Garvey’s Tralee Warriors took a break from preparations for their opening game of the 2020/2021 Super League season this weekend to launch their campaign at their major sponsor Garvey’s Supervalu store in Tralee on Tuesday evening. The Warriors will get their season underway when take on the Super League newcomers Tradehouse Central Ballincollig on Saturday afternoon at the Ballincollig Community School with tip off at 4.00pm.
The 2019 Super League champions have seen a number of changes both on and off the court since the sudden and dramatic conclusion to last season.
John Dowling has replaced Pat Price as Head Coach. Dowling served as Assistant Coach to both Price and Mark Bernsen and will be assisted by Gareth Moore
On the court the Warriors have a new look squad with a number of recruits brought in to replace some significant names . Former captain Darren O’Sullivan, Ivan Bogdanovic, Darragh O’Hanlon and Patrick McCarthy have all stepped aside, Paul Dick has transferred to Belfast Star and young guns Daire Kennelly, Leroy Odiahi and Rap Buivydas have all moved Stateside .
The Warriors coaching team have brought in four new signings with Americans Matthew Hart coming in as point guard and Matthew Ashley set to play at Number 2 or 3, Troy McIndoe from London, who has played in Spain and more recently with Reading Rockets, is set to provide some power and strength under the board and Cian O’Sullivan who returns to his home town of Tralee after a four year stint playing US college basketball. A number of the U20 squad have stepped up to the senior ranks including Stephen Bowler, James Fernane, Keelan Crowe, Zygimantas Kalekta as well as twin brothers Aaron and Padraig Fleming. They join Daniel Jokubaitis and the Warriors stalwarts of Kieran Donaghy, Eoin Quigley and team captain Fergal O’Sullivan to complete the Warriors roster for the campaign ahead.
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors first home game of the season is set for Saturday night 24th October in the Tralee Sports Complex. In line with current restrictions the game will be played behind closed doors and is due to tip off at 7.30pm.
Details in relation to streaming of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors games will be outlined on the club’s social media platforms in the coming week.