Junior and Senior training is underway already but there is still time to join before games start in mid October.
Here are the training times for all teams.
JUNIOR TRAINING TIMES
MONDAYS 4-5PM – U12 BOYS & GIRLS
MONDAYS 5-6PM – U14 BOYS
TUESDAYS 8.30-9.30pm– U18 BOYS AT OLC WITH SENIORS WEDNESDAYS – 4.30-5.30PM – U16 BOYS
THURSDAYS 5-6PM – U14 BOYS
FRIDAYS 4-5PM – U16 & U18 BOYS
TUESDAYS 8.30-9.30PM OMAGH LEISURE CENTRE THURSDAYS 8-10PM STATION CENTRE
Registration form for junior players can be found here.
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.
The club had a great night at our Awards Dinner in the Silverbirch Hotel last Thursday 24th April.
We were joined by our guests from USA who along with the players, were treated to superb entertainment from Omagh Community Youth Choir. Thank you to all who attended and helped organise the event.
All photos from the evening can be viewed on our facebook page by clicking here.
Here are the list of our award winners. Well done to all!
MVP – Stephen McGlynn
Most Improved – Padraig Donovan
Defensive Player of the Year – Stephen McGlynn
Rookie of the Year – Devin McKellar
Under 16 Boys
MVP – Tiyrone Weir
Most Improved – Jack Hall
Team Spirit – Adam McDowell
Under 14 Boys
MVP – Mark Hayes
Most Improved – Ronan Bradley
Team Spirit – Dara Hayes
Under 12 Boys and Girls
MVP – Sean Corry
Most Improved – Siobhan McCullagh
Team Spirit – Aidan McDowell
BNI Division 2 Playoff Semi Final
Omagh Thunder vs Newry Flyers
A busy week for the Omagh men started last Tuesday taking on the Newry Flyers on their home court at the Station Centre.
The Thunder were pumped up for this semi-final encounter and raced out to an early lead with Devin McKellar and Stephen McGlynn dominating under the basket. The Omagh big men ripped down offensive rebounds for easy scores and intimidated Newry on the defensive end with some huge blocked shots.
Omagh’s guards were knocking down their outside shots and defending well to stretch the lead out over the second and third quarter to give a comfortable 30 point lead going into the last quarter. The Thunder secured the win and their place in the final vs Magherafelt in De La Salle Sports Complex in Andersonstown the following Sunday.
Omagh Thunder 77
Newry Flyers 53
BNI Division 2 Playoff Final
Omagh Thunder vs Magherafelt Titans
The Thunder seniors had split their games with the Titans in the league this season; Omagh winning in the last second back in November and Magherafelt beating Omagh by 12 on their home court in January.
Both teams had a slow start to the game with some big-game nerves showing. Magherafelt edged the first quarter behind aggressive rebounding and a lot of free-throws. Omagh were struggling to find and offensive rhythm early on but eventually countered back with some great ball movement and outside shooting to narrow the Titans lead to 5 points at halftime.
In the third quarter Omagh fought hard to come back into the game closing the gap to 2 points with 2 minutes to go in the quarter. Magherafelt then went on a scoring spree, taking advantage of Omagh’s slow transition defense to score 11 easy points from layups in the final 2 minutes. This was a dagger in Omagh’s back leaving them reeling going into the final quarter.
The Thunder defense improved to start the final quarter but they could not find the bottom of the net to decrease the deficit. Overall the Magherafelt lads out-rebounded and out-ran Omagh to secure the win and win the playoff cup by 20 points.
The loss was a disappointing end to the season but the Thunder seniors have had a great run winning 14 of 17 games overall and winning the BNI Division 2 league title. Next season Omagh Thunder will move onwards and upwards to Division 1 for a new challenge.
Omagh Thunder 41
Magherafelt Titans 61
Omagh Thunder Seniors beat Banbridge Eagles to top BNI Division 2 with a record of 12 wins and 2 losses. They now face Newry Fliers in the playoff semi finals for a place in the final on Sunday 30th March.
Omagh’s boys enjoyed a successful Saturday of basketball last week when Andersontown Tigers came to visit.
The Under 14 boys took to the floor first and dominated from the get go. Ronan Bradley led the attack at the point guard position with superb support from Odhran McDonald as they linked up for 14 points between them in the first quarter for a 16-3 lead.
A change in personnel from coach Aidan Bradley in the second quarter saw Mark Hayes take charge and drop in 10 points to increase the lead further.
The Thunder lads enjoyed a comfortable second half with young players showing great potential on the court. Young players Dara Hayes and Oran Toal made some fantastic moves and added to the score sheet proving that this is a group with a lot of future talent for the club.
Omagh Thunder U14 – 51
A’Town Tigers U14 – 25
The Under 16 boys were hoping to build on the victory of the Under 14s and they had a great first quarter as Tiyrone Weir dominated at the centre position. The Tiger’s centre had no answers for Weir’s moves and strength under the basket and Omagh had built a 12-4 lead as the second quarter started.
The Tigers were not ready to allow another runaway win however and fought back in the second quarter as they played superb defence consistently stole the ball from Omagh’s guards. At halftime the lead had been reduced to 1 point but in the third quarter Weir re-entered the game after a rest and picked up where he left off.
Ably assisted by Adam McDowell controlling the game at point guard, Weir racked up 28 points in the game. While Weir scored inside, Jack Hall had a scoring run of 3 long jump shots in successive possessions to push Omagh out into a 18 point lead which would seal the game for them.
Omagh Thunder U16 – 49
A’Town Tigers U16 – 36
Check out the game winning shot from our first game of the season on our Youtube channel – click the link below.
You can download and print registration forms for the 2013-14 season by on our documents page.
Please return forms and funds to your coach as soon as possible to make sure you are eligible to play for the club this season.
The new season will start the first week of September in the Station Centre. Training times will be announced shortly. Check back for more details soon.