Yesterday marked the first game of the National League for IT Carlow basketball, and it was a memorable one. We came out on top of Fr. Matthews 88-66, with only 5 players dressed for the game. Due to some injuries, conflicts with the game time, and most importantly, the All Ireland Final, we were left with only 5 healthy bodies for the game. However my teammates did not make excuses, and battled the entire game putting on a brilliant display.
Words can’t explain how great it felt to get back on the court for a regular season game. My senior year in college was cut in half due to an injury in the first couple minutes of the season, and being able to play again in a meaningful scenario was a dream come true. One of the best parts about the weekend was the fact that the game was streamed live on Facebook for everyone at home to see. It was truly mind blowing seeing all the texts from friends and family back home talking about how they watched the game and how much they enjoyed it.
I also had the pleasure this week of meeting the U16 team that I will be coaching for the rest of the year. With only a short hour to get acquainted, and have a practice, we made some great strides as a team. Once everyone got a feel for each other and loosened up, we were able to get to work. It was extremely surprising to see the level of focus and attentiveness that the guys brought to practice. I can tell already after one session that it’s going to be a productive and fun year with these guys.