Report: Enda Walshe
THE Covid curse has put paid to in-form Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s first game of 2022 as opponents, Carlow IT, are unable to travel to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre to keep their date next Saturday evening.
St Paul’s officials tried to move fixtures around to bring forward another home game and play it this weekend but the effort proved unsuccessful.
It was due to be the first of three home fixtures in a row as Lakers are scheduled to face Fr Matthews on the last weekend in January and Waterford IT Vikings on the opening weekend of February.
Having finished 2021 with a flourish, with wins over the Limerick Celtics and Killarney Cougars, the Lakers are now getting into play-off contention and with five home fixtures to come, a serious challenge can be mounted.
The Lakers’ recent run of form sees them in confident mood and with a full squad now available, the training sessions can be used to work on game plays and help build up the squad chemistry.
Canadian Godwin Boahen has settled in well and his full repertoire of skills has lit up the league. His diminutive presence on court makes him a player to watch but what might go unnoticed is his ability to defend, which isn’t too shabby either.
Coach Jarlath Lee will certainly be pleased with the groundwork Rui Saravia, Paul Clarke, Mark O’Shea and David Gleeson are doing and their work etiquette is proving very productive on court.
Bulgarian Emilian Grudov, himself not long onto his 20s, is enjoying a good run of form, scoring freely, while the impact of Jamie O’Sullivan, gaining valuable experience, is vital as he provides another scoring threat when on song.
Youngsters Senan O’Leary, Daniel Carroll and Lorcan Keane continue to benefit from court time, something coach Lee certainly appreciates, while the contribution of Ben Flavin, when college commitments allow, will be another boost to the squad.
As always, the club will be looking to its underage set-up when needed and Mark Sheehan, Jason Lee, Jack O’Sullivan and Luke Crowley are seen as real prospects.