Omagh Thunder Seniors are now 3-0! 90-72 point win vs Magherafelt Titans! 36 points for Charlie McKinney!
On Thursday 19th October, Omagh Thunder welcomed the mighty Magherafelt Titans basketball club for Omagh’s first home game of the season. Omagh were looking forward to this matchup, coming off of two away wins against tough competition. With a good crowd present, Omagh were in the zone and ready to play.
The first quarter started with Tiyrone Weir dominating the post, starting with an early basket and foul. The points quickly racked for both teams with Magherafelt being ahead with a few minutes left however, two 3 pointers from Charlie McKinney and Conall McCann contributing under the rim, Omagh got a good lead 23-16 at the end of the first. Cillian Deehan started the second quarter with a 3 pointer and Ronan Bradley was fouled on a made basket, knocking down the free throw that came with it. Tiyrone Weir then went on his own rampage quickly netting 8 points. Charlie McKinney ended the half with a 7-point run of his own, leaving Omagh Thunder 51-38 up. Good ball movement around the Magherafelt zone defence meant that Omagh weren’t turning the ball over much and were getting good looks.
In the 3rd quarter, Cillian Deehan kept his shooting touch, hitting another 3 pointer with Padraig Donovan netting his own 3. Good ball movement from Omagh saw them get good open shots that they were able to knock down. By the end of the 3rd quarter Omagh were running away with a score line 72-55. Magherafelt had other ideas in mind. With the 4th quarter starting, C McCoy had his fair share of points for Magherafelt, and with the assistance of his teammates, brought Omagh’s lead down to only 10 points at one stage. Charlie McKinney however went on his own 3 point shooting spree, knocking down 4 of his 7 three pointers in the fourth quarter, combining for 14 points in the quarter alone, pushing Omagh’s lead back out and with Eoin Callaghan and Tiyrone Weir contributing as well, Omagh ended the game winners 90-72. Omagh are now 3 wins from 3 for the season topping the table.
MVP honours were split between Tiyrone Weir with 20 points and 8 blocks and Charlie McKinney with 36 points! Omagh Welcome United LT from Cookstown next Thursday at 8:15pm in the Station Centre and hope to continue their unbeaten run. All support welcome!
On Thursday 12th October, Omagh Thunder Senior Men’s hit the road once again, this time away to Belfast Phoenix where they were expecting another tough matchup following last weeks close win against Ballymena. Two away games against top teams to start the season is no easy task but Omagh went into the game with a good mentality.
Omagh started the game matching Phoenix basket for basket with Tiyrone Weir, Charlie McKinney and Padraig Donovan leading Omagh in scoring. The quarter ended 16-16 and the game was already looking to go down to the wire. Omagh came out in the second quarter however, with a new defensive strategy and went on a 20-0 run in the quarter to sail into the lead. Phoenix weren’t able to handle the new defence and their shots weren’t falling allowing Omagh to gain momentum that didn’t seem to stop in the quarter. The first half ended with Omagh 36-16 up and in a comfortable position.
Phoenix weren’t going to give up easily as within the first few minutes of the 3rd, they had clawed back to within 10 points and forcing lots of turnovers for Omagh. Tiyrone Weir played a huge part in keeping Omagh ahead by the end of the quarter, being dominant in the post. Omagh were up by 14 points going into the final quarter 50-36. In the last quarter Omagh were able to maintain their lead and a couple of fast break baskets saw them finish the game with a score line 61-41. Phoenix were great competition but a great second quarter by Omagh Thunder saw them take a comfortable lead that they were able to maintain. Tiyrone Weir took MVP honours with 19 points.
Omagh are home this Thursday 19th October at 8:15pm in the Station Centre to Magherafelt Titans. All support welcome for our first home game of the season!
On Saturday 7th October, Omagh Thunder’s U18 men took to the court to face off against Belfast Phoenix. Omagh were already at a disadvantage having only 5 players against a full Phoenix squad. Despite this Omagh got off to a good start with Ronan Bradley, Oisin Corry and Odhran McDonald contributing throughout. However, with only 5 players Omagh quickly were losing the tempo and Phoenix took full advantage, coming out winners 68-39. Ronan Bradley lead Omagh with 22 points.
The U18 teams next game is on 28th October at home to United LT, all support is welcome!
On Thursday 5th October, Omagh Thunder made the journey to Ballymena to face off in their first league game of the season. Omagh knew Ballymena were going to be good competition from last season and went into the game knowing it was going to be a tough game. Charlie McKinney opened the game up early with a 3 pointer, quickly following it up with a trip to the free throw line for 2 free throws. Padraig Donovan and Ronan McKenna both helped on the offensive end with 3’s of their own, however a run by Ballymena saw them take the first quarter with a 1 point lead, 12-11. In the second quarter Ballymena came out strong with some quick baskets and extended their lead. Omagh were struggling to keep up with the pace and with crucial baskets from Tiyrone Weir and Padraig Donovan, Omagh ended the first half down 26-21. A change in defensive strategy going into the 3rd quarter meant that Omagh was able to capitalise on the defensive rebounds and push the ball forward, allowing Cillian Deehan and Charlie McKinney claiming vital 3 pointers to reduce Ballymena’s lead to 37-34. Going into the last quarter Omagh pushed hard with Tiyrone Weir being the driving force behind Omagh’s baskets with 6 points in the last quarter. Padraig Donovan and Charlie McKinney also contributed baskets of their own to push Omagh ahead in the dying minutes. Superb defence and control of the tempo from Omagh saw them win the quarter 10-2 and getting the win 44-39. MVP honours went to Tiyrone Weir and Charlie McKinney.
