Portlaoise Panthers are certainly making huge strides for themselves on the national and international basketball scene.
Fresh from seeing the Scoil Chríost Rí basketball team (who are all Panthers) coming home from the ISF world championships in Greece, four more Panthers are set to represent Ireland again.
Grainne and Deirdre Tomlinson, Ann-Marie Troy and Pam Grogan have been selected to represent Ireland in the World Masters Basketball Championship this July/August in Finland.
All four women are competed in the first ever Midland Ladies Masters basketball team in the Masters basketball circuit.
Most of the team reached their milestone age of 40 to enable them to participate in Masters basketball with the allowance of a 2 to 3 on the squad over 35 years.
Masters basketball is a huge deal in Ireland and with waiting lists to gain access into tournaments nationwide.
Masters Basketball is extremely competitive with most teams carrying ex-international, ex-super league and national league players.
The Masters circuit started in Kilkenny and moves onto the prestigious Dublin Masters International Tournament in May, finishing the season in November with Galway as its final destination.
At the helm for the ladies is the current Panther’s women’s National League coach, Peter Duignan.