Meteors take flight

by Gazette Reporter
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METEORS Ladies Basketball club are celebrating being 50 years young this year, and while there’s been time set out for nostalgia, the Stillorgan club are targeting a big year on the court.
Speaking about the upcoming season, Meteor’s Brian Reid gave some insight into the club’s plans for celebrating the milestone as well its ambitions on the court for the year ahead.
The main celebration event, a gala dinner, will take place at Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel on November 14 with RTE’s sports broadcaster Jacqui Hurley acting as compere on the night.
“We’d be expecting around 200-250 at the gala which will be the main night to celebrate us as one of the oldest basketball club’s in the country, especially as a women’s club,” said Reid on the event.
“We’re also going to launch a commemorative book all about the club and its history which will be the first time the full history will be written down for all involved to read.
“The book will be available at the gala dinner and we’re expecting it to be very popular.”
Reid informed GazetteSport that there will also be a number of other nights and events for the calendar ahead which will see a number of players from the past reunite and celebrate their time at the club.
“While everyone is looking forward to the gala and the similar events, the club are also completely focused on doing well on the court,” said the Meteors man.
“We’re an amateur club, operating on a shoestring budget so we have to make sure our limited resources are used correctly to develop and improve our players.
“We use brilliant facilities at Colaiste Iosagain and Rosemont which we use for our Under-8s all the way to our seniors and have some of the best coaches in the country developing our players.
“That shows how committed we are in keeping this club going way beyond the 50-year mark,” he added.
With all the positivity floating around the club’s Stillorgan and Sandyford bases over the next few months, we asked Reid if he believed if it could boost their chances of success in this new season.
“I think that’s exactly the case,” Reid answered.
“There’ll be a feel-good atmosphere around the club for a number of months now and hopefully we can bring that to the court and make it the club’s most successful year to date.”

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