Ire­land calls for Drogheda bas­ket­ballers

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

DROGHEDA’S grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing top-class young bas­ket­ball tal­ent has been fur­ther en­hanced this week with news of two in­ter­na­tional se­lec­tions.

St Oliver’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege pupils Kate Kelly and Wede Esajo­bor have been named in the lat­est Ire­land Un­der-16 squads fol­low­ing a tough se­lec­tion process that has seen hun­dreds of in­ter­na­tional hope­fuls whit­tled down over the past few months.

Fif­teen-year-old Kate, a for­mer All-Ire­land Schools shot putt cham­pion with her ath­let­ics club Boyne AC who also plays Gaelic with New­town Blues, is among the 20 play­ers re­main­ing in the girls bas­ket­ball squad, with one fi­nal ‘cut’ to be made be­fore an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment in Be­larus in De­cem­ber.

Kate was in­flu­en­tial in her club Drogheda Sparks’ 44-36 home vic­tory over Ca­van Ea­gles in the North East League at the week­end.

Also prom­i­nent for the Sparks were Nikola Busa, Ome Eso­jo­bar, Ciara Ni Criosta, Ava Pren­der­gast and Ava Briscoe.

Wede, who plays for the Drogheda Bul­lets club, is one of 18 play­ers coun­try-wide who has made it into the lat­est Ire­land Boys Un­der-16 squad and he too will be hop­ing to rep­re­sent his coun­try in Be­larus just be­fore Christ­mas, with the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships to come in 2019.

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