Lakes set to make a splash

Maurice O’Donoghue of Scott’s Hotel Killarney, sponsor of the new Scott’s
Lakers team pictured with team members Mark Greene, Andrew Fitzgerald, Antuan Bootle and Philip O’Connor by the lake shore at Lough Leane, Killarney.
Picture: Eamonn Keogh

NATIONAL League Basketball is about to make a long awaited welcome return to Killarney after an absence of nearly a decade.

The St Paul’s club, playing under the Scott’s Lakers banner, will open their campaign with a home game against Dublin Lions on Saturday, September 16 in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre (7.30pm).
The campaign is being launched in Scott’s Hotel, Killarney on this Friday night at 7.30pm and an open invitation is extended to everybody to
come along, meet the players and enjoy the evening.
The Killarney side has recruited 6’7″ power forward Antuan Bootle, formerly of Sam Houston State University Texas, who is joined by Bulgarian point guard Mihail Kapitanov.

Local star Andrew Fitzgerald makes a welcome return to Killarney basketball having played with Killorglin, Blue Demons and Castleisland over the past decade.

Other players with superleague experience with St Paul’s from 10 years ago include former Irish schoolboys internationals Mark Greene and Philip O’Connor.
Serbian native Vojkan Bencic is the new head coach of Scott’s Lakers and comes to Killarney with a wealth of basketball experience as a player and coach. He enjoyed a very successful playing career before establishing himself as a top class coach in several countries, including Serbia, Croatia, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, Slovenia and Hungary. For unbelievably good advertising rates call 087-2229761