IT Carlow basketball coach Martin Conroy says teams playing back-to-back games after covid instances needs to be looked at in the league.
He was speaking after the MissQuote.ie Super League game on Saturday where Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics were forty-point victors at IT Carlow Basketball, emerging 98-58 winners.
IT Carlow Basketball also had to play at WIT Waterford Wildcats on Sunday, and they were again beaten, 78-55.
Carlow’s new American signing Lauren LePlant had 20 points, followed closely by Kilkenny’s Lucy Coogan, with 17.
IT Carlow Basketball head coach Martin Conroy said after the game: “I think we’ve finally shown that we can play at this level. The girls came out after a massively tough game yesterday (Saturday) against (Leixlip Amenities) Liffey Celtics and performed unbelievably against one of the better teams in the league”.
“Our defense was phenomenal for long periods in the game, offensively we kept them under pressure by stopping their runs and making some scores ourselves. Very proud of the way the girls played, it’s very tough to play back-to-back games at this level, especially coming off two weeks of no practices because of Covid”.
“So I think that needs to be looked at for future instances of Covid within clubs and teams. I think it is unfair for teams to be expected to play back-to-back games when they’ve had players and coaching staff go through a two-week isolation period. Again, I am very proud of our women and the way they played”.
“They are starting to get to know each other now and hopefully over the next few weeks we’ll get better and better, but also to have underage basketball back on the map because it is kind of hard to believe at this stage that Sport Ireland are stopping our kids playing basketball”.
“These kids need to be in the gym for us to have any chance of making a stronger move in Europe over the next 10 to 15 years. So let’s get our kids back in the gym and maybe Sport Ireland maybe need to look at what we give as a sport.”
InsureMyHouse.ie President’s National Cup
IT Carlow is back in action on Wednesday 3rd November where they take on the Abbey Seals Dublin Lions in the Barrow Centre at 8 pm.
Also, the quarter-final lineups have been determined for the Paudie O’Connor and President’s National Cup quarter-finals.
InsureMyHouse.ie Paudie O’Connor National Cup – Quarter-finals (Played December 4th/5th)
The Address UCC Glanmire v IT Carlow Basketball
InsureMyHouse.ie President’s National Cup – Quarter-finals (Played December 4th/5th)
McGowan’s Tolka Rovers v IT Carlow/Abbey Seals Dublin Lions
InsureMyHouse.ie Women’s Division 1 National Cup – Quarter-finals (Played December 4th/5th)
Swords Thunder v Marble City Hawks