Old Leighlin basketball club season finished with a flourish with awards in the Kilkenny South East league recently . With the last games played teams across all age groups teams were very competitive with cup wins for the u12 girls and the u14 girls and league wins for the u14 girls and U13s boys. The club also had runners up in the cup in U13s boys ,u14 boys ,u16 boys , u18 boys and league runners up in u12 girls and ladies.
The awards nights for Kilkenny South East celebrated victories in league and cup and also recognized the Most Valuable Player in each age group. The MVPs were selected by votes from all clubs in the league along with the executive committee.
Old Leighlin club members scooped three of these awards this year .
The ladies league most valuable player award went to Caoimhe O’Neill . Caoimhe scored a massive 191 points in the ladies league last season and another 121 points in the u18 league making her top scorer in both leagues. She was pivotal in helping the ladies team to finish joint second in the league and at just 16 years of age also made a breakthrough to National League basketball by dual playing with her club teams and also playing with Kilkenny based team Marble City Hawks who won the National league title this year and will move to Super League next season .
Jack Kehoe received the U13s boys MVP of the league , Jack was top scorer in the U13s league with the Eagles team and always a leader on the court captained them to league success and runners up position in the cup. Jack along with some of this team mates are doing trials with the south east schools and club academy teams and traveled to the All Ireland Club Championships with the u14 team earlier this year.
Siofra O’Neill proved that her big sister wasn’t the only talented basketball player in the O’Neill clan and was awarded the MVP of the u14 girls div 2. Siofra was top scorer in the division and captained the team to win both the cup and the league titles and also played with the u16 team last season.