Hollywood stuff in Tralee as Warriors head for top spot 2 years ago

Hollywood stuff in Tralee as Warriors head for top spot

A Saturday night.

A sold-out venue, bleachers rocking on their hinges.

A comeback. A three-point effort with just seconds on the clock. A local hero.

It's no wonder Garvey's Tralee Warriors are the hottest ticket in town right now. The place is a cauldron for basketball at its dramatic best and for supporters at their wildest.

On Saturday night when Darragh O'Sullivan hit that special winning basket to make it three-in-a-row for the Kerry outfit, the arena lifted and some of the crowd spilled onto the court in sheer ecstasy.

The story of those final few minutes was almost so cliche that you wouldn't even bother writing it anymore.

Two down, two minutes remaining.

All square, seconds left.

Darragh O'Sullivan, are you feeling lucky?

The Tralee captain sunk a big-time basket to put three between the sides with only single digits left on the clock.

Leadership, skill, balls of absolute steel.

Naturally, the place erupted when his effort dropped but it all starts before the tip when the 800 average attendance at Garvey's Tralee games were introduced to the players as if they were professionals in that league across the pond.

They're doing alright where they are at the minute.

That 73-70 win over Moycullen on Saturday night put Tralee into second place in the Men's Super League table, joint top with Belfast Star.

On Friday night at 8pm, they welcome DCU Saints to the south-west of Ireland, a place that's becoming a bona fide fortress with every passionate roar that's belted out from the stands and a place that's becoming a haven for heroes for every O'Sullivan-esque winner that's being written into Tralee history.