled for the Neptune stadium.

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