Be­larus-bound for bas­ket­ball

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DENNEHY

TWO tal­ented Kerry bas­ket­ball play­ers are Be­larus-bound af­ter they were se­lected to take part in a five-day tour­na­ment in Minsk.

Both just 15 years old, Tim and Seán Poll­man-Daamer will fly out to Minsk, where they will take part in the Be­larus In­ter­na­tional Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment, which will take place from De­cem­ber 6 up un­til De­cem­ber 10.

They are the only two Kerry play­ers to have been cho­sen, and they will be part of an Ir­ish team that will take on Be­larus, Lithua­nia, Moldova and Poland.

Tim and Seán suc­cess­fully raised the nec­es­sary funds for the trip by hold­ing a highly suc­cess­ful bag-pack­ing fundraiser in Gar­vey’s Su­per­valu in Tralee.

The two ply their trade with both Mercy Mounthawk, where they are un­der the watch­ful eye of John Dowl­ing, and the Bal­ly­mac-based team, the TK Bob­cats, where they are coached by Liam Cul­loty.

“They’ve re­ceived great sup­port from the com­mu­nity, and they just wanted to thank ev­ery­one who has helped them with their fundrais­ing,” said the boys’ mother, Anne, when she spoke to The Ker­ry­man on Fri­day.

“It is a great hon­our for them to be cho­sen. They train very hard, and they have trained all over the coun­try. I’m very happy for them, and they’re very ex­cited them­selves as it gets closer and closer.”

Tim and Seán Poll­mann-Daamer pic­tured re­ceiv­ing a cheque from Siob­hán Cree­don of the boys bas­ket­ball team TK Bob­cats.

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