With a record of 7 wins and only 2 defeats the men’s team is in contention to top the league again this season. Every game in the second half of this season will be crucial as the top 5 teams are all on only 2 losses with local rivals Tyrone Towers having only lost one game. The Thunder are currently sitting in 4th position with a game in hand over league toppers Queens Eagles.
Highlights from the first half of the season include a 77-68 victory over Lisburn Phoenix in a heated season opener and an 87-54 thumping dished out in Andersonstown in November. However the most dramatic win was played out against North Star in a final second buzzer-beating shot in December.
Having only lost away to Newry by a single point and a short-handed loss to Queens on the last game before Christmas, the Thunder have great chance to be in the mix for league glory in March.
Senior home games are played on Tuesday nights – keep an eye on the club facebook page (facebook.com/omaghthunder) for details of upcoming games to attend.
The under 18s have played well this season and have been unlucky to lose out on some close games. With a mixed squad of experienced players and boys playing up from under 16 level the team has gelled well and shows great promise. A record of 2 wins and 3 losses will surely be improved upon as games get underway in 2015. Returning players Tiyrone Weir, Daz Minkus, Tiernan Doody and the McDowell brothers have developed into a well oiled starting five under the helm of first year coach Ciaran Weber.
Another first year coach has worked wonders with the under 16 boys group this season. Former junior club player Michael Mills has inherited a talented bunch of players, many of whom traveled with the club to America last summer and has molded them into a very fast and efficient scoring team. With 5 wins and only 1 loss they should dominate the league in 2015 if they can continue their current form. Charlie McKinney and Cillian Deehan amongst others have massively improved on last season after an intense 2 weeks of training on Americas east coast with the club back in July.
A fine start to the season for the under 14 boys has been led by Mark Hayes and his brother Dara as the under 14s sit second on the table with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses. Ryan Haughey has shone after remarkable improvement since last summer and with a talented bunch of young players Coach Aidan Bradly see’s a lot of potential in this group in the years to come.
- Former Omagh Thunder player Oisin Kerlin continues to have success in his basketball career in England playing for Barking Abbey Basketball Academy and semi-pro team Kent Crusaders. Having played in the Chick-Fil-A winter high school tournament in Virginia, Oisin has high hopes of a basketball scholarship in an American college next season.
- New players are welcome at all levels especially under 14s and primary school age group. Training times are as follows: Primary School Boys & Girls: Mondays 5-6pm, U14 Boys: Tuesdays 7-8pm & Thursdays 5-6pm, U16 & U18 Boys: Wednesdays 5-6pm & Fridays 4-5pm, Seniors: Tuesdays 8-10pm and Thursdays 8-9pm.
- Keep up to date with club news on facebook.com/omaghthunder.