Omagh Thunder are on the road again next Thursday facing against Belfast Phoenix, before returning home for their first home game in the Station Centre against Magherafelt on Thursday 19th, Tip off 8:15pm.
Seniors face Ballymena away on Thursday night at 8.15pm and U18 Boys play Phoenix at home on Saturday at 12noon.
Full training time below. Still time for new players to join in!
MONDAYS 4-5PM – U12 BOYS & GIRLS
MONDAYS 5-6PM – U14 BOYS
TUESDAYS 8.30-9.30PM – U18 BOYS AT OLC
WEDNESDAYS – 4.30-5.30PM – U16 BOYS
THURSDAYS 5-6PM – U14 BOYS
FRIDAYS 4-5PM – U16 & U18 BOYS
TUESDAYS 8.30-9.30PM AT THE LEISURE CENTRE
THURSDAYS 8-10PM AT THE STATION CENTRE
Junior basketball is back from 11th September! The club welcomes new players at all age levels but especially at under 14 boys level.
Registration day is this Thursday 7th September at 5pm in the Station Centre. New players are welcome to come along, meet the coaches and shoot hoops.
Full junior training programme below with all sessions at the Station Centre.
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
BC Wolves vs Omagh Thunder
Last week Omagh Thunder seniors travelled to Cookstown to face BC Wolves in a pre-season friendly ahead of the 2017/18 season.
A good start from Omagh saw them leading at the end of the first quarter by 2 points with consistent shooting from Padraig Donovan with Tiyrone Weir and Charlie McKinney adding to the score sheet early on. By half time Omagh were trailing by 10 points with some good outside scoring and inside dominance from Cookstown.
However Omagh came out into the 3rd quarter fast and quickly brought the game level again and leading into the 4th quarter nothing could separate the two sides. In the fourth quarter Padraig Donovan and Charlie McKinney led the team with some vital baskets and defensive plays from Ronan Bradley and Jack Hall leading to easy fast break points for Omagh. With only a few minutes left Omagh had a small lead and they were able to maintain it, shooting well from the free throw line keeping them ahead and were able to get the victory with a final scoreline of 73-68 to Omagh.
Senior training for the new season is on Tuesday nights at the Leisure Centre 8pm and Thursday nights at the Station Centre from 8pm-10pm.
Check out our fixtures sections for dates and times for all this seasons games at all age levels.
NEW SEASON TRAINING TIMES
(Starting Monday 12th Sept at the Station Centre)
Primary School Boys & Girls: Thurs 5-6pm (Coaches Ronan Bradley & Jack Hall)
U14 Boys Mon 4-5pm & Wed 4.30-5.30pm (Coach Jo Meenagh)
U16 Boys Mon 5-6pm & Wed 4.30-5.30pm (Coach Mark Crawford)
U18 Boys Tues 8.30-9.30pm (Leisure Centre with Seniors) & Fri 4-5pm (Coach Eamon Daly)
SENIORS: Tues 8.30-9.30pm (Leisure Centre) & Thurs 8-10pm
REGISTRATION DAY: Thursday 8th Sept 5pm – all players & a parent should attend and collect/complete in registration forms.
BNI Men’s Plate – Last 16 Round
Omagh Thunder vs Belfast Pumas
After their previous five games ending in defeat the Thunder were looking forward to the Plate game vs Belfast Pumas who they had not lost to in their 6 meetings over the last few seasons.
With both teams employing a zone defence, the game was a shooting contest to begin with. Padraig Donovan started the game with a corner 3 followed by long distance scores from Charlie McKinney, Bradley and Tamas Nagy to take a 5 point lead at the end of quarter one.
Donovan stayed hot in the 2nd quarter scoring 13 of Omagh’s 25 for the quarter including three more 3-pointers as the Thunder pushed their lead to 10 points at half-time.
The Puma’s struggled to score after the break as Omagh upped their defensive intensity and began to score in the open court and increase their lead to 19 going into the final quarter with quality scores coming from Tiyrone Weir and Daz Minkus.
A solid final quarter thwarted any chance of a Pumas comeback and the Thunder booked their place in the quarter finals which will be played at the Station Centre on 28th January where they’ll face Letterkenny Blaze or Cookstown Wolves.
Thunder play Magherafelt Titans in the league on Thursday 21st at 8.15pm at the Station Centre followed by a trip to Andersontown Tigers on the 26th.
Omagh Thunder 85
Belfast Pumas 66